DVD Review: TURTLE TALE (2018)

TURTLE TALE was directed by Luc Campeau from a screenplay by Robert Mearns and stars Noah Schnacky. Lily Cardone and Mary Rachel Quinn. The movie also features the voice talents of Mikey Bolts, Tom Arnold, Ambyr Childers, and Lydia Hull. The movie was inspired by events that took place at the George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo, Florida – the story of JR the Owl as witnessed and told by the nature park’s first inhabitants, The Turtles.

Turtle Tale follows two mismatched turtles who joke and bicker as they search for their friend, who vanished from a Florida animal park. Ever met a talking turtle? Follow the adventures of sassy, outspoken box turtles Rafi and Hank and their friend, a gruff snapping turtle named Goliath. After vandals break into a nature park and kidnap Hank, it’s up to Rafi and Goliath to hit the trail in search of their missing friend. Meanwhile, the humans that care for the turtles are having their own wild and unpredictable summer. Come out of your shell and enjoy real-life laughter, romance, and fun in the Florida sunshine.

The movie follows Calvin (Noah Schnacky), a teenager who’s really good at skateboarding but when he’s in an accident, he gets in a little trouble and has to do some community service at the local nature park. This is where he meets Marlie (Lily Cardone) who’s helping out at the park for the summer and the two end up hitting it off. Calvin’s a good guy who quickly picks things up around the park and becomes an important part of the team.

What happens is, the nature park gets vandalized one night and some of the animals get out and this leaves the park manager Sarah (Mary Rachel Quinn) in hysterics. Calvin ends up finding out who broke into the park and when he confronts the intruders, he has to decide if he wants to handle things the wrong way which will more than likely get him in more trouble or do it the right way and allow things to play out for the better. In the end, the animals get back to their home and Calvin and Marlie have a summer they’ll never forget.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc is flat grey and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Turtle Tale wasn’t really much of a turtle tale because it focused more on the humans but it was still a fun watch that featured a great message. I liked the story about Calvin who has this accident and ends up getting in trouble. He has to do some community service at the local nature park and this is how he meets Marlie and the two instantly hit it off. The talking animals take a back seat to the humans but they still get to have a little fun here and there. The movie takes a light-hearted approach to a few serious subjects and I thought the live-action cast did a good job with their characters while the voice cast added a little humor to the mix. Turtle Tale has been awarded the Dove Seal of Approval and will make an entertaining watch for the younger audience. The DVD will be available on June 26th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: PG

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include two featurettes that take the viewer behind-the-scenes and the official trailer.

  • “Giving the Turtles a Voice: At the Recording Studio with Mikey Bolts, Tom Arnold, Ambyr Childers, and Lydia Hull” Featurette (08:48)
  • “The Making of Turtle Tale” Featurette (10:07)
  • Official Trailer (01:45)


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