The Race Begins
TURBO, says director and co-screenwriter David Soren, is a mash-up of superhero and racing film genres, but "at its heart, TURBO really is an underdog story. The character Turbo has all the hallmarks of an underdog. You expect nothing of snails, whose lives are stacked with obstacles, like being really, really slow. But once you dig into it, a snail is the perfect character to have at the center of an underdog story."
But turning an everyday, garden snail into a mighty mollusk who travels at super-speed? "Turbo's dream of becoming something that's completely in opposition to its nature is ripe for conflict, surprises and a satisfying payoff" when the dream becomes reality," says Soren.
Soren came up with the idea for TURBO almost a decade ago. He described it to DreamWorks Animation management at one of the company's "pitch program" conclaves, at which DreamWorks employees can pitch their ideas for possible future projects.
As he developed the idea, Soren was inspired by events and people very close to home. His primary muse, he notes, "was my young son, who since before he could talk has been obsessed with toy cars and racing, and could identify virtually any car on the street by its make and model."
Soren also found motivation in his own front yard, which had a "snail problem" that was eating away at his tomato plants. "This marriage of the slow [the snails] and speed [his son's preoccupation] was the catalyst that led me to the bones of the story centered on a snail who dreams of racing glory."
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