Turbo is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated sports comedy film produced by Dream Works Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is based on an original idea by David Soren, who is also directing the film. The film features an ordinary garden snail whose dream to become the fastest snail in the world comes true. The film is scheduled to be released on July 19, 2013.
Along with Ryan Reynolds, who stars as the titular character, the film also features Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson.
The film will be followed by a television series, titled Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team), which will air on Netflix in December 2013.
Theo, a.k.a Turbo, is a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world, just like his hero, 5-time Indianapolis 500 champ, Guy Gagne. His obsession with speed and all things fast has made him an oddity and outsider in the slow and cautious snail community, and a constant embarrassment to his careful older brother, Chet. Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living. As luck would have it, he gets that chance one fateful day after a freak accident caused by Nitrous Oxide on a Street Race when he suddenly finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed, as well as some of the characteristics of a car, such as eyes that light up like headlights and a shell that blinks red like taillights.
Turbo embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that IndyCar has to offer. Turbo is the ultimate underdog who achieves the impossible by refusing to let his limitations get in the way of his dreams.
Turbo is being directed by a first time director, David Soren, who also came up with the idea for the film. For it, he was inspired by his six year old son’s fascination with race cars and the snails inhabiting his front yard. Soren explained: “For me, it was less about trying to make a racing movie and more about finding an underdog that I could really latch onto. I think that a snail is inherently an underdog. It’s smashed, eaten by people, the butt of slow jokes around the world. It just seemed loaded with obstacles. Obviously, the opposite of slow is fast, and that’s where racing came into the picture.”
DreamWorks Animation has partnered with IndyCar, the sanctioning body behind the IndyCar Series and its Indianapolis 500, to replicate the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and make the racing as authentic as possible. Dario Franchitti, a four-time IndyCar Series champion, is a technical consultant on the film, giving advices how Turbo will navigate the speed and competition through the eyes of a snail.
A video game based on the film, titled Turbo: Super Stunt Squad, is scheduled to be released on July 16, 2013 on Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Published by D3 Publisher, the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U versions will be developed by Monkey Bar Games, and the Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS versions by Torus Games. In the game, a crew of characters has to perform stunts in order to build up their skills and win challenges.