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The movie opens with little Theo watching motor racing on television – getting over-excited, he pretends he’s in the race he’s watching; squelching and panting all over the place. That is until his brother Chet yells at him to go back to bed as they have ‘work’ in the morning.
In the morning, Chet & Theo slide to work and get on with their harvesting jobs at The Plant (in literal terms – we’re talking a tomato plot in a resident’s garden). Theo is desperate to escape the slow-paced life he lives, but his dream of doing better things is almost cut short when he encounters a near-death experience with a lawnmower. Rescued by his furious brother, he ashamedly squelches away..
Theo wanders onto a nearby motorway to admire the traffic (fantasising that the cars are in a race), and upon seeing the first star appear in the night sky, makes a wish: that he was fast. But suddenly, our squishy hero is smacked by oncoming traffic – and sent flying through the air – and onto the bonnet of a car. Which is taking part in a drag race.
Suddenly, Theo is sucked into the vehicle’s supercharger which fuses his DNA with nitrous oxide and re-writes his entire purpose as a simple garden snail. This little creature has just become his greatest fantasy…
The overall idea of this movie is quite original; something as mundane as a snail suddenly becoming the animal kingdom’s answer to James Hunt. I’d describe Turbo as more cute than anything else. The animation is brilliant, and explodes with colour. I think Dreamworks have outdone themselves this time – its a step up from their previous features.
I honestly had no idea Turbo is voiced by (my favourite hunk) Ryan Reynolds. I sat there at some points wondering, “who is that talking right now?” – Maya Rudolph also stars as sassy squelcher Burn. And amongst these two, are Michale Peña (Tito), Samuel L. Jackson (Whiplash), Snoop Dogg (Smoove Move), and Ken Jeong (Kim Ly). So overall, quite the star-studded cast. Oh, and by the way – when I say ‘colourful cast’ I mean it in a completely non-racist fashion. Just thought I’d mention that.
The powers gained by Turbo after his accident with a car, are hilarious. Not only is he vested with incredible speed and agility, but he adopts the characteristics of an actual car; his eyes light up together like headlights, his shell blinks red like tail-lights and seems to produce car engine / horn sounds, whilst playing music from a radio.. Weird. But effective all the same.
Kids are going to love this movie. Its bright, creative, colourful, and very fast – not just from Turbo whizzing around either. The story is simple and keeps up pace at full throttle. For me as an adult though, I can only describe it as ‘kids stuff’ – because thats what it is. Turbo is the classic Christmas Day movie on TV – you know, where you sit back texting friends whilst a colourful kids film washes over your head in the background. And just like this, as I was sat in the auditorium yesterday, I did have my phone out, texting someone. One or two lines in the movie made me ‘LOL’ as I was texting, but I didn’t actually look up at the screen. Its that kind of thing.
P.S. Don’t think I texted through the entire thing. I did actually watch most of the movie. (I just had to send a few “wot u up2” messages at various intervals.
If you do have little ones, do take them to see this – chances are, they may just love it. The colours, the comedy, the story, are all captivating enough. A few adults were LOL-ing in the cinema too (so probably take a spare pair of pants in case your little man / lady poops themself). I’m not going to lie, Turbo is bloody fantastic for little ones. The children in the audience were having a wail of a time.
And that’s it people. That’s Turbo.