Dreamworks’ Snail Tale ‘Turbo’ Gets a Racy New Trailer

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The feature directorial debut of any director is usually worth watching in order to see what they can do when handed the reins, and storyboard artist and animator David Soren is taking that step this summer with the release of Turbo, his first major release outside of two short holiday-themed Madagascar movies.

Turbo stars the voice talents of Ryan Reynolds in the lead role, supported by a fairly impressive cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Lion, Paul Giamatti and Michael Peña. Soren co-wrote the script with Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer) and Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler), and the film is out in theaters later this month.

A second full-length trailer for Turbo has been released over at Yahoo, and covers the basic elements of the plot. The main character is a snail who is dissatisfied with the current pace of his life, and finds his wish to become faster granted when he is sucked into the engine of a racecar. Rather than being instantly crushed and/or burnt alive (this is a family movie, after all), Turbo’s genetic code is rewritten in order to make him part snail, part high-speed vehicle, complete with headlamp eyes and lights on his shell/bumper.

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As a humorous set-up, it doesn’t have a lot of innate mileage; the ‘snail trying to sprint’ joke was already covered in a five-second visual gag in Monsters University, so Turbo is going to have to work a little harder in order to squeeze some enough juice for a 90-minute film out of it. That’s not to say that there isn’t a lot of material that can be mined here – the idea of a character desperately attempting to achieve something that is contrary to all their natural inclinations is an interesting one (see also: Babe), even if Turbo’s challenges are somewhat handily bypassed when he gains superpowers.

If the elderly woman in the trailer sounds familiar, it’s likely that you’re a fan of either the Hangover trilogy or NBC comedy series Community. The character, Kim-Ly, is voiced by Ken Jeong, best known in his roles as resident sociopath Chow and former Spanish teacher Ben Chang. Turbo will mark the second appearance of Jeong’s voice in an animated comedy this summer, as he also played Floyd in the upcoming release of Despicable Me 2.

Will you let Turbo speed on by this summer, or will you be first in line to see it?


Turbo arrives in theaters on July 17, 2013.

Source: Yahoo

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  1. Bomb.

  2. A snail?! Am I ever embarressed! At first glance I thought it was a doggie-doolet or a condom!

    • Is the world ready for a Dreamworks Animation family movie about a racing condom?

      • Now that would give true meaning to the term, “quickie”!

        • Ah snap

  3. Starting to feel like these movies are made by the guys pitching books in Elf. What about a peach? What’s more vulnerable than a peach?

  4. A racing snail was briefly funny in the live action Never Ending Story several decades ago, with a real person riding a massive puppet. This looks weak.

    Why the hell is snoop dog the gangsta rapper allowed anywhere near a children’s movie? More importantly, why is the word “pimp” used at all? If a child is going to learn the word pimp, and therefor open the door to the concept of sexual traffic and the demeaning world of whores, at the very least it would be nice to not teach the word in the slang context meaning “made good and snazzy.”. That’s like teaching kids that calling someone “my ni@@er” is a term of endearment and friendship. How about we just don’t feed our kids words like pimp and ni@@er? Once they know the words it is only worse to have them be ignorant of the vile meanings and roots of the words. Are parents really going to say “it’s alright, he doesn’t know what the word means so he can say it.”? Plus, popculture uses black people and stereotypical black voices like the rapper in this film to signify authority in what is cool and hip and exemplary. Kids will bust out laughing whether they get the joke or not because they are being trained to emulate the infallible coolness of the mystical black man. This is all so tacky, misguided and insulting, to ALL races, that I am surprised Dreamworks is onboard. I wouldn’t let a kid see this movie.

  5. What dou you think, could Pixar have put that snail gag on the trailers in purpose?

  6. Guess you’d have to “slug” me to get me to go see this one. Probably a slow plot.

  7. As soon as I hear Ryan Reynolds voice, I automatically say NO.

  8. hi my name is alex i am 5 years old i love turbo coz he’s so very fast and awesome from all the snail in the world and he defeated the most fastest race car driver but the race car driver is bad but he is defeated all thanks to turbo