thewhimsyturtle:

Hello, friends! We have lots to share with you today!

First, we are excited to share that I have been steadily getting better! You saw how I feasted on Christmas like my old self. I’ve been eating almost every day since, with my eyes open big and wide! There were a few days when I went on a hunger strike because I got pumpkin for two days in a row and wanted more pumpkin. But other than that, I have been chomping away almost like my normal self. I’m still not eating quite as much as I used to, but we’re getting close! On New Year’s Day, I ate dandelion and collard greens (my least favorite of my usual foods!) that together were bigger than my shell! I have also been trying my hardest to climb out of my awful daily baths, just like my usual self. Even better, I have been pooping! I started out pooping once every 2-4 days, but I have now pooped four five days in a row! Just in time to bring lots of fecal samples to the vet yesterday.

I went back to see Dr. B. yesterday to show her how much better I am. We tried out our hand warmers from friend gckaf, and they worked beautifully. I showed up at the vet’s snug and warm! Dr. B. was happy to hear about how much I have been eating and pooping. Mommy also showed her pictures of me with my eyes wide open because I was already passed out for the day by the time we got to the vet’s. Everyone was excited to see that I have gained almost three whole grams in the last two weeks!

Dr. B. was worried about a couple of things, though. I have been getting puffy again, so Dr. B. showed Mommy how to prop me up to improve my circulation by having my legs hang down and not having my shell cut into my legs. (It felt so nice, especially when Mommy gave me chin rubs! Normally I prefer head/neck rubs, but today I felt like chin rubs.) Dr. B. is worried my puffiness could be from not enough protein, so I may get special carnivore food for extra protein. My puffiness could also mean that at least part of my weight gain is water weight. Dr. B. also agrees with Mommy that my shell seems to be getting soft again. Since I am absolutely refusing to eat anything with calcium powder on it, Dr. B. sent us home with two weeks’ worth of daily calcium injections for me. I hate needles!!

Now for the big news: I have pinworms! Not zillions, but still a lot. I got a dose of pinworm-specific Panacur deworming. (The deworming I got before was a general deworming because I wasn’t pooping enough then for Dr. B. to be able to tell exactly what might be in my gut.) Hopefully those pesky pinworms were the cause of all my troubles, and I can get back to my normal self and start growing like friend Waffles soon! (Well, maybe not quite as fast as Waffles…)

Phew! Well we’re so glad to hear you’re eating and pooping! Humom says that while they might be smelly they love poopies cause its good for us torts and cause our humoms and dads know it came from our bellies. something like that. Basically, everything we make is awesome so humans love it. 

Dr. B sounds real nice and like she knows about awesome shells like us. She probably knows that you can’t just give us yummy treats and take them away without a hunger strike! We’re warriors! 

hoping the deworrminess makes you feel better soon. SO glad you got some hand warmers! Humom said she felt silly she hadn’t shared, we use those back warmers you get at CVS or Duane Reed when I travel (which I just did and it was LAME! but thats another story). They’re nice and warm and last a long time. 

We’ve been thinking about it and maybe you’re the chosen one like in those harry pottedplant books! We’re a team fighting the turtpocalypse and helping you fight the scary demons that come with your birthright of being awesome! 

We are sending you shell strength and we’re gonna jump on board with wafflesworld and mangomusings and chant the Esio Trot chant to you! Also, we’ll chant TEAM KIRBY in between it 😀 

~Zoya Pants

thewhimsyturtle:

Hello, friends! We have lots to share with you today!

First, we are excited to share that I have been steadily getting better! You saw how I feasted on Christmas like my old self. I’ve been eating almost every day since, with my eyes open big and wide! There were a few days when I went on a hunger strike because I got pumpkin for two days in a row and wanted more pumpkin. But other than that, I have been chomping away almost like my normal self. I’m still not eating quite as much as I used to, but we’re getting close! On New Year’s Day, I ate dandelion and collard greens (my least favorite of my usual foods!) that together were bigger than my shell! I have also been trying my hardest to climb out of my awful daily baths, just like my usual self. Even better, I have been pooping! I started out pooping once every 2-4 days, but I have now pooped four five days in a row! Just in time to bring lots of fecal samples to the vet yesterday.

I went back to see Dr. B. yesterday to show her how much better I am. We tried out our hand warmers from friend gckaf, and they worked beautifully. I showed up at the vet’s snug and warm! Dr. B. was happy to hear about how much I have been eating and pooping. Mommy also showed her pictures of me with my eyes wide open because I was already passed out for the day by the time we got to the vet’s. Everyone was excited to see that I have gained almost three whole grams in the last two weeks!

Dr. B. was worried about a couple of things, though. I have been getting puffy again, so Dr. B. showed Mommy how to prop me up to improve my circulation by having my legs hang down and not having my shell cut into my legs. (It felt so nice, especially when Mommy gave me chin rubs! Normally I prefer head/neck rubs, but today I felt like chin rubs.) Dr. B. is worried my puffiness could be from not enough protein, so I may get special carnivore food for extra protein. My puffiness could also mean that at least part of my weight gain is water weight. Dr. B. also agrees with Mommy that my shell seems to be getting soft again. Since I am absolutely refusing to eat anything with calcium powder on it, Dr. B. sent us home with two weeks’ worth of daily calcium injections for me. I hate needles!!

