Saturday, July 20, 2013


Opened July 17, 2013 
1 hr 36 min
PG | some mild action and thematic elements

If there's one thing about Dreamworks Animation is that like Pixar they continue to churn out consistent quality films, for which Turbo is no exception.  This feel good story of a snail that dared to dream big despite being small... and slow is great for kids and adults.  Though kids will definitely enjoy it more than the grown ups.

The story for me at least dragged a bit in the middle but otherwise, the race to the end was relatively good.  While the character designs for the snails are interesting choices with matching voice actors like Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson, the actual animation sometimes suffered from lack of details especially on the snails themselves in some parts.  Compared to their last two films Rise of the Guardians and The Croods, it falls just short in the race.  Ryan Reynolds in the lead role of Turbo does a decent job, really an all around good effort by the cast.  The soundtrack is thumping by Henry Jackman which include tracks by Snoop Dogg.

Overall, I would recommend this film.  Don't expect to be blown away, and this film will more than entertain you and your child.  Or at least the child inside you.  While the movie is geared more toward boys, my seven year old daughter enjoyed the film.  Her favorite part being when Turbo's brother Chet asks Turbo "Did he just kissed you?"  Watch the movie to see which part that is.

Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars.


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Cast:

  • Ryan Reynolds as Theo aka Turbo, a garden snail who dreams of becoming a racer
  • Paul Giamatti as Chet, Turbo's brother
  • Michael Peña as Tito, a "Dos Bros" taco truck driver who finds and befriends Turbo
  • Snoop Dogg as Smoove Move, a snail
  • Maya Rudolph as Burn, a snail
  • Michelle Rodriguez as Paz, a car mechanic
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Whiplash, a snail leader
  • Luis Guzmán as Angelo, Tito's brother and a "Dos Bros" taco truck driver
  • Bill Hader as Guy Gagne, a French-Canadian Indy 500 champion
  • Richard Jenkins as Bobby, a shopkeeper
  • Ken Jeong as Kim-Ly, a shopkeeper
  • Ben Schwartz as Skidmark, a snail
  • Kurtwood Smith as Indy CEO
  • Michael Bell as White Shadow, a snail
  • Dario Franchitti as Scottish Anchor, Male Tourist
  • Will Power as Australian Anchor
  • Mario Andretti as an Indianapolis Motor Speedway traffic director
  • Paul Page as a booth announcer
  • Frank Welker as Crows

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