A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures

A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures

Ben Stassen (2010)

U Certificate


Our Score
If you're a 3D sceptic, this is a film you must see. The underwater world of little Sammy the turtle and his friends jumps out of the screen in a riot of colour and excitement. It's just a pity that more care was not taken in translating and voicing this Belgian production for an English-speaking audience, with John Hurt as an older Sammy a noble exception. The film begins in the present day: as grandfather Sammy watches over hatchling turtles struggling from their nest to the sea, he remembers his own battle for survival against a backdrop of 20th-century historical highlights, including the Moon landing. His adventures verge on the mundane at times, and the human animation (1960s hippies and Greenpeace activists) leaves a lot to be desired. But the beauty of this film is in the small detail, of waves lapping on the shore and rock crags veering into view.


An elderly turtle encourages a group of newborn hatchlings to take their first journey out to sea with the story of his own youthful adventures, when he embarked on a daring 50-year search for the love of his life, braving the dangers of environmental pollution along the way. Animated adventure, with the voices of Dominic Cooper, Gemma Arterton and John Hurt.

Cast & Crew

Sammy Dominic Cooper
Shelly Gemma Arterton
Old Sammy John Hurt
Ray Anthony Anderson
Sandra Christine Bleakley
Robbie Darren Capozzi
Snow Melanie Cooper
Vera Kathy Griffin
Director Ben Stassen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Mar 2011
Drama Children's