Greenpeace and Aardman release sad tale of turtles in trouble
Stars including Olivia Colman and Helen Mirren lend their voices to a sorrowful animation highlighting the plight of the oceans.
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You know what it’s like… no sooner have you buckled the kids into the car and embarked on a long trip home when they start jiggling about, squeaking “are we there yet?”
But imagine completing an arduous journey just to find your home decimated. Created by those kings of anthropomorphism, Aardman Animations, Turtle Journey: The Crisis in Our Oceans follows the story of turtle family who get a nasty surprise as they travel through an ocean under threat from pollution, oil drilling and overfishing.
Beautifully directed by Gavin Strange, the film delivers a richly coloured undersea world and is packed with the fine details you'd expect from Aardman, along with characters voiced by such celebrities as Olivia Colman, Dame Helen Mirren, Game of Thrones’ Bella Ramsey, Stranger Things’ David Harbour and Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter.
It ends with a call to support Greenpeace’s petition calling for governments meeting at the UN this year to agree on a new Global Ocean Treaty to protect marine environments.
Olivia Colman, who voices the mummy turtle, said: “I’m thrilled to have worked on this heartbreaking film with Greenpeace and Aardman. Our oceans face so many threats, some I wasn’t even aware of before this, and sadly the story of this turtle family in a damaged and changing ocean is a reality for many marine creatures that are having their habitats destroyed. I hope this film inspires more people to take action to protect our oceans.”