movies: Turbo’s race at a snail’s pace ..........................

Turbo is a joy­ous and funny an­i­mated ride, writes Caris Bizzaca

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY CONTENTS -

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.

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