Turbo (2013)

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OK. Here we go. Focus. Speed. I am speed. One winner. 42 losers, I eat losers for breakfast. Faster than fast, quicker than quick I am lightning.

Wait a minute, there’s a snail here… This isn’t Cars.

Theo has big dreams to join the indy 500, only problem is; he’s a snail. He lives an ordinary life in a garden, trying to avoid danger and gathering vegetables. One day he gets fed up with his garden life and leaves to explore the world when he suffers a freak accident, gaining super speed, helping him achieve his dream.

Turbo has the core elements of a good kids animation. A unique main character goes on a quest to redefine what can and can’t be done. Comic sidekicks add some funny situations and some goofy humans tag along for the ride.

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The voice acting in Turbo is not as strong as other recent animations. Ryan Reynolds voices Turbo and fits the character but doesn’t stand out. Samuel L. Jackson is renowned for his use of swear words and monologues and is given neither to work with (not that you’d want him to, it is a kids movie). Ken Jeong voices a female. And Snoop Dog is there as well.

The humour in the film doesn’t contain the double-sided jokes that can entertain kids as well as adults and relies too much on silliness and repetition.

DreamWorks outdoes itself with cutting edge animation. The animation builds on the typical high-standard that DreamWorks have mastered. Turbo utilizes vehicle symbolism to highlight Turbo’s transformation into a car-snail hybrid, and the general themes of the film.

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If only the film seemed as fast as Turbo. The pacing of the film, like an old paddock basher, is too stop-start. There are needless scenes around the taco hut that really detract from the natural flow of the film, and it’s not until late in the movie that the actual race starts.

There’s a moral in the film… somewhere. A big theme in kids movies that resonates with parents is that they have an underlying morale that aligns with positive societal values. Turbo, at first, seemed to teach that its wrong to follow instructions for the sake of it and that you should follow your dreams, which is great. But as the film progressed it was more about the importance of winning. I honestly thought during the final race Turbo would realize that its not all about winning and sometimes family/friends are more important, but nope, he keeps going on.

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The Verdict:

Turbo is a run-of-the-mill kids film and is great to keep kids entertained for a couple of hours. Just make sure you have something else to do while the kids watch it.

2.5/5

Agree, disagree? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Check out more on Turbo at www.imdb.com/title/tt1860353/

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