Turtles in Popular Culture

This is going to be an attempt at a list of turtles in cartoons, TV shows, movies, etc. in which the turtle or tortoise plays in important role.

Cartoons, Comics, Animation

  • Kung Fu Panda- Master Oogway is a tortoise.
  • Do we need to mention Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
  • Pogo has Churchy Le Femme
  • Over the Hedge has Verne
  • Bugs Bunny is always trying to race Cecil Turtle
  • Touche Turtle

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  • The Discworld books by Terry Pratchet feature a world carried on the back of the mighty A’Tuin, the ‘Astrochelonian’.
  • Small Gods, by Terry Pratchet is a Discworld book in which a god ends up in the body of a small tortoise.
  • Esio Trot, by Roald Dahl is a sweet love story played through a tortoise. Definitely not a care guide! 🙂
  • Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss