A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures

A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures (known as Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage internationally) is a 2010 Belgian-French 3D computer-animated romantic adventure film co-written and directed by Ben Stassen. The film was released on 6 June 2010 in Los Angeles, and on 11 August 2010 in Belgium and France. The UK version features the voice talents of Dominic Cooper, Gemma Arterton, John Hurt, Kayvan Novak, and Robert Sheehan; the U.S. 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
Sammy's Adventures.jpg
Directed byBen Stassen
Screenplay byDomonic Paris
Produced by
Edited by
  • Julien Ducenne
  • Aurelie Rosman
Music byRamin Djawadi
nWave Pictures
Illuminata Pictures
Distributed byStudioCanal
Release dates
  • 12 June 2010 (2010-06-12) (Los Angeles)
  • 11 August 2010 (2010-08-11) (Belgium and France)
Running time
85 minutes
Box office$70,627,617[1]


On October 28, 1959, Sammy, a Green sea turtle, hatches on a deserted beach and while trying to climb up a sand slope is caught by a seagull. He manages to escape along with another hatchling sea turtle named Shelly who was caught by another seagull. Sammy falls onto an old raft and gets carried into the Tasman sea, losing Shelly. He spends the next 50 years traveling the world changed by global warming.

Later he befriends a leatherback hatchling named Ray. The two friends grow up together. One day Ray shows Sammy his newfound friend Slim the day octopus, but they are forced to take shelter from an oil spill, caused by an oil tanker shipwreck. After the raft collapses, Sammy, Ray and the fishes are caught in trawler nets and separated himself. Hours later, Sammy is thrown back into the sea, but is saved by a dolphin.

Sammy makes it to shore and the next day finds himself in an enclosure, taken in by human hippies led by Snow and has the company of a British shorthair named Fluffy. Eventually Sammy shares the enclosure with a larger turtle named Vera, however Vera is released into sea as it seems the two are not mating. Not long after that, the unauthorized hippies are evicted by the cops, leaving Sammy behind.

Sammy returns to the ocean and is rejoined by Vera. On a search for food, Sammy and Vera rescue a female turtle, who turns out to be Shelly. Sammy and Shelly travel the oceans and ask around in search of the secret passage Sammy heard of. Finally the two turtles brave the dangers of the Panama Canal but separated as they try to pass a lock. Sammy follows her trail to the Antarctic, where he is picked up by Ecologists and taken to California where he meets Snow and Fluffy once again.

Soon after he is released back into the ocean, Sammy is requested by two leatherbacks to help a trapped turtle in a container. His rescue is none other than his old friend Ray. With help from Ray's girlfriend Rita, Sammy explores a wrecked galleon and finds Shelly dating with another turtle. Rita reveals that turtle named Robbie is only a playboy. To win Shelly's heart, Ray enlists the help of the toothless shark Albert for Sammy to stage a rescue. Finally reunited with Shelly, the two turtles along with Ray and Rita return to his own journey. The movie ends as Sammy, now a new grandfather, helps his small grandson out of his nest and urges him to have his own journey into their birthplace on their own hatchlings.


Character Voice actor
United Kingdom United States
Sammy Dominic Cooper Yuri Lowenthal (young)
Billy Unger (hatchling)
Shelly Gemma Arterton[2] Jenny McCarthy (young)
Isabelle Fuhrman (hatchling)
Ray Robert Sheehan Anthony Anderson (young)[2]
Carlos McCullers II (hatchling)
Fluffy Kayvan Novak Tim Curry
Sandra Christine Bleakley Sophi Bairley
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
Jacko Geoff Searle Scott Menville
Ollie Ben Bishop Yuri Lowenthal
Sandra Christine Bleakley Sophi Bairley
Old Sammy / Narrator John Hurt Stacy Keach
Penguins Ben Kroll Bill Tom
Seals Stacy Matt Johnny Kroll
Eagles Ben Searle Bill Reese


Music for the film was composed by Ramin Djawadi. American pop singer Bruno Mars contributed several songs to the film, including his hit singles "Count On Me" and "Talking to the Moon". Michael Jackson's cover of "Ain't No Sunshine" contributed to Sammy's Adventures after his adventure was done. 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 V V Brown.


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 44% of 18 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 4.5/10.[3]


A sequel to the film, entitled A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise, also known as Sammy's Great Escape in the UK, was released in Belgium on 15 August 2012.[4][5]


  1. ^ "A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures (2010)". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ a b Bradshaw, Peter (24 March 2011). "A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures – review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  3. ^ "A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 6 October 2021.  
  4. ^ "ILLUMINATA PICTURES INC". Illuminata Pictures. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  5. ^ "SAMMY 2 : ESCAPE FROM PARADISE – Première Image Et Détails !!". Anima-Films. 24 November 2011. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2011.

External linksEdit