A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures

Synopsis: A sea turtle, who was hatched in 1959, spends the next fifty years travelling the world, while it is being changed by global warming.
Production: nWave Pictures
  1 nomination.
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88 min


- (Tyres screech)

- Hey,

move out of the way

you crazy turtle!

Humans, huh...

..seems to me

like they're always in a hurry,

but they have nowhere to go.

That was my old mate Ray back there.

He almost got himself run over.


We were born on this very same beach,

some fifty years ago,

and we've been mates ever since.

Today is a special day, we're both

going to be granddads. Imagine that!

'It could take awhile

before the little ones hatch though,

'so, let me take you back in time,

'and tell you about our first encounter

with the humans.

'There was a time when this beach

was practically deserted.

'Nothing out here but us turtles,

'and the sound

of those beautiful waves.'


(Seagulls screeching)




Hey, come on,

you need to hustle a flipper!

I can't get out!

Let's go... to the water.

We're wasting time.

See you in 30 years!

Or not!





(Seagulls screeching)

Hello... hello?

Is anybody up there?

'I was only five minutes old

and already I had the sinking feeling

'that I was not going to make it.'




Help, let me go!




Oh-ho, oh!

Hi there!

Watch out!



That was well cool with those birds, eh?

It was as if we were flying!

- (Groans)

- You know,

you don't look too good.


- Can you move?

- Huh?

We have to get going.

We've got some good waves

coming in now.

Come on, we gotta go, Shelly!

Birds are everywhere!

Wait, we have to help him!

Come on, Shelly.

There's nothing more

you can do for him.



Come on, don't give up.

You can still make it!

You have to try.

Get up, I'll help you.


Ah, let go!

Help me, help!





'And so it began for me.

'A little nudge to start me off.

'Nonetheless, I was on my way.'

Let this love be a fading sky

We could drift all night

to the new sunrise

Because we'll be free

I know you know you're free

Feels so good to be free

Mm-mm, baby


There's nothing in between

What we are, what we've seen

What we are

We are just free




Oh! Ohh!


Oh, hi there,

new to the current?

Hatched yesterday.

You're awful young to be alone out here.

It can get really scary.


It is a big pond out here,

in case you hadn't noticed!

Lots of creatures out to get you,

as you'll find out soon enough.

- Find out what?

- Where do I start?

- Well, what about barracuda?

- Barra what?

Cudas, fastest predator in the ocean!

- And you got your Great Whites!

- White?

Faster than the fastest, they are,

and big teeth, too.

Oh, never mind them.

Just go with your instincts, and you'll

be fine. No reason to be scared.

I'm not scared.

Well you should be!

You're not even a snack

for most creatures out here!

Just follow your instincts,

and good luck on your journey.

What am I

supposed to be looking for?

When you find out, let us know!

And watch out for the nets.

If they get you, you're turtle soup!

And watch out for the plastic.

Seaweed good, plastic bad.


What did you do that for?

Do I look like food to you?

Oh, crazy fish!

What a way to start the journey.



How's it going, guys?

Looking mighty cosy up here.

- Get off, you big oaf.

- (All) Yeah!

Who put a dent in your shell?

He's gonna eat all our food.

- Yeah!

- Yeah!

- Get out of here!

- Yeah.

Go! We don't need some eating machine

hanging around! Sling your hook!

I wouldn't ride

on your stupid whatever,

if you were

the last turtles in the ocean!

- Good!

- Go away!

Hiya, fellas.

Hoy-oy-oy, don't even think about it!

Beat it!

All right, I'm not one of your kind.

Got that right!

- Hey, watch out!

- Ow!

Ah, this is not my day!

Now why'd you whack me

upside my head?

But, I...

Lucky I didn't pass out!

Look at that!

Got a bump the size of a barnacle.

Probably get bigger,

take over my whole head.

I, I, I don't think it will...

You ever seen them barnacles?

You let 'em hitch a ride with you,

they never leave, bunch of freeloaders!


Oh! Goodbye.

What is that thing you're on anyway?

You make it?

Oh, I fell on it.

It's a long story.

How's your bump?

Ah, no worries.

Us Leathers got heads like rocks.

The name's Ray.


Pleased to meet you.

How long you been on the journey?

- Just one day.

- Me too! Caught the drift up north.

- So did I!

- Say!

We have a lot in common, you and me.

- Would you like to hop on?

- Nah, I'm OK.

Oh, OK.

It was a joke!

You know, seeing how we're

supposed to be floatin' around

until we grow up and all,

this little raft of yours

could come in handy.

This ain't bad.

Now, you're sure about this?

I don't wanna get all friendly like

and then you go crackers on me one day,,

- and wanna kick me off.

- I wouldn't do that.


we were hatched on the same day,

probably on the same beach!

We're practically brothers.


I like that.

Ah, the sun feels good, doesn't it?

I like laying out in the sun.

it's good for my skin,

cos you know, when a turtle,

you know, gets all dried up,

everything gets all ugly and flaky,

but I like that.

I like that,

it's good to have a turtle tan.

'And that's how I met Ray.

'He was definitely a character.

'Always fun

and never at a loss for words.

'For ten years or so

our life in the open sea,

'consisted mainly

of floating and waiting.'

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