I saw this on South African television in the late 80s (or the early 90s). I think it was a film, though it might have been an episode of a series. This version was dubbed in Afrikaans. I doubt this was the original language. The film was in colour and used a combination of live-action and stop-motion animation.
- Human male, played by a live actor. Adult, Caucasian. Light hair, possibly white. Surrounded by technology. Probably a scientist or inventor. He wants to learn to fly. In the version I saw, his name sounded like "Beno".
- Talking turtle, achieved through stop-motion or puppetry. Voiced by a female actor in Afrikaans. Companion (pet?) to the human male.
- Quartz creature, another stop-motion character, voiced by a female actor. Tiny, about the size of a horseshoe, with a crystalline body in a crescent shape. Capable of flight and human speech. In the Afrikaans version, I think her name was something like "Maanstraaltjie" (which translates to "little moonbeam").
The part I remember most vividly is the human's first encounter with the crescent-shaped creature.
The scene starts light-hearted. The human and his companion are amazed at the creature, who identifies herself and happily shares information about her origin. The man jokingly refers to her as a flying dictionary. He asks her to teach him to fly, but it turns out this isn't an ability she can explain. The scene turns dark when the man forcefully attempts to study and/or experiment on the creature, damaging her and causing her to flee back to her home world. The man then uses his equipment to track her.
After that, things get very hazy. I think the film leaned more heavily into stop-motion from that point on.
Other vague bits
- There was an earlier scene where the man was speaking feverishly at a podium. He might have been giving a lecture, but I don't recall seeing the audience.
- Also prior to the encounter with the creature, I remember a scene where the man spaces out gazing at the stars and drops some laundry (was it the turtle's t-shirt?).