Now for the big news: I have pinworms! Not zillions, but still a lot. I got a dose of pinworm-specific Panacur deworming. (The deworming I got before was a general deworming because I wasn’t pooping enough then for Dr. B. to be able to tell exactly what might be in my gut.) Hopefully those pesky pinworms were the cause of all my troubles, and I can get back to my normal self and start growing like friend Waffles soon! (Well, maybe not quite as fast as Waffles…)

Phew! Well we’re so glad to hear you’re eating and pooping! Humom says that while they might be smelly they love poopies cause its good for us torts and cause our humoms and dads know it came from our bellies. something like that. Basically, everything we make is awesome so humans love it. 

Dr. B sounds real nice and like she knows about awesome shells like us. She probably knows that you can’t just give us yummy treats and take them away without a hunger strike! We’re warriors! 

hoping the deworrminess makes you feel better soon. SO glad you got some hand warmers! Humom said she felt silly she hadn’t shared, we use those back warmers you get at CVS or Duane Reed when I travel (which I just did and it was LAME! but thats another story). They’re nice and warm and last a long time. 

We’ve been thinking about it and maybe you’re the chosen one like in those harry pottedplant books! We’re a team fighting the turtpocalypse and helping you fight the scary demons that come with your birthright of being awesome! 

We are sending you shell strength and we’re gonna jump on board with wafflesworld and mangomusings and chant the Esio Trot chant to you! Also, we’ll chant TEAM KIRBY in between it 😀 

~Zoya Pants

thewhimsyturtle:

Hello, friends! We have lots to share with you today!

First, we are excited to share that I have been steadily getting better! You saw how I feasted on Christmas like my old self. I’ve been eating almost every day since, with my eyes open big and wide! There were a few days when I went on a hunger strike because I got pumpkin for two days in a row and wanted more pumpkin. But other than that, I have been chomping away almost like my normal self. I’m still not eating quite as much as I used to, but we’re getting close! On New Year’s Day, I ate dandelion and collard greens (my least favorite of my usual foods!) that together were bigger than my shell! I have also been trying my hardest to climb out of my awful daily baths, just like my usual self. Even better, I have been pooping! I started out pooping once every 2-4 days, but I have now pooped four five days in a row! Just in time to bring lots of fecal samples to the vet yesterday.

I went back to see Dr. B. yesterday to show her how much better I am. We tried out our hand warmers from friend gckaf, and they worked beautifully. I showed up at the vet’s snug and warm! Dr. B. was happy to hear about how much I have been eating and pooping. Mommy also showed her pictures of me with my eyes wide open because I was already passed out for the day by the time we got to the vet’s. Everyone was excited to see that I have gained almost three whole grams in the last two weeks!

Dr. B. was worried about a couple of things, though. I have been getting puffy again, so Dr. B. showed Mommy how to prop me up to improve my circulation by having my legs hang down and not having my shell cut into my legs. (It felt so nice, especially when Mommy gave me chin rubs! Normally I prefer head/neck rubs, but today I felt like chin rubs.) Dr. B. is worried my puffiness could be from not enough protein, so I may get special carnivore food for extra protein. My puffiness could also mean that at least part of my weight gain is water weight. Dr. B. also agrees with Mommy that my shell seems to be getting soft again. Since I am absolutely refusing to eat anything with calcium powder on it, Dr. B. sent us home with two weeks’ worth of daily calcium injections for me. I hate needles!!

Now for the big news: I have pinworms! Not zillions, but still a lot. I got a dose of pinworm-specific Panacur deworming. (The deworming I got before was a general deworming because I wasn’t pooping enough then for Dr. B. to be able to tell exactly what might be in my gut.) Hopefully those pesky pinworms were the cause of all my troubles, and I can get back to my normal self and start growing like friend Waffles soon! (Well, maybe not quite as fast as Waffles…)

Phew! Well we’re so glad to hear you’re eating and pooping! Humom says that while they might be smelly they love poopies cause its good for us torts and cause our humoms and dads know it came from our bellies. something like that. Basically, everything we make is awesome so humans love it. 

Dr. B sounds real nice and like she knows about awesome shells like us. She probably knows that you can’t just give us yummy treats and take them away without a hunger strike! We’re warriors! 

hoping the deworrminess makes you feel better soon. SO glad you got some hand warmers! Humom said she felt silly she hadn’t shared, we use those back warmers you get at CVS or Duane Reed when I travel (which I just did and it was LAME! but thats another story). They’re nice and warm and last a long time. 

We’ve been thinking about it and maybe you’re the chosen one like in those harry pottedplant books! We’re a team fighting the turtpocalypse and helping you fight the scary demons that come with your birthright of being awesome! 

We are sending you shell strength and we’re gonna jump on board with wafflesworld and mangomusings and chant the Esio Trot chant to you! Also, we’ll chant TEAM KIRBY in between it 😀 

~Zoya Pants

thewhimsyturtle:

Hello, friends! We have lots to share with you today!

First, we are excited to share that I have been steadily getting better! You saw how I feasted on Christmas like my old self. I’ve been eating almost every day since, with my eyes open big and wide! There were a few days when I went on a hunger strike because I got pumpkin for two days in a row and wanted more pumpkin. But other than that, I have been chomping away almost like my normal self. I’m still not eating quite as much as I used to, but we’re getting close! On New Year’s Day, I ate dandelion and collard greens (my least favorite of my usual foods!) that together were bigger than my shell! I have also been trying my hardest to climb out of my awful daily baths, just like my usual self. Even better, I have been pooping! I started out pooping once every 2-4 days, but I have now pooped four five days in a row! Just in time to bring lots of fecal samples to the vet yesterday.

