Drift through life without any real sense of purpose and good things will happen – that seems to be the chilled out mantra of Ben Stassen’s computer-animated adventure with a strong environmental message.
A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures chronicles the 50-year life of the eponymous reptile, from hatching on a beach in 1959 California to his return to the same resort where he shepherds a new generation into the sea with the soothing words, ‘Just put one flipper in front of the other and you’ll be fine’.
Sammy glosses over the swarms of gulls poised to pick off the babies before they reach the water.
Life can be cruel, though not in Stassen’s film, which ensures the hero in a half-shell and his chums escape almost entirely unscathed from an oil spill, pollution and global warming.
The animation is mediocre at best.
Water lapping against a wooden raft doesn’t leave any residue, nor do the turtles’ wet flippers, and when creatures laugh they jiggle back and forth in the water without generating any bubbles, as if it were thin air.
Finding Nemo created a more richly detailed undersea world, swarming with shimmering life, and that film is eight years old which is a lifetime ago with all of the technological advances to computer animation.
It’s pitched at a very young audience, who will forgive the workmanlike visuals and the comically simplistic lyrics to the songs.