The Mousehole Cat is based on an old Cornish legend. It tells the story of Tom Bawcock through the eyes of his cat, Mowzer. Their life is a happy one – until one terrible winter, the Great Storm-Cat comes snarling and leaping at the harbour walls so that no boat can go out to fish. Soon, with Christmas coming, there is no food left in Mousehole. Tom decides he must brave the terrible weather. As they sail into the mountainous seas, Mowzer sings a lullaby to calm the Great Storm-Cat of the sea. Tom catches enough fish to feed the entire village. And to this day the people of Mousehole hold a procession and feast every Christmas in memory of brave Tom Bawcock.
A five-minute documentary at the end, The Making of the Mousehole Cat, features Antonia Barber and Nicola Bayley. It explains how the book came to be written and illustrated and shows how the original illustrations were brought to life by computer animation.
Running time; 30 minutes approx.