A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures (2010)
A New Hero Turtle
As Sammy the turtle is perched on a sand bank over looking the beach and the road which is in front of him he recollects to 50 years earlier when there was no road, just an empty beach and the day he was born, the start of a 50 year adventure where he nearly became food for seagulls. During those years Sammy witnesses many things and meets many creatures but also sees how man's ignorance leads to environmental changes due to global warming.
I honestly expected to not like "A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures" as not only had I never heard of it but when I looked for information it seemed to be one of those animations whose motive was to hammer home an environmental message. Now before you get me wrong as I have nothing against educating young audiences about global warming but what I read made this sound like this was an over zealous eco movie which put hammering home its eco message above entertaining the audience. Thankfully "A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures" wasn't and it is quite an adorable little animation with fun characters and humour as well as some natural horror which will be educational for young children such as when the freshly hatched Sammy gets snatched by a seagull.
But here is the thing "A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures" is an animation made for young children first and adults later. As such we have this episodic tale where we encounter Sammy and his various adventures which doesn't flow that well for adults but it is perfectly fine for children. In fact the various adventures are a lot of fun and the way the eco message is worked in to these adventures is done in a reasonable way so that it isn't too preachy.
There isn't a great deal more to say other than it is a beautifully rendered animation which draws you in thanks to the creativity. As an adult every time I looked away I found myself drawn back to it because of the creativity and visual impact be it the amusement of Sammy and a turtle friend getting their backs scratched by some prickly sea vegetation to the horror of seeing a beautiful under water paradise wrecked by a grounded ship leaking oil.
What this all boils down to is that "A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures" is a lot more entertaining than I expected and was one of those animations which managed to keep on drawing me in every time I thought I could look away be it through the beautiful animations or the creative episodes in Sammy's adventures.
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