Synopsis by Mark Deming
Joey Travolta directed this comedy-drama for the family. Two children from the city spend the summer at their grandfather's ranch where they make a new friend -- Mel, grandpa's giant turtle who can do tricks and loves pancakes. But while Grandfather and the kids are all very attached to Mel, one of his neighbors is opening a theme park and wants Mel as their official mascot ; he's willing even to steal him if Grandfather won't turn him over willingly. Julia Hagerty, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Scalia, and Greg Evigan star.
grandfather, mascot, summer-vacation, theme-park, turtle