Music

As in other spheres of human creativity, also in the field of music various “turtle elements” are present.

We have note with info (sometimes very basic) about Turtle Bands – the ones that have a turtle name (sometimes it’s the only turtle-thing in their activities). This text also shows the covers of music albums of these bands, if they contain some turtle elements (other than the band name itself). In a separate text we present CD, Cassettes and vinyls covers of other bands.

Of course, we also have note about Music Videos with turtle elements.

The biggest part of our music-related base are certainly the turtle-relaed mentions in various songs – we found over a thousand of them, and divided them by genre and then alphabetically:
Hip-Hop: 0-B | C-E | F-K | L-O | P-S | T-Z
Jazz & Blues: 0-L | M-Z
Rock & Metal: 0-C | D-G | H-L | M-P | Q-S | T-Z
Pop & Others: 0-D | E-L | M-R | S-Z

In the notes linked above, there is a lot of songs that refer to Pokemon or Ninja Turtles – however, the music directly related to these franchises (except for one song, Ninja Rap) is not there, all soundtracks, openings, other official music related to them are collected separately: TMNT, Pokemon – mainly in the form of various album covers.

Spellsinger Series

An eight-volume book series written by Alan Dean Foster, the first six volumes were published between 1983 and 1987, the last two were released after a short break, in 1993 and 1994.

At the moment, fives volumes are described in the database, but according to our information, the turtle mage, Clothahump, appears in all eight books – when we read them, we will add notes about them to the TD.

Books in series:
Spellsinger
The Hour of the Gate
The Day of the Dissonance
The Moment of the Magician
The Paths of the Perambulator
The Time of the Transference
Son of Spellsinger
Chorus Skating

Curiosities

The trivia section contains a lot of various information. It is of course not a cross-sectional description of given topics, but only a few words.

We have divided the collected curiosities into nine subcategories:
Turtles – general interesting facts about real turtles.
Fauna and Flora – interesting facts about fauna and flora related to turtles.
Slang – linguistic trivia.
Vehicles – trivia about various vehicles, including cars, planes, trains, etc.
Mythology – various turtles trivia from different mythologies.
Miscellaneous – Trivia that doesn’t fit into any other category.

Osobno wyróżniliśmy trzy rodzaje Żółwiej Symboliki:
Associated with countries and regions – as in the name.
Associated with sport – as in the name.
Miscellaneous – the remaining trivia related to the symbolism and not fitting in the aboves.

Video Games

As in other note-lists, almost at the very beginning we include a legend about how to see-read the icons that precede the game titles on the list. First, however, we will mention that in the game database we do not include games from the Pokemon, Ninja Turtles, Mario universes – as we can be actually 100% sure that some turtles are in them. About TMNT video games we prepared a general article, notes about the others will be available soon.

Returning to the legend, the first two categories are divided by descriptions “what the number of icons means”, so in order not to spread the note, they are described together, first we describing what a given color means, and then what the number of icons means.

– Games with real turtles
– Games with “anthropomorphic” turtles – all those who talk, of course, but also those who have silent roles, but behave not-like-ordinary-turtles.

– There is only a verbal mention in the game or a turtle in the form of a toy, drawing, sculpture (and other artistic forms) or only the shell (without the owner) is shown.
– A real live turtle appears in the game at least for a second. Also games with turtles visible in one longer or a few smaller scenes but without much importance for the plot.
– A real live turtle or turtles appears in the game and plays important role, but not crucial. It may be a longer fragment focused on them, or several smaller but distinctive appearances.
– There is a real live turtle or turtles in the game and they are the axis for storyline, they are the main character, etc.

Color number 4 – TMNT related games!
– Games where ninja turtles are only mentioned in some way or appear in the form of a toy, drawing, etc. or music from ninja turtles is used.
– Games in which ninja turtles appear in some form on the screen.
– Ninja turtles appear in the game and play an important role, but not crucial. It may be a longer fragment focused on them, or several smaller but distinctive appearances.
– Games in which Ninja turtles constitute the plot axis, the removal of which would make the whole game meaningless (but as TMNT games are not described, this stamp will probably remain unused).