I went back to see Dr. B. yesterday to show her how much better I am. We tried out our hand warmers from friend gckaf, and they worked beautifully. I showed up at the vet’s snug and warm! Dr. B. was happy to hear about how much I have been eating and pooping. Mommy also showed her pictures of me with my eyes wide open because I was already passed out for the day by the time we got to the vet’s. Everyone was excited to see that I have gained almost three whole grams in the last two weeks!

Dr. B. was worried about a couple of things, though. I have been getting puffy again, so Dr. B. showed Mommy how to prop me up to improve my circulation by having my legs hang down and not having my shell cut into my legs. (It felt so nice, especially when Mommy gave me chin rubs! Normally I prefer head/neck rubs, but today I felt like chin rubs.) Dr. B. is worried my puffiness could be from not enough protein, so I may get special carnivore food for extra protein. My puffiness could also mean that at least part of my weight gain is water weight. Dr. B. also agrees with Mommy that my shell seems to be getting soft again. Since I am absolutely refusing to eat anything with calcium powder on it, Dr. B. sent us home with two weeks’ worth of daily calcium injections for me. I hate needles!!

Now for the big news: I have pinworms! Not zillions, but still a lot. I got a dose of pinworm-specific Panacur deworming. (The deworming I got before was a general deworming because I wasn’t pooping enough then for Dr. B. to be able to tell exactly what might be in my gut.) Hopefully those pesky pinworms were the cause of all my troubles, and I can get back to my normal self and start growing like friend Waffles soon! (Well, maybe not quite as fast as Waffles…)

Phew! Well we’re so glad to hear you’re eating and pooping! Humom says that while they might be smelly they love poopies cause its good for us torts and cause our humoms and dads know it came from our bellies. something like that. Basically, everything we make is awesome so humans love it. 

Dr. B sounds real nice and like she knows about awesome shells like us. She probably knows that you can’t just give us yummy treats and take them away without a hunger strike! We’re warriors! 

hoping the deworrminess makes you feel better soon. SO glad you got some hand warmers! Humom said she felt silly she hadn’t shared, we use those back warmers you get at CVS or Duane Reed when I travel (which I just did and it was LAME! but thats another story). They’re nice and warm and last a long time. 

We’ve been thinking about it and maybe you’re the chosen one like in those harry pottedplant books! We’re a team fighting the turtpocalypse and helping you fight the scary demons that come with your birthright of being awesome! 

We are sending you shell strength and we’re gonna jump on board with wafflesworld and mangomusings and chant the Esio Trot chant to you! Also, we’ll chant TEAM KIRBY in between it 😀 

~Zoya Pants

thewhimsyturtle:

Hello, friends! We have lots to share with you today!

First, we are excited to share that I have been steadily getting better! You saw how I feasted on Christmas like my old self. I’ve been eating almost every day since, with my eyes open big and wide! There were a few days when I went on a hunger strike because I got pumpkin for two days in a row and wanted more pumpkin. But other than that, I have been chomping away almost like my normal self. I’m still not eating quite as much as I used to, but we’re getting close! On New Year’s Day, I ate dandelion and collard greens (my least favorite of my usual foods!) that together were bigger than my shell! I have also been trying my hardest to climb out of my awful daily baths, just like my usual self. Even better, I have been pooping! I started out pooping once every 2-4 days, but I have now pooped four five days in a row! Just in time to bring lots of fecal samples to the vet yesterday.

I went back to see Dr. B. yesterday to show her how much better I am. We tried out our hand warmers from friend gckaf, and they worked beautifully. I showed up at the vet’s snug and warm! Dr. B. was happy to hear about how much I have been eating and pooping. Mommy also showed her pictures of me with my eyes wide open because I was already passed out for the day by the time we got to the vet’s. Everyone was excited to see that I have gained almost three whole grams in the last two weeks!

Dr. B. was worried about a couple of things, though. I have been getting puffy again, so Dr. B. showed Mommy how to prop me up to improve my circulation by having my legs hang down and not having my shell cut into my legs. (It felt so nice, especially when Mommy gave me chin rubs! Normally I prefer head/neck rubs, but today I felt like chin rubs.) Dr. B. is worried my puffiness could be from not enough protein, so I may get special carnivore food for extra protein. My puffiness could also mean that at least part of my weight gain is water weight. Dr. B. also agrees with Mommy that my shell seems to be getting soft again. Since I am absolutely refusing to eat anything with calcium powder on it, Dr. B. sent us home with two weeks’ worth of daily calcium injections for me. I hate needles!!

Now for the big news: I have pinworms! Not zillions, but still a lot. I got a dose of pinworm-specific Panacur deworming. (The deworming I got before was a general deworming because I wasn’t pooping enough then for Dr. B. to be able to tell exactly what might be in my gut.) Hopefully those pesky pinworms were the cause of all my troubles, and I can get back to my normal self and start growing like friend Waffles soon! (Well, maybe not quite as fast as Waffles…)

Phew! Well we’re so glad to hear you’re eating and pooping! Humom says that while they might be smelly they love poopies cause its good for us torts and cause our humoms and dads know it came from our bellies. something like that. Basically, everything we make is awesome so humans love it. 

