When I first plopped A Turtle’s Tale : Sammy’s Adventures in to my PS3 I was half expecting a second rate Nemo. Let’s face it, there are about a dozen or more of these movies out there, and I’ve watched quite a few. I am pleased to say that this one surprised me from the very beginning. The movie is “based on the actual course of a sea turtle’s life” but I think I’m going to throw it out there and say that it seems far from ordinary.
The story is narrated by an older Sammy and starts out with Sammy and the other turtles being born. Sammy having the most difficulty getting out of the hole. Only the strong survive. He is then picked up by a seagull and in fighting back for his life while flying midair a collision happens freeing him and another turtle, Shelly. It’s love at first sight. He is a little late on his trip to the ocean and lands himself alone until he eventually meets Ray, a different type of turtle and his new best friend. Sammy is constantly being pulled in different directions by things that seem out of his control, like keeping in touch or finding his true love.
Sammy’s adventures take place all over the world, along the ocean currents and with detours ashore. I was surprised to see amazing graphics and detail in the environment as well as the characters. The imagery is beautiful. The movie also brings up different topics and awareness’ along Sammy’s adventure like oil spills, pollution, whaling, fishing and other impacts that us humans make on the environment. While it gets a little “hippie” (and does in fact include one) it does help to open discussion on these issues as well as various other curiosities that fresh minds have.
My son is 3 years old and he had lots of questions when we watched it together. Also notable through out the film is great and varying types of music, artists that I recognized, with songs that my kids and I could both enjoy.
I took it to my sister in laws, children ranging from 5-16 years old and realistically it only kept about half of their interests. As a 26 year old mom I can totally appreciate this movie and I think we got more out of it watching it as a family then if I were to try and put it on for the kids while watching dishes. While the general plot remains the same it jumps around a lot. There is so much going on in a turtle’s life and it moves around quite fast trying to grasp everything.
The movie features the voices of Melanie Griffith, Kathy Griffin, Tim Curry, Anthony Anderson and Stacy Keach, and is directed by Ben Stassen. It has a run time of 86 minutes and is rated PG for mild peril.
You can purchase A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures from Amazon for $14.99.
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