Color number 5 – Only a musical reference (hereinafter referred to as “turtle music” for simplicity) – at the moment these are mainly The Turtles songs used in the games. (Any use of TMNT music counts as a reference to TMNT, not music!)
– A song used in the soundtrack appears.
– A song appears, but it is woven into the plot, eg the characters sing it.
– Turtle music is an important part of the game.
– The game is all about turtle music.

2004
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox , Mac OS X, później także porty na systemy mobilne (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Fire OS) oraz nowsze konsole, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

2006
Over the Hedge (Game Boy Advance, GameCube , Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox )

2009
Toss The Turtle (Flash)

2011
Turtle Fly – Into Space (iOS)

2012
Hungry Shark Evolution (Windows, iOS, Android)

2014
Destiny (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)

2016
Box Turtle Simulator (iOS, Android)
Suрer Toss The Turtle (iOS, Android)
War Tortoise (iOS)

2017
Destiny 2 (Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S)
Turtle Evolution (iOS, Android)

2018
Cell to Singularity – Evolution Never Ends (iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows)
Vampyr (Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintento Switch)

2020
Cyberpunk 2077 (Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Google Stadia)
War Tortoise 2 (iOS, Android)

Shorts

In this section we have collected various short films we found and in which a turtle appears in some form. And what exactly are short films? First, a quote from researchguides.dartmouth.edu site: A broad category of films defined by their short running time in comparison with that of the feature film. For the purposes of the ‘Animated Short Film’ and ‘Live Action Short Film’ categories in the Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as forty minutes or less. At the Venice Film Festival, the limit set in entries in the short film category is thirty minutes or less.

As you can see, the short film is not clearly defined – 5, 7 or 10 minute film/animation is unquestionably considered by everyone as short, but with longer things, it is not so obvious For the purposes of TurtleDex, at the moment, we assumed 30 minutes as the maximum duration qualifying movie as “short”.

We divided the notes into thirteen categories, according to several different criteria, such as production studio, turtle character, genre (i.e. live action/documentary), etc.:
Cecil – one of the most famous named turtles, so although all animations with him come from the Warner Bros studio described below, he got his own note.
Warner Bros – producer of the Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes animations series
Toby – Similarly to the Cecil, he is a well-known turtle, he was animated by Disney, we described their works the note below, but he got his own note.
Disney – producer-tycoon on the animation market, created series such as Silly Symphonies, animations about Pluto, Mickey Mouse and many others.
Betty Boops, Flip the Frog, Strawberry Shortcake – Unusual , in one note we collected three “types” of animations, each of the three mentioned characters has 2-3 films (with a turtle element). Instead of making notes for 2-3 entries, we decided to describe them collectively.
Related to cinema films – Short films that are usually a small spin-ofss for a large animated film, like Kung Fu Panda, Toy Story etc.
Noveltoons – A series of animations produced for Paramount Pictures.
Live action – Everything with live people on screen (but not documentary, these are below).
Documentary – The name says it all. Mostly with real people, but there is also one animated.
Walter Lantz – Animations created by Walter Lantz.
Popeye – Animations in which the common element is Popeye the sailor appearing as the main character.
Various Tortoise and the Hare – Various shorts (mostly animated, but not all) telling the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.
Other animation – Various animations not falling under any of the groups above.

Sculptures

Turtles are popular in virtually every field of human artistic activity – so naturally, they could not be missing in sculptures.

For the sake of clarity, we have divided the sculptures into two main types, ie fountain sculptures (which also includes any “merely-ornamental” turtles that are part of a fountain, not just those that “squirt water” personally) and “normal” sculptures. For even more clarity, we have also divided these notes geographically.
Fountains: North and South America | Africa, Asia, Australia | Europe
Sculptures: Europe | Africa, Asia, Australia | North and South America | USA

In addition, we also have in our database bigger form, turtles shaped – buildings. Of course, it could be argued whether these are still sculptures, but here they probably fit best.

