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Turbo (2013)

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A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.

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David Soren

Writers:

Darren Lemke (screenplay by), Robert Siegel (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Turbo (voice)
Paul Giamatti ... Chet (voice)
Michael Peña ... Tito (voice)
Samuel L. Jackson ... Whiplash (voice)
Luis Guzmán ... Angelo (voice)
Bill Hader ... Guy Gagné (voice)
Snoop Dogg ... Smoove Move (voice)
Maya Rudolph ... Burn (voice)
Ben Schwartz ... Skidmark (voice)
Richard Jenkins ... Bobby (voice)
Ken Jeong ... Kim Ly (voice)
Michelle Rodriguez ... Paz (voice)
Mario Andretti Mario Andretti ... Dos Bros Customer / Race Official (voice)
Mike Bell ... White Shadow (voice) (as Michael Patrick Bell)
Aidan Andrews ... Bike Boy (voice)
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Storyline

After a freak accident infuses him with the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the seemingly impossible: competing in the world's fastest race, the Indianapolis 500. With the help of his tricked-out streetwise snail crew, this ultimate underdog puts his heart and shell on the line to prove that no dream is too big, and no dreamer too small. Written by DreamWorks Animation

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The street race where Turbo gets his powers is inspired by The Fast and the Furious films. The black car is made to look like Toretto's Charger while the other is Brian's green Eclipse. They even have the black car doing the front wheelie to start the race. See more »

Goofs

The racing extravaganza is called the Indianapolis 500 (or, for short, Indy 500). However, when Turbo wins, Chet quotes it as "Indy 5,000". See more »

Quotes

Whiplash: Listen, garden snail. you clearly have the skills to pay the bills. If snails had to pay bills, that is. You will need to pay them.
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Crazy Credits

A scene in the end credits shows the "can't tuck" snail attempting to tuck once more. He successfully does, but ends up stuck in his own shell. See more »

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Reviews: Planes (2013) See more »

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It's Tricky
Written by Darryl McDaniels, Jam Master Jay, Rick Rubin and Joseph Simmons
Performed by Run-D.M.C.
Courtesy of Arista/Profile Records, Inc.
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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"Cars" for Younger Children
19 July 2013 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

The trailer of this new Dreamworks animated film did not really make me interested to watch because I thought the whole racing snail story would be corny. However, my kids insisted and there were some favorable initial reviews, so I reluctantly gave it a go and hoped to be pleasantly surprised.

"Turbo" is about Theo, a garden snail obsessed about car racing and being fast. He accidentally ingests nitrous oxide and develops amazing race car powers. A luckless taco shop owner Tito picks Theo up for his hobby of racing snails, and discovers Theo's incredible speedy abilities. Eventually, Theo (now re-named Turbo) actually qualifies to race against his racing idol, the five-time champion Guy Gagne, in the Indianapolis 500. Can this phenomenal little snail now finally fulfill his dream of winning a big league car race?

The topic of car racing had already been tackled very well in Pixar's "Cars". If "Cars" was for kids, "Turbo" is targeted for even younger kids. More than just the car racing, the side story about the deserted mini-mall in Van Nuys, California where Tito's taco shop is located, was also obviously inspired by the town of Radiator Springs in "Cars."

The scene showing how Theo got his powers, with the nerve axons and red blood cells being revitalized with nitrous oxide, was straight out of "Spider- Man".

I did not really get the whole snails working together to gather tomatoes thing. It might have worked in "Bug's Life", but I did not know snails ever worked like ants. I could imagine how encountering a huge army of snails in a small tomato patch like that would probably look pretty scary in real life.

On the positive side, "Turbo" manages to tell a good story about brotherly support in the parallel stories of Theo and his brother Chet, and Tito and his brother Anton. One brother is the whimsical dreamer, while the other is the more grounded practical one. They may see things differently, but in the end, brotherly love would prevail.

Of course, the showcase of the whole film is still the big race. The execution of the race sequence was thrilling and exciting, especially the final laps. While the climactic moment in "Cars" is still better, but this one in "Turbo" still manages to hold its own with its unique charm.

As a whole though, I found the film's pace leading to the climactic race quite slow for a movie about speed. I was disappointed about how the Guy Gagne character was developed as a stereotype, when it could have been more original. The voice work was by big stars like Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Samuel L. Jackson. They were all okay, but nothing really distinct and memorable stood out.

Kids will surely enjoy this cute little film delightful. Parents will just have to summon their inner child out in order to enjoy it with them.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$135,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,312,625, 21 July 2013

Gross USA:

$83,028,128

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$282,570,682
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Company Credits

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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