Turbo Con­tin­ues the Race on Net­flix

Af­ter pre­mier­ing on Net­flix last month, Dreamworks’ 2D-an­i­mated TV se­ries Turbo FAST con­tin­ues to win new au­di­ences.

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Af­ter pre­mier­ing on Net­flix last month, DreamWorks’ 2D-an­i­mated TV se­ries Turbo FAST con­tin­ues to win new au­di­ences.

Fans of Turbo, DreamWorks’ speedy snail, got a spe­cial gift this past hol­i­day sea­son as the new spinoff se­ries Turbo FAST be­gan its pre­miere run on stream­ing ser­vice Net­flix. The new toon, which is an­i­mated by the ta­lented team at L.A.’s Tit­mouse Stu­dios, of­fered its first five episodes for stream­ing this month. The stu­dio also plans to pre­miere the show in four or five episode blocks through­out the year, timed with school hol­i­days to reach its tar­get fam­ily au­di­ence. In case you were won­der­ing, the tit­u­lar FAST is an acro­nym for Fast Ac­tion Stunt Team. (That’s right, the ini­tials for Fast Ac­tion Rac­ing Team would have given us a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ti­tle!)

The first Net­flix orig­i­nal se­ries for kids, DreamWorks’ Turbo FAST is an en­sem­ble com­edy that cen­ters on Turbo and his adren­a­line-fu­eled crew’s dar­ing new adventures and crazy chal­lenges. Each episode of the new toon fo­cuses on a dif­fer­ent mem­ber of the Stunt Team (Turbo, Whiplash, Burn, Smoove Move, White Shadow, Skid­mark and Chet) first in­tro­duced in David Soren’s sum­mer pic, which has al­ready made over $282.6 mil­lion world­wide.

“We knew we liked the show to be a kind of styl­ized 2D an­i­mated project,” says exec pro­ducer Chris Prynoski, founder and CEO of Tit­mouse Stu­dios. “So we be­gan vis­ual de­vel­op­ment on the project about a year and a half ago. At that time, we didn’t know whether this was go­ing to be a spe­cial or a se­ries, but we had worked on other shows for clients which had a sim­i­lar rac­ing vibe. Our art di­rec­tor An­to­nio Canob­bio came up with a look that felt cool and new and was right for th­ese char­ac­ters and this show.”

The show’s pro­duc­tion pipe­line is Flash­based, but the team at Tit­mouse (both in Los An­ge­les and its Van­cou­ver off­shoot) have man­aged to add a lot of new com­po­nents to the an­i­ma­tion process, so that the toon re­ally stands out in terms of 2D vi­su­als. It takes the crew of about 80 roughly six to eight months to take each episode from premise to de­liv­ery.

Prynoski, whose nu­mer­ous TV cred­its in­clude Me­talo­ca­lypse, Su­per­jail, Mo­torcity and Randy Cun­ning­ham, says he loves the show’s fun and goofy vibe. “It’s not a pure ac­tion show, and there’s a lot of goofy char­ac­ter com­edy. We still get to have some fun with the ac­tion shots—but the good thing is that he doesn’t have to win a race in ev­ery episode. The char­ac­ters get to have fun with each other. In one episode, they go out on a re­treat and play pranks.”

He also com­pares the show to The Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car se­ries on Nick­elodeon, which is a spinoff of DreamWorks’ Mada­gas­car fea­tures. “The movie was about Turbo and his dream to com­pete in the hu­man world,” he adds. “The hu­mans have cameos in the show, but the se­ries is ba­si­cally about the crit­ters, the tiny crea­tures!”

He says the tone of the show also reminds him of Craig McCracken’s Pow­er­puff Girls. “That was also a se­ries that was pre­sented as an ac­tion show, but it’s re­ally about silli­ness and char­ac­ter com­edy.”

When asked about the new pos­si­bil­i­ties that out­lets like Net­flix are of­fer­ing both an­i­ma­tion fans and pro­fes­sion­als, Prynoski says he’s very pleased with the out­look. “It all sounds great to me,” he muses. “It’s another out­let for car­toons and indies. It seems that ev­ery year we have more op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to put their shows out there for view­ers to en­joy.”

The first five episodes of Turbo FAST are cur­rently avail­able on Net­flix.

Chris Prynoski

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