A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures

2010 PG 1h 28m DVD

A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures

2010 PG 1h 28m DVD
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This family-friendly animated film follows the journey of Sammy, a sea turtle who leaves the beach where he was born and spends the next 50 years exploring the world's oceans, all while trying to find his first love, another turtle named Shelly.
Melanie Griffith, Isabelle Fuhrman, Yuri Lowenthal, Anthony Anderson, Gemma Arterton, Sydney Hope Banner, Ed Begley Jr., Kathy Griffin, Tim Curry, Jenny McCarthy
Ben Stassen
Widescreen 1.77:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 4+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 4+
age 4+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that A Turtle's Tale is a traditional animal adventure about a sea turtle who has to overcome countless obstacles to be reunited with his best friend and his dream mate. There are some elements of potential peril in which Sammy and his friends are separated or have to be rescued. Nothing is too upsetting, however, because we know Sammy lives to an old age (he narrates the story of his life). Children will learn a great deal about global warming, sea turtles, their habits, and their overall life cycles from hatchlings to grandparents.

Sexual Content

During the conversations about selecting a mate, Ray asks Sammy what his "type" is and discusses "cuties" of the opposite sex. Some flirting and eventually an embrace of sorts as Sammy and Shelly reunite.


There are a few tense and frightening moments when Sammy, Ray, or Shelly are about to be hurt but are rescued/get away at the last minute. Sammy faces everything from predatory seagulls to commercial fisherman to sharks (one of whom turns out to be a pal) in his journey.


Rare insults ("dumb" and "baby").

Social Behavior

Sammy's journey is one that teaches about friendship, the environment, love, and overcoming obstacles. The eco-friendly sequences explain why humans contaminate the sea and how pollution affects animals' everyday lives.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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