Dr. B sounds real nice and like she knows about awesome shells like us. She probably knows that you can’t just give us yummy treats and take them away without a hunger strike! We’re warriors! 

hoping the deworrminess makes you feel better soon. SO glad you got some hand warmers! Humom said she felt silly she hadn’t shared, we use those back warmers you get at CVS or Duane Reed when I travel (which I just did and it was LAME! but thats another story). They’re nice and warm and last a long time. 

We’ve been thinking about it and maybe you’re the chosen one like in those harry pottedplant books! We’re a team fighting the turtpocalypse and helping you fight the scary demons that come with your birthright of being awesome! 

We are sending you shell strength and we’re gonna jump on board with wafflesworld and mangomusings and chant the Esio Trot chant to you! Also, we’ll chant TEAM KIRBY in between it 😀 

~Zoya Pants

thewhimsyturtle:

Hello, friends! We have lots to share with you today!

First, we are excited to share that I have been steadily getting better! You saw how I feasted on Christmas like my old self. I’ve been eating almost every day since, with my eyes open big and wide! There were a few days when I went on a hunger strike because I got pumpkin for two days in a row and wanted more pumpkin. But other than that, I have been chomping away almost like my normal self. I’m still not eating quite as much as I used to, but we’re getting close! On New Year’s Day, I ate dandelion and collard greens (my least favorite of my usual foods!) that together were bigger than my shell! I have also been trying my hardest to climb out of my awful daily baths, just like my usual self. Even better, I have been pooping! I started out pooping once every 2-4 days, but I have now pooped four five days in a row! Just in time to bring lots of fecal samples to the vet yesterday.

I went back to see Dr. B. yesterday to show her how much better I am. We tried out our hand warmers from friend gckaf, and they worked beautifully. I showed up at the vet’s snug and warm! Dr. B. was happy to hear about how much I have been eating and pooping. Mommy also showed her pictures of me with my eyes wide open because I was already passed out for the day by the time we got to the vet’s. Everyone was excited to see that I have gained almost three whole grams in the last two weeks!

Dr. B. was worried about a couple of things, though. I have been getting puffy again, so Dr. B. showed Mommy how to prop me up to improve my circulation by having my legs hang down and not having my shell cut into my legs. (It felt so nice, especially when Mommy gave me chin rubs! Normally I prefer head/neck rubs, but today I felt like chin rubs.) Dr. B. is worried my puffiness could be from not enough protein, so I may get special carnivore food for extra protein. My puffiness could also mean that at least part of my weight gain is water weight. Dr. B. also agrees with Mommy that my shell seems to be getting soft again. Since I am absolutely refusing to eat anything with calcium powder on it, Dr. B. sent us home with two weeks’ worth of daily calcium injections for me. I hate needles!!

Now for the big news: I have pinworms! Not zillions, but still a lot. I got a dose of pinworm-specific Panacur deworming. (The deworming I got before was a general deworming because I wasn’t pooping enough then for Dr. B. to be able to tell exactly what might be in my gut.) Hopefully those pesky pinworms were the cause of all my troubles, and I can get back to my normal self and start growing like friend Waffles soon! (Well, maybe not quite as fast as Waffles…)

Phew! Well we’re so glad to hear you’re eating and pooping! Humom says that while they might be smelly they love poopies cause its good for us torts and cause our humoms and dads know it came from our bellies. something like that. Basically, everything we make is awesome so humans love it. 

Dr. B sounds real nice and like she knows about awesome shells like us. She probably knows that you can’t just give us yummy treats and take them away without a hunger strike! We’re warriors! 

hoping the deworrminess makes you feel better soon. SO glad you got some hand warmers! Humom said she felt silly she hadn’t shared, we use those back warmers you get at CVS or Duane Reed when I travel (which I just did and it was LAME! but thats another story). They’re nice and warm and last a long time. 

We’ve been thinking about it and maybe you’re the chosen one like in those harry pottedplant books! We’re a team fighting the turtpocalypse and helping you fight the scary demons that come with your birthright of being awesome! 

We are sending you shell strength and we’re gonna jump on board with wafflesworld and mangomusings and chant the Esio Trot chant to you! Also, we’ll chant TEAM KIRBY in between it 😀 

~Zoya Pants

thewhimsyturtle:

Hello, friends! We have lots to share with you today!

First, we are excited to share that I have been steadily getting better! You saw how I feasted on Christmas like my old self. I’ve been eating almost every day since, with my eyes open big and wide! There were a few days when I went on a hunger strike because I got pumpkin for two days in a row and wanted more pumpkin. But other than that, I have been chomping away almost like my normal self. I’m still not eating quite as much as I used to, but we’re getting close! On New Year’s Day, I ate dandelion and collard greens (my least favorite of my usual foods!) that together were bigger than my shell! I have also been trying my hardest to climb out of my awful daily baths, just like my usual self. Even better, I have been pooping! I started out pooping once every 2-4 days, but I have now pooped four five days in a row! Just in time to bring lots of fecal samples to the vet yesterday.