The above-described objects are located all over the world, in China “and around” you can find, however, two types of turtle sculptures characteristic only for this region. The first are Bixi, i.e. turtle-like (turtle shell-likeness is minimum, sometimes the head is also turtle-like) bases for the stelae. The second case areturtle-shaped graves, appearing in the single “version”, as well as tombs in which entire generations are buried for years.

Importantly, the sculptures shown should be treated primarily in encyclopedic categories, not necessarily as a guide for visiting – most of the objects shown are probably still in the places described, but this is not something that we have verified for each of the described cases.

Commercials

As the name suggests, this secton of TD focuses on advertising. Of course, with turtles, one way or another. We divided ads into fifteen collective notes, the title of each should quite well reflects what ads are discussed.


Advertising: Automotive | Comcast | TurtleWax | Television | Banking | Toys | Drinks | Beer
Telecommunications | Food | Electronics | Places | Social | Miscellaneous 1 | Miscellaneous 2


Advertisements related to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pokemon we did not add to TurtleDex, assuming that especially in the case of Ninja Turtles, there would be too many of these ads to describe, and naturally, if something is an advertisement of a TMNT toy, it is for sure have some turtle elements.

Art – Paintings

As in other types of creativity, also in painting there are many artists who have devoted a certain dose of attention to turtles.

In the database we have collected rather older works, not modern ones, without detailed notes about the creators (only basic information, i.e. personal details, country of origin, years of life), the works themselves with titles, and of course you can see what is on them. You can easily google more information about artists if you want more information.

We divided our collection into four notes, divided by the origin of their authors, collected into groups, we tried to make the notes with similar size.
We have: French and Dutch | Belgians, Flemish and Spaniards | Italians | Americans, English, Austrians, Czechs, Indians, Germans, South Africans, Hungarians

