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An underdog snail's dreams kick into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends with a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes, Turbo learns that no one succeeds on their own. So he puts his heart and shell on the line to help his pals achieve their dreams, before Turbo-charging his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500.
Animated Comedy Adventure - While this animated comedy is, as most are, aimed at kids, there is a
lot for literally the whole family to enjoy, between the humor, the
action of the film's many racing scenes, and its heartfelt message
about family. Some of the more recognizable voices in the cast, such
as Samuel L. Jackson, have smaller supporting roles. There are some
mild instances of violence and some mildly scary moments, but nothing
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average This movie's enjoyable, but never as daring or bizarre as it could have been.
Washington PostFull Review Above Average 'Turbo' is a derivative but nevertheless good-hearted movie that's peppered with enough clever touches to engage adults as well as moviegoers of the smaller, squirmier variety.
NY PostFull Review Good DreamWorks Animation scores its first winner in years with "Turbo,'' a fresh, fast and funny little fable about a freakishly fast garden snail who tries to enter the Indy 500.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 75 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:GREAT REVIEWS from the kids! Nearly all of them loved "Turbo."
TEENS:The one male and three females all loved this movie.
ADULTS:For an animated kids movie, the male and female reviews are very good. About half rated it very high with most of the rest rating it above average. Only a relatively small percentage rated it as low as "average."
Turbo is a little guy with big dreams. Not satisfied with living life at a snail's pace, he has a powerful and resolute need for speed. Turbo trains tirelessly, measuring his progress with a yard stick. (His new record: covering the 36-inch-long "track"...in 17 minutes.) Turbo's single-minded goal is to compete in the greatest race in the world: the Indy 500.
When we meet Turbo, he's somewhat of an outcast in the snail community, which is less about big dreams and more about punching a time clock at their place of employment (and principal source of nourishment) -- the [tomato] "plant." Turbo's brother Chet, whose credo is, safety first, last and only, shares the community's insistence on a snail-paced routine. Chet loves his brother, but he is concerned that Turbo's obsession with all things fast could lead to disaster -- or worse!
Leaving the plant behind, Turbo begins his journey to fulfill his dreams when he is swept from a freeway overpass onto the hood of a sports car, and is then propelled into the muscle car's air intake valve. Explosive nitrous oxide charges every atom of Turbo's body, altering his molecular structure. The freak accident infuses Turbo with incredible speed -- he can reach 200 miles per hour -- and he now blazes across the streets of Los Angeles like a neon bullet.
But even a turbo-charged Turbo can't accomplish miracles on his own. Luckily, fate intervenes again, when Turbo and Chet are captured by Tito, the co-proprietor (with his brother Angelo) of a Van Nuys, California-based taco stand. Tito's sideline -- and his true passion -- is pitting snails against one another in not-so-fast-and-furious racing competitions.
At the race's home base, the Starlight Plaza, Turbo meets the "Racing Snails," a ragtag group with shells that look like mini-street racing cars. Their pimped-out exteriors are complemented by their trash-talking personalities.
The Racing Snails make fast friends with Turbo, and together they begin a journey of adventure, bonding and family.