I went back to see Dr. B. yesterday to show her how much better I am. We tried out our hand warmers from friend gckaf, and they worked beautifully. I showed up at the vet’s snug and warm! Dr. B. was happy to hear about how much I have been eating and pooping. Mommy also showed her pictures of me with my eyes wide open because I was already passed out for the day by the time we got to the vet’s. Everyone was excited to see that I have gained almost three whole grams in the last two weeks!

Dr. B. was worried about a couple of things, though. I have been getting puffy again, so Dr. B. showed Mommy how to prop me up to improve my circulation by having my legs hang down and not having my shell cut into my legs. (It felt so nice, especially when Mommy gave me chin rubs! Normally I prefer head/neck rubs, but today I felt like chin rubs.) Dr. B. is worried my puffiness could be from not enough protein, so I may get special carnivore food for extra protein. My puffiness could also mean that at least part of my weight gain is water weight. Dr. B. also agrees with Mommy that my shell seems to be getting soft again. Since I am absolutely refusing to eat anything with calcium powder on it, Dr. B. sent us home with two weeks’ worth of daily calcium injections for me. I hate needles!!

Now for the big news: I have pinworms! Not zillions, but still a lot. I got a dose of pinworm-specific Panacur deworming. (The deworming I got before was a general deworming because I wasn’t pooping enough then for Dr. B. to be able to tell exactly what might be in my gut.) Hopefully those pesky pinworms were the cause of all my troubles, and I can get back to my normal self and start growing like friend Waffles soon! (Well, maybe not quite as fast as Waffles…)

Phew! Well we’re so glad to hear you’re eating and pooping! Humom says that while they might be smelly they love poopies cause its good for us torts and cause our humoms and dads know it came from our bellies. something like that. Basically, everything we make is awesome so humans love it. 

Dr. B sounds real nice and like she knows about awesome shells like us. She probably knows that you can’t just give us yummy treats and take them away without a hunger strike! We’re warriors! 

hoping the deworrminess makes you feel better soon. SO glad you got some hand warmers! Humom said she felt silly she hadn’t shared, we use those back warmers you get at CVS or Duane Reed when I travel (which I just did and it was LAME! but thats another story). They’re nice and warm and last a long time. 

We’ve been thinking about it and maybe you’re the chosen one like in those harry pottedplant books! We’re a team fighting the turtpocalypse and helping you fight the scary demons that come with your birthright of being awesome! 

We are sending you shell strength and we’re gonna jump on board with wafflesworld and mangomusings and chant the Esio Trot chant to you! Also, we’ll chant TEAM KIRBY in between it 😀 

~Zoya Pants

ESIO TROT! Behind the Scenes? under the shell? something like that…

A Seriously fascinating press Q&A with  writers, producer, director and cast, was held after the press screening in Novmber.  Thanks to the Life of Wylie you can read the full transcript. For our “shell focused” friends… We’ve got the tortoise related highlights for you right here. ENJOY! 

Judi Dench The Tortoise Whisperer?

Q: Judi – the appeal of the piece for you?

Judi Dench: “I knew the story. I’ve read it to children. Many, many children. And so I knew the story. And, well…they did say Dustin Hoffman’s name. So, I mean, it could have been Five On A Treasure Island or whatever. It could have been any of those things. It could have been just, ‘Would you like to come and walk down the street and Richard Curtis will watch you?’ I wanted to play Mrs Silver, unconditionally.”

Q: Is is true you got the reputation on set for being a bit of a tortoise whisperer?

Judi Dench: “I do get on very, very well with animals. My family said to me, because we have a lot of animals, they said, ‘Oh, you’re going to come home with a tortoise.’ I said, ‘No, I won’t come home with a tortoise.’ Because a tortoise won’t run towards you with that kind of smiley, fuzzy face, like the cats do and the dogs do. But I did get quite fond of it. Of a little tortoise called Alfie. And my character is too stupid to know it’s being changed all the time. It was Alfie all the time. But it did go into a kind of…after I’d said this poem backwards to it so many times, it went into a kind of stupor and then it yawned. And a tortoise yawning is all-encompassing.”

Dustin Hoffman – Tortoise Dad

Q: And you actually own a tortoise?

Dustin Hoffman: “Yes I do. I had another one. I had two. Be careful, because they’ll go underneath the fence. And he made his way out to traffic and got run over. And still lived and we had to put down. Until you’ve had to put down a tortoise…it was sad. But then the other other one has survived. His name is Seventy. Because I got it on my 70th birthday, about 25 years ago.” (laughter)

Richard Curtis: “We wanted to put on the credits, ‘No tortoises were harmed in the filming of this. Except by Judi Dench.’”

Directing Tortoises, The part of the article where Zoya wonders why she doesn’t have an agent. 

Q: Dearbhla – the perils of directing. How many tortoises were there?

Dearbhla Walsh: “There were 60 live ones and 40 models. And then a few reproduced ones. We had an animatronic one. We had every version of tortoise. I even wore a tortoise as a good luck charm. The costume lady gave all the ladies good luck charms of tortoises. So Dustin and Judi were so easy and the tortoises – they had such demands, they just needed to rest. Dustin and Judi turned up on set at eight in the morning and worked without breaks, through meal breaks, the whole lot. Never any demands. Just would do it again and again. And the tortoises had to have their breaks…we had a tortoise wrangler, an absolutely wonderful guy called Mark who just was…”

Dustin Hoffman: “You have to tell, you talked to him about was he married?”

