This delightfully animated film begins with Sammy the turtle being hatched but immediately abandoned by all his fellow newbies as they are able to successfully climb out of the ground and swim away. Sammy eventually ends up at sea alone after he manages to save the life of one unlucky turtle, and he encounters adventure after adventure. He meets fellow turtle Ray along the way, and they become best friends, braving the ocean together.
The gorgeous animation is extremely detailed, realistic, and at times very fun, showcasing beautiful colors and movements and playful scenarios, such as aerial views of Sammy and Ray traveling from place to place, sped up and with arrows outlining their journeys. The soundtrack is equally engaging with state-of-the-art audio and contemporary and throwback songs that most adults and teens would recognize.
As the two comrades focus on finding mates, they encounter some dangerous situations, such as oil spills, shark chases, and piranhas, and Sammy and Ray eventually get separated. They both eventually find mates and one another again, but not without more grave difficulties. It seems the love and adventure they seek come at a price, but they determine it is all worth it. The theme of environmental change due to global warming is very subtle and the ending, likewise, may not be so quickly understood by some children as we suddenly see two older turtles who are looking out for little turtles crossing the road. The suggestion is that this is Sammy and possibly Ray helping other young ones as they were once helped along the way. We are proud to award this series the Dove approved seal for all ages for its endearing and appropriate content surround messages of friendship, hope, and courage.