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A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures
Sammy's Adventures.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ben Stassen
Produced by
  • Gina Gallo
  • Mimi Maynard
  • Domonic Paris
  • Ben Stassen
  • Caroline Van Iseghem
Screenplay by Domonic Paris
Starring UK version
U.S. version
Music by Ramin Djawadi
Editing by
  • Julien Ducenne
  • Aurelie Rosman
Studio nWave Pictures
Illuminata Pictures
Distributed by StudioCanal (France)
Release date(s) 12 June 2010 (2010-06-12) (California)
11 August 2010 (2010-08-11) (France)
Running time 88 minutes
Country Belgium
Language English

A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures (known as Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage internationally) is a 2010 English-language Belgian-French 3D computer-animated adventure romantic coming-of-age comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Ben Stassen. The film was released on 6 June 2010 in California, and on 11 August 2010 in 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.



In 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. Later he befriends a leatherback hatchling named Ray. The two friends grow up together.

One day Ray shows Sammy his new found 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 and Ray are caught in trawler nets and separated. 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 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 police, 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 is picked up by Ecologists and taken to California where he meets 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 rescuee 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 their birthplace to make their own hatchlings. 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.


Character Voice actor
United Kingdom United States
Sammy Dominic Cooper Yuri Lowenthal (young)
Billy Unger (hatchling)
Shelly Gemma Arterton Jenny McCarthy (young)
Isabelle Fuhrman (hatchling)
Ray Robert Sheehan Anthony Anderson (young)
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.


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.

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