SAMMY’S ADVENTURES: THE SECRET PASSAGE
Release Date: 2 December 2010
Chinese Title: TBA
Directed By: Ben Stassen
Starring: Isabelle Fuhrman, Tim Curry, Melanie Griffith, Stacy Keach, Ed Begley Jr.
Join Sammy the sea turtle on a fun and exciting fifty-year journey through the ocean. This wonderfully crafted, 3D animation combines entertainment with an important environmental message.
Born on a Baja, California beach in 1959, new hatchling Sammy must do what his fellow newborn sea turtles are doing: race across the beach to the ocean before they are captured by a seagull or crab. After a slow start, Sammy is nearly at the water’s edge when a seagull snatches him. In the air and struggling to escape, Sammy notices another turtle in the beak of a nearby seagull. Thinking quickly, Sammy spits sand into the seagull’s eyes causing the two birds to collide and drop the young turtles to the ground. Sammy lands upside down, while the other turtle lands right side up. Her name is Shelly and, thanking Sammy for rescuing her, she encourages him to turn over and continue the last leg of his dash to the ocean. But exhausted after an eventful day, Sammy is unable to muster the strength to go any further.
Thankfully, Sammy has landed on a wooden raft that the tide carries out to sea. Thus begins Sammy’s incredible ocean journey. Along the way he meets his best friend, a fellow turtle named Ray, and overcomes obstacles both natural and man-made while trying to fulfill his dream of travelling around the world. Throughout his voyage, Sammy never forgets about Shelly – the turtle he saved on his first day and loves passionately from afar.
Superbly animated, Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage
uses 3D technology to add vibrant imagistic depth and to underscore moments both funny and poignant. Based on the actual trajectory of a sea turtle’s life, the film illustrates the dangers humans pose to the species’ survival. From deep water trawling to oil spills and garbage dumped at sea, the film reminds us of the importance of treating the oceans with respect. Fast-paced and always enjoyable, Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage
is a delightful treat for the whole family.
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