The Red Turtle ()

La tortue rouge (original title)
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A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

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Emmanuel Garijo ...
The Father (voice)
Tom Hudson ...
The Son (young adult) (voice)
Baptiste Goy ...
The Son (child) (voice)
Axel Devillers ...
The Baby (voice)
Barbara Beretta ...
The Mother (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maud Brethenoux ...
Mother (voice)
Mickaël Dumoussaud ...
Father (voice)
Elie Tertois ...
Son (voice)

Directed by

Michael Dudok de Wit

Written by

Michael Dudok de Wit ... (story)
Pascale Ferran ... (screenplay) &
Michael Dudok de Wit ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Rémi Burah ... co-producer
Pascal Caucheteux ... producer
Christophe Jankovic ... line producer
Vincent Maraval ... producer
Olivier Père ... co-producer
Léon Pérahia ... co-producer (as Léon Perahia)
Valérie Schermann ... line producer
Grégoire Sorlat ... producer
Toshio Suzuki ... producer
Isao Takahata ... artistic producer / producer

Music by

Laurent Perez Del Mar

Film Editing by

Céline Kélépikis

Editorial Department

Peter Bernaers ... colorist
Chiara Pontuali ... digital intermediate assistant
Rémi Sagot-Duvauroux ... assistant editor

Production Design by

Michael Dudok de Wit

Production Management

Emilie Chaulet ... assistant production manager
Tanguy Olivier ... production manager
Annick Pippelart ... post-production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jean Pierre Bouchet ... first assistant director
Bertrand Schutz ... assistant director

Art Department

Julien De Man ... background development / background supervisor / color script
Michael Dudok de Wit ... storyboard artist
Sebastien Dunon ... background painter
Alexis Liddell ... background color / color script
Emma McCann ... background painter

Sound Department

Fabien Devillers ... re-recording mixer
Morgan Dufour ... sound editor
Florian Fabre ... foley artist
Nils Fauth ... foley mixer
Alexandre Fleurant ... sound editor
Sébastien Marquilly ... supervising sound editor
Matthieu Michaux ... sound editor
Piste Rouge ... sound studio
Bruno Seznec ... sound studio manager / sound supervisor
Christine Seznec ... voice recording supervisor
Rémi Seznec ... assistent sound designer
Cedric Denooz ... preproduction sound editor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Julien Goepp ... digital compositor
Emma McCann ... digital compositor
Mouloud Oussid ... visual effects supervisor
Claudio Pacciarella ... visual effects artist: lead

Animation Department

Antoine Antin ... key animator
Krisztina Bakos ... shadow animator and clean-up artist
Arnaud Bois ... compositing supervisor
Jean-Pierre Bouchet ... compositing supervisor
Marie Bouchet ... cleanup supervisor
Eric Briche ... layout supervisor
Zsuzsanna Fábián ... shadow animator
Pascal Herbreteau ... shadow animator
Jean-Christophe Lie ... animation supervisor
Prima Linea ... animation studio
Emma McCann ... paint supervisor
Magda Richiusa ... assistant animator
Liis Roden ... key clean-up artist
François Spreutels ... background artist / character & prop colour designer
Paul Raymond Williams ... assistant animator
Bob Wolkers ... animator

Casting Department

Olivier Auquier ... additional cast and extras: Dreamwall recruiter

Music Department

Atanas Babaleski ... scoring pro tools engineer
Benjamin Coyault ... music business affairs
Fabien Devillers ... music scoring mixer
F.A.M.E.'S. Project ... orchestra and studio contractor
Didier Griselain ... music copyist
Georgi Hristovski ... score recording engineer
Oleg Kondratenko ... conductor
Bruno Seznec ... music studio manager
Clement Souchier ... music supervisor
Cecile Tournesac ... score editor

Additional Crew

Serge Hayat ... equity provider
Raphaële Ingberg ... business affairs manager
Martin Marquet ... publicist


Steven Burch ... thanks
David Claikens ... thanks
Jane Hodge ... thanks
Alex Verbaere ... thanks

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Plot Summary

Surrounded by the immense and furious ocean, a shipwrecked mariner battles for his life with the relentless towering waves. On the brink of demise, eventually, the man will find himself washed ashore on a deserted tropical island of sandy beaches, timid animal inhabitants, and a gracefully swaying bamboo forest. Alone, famished, yet determined to break free from this Eden-like prison, the stranded sailor summons up the strength to build a small raft, and sets off on a perilous journey in the wide open sea; however, an indistinguishable adversary prevents him from escaping. Never giving up hope, each day, the exhausted man attempts to make a new, sturdier, and more improved raft; nevertheless, the sea is vast with wonderful and mysterious creatures, and the island's only red turtle won't let the weary survivor escape that easily. Could this be the heartless enemy? Written by Nick Riganas

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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • レッドタートル ある島の物語 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • The Red Turtle (Ireland, English title)
  • The Red Turtle (Canada, English title)
  • The Red Turtle (United States)
  • The Red Turtle (World-wide, English title)
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  • 80 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $787,712, 19 Mar 2017

Did You Know?

Trivia Studio Ghibli sent Michael Dudok de Wit an email with two questions: if they could distribute his short film Father and Daughter (2000) in Japan, and if he would make a feature film for them. Dudok de Wit replied answering the first question and saying he did not understand the second, as he was baffled and could not believe it. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Longing of Michael Dudok De Wit (2016). See more »
Soundtracks String Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters' See more »
Crazy Credits The Studio Ghibli logo is red instead of the traditional blue, to honor the title character. See more »
Quotes The Son (young adult): Hey!
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