A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures

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A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures
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Directed by Ben Stassen
Produced by
Screenplay by Domonic Paris
Starring UK version
US version
Music by Ramin Djawadi
Edited by
  • Julien Ducenne
  • Aurelie Rosman
nWave Pictures
Illuminata Pictures
BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund
Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique
Distributed by StudioCanal
Release date(s)
  • 4 August 2010 (2010-08-04) (Belgium)
  • 11 August 2010 (2010-08-11) (France)
Running time 88 minutes
Country Belgium
Language English

A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures (also known as Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage) is a 2010 Belgian/French animated film that's co-written and directed by Ben Stassen. The film was released on 4 August 2010 in Belgium, and on 11 August 2010 in France. The UK version features the voice talents of Dominic Cooper, Gemma Arterton, John Hurt, Kayvan Novak, and Robert Sheehan; the US version features the voice talents of Yuri Lowenthal, Anthony Anderson, Tim Curry, Kathy Griffin, Melanie Griffith, and Jenny McCarthy.

A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures (whose working title was Around the World in 50 Years 3D) follows a sea turtle as he navigates his 50 year life through the changes caused by global warming.


Sammy, a sea turtle, hatches on a deserted beach and tries to climb out of the hole where he hatched. Being caught by a seagull, he struggles for his life and manages to escape, as the seagull clashes in the air with another seagull, also carrying its prey, who turns out to be a female hatchling sea turtle, Shelly. Sammy falls onto an old raft and gets carried into the open ocean, losing Shelly. In the ocean he meets another hatchling, Ray, who tells him the story of a "turtle paradise" on an island called "Lapagos", and they together start their voyage there. Later, the two get caught by trawls. Sammy is released back into the sea by the fishermen, but loses Ray.

Washed onto the shore in California, he is picked up by a hippie woman and lives as a pet in the hippie commune with Vera, another female sea turtle, who is older than Sammy, and Fluffy, a cat, who claims to be French. On a Christmas evening the hippies draw a peace sign on his shell to sign him as the peace ambassador. When the hippies see that Sammy and Vera will not mate, they release Vera. The police evicts the hippie commune from the beach, and Sammy decides to return to the sea. There he meets Vera and a young female sea turtle who is attacked by a shark. Vera and Sammy save the turtle who turns out to be Shelly, his childhood friend. They decide to travel together to find the secret passage and use it to travel to the paradise island. They manage to find the passage (which turns out to be Panama Canal) but get separated as they try to pass a lock.

Sammy finds an old refrigerator thrown off a ship by the humans and uses it to travel to the Antarctic. In the Antarctic waters Sammy meets a fin whale who barely escapes a harpoon from a whaling ship. The harpoon destroys the refrigerator, but Sammy is saved by the anti-whaling protesters and taken back to California where he finds Shelly, Fluffy and the people from the hippie commune (who now work in the shelter). The ex-hippie recognizes the peace sign on Sammy's shell. Shelly is released into the ocean before Sammy, and they are once again separated. As he searches for Shelly, Sammy encounters two sea turtles that urge him to help their friend who got trapped in an intermodal container. Sammy rescues the turtle, who turns out to be his old friend Ray. They swim together to a wrecked Spanish galleon where Ray lives with Rita, his girlfriend.

Being told about Shelly, Rita remembers her and advises Sammy to search for her in the galleon. Sammy finds Shelly being courted by another sea turtle. Disappointed and upset, Sammy returns to his friends only to find out that the turtle who courted Shelly is a playboy but has a strong relationship with another female. Together with Ray and Albert, a shark who lost his teeth, they set up a fake shark attack on Shelly to let Sammy save her again and win her heart. Shelly and Sammy then reunite and, along with Ray and Rita, return to the beach they hatched on.

The closing scene of the movie shows Sammy helping one of his newly hatched grandson to climb out of the hole.


Character United Kingdom United States
Sammy Dominic Cooper Yuri Lowenthal
Shelly Gemma Arterton[1] Jenny McCarthy
Grandpa Sammy John Hurt Stacy Keach
Ray Robert Sheehan Anthony Anderson[1]
Fluffy Kayvan Novak Tim Curry
Sandra Christine Bleakley Tress MacNeille
Snow Melanie Cooper Melanie Griffith
Jacko Geoff Searle Scott Menville
Slim Kayvan Novak Charlie Adler
Vera Anjella Mackintosh Kathy Griffin
Ben Ben Bishop Al Rodriego
Rita Sohm Kapila Roxanne Reese
Robbie Kayvan Novak Darren Capozzi


Music for the film was composed by Ramin Djawadi. American pop singer Bruno Mars contributed a few songs for the film, including his hit singles "Count On Me" and "Talking to the Moon". Michael Jackson's song "Ain't No Sunshine" was heavily contributed for Sammy's Adventures, after his unfortunate death in 2009. Other songs can also be heard in the film, including "Free" by Donavon Frankenreiter, "Happy People" by Dry Spells, "Love Today" by Mika, "Star Jingle Bells" performed and arranged by Justin Lavallee, "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas & the Papas, "Love Will Find a Way" by Mishon, "You're Not Alone" by Self, and "Shark in the Water" by W. Brown.


A sequel to the film, entitled A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise, was released in Belgium on 15 August 2012.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b Bradshaw, Peter (24 March 2011). "A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures – review". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "ILLUMINATA PICTURES INC.". Illuminata Pictures. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "SAMMY 2 : ESCAPE FROM PARADISE – Première Image Et Détails !!". Anima-Films. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 

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