Friday, 15 November 2013

Blu-Ray Review - Turbo

Director: David Soren
Voice Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Peña
Studio: DreamWorks
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Retail: $38.99
Running Time: 96 minutes
Rating: PG


Fast & Furious 6 wasn't the only auto-driven summer blockbuster this year, as there was a computer animation film called Turbo, which arrived on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD this past Tuesday, just in time for the holiday shopping season. The Blu-Ray features are: Turbo in High Definition, Champion's Corner, Smooth Move's Music Maker, Team Turbo: Tricked Out, Meet The Deleted Scene, The Race Storyboard Sequence, Be An Artist!, Shell Creator Game and World of DreamWorks Animation.

Set in Venice, California, Theo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) is a garden snail with big dreams. He dreams of being a NASCAR racer, but he is stuck working in a boring tomato garden with his protective brother, Chet (voiced by Paul Giamatti), who considers Theo to be a big embarrassment to the snail community.

Theo finds himself wondering on the highway at night. A bizarre accident happens where Theo is sucked into the supercharger of a car, fusing nitrous oxide into his DNA. He wakes up the next day with the ability to race as fast as a NASCAR racer.

He returns to the snail community in the attempt to show off to a kid driving a Big Wheel tricycle and things don't go exactly as he had planned, resulting in him being fired from the tomato garden along with his brother. Out of nowhere, Chet is kidnapped by a crow and Theo goes on a rescue mission to save him, which leads to Theo being snatched by a Dos Bros" taco truck driver, Tito.

Tito puts Theo in a snail race and of course the other snails are nothing compared to his speed. Tito sees money signs and enters Theo (now known as Turbo) into the Indianapolis 500 race.

The premise of a snail competing with race cars may seem a bit silly at first, but Turbo avoids the problems that destroyed Disney/Pixar's Cars 2 a few years back. Turbo has a talented voice cast that brings these small snails to life. It’s not the greatest computer animated film, but there is plenty of humor and action to amaze both kids and adults.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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