This review was originally posted on Punch Drunk Critics
Have you ever noticed in animated kids films how they spend so much time on how it’s fine to be different and not part of the crowd? They really do a good job these days of smartly making movies where the theme is that it’s ok to be different and it’s ok to have big dreams to be anything you can be. The thing is, even though the heart is in the right place sometimes the quality of the movie isn’t. That’s what we have here this week with Turbo by David Soren from DreamWorks Animation.
Turbo is about a garden snail named Theo who dreams of being one of the greatest Indy race car drivers in the world. This causes him to be an outcast in his community of snails that live in a human’s tomato garden. After an accident in which he falls into a street race car engine and infused with Nitrous Oxide, which makes him more car than snail, and he has to leave his home, ending up in an LA strip mall. There a young man named Tito who co-owns a taco restaurant and food truck with his chef brother Angelo takes him in. Tito always has crazy ideas to promote the business that never work. At Theo’s suggestion, Tito’s goal is to enter the speedy snail in the Indy 500 to race against human drivers.
?? So the thing with this movie is that it’s basically entertaining enough. It was like sitting though an average Saturday morning cartoon for an hour and a half. Not something really creative like Adventure Time or excellent like The Last Airbender series but something like Johnny Test. You’ll sit and you’ll laugh at some stuff and the plot movies at a decent pace but the movie feels a bit weird. See it’s a movie that feels completely like a money grab property. The character arc isn’t really wrapped up and most of the other snail characters are there just to be joke delivery devices. DreamWorks Animation has the M.O these days of turning their movies into new cartoon series to make even more money from them, but usually the films themselves usually feel like full stories and this really doesn’t.