Friday, July 19, 2013

A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise #TurtlesTale2 {review}

Not sure what the summer is like where you are, but here in southern Ontario it's hot. Stinking hot. I think Environment Canada has relented and officially acknowledged that we are in a heat wave this week. Hot and sunny summer weather is awesome, but sometimes it's just too hot to be playing outdoors for long. Unless you have a pool. Which we don't. Which makes me sad.

Anyways ...

With the 40+ humidex readings this week I've been keeping Little Boo home from soccer, spending time with the sprinkler and inflatable kiddie pool, and spending even more time indoors with the air conditioning. Strict water consumption rules have also been put in place. Stay hydrated!

Keeping Little Boo entertained indoors often involves movies. We have a traditional Saturday evening family movie night, with popcorn and other treats. It's nice to know this time is set aside for us to be together and just chill as a family. But it's certainly not the only time we'll pop in a DVD. So, I'm always up for finding new movies to add to our collection, and was happy to receive a copy of the newly released "A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise" to share with my family and friends for a review. LB and I thought we'd host a little movie & pizza party, but with vacations and camps and out-of-town visitors, that turned out to be a bit of a flop. So instead he and I cuddled up together with a big bowl of popcorn and enjoyed a little air conditioned movie viewing on our own.

We haven't seen the first movie, so weren't sure what to expect, but the characters looked cute, and the synopsis sounded promising:
When Sammy & Ray find themselves trapped in The Tank, an underwater restaurant/aquarium, they must hatch a plan to escape and reunite with their grandkids, Ricky & Ella. But they’ll have to get past Big D and his dopey thugs first. With the help of some unlikely friends, Sammy & Ray find that when you work together anything is possible!
Cooperation, family, adventure - great themes. And, yes, the story was a good one, with enough laughs and suspense to keep us entertained. Characters were well-done, though I thought we'd see a bit more about the irony of "Big D's" name. Ricky and Ella's determination to find and rescue their grandfathers, and their fearless belief they could do it in spite of the perils of the open ocean is something kids will relate to. LB really liked those characters and was talking about them again this morning!

The animation is good, with some lovely colours and scenery.
How pretty are Ella's eyes?
Gotta love coral.
 Here's a sneak peak of the film:

A Turtle's Tale 2 was released July 9, 2013, and is rated G, targeted to 3-10 year-olds. It's a cute family film, and I'd give it a 3.5/5.

Disclosure: I am participating in A Turtle’s Tale 2 – Sammy Escapes From Paradise Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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