Dearbhla Walsh: “When we went round all the various pet shops looking for the locations, they weren’t as I imagined from my childhood and my experience of being in pet shops. And, of course, health and safety now means no animals can be kept in the windows of pet shops as we remember growing up. Mark ran an exotic pet shop just outside London so I went out to him one day and, oh my God, there were exotic animals all through the pet shop. He brought me round to his house, his back garden had the owl from Harry Potter, there were tortoises the size of this table, there were ferrets…then he took me through his house and I said, ‘Mark. Are you married?’ And he said, ‘I was.’ (laughter) Jilted because of a tortoise.”

Diva Tortoises!

Dustin Hoffman: “The hardest part is that I always get warm. so I always want air conditioning. I said, ‘Do they have air conditioning? Oh Pinewood, they must have it.’ And the guys brought in these great big machines. Because it really was humid. It was hard to keep your energy. And then suddenly by the third day we’re not using them anymore. It took me a long time for me to find out the real reason. And it was because of the tortoises. If they get too cold they won’t act.” (laughter)

Dustin Hoffman, like us, loves watching a tortie nom! 

Paul Mayhew-Archer: “And Dustin had four days when he was just with tortoises all day. That’s enough to send anyone slightly bonkers.”

Dustin Hoffman: “I did prefer those over Judi, though.” (laughter) You’ve never smelled anything like it. 60 tortoises. I’m telling you, that tortoise poo. That was the real thing.”

Q: They were all there? They weren’t added later?

Dustin Hoffman: “No. They’re there. No CGI for us. Actually it was good for me because, as I said, I do have a tortoise and I learned, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to get home and give it some strawberries.’ Because there were some delicacies I didn’t know that they loved. I loved watching them eat.”

ESIO TROT! Behind the Scenes? under the shell? something like that…

A Seriously fascinating press Q&A with  writers, producer, director and cast, was held after the press screening in Novmber.  Thanks to the Life of Wylie you can read the full transcript. For our “shell focused” friends… We’ve got the tortoise related highlights for you right here. ENJOY! 

Judi Dench The Tortoise Whisperer?

Q: Judi – the appeal of the piece for you?

Judi Dench: “I knew the story. I’ve read it to children. Many, many children. And so I knew the story. And, well…they did say Dustin Hoffman’s name. So, I mean, it could have been Five On A Treasure Island or whatever. It could have been any of those things. It could have been just, ‘Would you like to come and walk down the street and Richard Curtis will watch you?’ I wanted to play Mrs Silver, unconditionally.”

Q: Is is true you got the reputation on set for being a bit of a tortoise whisperer?

Judi Dench: “I do get on very, very well with animals. My family said to me, because we have a lot of animals, they said, ‘Oh, you’re going to come home with a tortoise.’ I said, ‘No, I won’t come home with a tortoise.’ Because a tortoise won’t run towards you with that kind of smiley, fuzzy face, like the cats do and the dogs do. But I did get quite fond of it. Of a little tortoise called Alfie. And my character is too stupid to know it’s being changed all the time. It was Alfie all the time. But it did go into a kind of…after I’d said this poem backwards to it so many times, it went into a kind of stupor and then it yawned. And a tortoise yawning is all-encompassing.”

Dustin Hoffman – Tortoise Dad

Q: And you actually own a tortoise?

Dustin Hoffman: “Yes I do. I had another one. I had two. Be careful, because they’ll go underneath the fence. And he made his way out to traffic and got run over. And still lived and we had to put down. Until you’ve had to put down a tortoise…it was sad. But then the other other one has survived. His name is Seventy. Because I got it on my 70th birthday, about 25 years ago.” (laughter)

Richard Curtis: “We wanted to put on the credits, ‘No tortoises were harmed in the filming of this. Except by Judi Dench.’”

Directing Tortoises, The part of the article where Zoya wonders why she doesn’t have an agent. 

Q: Dearbhla – the perils of directing. How many tortoises were there?

Dearbhla Walsh: “There were 60 live ones and 40 models. And then a few reproduced ones. We had an animatronic one. We had every version of tortoise. I even wore a tortoise as a good luck charm. The costume lady gave all the ladies good luck charms of tortoises. So Dustin and Judi were so easy and the tortoises – they had such demands, they just needed to rest. Dustin and Judi turned up on set at eight in the morning and worked without breaks, through meal breaks, the whole lot. Never any demands. Just would do it again and again. And the tortoises had to have their breaks…we had a tortoise wrangler, an absolutely wonderful guy called Mark who just was…”

Dustin Hoffman: “You have to tell, you talked to him about was he married?”

Dearbhla Walsh: “When we went round all the various pet shops looking for the locations, they weren’t as I imagined from my childhood and my experience of being in pet shops. And, of course, health and safety now means no animals can be kept in the windows of pet shops as we remember growing up. Mark ran an exotic pet shop just outside London so I went out to him one day and, oh my God, there were exotic animals all through the pet shop. He brought me round to his house, his back garden had the owl from Harry Potter, there were tortoises the size of this table, there were ferrets…then he took me through his house and I said, ‘Mark. Are you married?’ And he said, ‘I was.’ (laughter) Jilted because of a tortoise.”

Diva Tortoises!

