What’s tiny, super-fast and leaves a trail of slime? It’s the hero snail of the animated feature “Turbo” newly released on DVD. This wildly entertaining movie for the whole family pulls off an amazing achievement with the most unlikely of stories: a snail realizes his dream of racing in the Indy 500. Detailed, creative and often shocking visuals, a highly eclectic group of vocal talent and Dreamworks’ clever reworking of elements from Disney’s “Cars” make this a must-see DVD.
Little garden snail Theo (Ryan Reynolds) idolizes the great Indy 500 race car driver Guy Gagne (Bill Hader). He spends his free time watching him on TV and training to be a great racer himself to the consternation of his older brother Chet (Paul Giamatti) and as the laughing stock of his fellow garden snails. Then one day, like something out of a superhero comic book, an accidental encounter with a street racer transforms Theo into the world’s fastest snail. Fate then literally places him the hands of Tito (Michael Pena), a taco truck driver with dreams as big as Theo’s. Tito and the down on their luck business owners in a Radiator Springs styled faded strip mall pool their resources and pin all their hopes on the little mollusk as they head to the speedway in Indiana.
Samuel L. Jackson, Luis Guzman, Maya Rudolph and even Richard Jenkins are just a few of the many other stars that delightfully lend their voices to this fast paced comic adventure. “Turbo” ingeniously takes us inside the “plant” where the garden snails work hard to harvest tomatoes. It introduces us to the little known sport of snail racing. It also depicts the many daily dangers faced by the garden snails including a ravenous flock of crows and a mean little boy with a shell crushing big wheel tricycle. Death does in fact come swiftly to several characters in scenes that are as gut-busting funny as they are jaw-dropping shocking. You’ll laugh and you’ll cheer with the year’s most improbable and surprising animated gem.