Turbo [2013]

TurboMost snails are hermaphrodites with both a penis and vagina located right next to their face. What a coincidence, so does Ryan Reynolds.


Film #150 of 2013

TurboDirector: David Soren  Cast: Ryan Reynolds [Turbo], Paul Giamatti [Chet] & Michael Peña [Tito]

Plot: A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500. Source IMDB.com


Hipster Review: DreamWorks Animation Turbo is so alluring because it combines a light, inspirational feel good plot for the kids and the sheer adrenaline of auto-racing for the dads…it’s downright cute without trying too hard and the personalities of these spirited garden snails are first-class as well as its voice talent – best casting I’ve heard in years. Watched July 24, 2013.



“You certainly have the skills to pay the bills. If snails had to pay bills, that is.” Whiplash



  • Sucked into a Chevy drag racer, injected with nitrous oxide
  • French-Canadian Indy 500 champion Guy Gagne was a terrific foe
  • Big Wheels, blinking shells, going viral, ‘tuck and roll’ and Ken Jeong as the little old lady
  • The snails getting snatched up by the swooping crows
  • Smooth Move (Snoop Dogg), Whiplash (Samuel L. Jackson), Skidmark, Burn and White Shadow – all excellent characters

Biggest Surprise: It’s easy to appreciate the burning passion of Turbo and his obsession with speed.

Biggest Let Down: It’s not as entertaining as the heavy hitting animations of the past, my daughter was getting a little restless towards the end.

Does the guy get the hot girl in the end? Well Turbo’s brother Chet is mistaken for a female, and snails are hermaphrodites after all.

Worth a Blu-ray purchase? To keep my daughter busy for a couple hours, absolutely.

Similar to: Cars [2006], Herbie Fully Loaded [2005].

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time my sluggish friends, Chris

Posted on August 26, 2013, in 2013, Movies watched in 2013 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 34 Comments.

  1. What’s more interesting, Chris’ return or the fact he gave Turbo a 70%? I think your hiatus twisted your mind a bit, buddy.

  2. Haaha awesome review!! I’m looking forward to seeing this!

  3. Holy! Is Chris really back? I’ve missed reading Hipster posts :).

  4. Now you’ve got me curious, Chris. Great to have you back.

  5. Solid film. Sam Jackson and his team of snails are the best part of the film.

  6. Great to see you back Chris! Love that little Ryan Reynolds hermaphrodite line. :-)

  7. Nice to see you back! I’m not a fan of Ryan Reynolds so I’ll probably pass on this one.

  8. Looks cute! The animation looks very clear, clean and sharp. :-)

  9. Q: If you had a penis on your head, how much would you be able to see?

    A: None..cause your balls would be hanging over your eyes.

  10. My kids chose to see thise over Monsters University. Both kids liked it a lot, but the theater was dead when we saw it.

  11. “What a coincidence, so does Ryan Reynolds”. LOLOL! Nice post, Chris. I’ve yet to see this one. I caught an extended preview of about 25 minutes a few months ago and liked what I saw, though,

  12. Welcome back Chris! This one doesn’t interest me too much but maybe I’ll give it a rent on a slow night.

  13. *GASP* Chris! You’re back! Loved the review. I wasn’t too sure about Turbo but 70%, maybe it deserves a chance :)

  14. So did you get a sunburn on vacation, eat some fried clams, build a sandcastle?

  15. Good review. :-) I’ll probably watch this but I think it comes out in the UK in like 2021.

  16. Great to see you back here, even if it is only for a short while!

  17. Stumbled onto Head in a Vice, because I’m not getting his emails and I wanted to see what he’s up to. Then I realized, I’m not getting yours anymore either. Anyway, 2 weeks late to the party… Freaking hilarious opening line!

  18. nice review, must check this one out.

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  20. Sounds great! I love dreamworks, and have nothing against snails. ;) Nice to see you, Hipster–I been so waylaid as to be LOST, but have thought of you time to time, and wanted to stop by your kickin’ site.

    Happy 2014. :)

  21. Remember when you were around? Those were the days.

  22. “Most snails are hermaphrodites with both a penis and vagina located right next to their face. What a coincidence, so does Ryan Reynolds.” – Brilliant! That made me laugh..!

  23. D’you think Chris will ever come back? :(

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