Directors: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen. Star rating: ?? ..
STEALING a march - or swim - on next month's 3D re-release of Finding Nemo, this is a sweet, inoffensive computer animation with a gentle message about mankind's plundering of underwater resources.
In this sequel to the 2010 Belgian picture A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventure - about a sea turtle washed far away from his atoll but finds his way home - the diminutive hero is all grown up and has to risk life and flippers to escape from an underwater aquarium.
The warning at the heart of the simplistic script is clear: leave nature alone or we risk the destruction of entire ecosystems.
The tale begins with Sammy (voiced by Wesley Johnny) and his sweetheart Shelley (Isabelle Fuhrman) welcoming tiny grandchildren into the world. Nearby, best friend Ray (Carlos McCullers II) and his soulmate take care of their brood.
The adult greenbacks and leatherbacks are so focused on protecting the newborns from circling gulls they fail to notice poachers, who capture Sammy and Ray and transport them to a vast undersea complex in Dubai.
Two hatchlings, Ella and Ricky, are also snared by the poachers and join their grandparents on the terrifying adventure.
Vocal performances are solid and kids will enjoy the slapstick but parents may want to take 40 winks under the sea.
FISHY TALE Sammy's Great Escape