Dustin Hoffman: “The hardest part is that I always get warm. so I always want air conditioning. I said, ‘Do they have air conditioning? Oh Pinewood, they must have it.’ And the guys brought in these great big machines. Because it really was humid. It was hard to keep your energy. And then suddenly by the third day we’re not using them anymore. It took me a long time for me to find out the real reason. And it was because of the tortoises. If they get too cold they won’t act.” (laughter)

Dustin Hoffman, like us, loves watching a tortie nom! 

Paul Mayhew-Archer: “And Dustin had four days when he was just with tortoises all day. That’s enough to send anyone slightly bonkers.”

Dustin Hoffman: “I did prefer those over Judi, though.” (laughter) You’ve never smelled anything like it. 60 tortoises. I’m telling you, that tortoise poo. That was the real thing.”

Q: They were all there? They weren’t added later?

Dustin Hoffman: “No. They’re there. No CGI for us. Actually it was good for me because, as I said, I do have a tortoise and I learned, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to get home and give it some strawberries.’ Because there were some delicacies I didn’t know that they loved. I loved watching them eat.”

ESIO TROT! Behind the Scenes? under the shell? something like that…

A Seriously fascinating press Q&A with  writers, producer, director and cast, was held after the press screening in Novmber.  Thanks to the Life of Wylie you can read the full transcript. For our “shell focused” friends… We’ve got the tortoise related highlights for you right here. ENJOY! 

Judi Dench The Tortoise Whisperer?

Q: Judi – the appeal of the piece for you?

Judi Dench: “I knew the story. I’ve read it to children. Many, many children. And so I knew the story. And, well…they did say Dustin Hoffman’s name. So, I mean, it could have been Five On A Treasure Island or whatever. It could have been any of those things. It could have been just, ‘Would you like to come and walk down the street and Richard Curtis will watch you?’ I wanted to play Mrs Silver, unconditionally.”

Q: Is is true you got the reputation on set for being a bit of a tortoise whisperer?

Judi Dench: “I do get on very, very well with animals. My family said to me, because we have a lot of animals, they said, ‘Oh, you’re going to come home with a tortoise.’ I said, ‘No, I won’t come home with a tortoise.’ Because a tortoise won’t run towards you with that kind of smiley, fuzzy face, like the cats do and the dogs do. But I did get quite fond of it. Of a little tortoise called Alfie. And my character is too stupid to know it’s being changed all the time. It was Alfie all the time. But it did go into a kind of…after I’d said this poem backwards to it so many times, it went into a kind of stupor and then it yawned. And a tortoise yawning is all-encompassing.”

Dustin Hoffman – Tortoise Dad

Q: And you actually own a tortoise?

Dustin Hoffman: “Yes I do. I had another one. I had two. Be careful, because they’ll go underneath the fence. And he made his way out to traffic and got run over. And still lived and we had to put down. Until you’ve had to put down a tortoise…it was sad. But then the other other one has survived. His name is Seventy. Because I got it on my 70th birthday, about 25 years ago.” (laughter)

Richard Curtis: “We wanted to put on the credits, ‘No tortoises were harmed in the filming of this. Except by Judi Dench.’”

Directing Tortoises, The part of the article where Zoya wonders why she doesn’t have an agent. 

Q: Dearbhla – the perils of directing. How many tortoises were there?

Dearbhla Walsh: “There were 60 live ones and 40 models. And then a few reproduced ones. We had an animatronic one. We had every version of tortoise. I even wore a tortoise as a good luck charm. The costume lady gave all the ladies good luck charms of tortoises. So Dustin and Judi were so easy and the tortoises – they had such demands, they just needed to rest. Dustin and Judi turned up on set at eight in the morning and worked without breaks, through meal breaks, the whole lot. Never any demands. Just would do it again and again. And the tortoises had to have their breaks…we had a tortoise wrangler, an absolutely wonderful guy called Mark who just was…”

Dustin Hoffman: “You have to tell, you talked to him about was he married?”

Dearbhla Walsh: “When we went round all the various pet shops looking for the locations, they weren’t as I imagined from my childhood and my experience of being in pet shops. And, of course, health and safety now means no animals can be kept in the windows of pet shops as we remember growing up. Mark ran an exotic pet shop just outside London so I went out to him one day and, oh my God, there were exotic animals all through the pet shop. He brought me round to his house, his back garden had the owl from Harry Potter, there were tortoises the size of this table, there were ferrets…then he took me through his house and I said, ‘Mark. Are you married?’ And he said, ‘I was.’ (laughter) Jilted because of a tortoise.”

Diva Tortoises!

Dustin Hoffman: “The hardest part is that I always get warm. so I always want air conditioning. I said, ‘Do they have air conditioning? Oh Pinewood, they must have it.’ And the guys brought in these great big machines. Because it really was humid. It was hard to keep your energy. And then suddenly by the third day we’re not using them anymore. It took me a long time for me to find out the real reason. And it was because of the tortoises. If they get too cold they won’t act.” (laughter)

Dustin Hoffman, like us, loves watching a tortie nom! 

Paul Mayhew-Archer: “And Dustin had four days when he was just with tortoises all day. That’s enough to send anyone slightly bonkers.”

Dustin Hoffman: “I did prefer those over Judi, though.” (laughter) You’ve never smelled anything like it. 60 tortoises. I’m telling you, that tortoise poo. That was the real thing.”

