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Turbo is a joyous and funny animated ride, writes Caris Bizzaca
I N THE midst of all the animated sequels and prequels, it’s refreshing to come across a movie like
Turbo. It’s true this tale of a snail who wishes he was a racer has some similarities with Disney’s new offering Planes, about a cropduster who wants to be a pro racer. But Turbo puts a wacky spin on the ageold story and bursts with an infectious exuberance and abundance of personality.
While it isn’t laugh-a-minute like Despicable Me 2, it is a fun, light-hearted ride that will have parents chortling along with their kids. This is thanks to the combination of DreamWorks Animation, which continues to impress after The Croods, Madagascar 3 and How to Train Your Dragon, and a top voice cast.
Ryan Reynolds was a top choice for Turbo, the garden snail with big dreams of being a pro racer like his vain hero Guy Gagne (voiced by Bill Hader).
When Turbo accidentally ingests the chemical that supercharges cars, amongst the comical side-effects comes the realisation that he can now speed along at over 320km/h. When a bumbling taco-shop worker sees Turbo’s potential, he enters the snail in the Indy 500, much to the dismay of Turbo’s amusingly pessimistic brother (Paul Giamatti).
Bringing the big laughs are Turbo’s race crew – snails all kitted out with flashy racing shells and hip hop cool, with Samuel L. Jackson as the charcoal leader Whiplash, Snoop Dogg as the slinky Smoove Move fo’ shizzle dizzle, as well as snails voiced by Ken Jeong and Fast & Furious’s Michelle Rodriguez.
There are plenty of running gags – and they work, particularly those about a snail called White Shadow and the hazards of crows.
Despite the predictable storyline, Turbo sports thrilling racing scenes and animation. The characters are imaginative, and the message about following your dreams will appeal to youngsters. Net result: a fun family film.
Turbo opens today.