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Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Entertainment present a PG, 96 minute, animation, family film, directed by David Soren, written by Darren Lemke and Robert D. Siegel with a theater release of July 17, 2013.


No dreams are too big and no dreamer is too small.  Turbo (voice of Ryan Reynolds) is a little snail in love with auto racing who one day wishes he could race at the Indy 500.  One problem he’s a snail and we all know how slow they move.  Turbo and his brother Chet (Paul Giamatti) work with the other snails in the tomato garden eliminating over ripen tomatoes.  Their only main predators are crows and the snail crusher a young boy on a big wheel (voice of Aidan Andrews).  Turbo spends much of his off time watching the races on a television set located in the garage and his favorite driver is Guy Gagne (voice of Bill Hader).  Little does he realize that the personality on the television is not always the personality attached to the real person. 
One day when he’s down and out he accidently gets involved in a drag race and from that moment on due to some nitrous oxide his life is changed forever.  Turbo has earned his nickname as his shell becomes super-powered, his eyes are headlights and his body has taken on several automobile functions.    It’s not until one night when Turbo and Chet get captured by Tito (voice of Michael Pena) to participate in a snail race at the Starlight Plaza does the life of Tito, his brother Angelo (voice of Luis Guzman) owner of ‘Dos Bros Tacos’, Bobby (voice of Richard Jenkins) the hobby man, Kim-Ly (voice of Ken Jeong) owner of the nail salon and Paz (voice of Michelle Rodriguez) owner of auto repair shop change forever as well.
Turbo really turns on the power beating out by hundreds of miles per hour his competitors, Burn (voice of Maya Rudolph), Skid Mark (voice of Ben Schwartz), Smoove Move (voice of Snoop Dog), Whiplash (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) and White Shadow (voice of Mike Bell) and at the finish line becoming friends with them all.  Chet on the other hand wants nothing more than to return to his tomato garden but the crows that dropped them in the city are not necessarily the safest ride home.  When the story of Turbo’s power goes viral his next stop with the help of his Starlight friends is to race in Indianapolis.  Once entered he is soon in a race against his so called hero Guy Gagne along with the possibilities of making his dream, his sponsors and his friend’s a possible true reality crossing the finish line.
This is absolutely a fun film which I thought would be targeted more so at the young male audience but after having four young girls with me in my audience row they all gave ”Turbo” two thumbs up.  Great direction, a fun story, superb animation, a great vocal cast especially that of Jeong and a beautiful message to never give up on your dreams pulls this film into becoming one shining star for the entire family.  Not my favorite animated film but truly one worth seeing on the big screen, so start your engines and put the pedal to the metal for a fast ride to a theater near you to experience the story about a cute little snail with big dreams.  Written and enjoyed with three paws out of four by Jon Patch.

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Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever...

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