Turbo

(2013)
Turbo

Voices by Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Samuel L Jackson. (U)

 

 

The littlest of kiddies will enjoy this cute animated tale of a snail who feels the need for speed. Young Turbo (Reynolds) doesn't want to slowly crawl around a tomato plant with his fellow snails all day, he dreams of being a race car driver like his hero Guy Gagné (Bill Hader), and rather unrealistically wants to race alongside cars in the famous Indy 500. His doom-predicting brother Chet (Giamatti) tries to dissuade him, but when Turbo gets sucked into the fuel system of a souped-up car and is blasted by nitrous oxide, he discovers that not only has it given him a glow in the dark shell, but he can now travel at super speeds. With the help of a few streetwise snails and human Tito (Peña), it looks like Turbo could make his dream come true.

 

Brightly animated and with some sweet humour, this is a simple story of a creature determined to realise his dreams (even if he does need a little chemical help to get there). Similar in plot to Planes and Cars, it – ahem – speeds along at a fair pace and features a fun central character who children will enjoy. Parents and older kids may be a little bored at the predictability of it all, but it's inoffensive stuff, perfect for the younger viewers (under-sevens) it's aimed at.

 

 

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SCARY MOMENTS:

Very small children may be frightened by an early scene in which you think Turbo is going to be squished in the garden.

 

Turbo
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