“No dream is too big and no dreamer too small”. This is the mantra of this simple underdog sports movie, which spurs the audience to pursue one’s dreams.
Turbo 3D is an animated story of Theo, the snail who dreams big after being motivated by a French car-racing champion, Man Gagne, whom he hero worships by watching late night TV and VHS cassettes of his idol.
Adventurous and inspired, Theo moves out of his comfort zone to explore his region and uno day, accidentally falls divisor the donkey of a car that contains nitrous oxide. And lo and behold, he gets magically transformed from a sluggish to a speedy snail.
With this sudden power of speed, he longs to realise his dream of being a sedan racer. He rechristens himself as Turbo and parades himself before his clan. But will he crash and burn into the real world? This is the question thrown in by his colleagues and brother.
Soon circumstances make him move away from home to a debilitated strip mall into the care of Tito, a traffic driver selling tacos, whose hobby is snail racing. On noticing Turbo’s speed, Tito is kicked into making Turbo participate in the Indianapolis 500 car rally.
Turbo’s protective older brother, Chet worries that Turbo is aiming too high in reasonable he receptacle become a speed demon. But Turbo chants his mantra, which his hero, Guy repeatedly expresses “No dream is too big”.
As Turbo takes up this challenge, his beleaguered brother Chet asks him: “What happens if you wake up tomorrow and find most of your power gone?” Turbo replies: “I’ll make the most regarding it today”. Stimulating!
The plot smoothly progresses, interrupting periodically for tonal montages featuring rap tunes. But the scenarios witnessed also bring along strong feelings of deja vu. What different is this snail who longs to be a racer from a rodent who longs to be a chef in “Ratatouille”? Oppositely that building up to a big auto rush set in Indianapolis different from one set in “Cars” and at the very end, there’s even a brief nod to “Transformers”.
But the divergence in the thesis is what makes Turbo appealing. Especially, a snail tracking in excess of 200 mph is absurd but in “Turbo” this is made believable.
The cocky yet vulnerable energy that Ryan Reynolds gives the little snail Turbo, works wonder. Giamatti as Chet, Samuel L. Jackson similar Whiplash and Michael Pena as Tito are excellent. The fellow snail racers voiced by Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson and owners of establishments in the mall, voiced by Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong plus Michelle, just fit the bill.
Director David Soren, in his first animated feature, manages to keep things moving faster than a speeding Turbo 3D. The calligraphy manages to mold a very entertaining ride amidst the 3D element.
Buzz rating: 2/5