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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2012
This is my 4 year old granddaughters favorite movie, and I confess I love watching it as well. The artwork is lovely and soothing, the characters are endearing. The soundtrack is delightful. Teaches compassion and friendship, and yes, to a previous reviewers dismay, actual environmental issues. It does so in a basic way that even a child can understand, such as warning sea creatures to "don't eat the plastic" or seeing the effects of dumping garbage in the ocean (hardly controversial!) Great movie for entire family.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2012
The story follows an actual sea turtle's life. Of course there are liberties taken, such as the turtle's best friend and love interest. But overall the story is based on true life events of a tracked sea turtle. There are some big names in this movie including: Melanie Griffith, Kathy Griffin, and Tim Curry. (I heart Tim Curry, by the way.) Our main character, Sammy, goes through a lot in the fifty years from when he was born, including dealing with both man made and natural obstacles- but through it all he keeps his head up and his thoughts on his lady turtle friend from birth, Shelly. There are strong tones of environmentalism in this film, so be ready for some questions in regard to this.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2012
This movie doesn't get enough credit. So glad we gave it a chance. It's right there with disney/pixar or dream works. The graphics are beautiful and the music is wonderful as well. My 3 year old loves it. The cover of this movie just doesn't do it justice. I wish they'd make more animal movies like this and stay away from those weird animated movies.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2012
What a great way to share Earth Day 2012 with your children. Travel with Sammy the cutest sea hatchling who along the way teaches children about the life of a sea turtle. As Sammy struggles to survive in the vast ocean he finds a friend and they head off on a mission. As they swim thought the beautiful ocean they come across environmental pollution, natural predators and Sammy learns the true meaning of love and friendship.

Featuring voices by such stars as Tim Curry, Melanie Griffith, Kathy Griffin, Stacy Keaton, Anthony Anderson and Jenny McCarthy, A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventure is the story of a turtle hatchling born on a California Beach in 1959. Over the next 50 years this cute little turtle has numerous adventures that take him around the world. Along the way he is befriended by hippies and encounters natural predators, pollution and Japanese whalers.

I like how the environmental scenarios in this film were kept light and are not overbearing for young children. Teaching very young children about the importance of protecting our oceans without scaring them. This along with the film being a short 88 minutes makes it an ideal film for very young children who have a short attention span. Yet the film is fun to watch and I recommend it for all ages. I found myself rooting for Sammy to catch up with and find his life-mate. The music was fun and had us all singing along with The Mamas & The Papas to California Dreaming and other songs.

Our family loved this film and my 10 year old raved about it, which left me surprised. As a family we gave this movie 4 stars. I would of liked to have given it 5 stars, but as a family we thought the graphics could have used some improvement.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures DVD. My grand kids love this movie, age 2,4 and 6 and have watched it several times already and want to watch it more. It is a great movie to teach the kids to care for their environment and the sea life. They now have a greater understanding of why we don't throw trash on the ground or in the water. Colorful and good music too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This was a pleasant surprise, as I had not heard much about it, and my three kids ages 5 - 7 1/2 really liked it. It centers on a young turtle's adventures in the ocean, from the moment he emerges from his egg tiny and scared, to his return to the same beach many years later as an adult. He finds and loses (and finds again) love, friendship, and adventure. There are some environmental messages thrown in, when he encounters damaging pollution, but it never gets too preachy, and he encounters helpful, caring humans too. The animation and writing are cute, although not on the same level as the megahits Pixar and Dreamworks put out. It's also safe for young kids - nothing overly scary or inappropriate, although it doesn't skew too young - my almost 8-year old going on 15 liked it too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2012
Yes, it has an environmental message (obligatory in children's films these days), but it's kept somewhat (somewhat, compared, for instance, with "Happy Feet") low key. The animation is colorful and pleasant (saw the 2D version - passable adult diversion after viewing it multiple times: watch the 2D version and try to find the obvious "3D moments"), the story very simple. My grandson loves it and it makes him happy to watch it while he plays. What else could be better? And, and I hope I'm not alone in being pleased with this, while "mate" and "mating" are referred to, there is none of the obnoxious sexual innuendo that some studios seem to think belong in movies, even those for the very young (yeah, that was my real complaint with "Happy Feet").
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2014
Anyone with sensitive young children, this is a major no-go. I saw the long list of positive reviews saying this was a great movie for very young children, so I rented it to watch with my 3 and 5 year olds. The opening scene with the sea gull had both of them in instant tears. By the time it got to the descending view of whirling sharks two scenes later my 5-year-old was screaming and I had to shut the movie off. From start to finish, it is almost non-step peril. One scare after another, and way too much for any sensitive, easily frightened young child to handle. Never mind that the pivotal scene at the end of the movie is when Sammy goes to find Shelly in a veritable love boat with turtle couples canoodling around every corner. The danger and the subject matter are a wee bit over the heads of the age group everyone seems to think this is appropriate for. As an adult I found it entertaining, and older grade school children would too, but I found it way inappropriate for my two under 5.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2014
I would not purchase this movie for any other reason than the 3D. With that said, it's also on Netflix (in 3D!!), so there is really no reason for me to purchase it anyways.

The 3D in this movie is really some of the best that I have ever seen. It's almost too good. I turned it on out of curiosity to watch a few minutes and ended up watching the entire film with my girlfriend.

The movie itself is ok.. Maybe a 2/5 star movie that seems like it was directed by the entire PETA organization. The movie is rife with eco friendly messages, and lessons on being accountable for what the human race does to the planet. It's not bad, but it's definitely a focus of the film.

If you want an amazing 3D movie to showcase then you can stream this through 3D enabled devices (I did it through my LG 60PH6700 TV) and I'd highly recommend giving it a shot. With that said, I wouldn't pay to see or own this movie. In my opinion, The 3D aspect is 3/4 of the film and it would be something that only kids would be interested in without it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2015
They manage to write in nearly every environmental issue possible into this children's movie. Oil spills, destructive trawling, plastic dumping, deforestation, whaling, etc. I threw it away after watching it one time with my 3 year old. This is ridiculous. The one singular plot to this story is little Sammy looking for his mate. That's it. The rest of the "story" is about how mankind is "killing" mother nature. All except for the hippies and the green peace folks who are the only "decent" humans in the movie. The turtle even rides out most of the movie with a peace symbol on his back. All I need is some basic entertainment for my child. I am perfectly capable of teaching my own child how to respect mother nature and don't need or appreciate what could be best described first as a propaganda film, second as a child's movie.
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