Q: They were all there? They weren’t added later?

Dustin Hoffman: “No. They’re there. No CGI for us. Actually it was good for me because, as I said, I do have a tortoise and I learned, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to get home and give it some strawberries.’ Because there were some delicacies I didn’t know that they loved. I loved watching them eat.”

ESIO TROT! Behind the Scenes? under the shell? something like that…

A Seriously fascinating press Q&A with  writers, producer, director and cast, was held after the press screening in Novmber.  Thanks to the Life of Wylie you can read the full transcript. For our “shell focused” friends… We’ve got the tortoise related highlights for you right here. ENJOY! 

Judi Dench The Tortoise Whisperer?

Q: Judi – the appeal of the piece for you?

Judi Dench: “I knew the story. I’ve read it to children. Many, many children. And so I knew the story. And, well…they did say Dustin Hoffman’s name. So, I mean, it could have been Five On A Treasure Island or whatever. It could have been any of those things. It could have been just, ‘Would you like to come and walk down the street and Richard Curtis will watch you?’ I wanted to play Mrs Silver, unconditionally.”

Q: Is is true you got the reputation on set for being a bit of a tortoise whisperer?

Judi Dench: “I do get on very, very well with animals. My family said to me, because we have a lot of animals, they said, ‘Oh, you’re going to come home with a tortoise.’ I said, ‘No, I won’t come home with a tortoise.’ Because a tortoise won’t run towards you with that kind of smiley, fuzzy face, like the cats do and the dogs do. But I did get quite fond of it. Of a little tortoise called Alfie. And my character is too stupid to know it’s being changed all the time. It was Alfie all the time. But it did go into a kind of…after I’d said this poem backwards to it so many times, it went into a kind of stupor and then it yawned. And a tortoise yawning is all-encompassing.”

Dustin Hoffman – Tortoise Dad

Q: And you actually own a tortoise?

Dustin Hoffman: “Yes I do. I had another one. I had two. Be careful, because they’ll go underneath the fence. And he made his way out to traffic and got run over. And still lived and we had to put down. Until you’ve had to put down a tortoise…it was sad. But then the other other one has survived. His name is Seventy. Because I got it on my 70th birthday, about 25 years ago.” (laughter)

Richard Curtis: “We wanted to put on the credits, ‘No tortoises were harmed in the filming of this. Except by Judi Dench.’”

Directing Tortoises, The part of the article where Zoya wonders why she doesn’t have an agent. 

Q: Dearbhla – the perils of directing. How many tortoises were there?

Dearbhla Walsh: “There were 60 live ones and 40 models. And then a few reproduced ones. We had an animatronic one. We had every version of tortoise. I even wore a tortoise as a good luck charm. The costume lady gave all the ladies good luck charms of tortoises. So Dustin and Judi were so easy and the tortoises – they had such demands, they just needed to rest. Dustin and Judi turned up on set at eight in the morning and worked without breaks, through meal breaks, the whole lot. Never any demands. Just would do it again and again. And the tortoises had to have their breaks…we had a tortoise wrangler, an absolutely wonderful guy called Mark who just was…”

Dustin Hoffman: “You have to tell, you talked to him about was he married?”

Dearbhla Walsh: “When we went round all the various pet shops looking for the locations, they weren’t as I imagined from my childhood and my experience of being in pet shops. And, of course, health and safety now means no animals can be kept in the windows of pet shops as we remember growing up. Mark ran an exotic pet shop just outside London so I went out to him one day and, oh my God, there were exotic animals all through the pet shop. He brought me round to his house, his back garden had the owl from Harry Potter, there were tortoises the size of this table, there were ferrets…then he took me through his house and I said, ‘Mark. Are you married?’ And he said, ‘I was.’ (laughter) Jilted because of a tortoise.”

Diva Tortoises!

Dustin Hoffman: “The hardest part is that I always get warm. so I always want air conditioning. I said, ‘Do they have air conditioning? Oh Pinewood, they must have it.’ And the guys brought in these great big machines. Because it really was humid. It was hard to keep your energy. And then suddenly by the third day we’re not using them anymore. It took me a long time for me to find out the real reason. And it was because of the tortoises. If they get too cold they won’t act.” (laughter)

Dustin Hoffman, like us, loves watching a tortie nom! 

Paul Mayhew-Archer: “And Dustin had four days when he was just with tortoises all day. That’s enough to send anyone slightly bonkers.”

Dustin Hoffman: “I did prefer those over Judi, though.” (laughter) You’ve never smelled anything like it. 60 tortoises. I’m telling you, that tortoise poo. That was the real thing.”

Q: They were all there? They weren’t added later?

Dustin Hoffman: “No. They’re there. No CGI for us. Actually it was good for me because, as I said, I do have a tortoise and I learned, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to get home and give it some strawberries.’ Because there were some delicacies I didn’t know that they loved. I loved watching them eat.”

Finally! A holiday movie for tortoise fans!! BBC1 presents a film adaptation of Rahul Dahl Esio Trot! (That’s Tortoise backwards) Starting two fantastic tortoise lovers and many shells (that Zoya thinks should have been her… *sigh*).

Check out the trailer above!  Lots of fun facts & behind the scenes info about the shell stars of the film to come! 

 …A tortoise yawning is all-encompassing.- Judi Dench