Famous turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (incl. Slash, Venus and Jennika)
These turtles, the basic four, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Raphael and Donatello are definitely among the most famous turtle characters – they have a comic book origin, but over the years they have broken away from it quite strongly, and they function as heroes of comics, animated series and (mainy live action) cinema films – it depends who you ask. In addition to the aforementioned four, the live action series also featured the turtle, Venus, and in various versions of the turtle world, Slash also appears, a mutant turtle, large and usually wilder. There is also Jennika in comic series by IDW. It’s hard to talk about the existence of one, canonical explanation of the origin of the turtles – these can be highly variable.
Pokemon
There is no shortage of turtles in the world of Pokemon – starting with the first series of the games, where one of the starters (pokemon that the player could choose at start) was a turtle, Squirtle! With the evolution, this resulted in three turtles at the very beginning. Later, as new regions were “discovered”, the number of turtles increased. Of course, you could see them everywhere, in games, manga, anime, and everything else that has been created around Pokemon over the years.
Gamera.
A huge turtle, in the style of the well-known Godzilla. It is also derived from Japanese films, with twelve officially movies grouped in three “series” (with the last series having only one film). There were also a few mangas and a comic with Gamera, and a guest appearance “here and there”.
Franklin and his family.
The “Canadian” turtle, createdby Paulette Bourgeois (a Canadian) who wrote a huge number of books with him, in which, apart from him, there are his parents and little sister. In addition to the books, there are also two animated tv-series about Franklin, one in a more classic animation style and the other in typical CGI
World Turtle
This “figure” is essentially semi-mythical, according to old beliefs the whole world was to rest on its shell, or its shell was to be the world itself. This vision was later the subject of many references. Probably the best known is A’Tuin, which has its own note.
A’tuin
A huge turtle (Chelys galactica) from Discworld series, with four elephants resting on its shell on which the disk itself rests. It mainly appears in T. Pratchett’s books about the Discworld, usually only at the level of “what a disk looks like” decription. Obviously, it also appears in works inspired by the series, comics, movies etc..
Oogway
The Turtle master from the Kung Fu Panda trilogy – he invented Kung Fu himself! In addition to the movies, he also appears in the tv-series and in the general merchandise from this franchise.
Speed
This turtle is the protagonist of the series about The Swan Princess. He has appeared in all of the series’ movies, playing a minor or major role, but he was always present.
Turtles from Mario/.
As part of the Mario universe, there is the Koopa turtle race, which appears in the mass of works from this universe (including, above all, games, of course). They are quite differentiated, and the best-known varieties are probably Bowser and Koopa Troopa.
Crush and Squirt.
Two turtles from “Finding Nemo” and the sequel, “Finding Dory“. The older of them, Crush, apart from the two films mentioned, is also an important element of the attractions of various Disneylands.
Mock Turtle
A character from the “Alice in Wonderland” book that probably everyone has heard of. Over the years since its premiere, this story has been adapted in many many ways in probably every possible medium. In many of this adaptatnions, “Mock turtle” have some role.
Roshi/Turtle
Roshi is a very important character from the Dragon Ball universe, an iconic fighting technique of this series, “Kame Hame Ha” was invented by him. He wears a turtle shell on his back, and is friend with a real turtle (anthropomorphic, he also appears in many episodes and has a lot of dialogues). Manga and anime heroes (and side products, of course).
The Tortoise (and The Hare)
A character from Aesop’s fairy tale, also quite widely known. Over the years there was maaaany interpretations and references, “The Tortoise” is quite a popular character whose traces can be found everywhere, from books to comics to movies, tv-series, commercials and whatever comes to mind.
Toby Tortoise
Toby Tortoise is one of the two most famous incarnations of the turtle from the mentioned above “the Tortoise and the Hare”, he appears in Disney cartoons.
Cecil Turtle
Cecil Turtle is the second of the most famous incarnations of the turtle from the “The Tortoise and the Hare”, he appears in Looney Tunes cartoons.
Verne
Verne is a turtle, one of the three main characters of the comic strip “Over the Hedge” and the things that derived from this series.
Bert the Turtle
The protagonist of the instructional film “Duck and Cover” showing how to behave in the face of a nuclear explosion – Bert gained some popularity.
Lonesome George
Considered the last of the Chelonoidis abingdonii tortoises (also known as the “Pinta giant tortoise”), which has gained him some popularity and media recognition. He died in 2012.
Testudo
Official mascot of the University of Maryland. This Diamondback terrapin is ubiquitous in the symbolism associated with this college, on campus, sports teams and so on.
Yertle the Turtle
The hero of the “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories”, quite popular book, he also appears (is referenced) in many places.
Touche Turtle
The protagonist of the series “Touché Turtle and Dum Dum”, he also has a few other appearances.
Kappa
Kappa is a creature found in Japanese folklore, a demonic creature that often has turtle features (mainly a characteristic shell) in his appearance.
Little Turtle
A Miami Indian chief, named after the turtle.
Testudo formation
It is not a literal turtle, it is “only by name”, a turtle called military formation. It appears in various places (movies, series, comics, books) so we decided that it is something that can be included in the list of “famous turtles”
Aeschylus
Aeschylus is not the name of a turtle, but a philosopher who, according to historical “sources” (not necessarily considered authentic), was killed by a turtle, or more precisely, by an eagle who wanted to smash the turtle’s shell against a stone, but hit Aeschylus. This theme reappeared “here and there”, hence its presence on this list.
Turtles all the way down
The relatively popular concept, that the earth rests on a turtle, and that turtle rests on another turtle, and so on, forever.
Achilles and the Tortoise
One of the paradoxes of Zeno of Elea uses the turtle as an example to show that Achilles will never be able to catch up with him.