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A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Review

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Born in 1959, Sammy the sea turtle spends the next 50 years traveling the world witnessing the changes of global warming.

★★★★★

The quality of animated features not just suitable for the very young, but aimed at them, tends not to be too high. So prepare to be shell-shocked by the Pixar-level perfectionism lavished on the 100 per cent 3D visuals of this charming Belgian-born CG confection, in which the titular turtle hasn’t mutated, isn’t a teenager, and doesn’t know martial arts — but still manages to hold childrens’ rapt attention for 86 minutes. Sammy’s story spans 50 years, imaginatively encompassing a wide variety of marine life and environmental strife, and if the Brit voice actors (the Americans have a different cast) hadn’t phoned in their roles, it could have been a turtle triumph. Nevertheless, expect sales of pet turtles to treble, even if they turn out to be a bit less exciting in real life.

Five star entertainment for the under-tens, deduct two stars for everyone else.