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A mildly obscure movie, animated in Denmark in 1984, Samson And Sally is a Coming-of-Age Story centering around a young, white sperm whale named Samson. He and his herd live their lives in the Arctic Ocean, eating octopuses, hiding from the Iron Beasts (whaling ships) who hunt them, and dealing with the destruction that mankind wreaks on their ocean. Shortly after a run-in with one Iron Beast, the herd comes across an orphaned whale named Sally, who they take in. The two young whales grow closer, eventually leading to a Falling-in-Love Montage. Shortly afterwards, Samson leaves the herd to search for his hero, the legendary white whale, Moby-Dick. Based on the much darker novel "The Song of the Whales" by Bent Haller.

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  • After the End: It's implied throughout the movie that mankind is on its last leg and has stopped trying to protect the environment.
  • All Myths Are True: Though they might not be quite how they're described. Moby Dick is an old, decrepit whale, living in Atlantis, which is apparently a sunken New York City.
  • Art-Style Dissonance: On and off. For the most part the style is appropriate to the story, but the characters will also make exaggerated movements more reminiscent of a Saturday morning cartoon. Between that and a number of odd scenes, it's safe to say that this movie had some pretty strange art direction
  • Atlantis Is Boring: Pretty much averted. Lots of interesting events occur in this movie. On the other hand, while "The City Man Built" (a sunken New York City) is not uninteresting, it seems to be devoid of much life aside from the aging Moby Dick.
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  • Babies Ever After: The last scene of the movie shows adult Samson and Sally defending their baby from killer whales.
  • Badass Boast: Samson claims to be able to destroy an iron beast with a single strike from his tail.
  • Bird-Poop Gag: The seagull pooping on the whaling captaink, which got cut from the English dub.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Over all has a happy ending for Samson, who ends up with a family of his own. But he feels let down by his idol who wasn't able to help him, and it's implied humanity is done for
  • Broken Pedestal: Samson does indeed find Moby Dick and is disappointed that his idol is old and tired and unable to help except to provide some sage advice.
  • Carnivores Are Mean: Downplayed. The main character is a sperm whale, which are active hunters, although mainly of small fish and cephalopods, and they aren't depicted as being mean. Killer Whales are treated more like ravenous monsters than animals, although they are more than willing to hunt whales themselves.
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  • Coming-of-Age Story
  • Deadpan Snarker: The seagull, though he means well and helps Samson escape a whaler. He even provides some sage advice mixed in with the snark.
    Samson: I miss [Sally] so much! I wonder if I'll ever see her again.
    Seagull: I'm sure you won't... unless you keep your eyes and ears open!
  • Did They or Didn't They?: Samson and Sally's Falling-in-Love Montage involves lots of cuddling, nipping, and tail pulling, and ends with Sally pushing Samson behind a rock. A heart drifts up from behind the rock and proceeds to swell larger and larger, beating faster and faster, before finally bursting. The next scene opens on a sunny day, a blissfully sleeping Samson, and a knowing-eyed Sally.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Initially, Samson hates eating octopuses. It ends up being a phase, though.
  • Falling-in-Love Montage
  • Green Aesop: It's pretty apparent. Along with the usual 'save the whales' aesop, we get one about the environment.
  • Hong Kong Dub: The English dub, in several scenes.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Over the movie, the whales have to deal with two oil spills, radiation dumping, and whalers.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: They're also one of the only things that can kill a whale.
  • Humans Are Morons: As said by Moby Dick, "Mankind is not vicious, mankind is stupid!"
  • Let's Meet the Meat: During the BLAM, one of the walruses comes across a can of sardines, who dance down his arm and dive into his mouth.
  • Mood Whiplash: Samson's mother death is juxtaposed directly with Samson and Sally's Falling-in-Love Montage.
  • No Name Given: Samson, Sally, and Moby Dick are the only characters whose names are mentioned.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both of Sally's parents are dead before the movie begins, and Samson's mother dies in the movie.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: The Seagull, also a Deadpan Snarker
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The pod's leader (presumably Samson's father, though this is never confirmed) speaks in a stern, no-nonsense tone most of the time, but everything he says and does helps to ensure the pod's survival.
  • Ruins of the Modern Age: A sunken New York City. Doubles as Scenery Porn.
  • She's A Man In English: In the English dub, Samson's mother is given a deep, clearly male voice in her first scenes. This effectively turns her into a new, unnamed character whose relation to Samson is uncertain.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Done with an octopus tentacle
  • Sunken City: New York and others.
  • Underwater Ruins: The City Man Built, a.k.a. a Sunken New York
    • Altantis is given an offhand mention while the titular characters are exploring and see what they think may be ruins. The don't bother going for a closer look.


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