Dreamworks Animation has really done a spectacular job of giving genre leaders like Pixar a run for their money. Starting with their early films like Antz and the Shrek series, Dreamworks soon branched out with more films like the Madagascar series, Monsters vs. Aliens, the Kung Fu Panda films, the phenomenal How to Train Your Dragon, and most recently Rise of the Guardians and The Croods. Their latest offering out this week on Blu-ray and DVD is Turbo.
Theo (Ryan Reynolds) is a snail with dreams. Unlike all the other snails content with their slow everyday lives, Theo dreams of racing. His brother Chet (Paul Giamatti) is tired of Theo’s unrealistic dreams and urges him to face his fate. But when Theo accidentally ingests nitrous from a street racing car, he finds himself faster than he could have ever dreamed. Now with the help of a Taco Stand owner (Michael Peña), Theo, now renamed Turbo, is determined to win the ultimate race, the Indy 500.
Turbo is another gem from Dreamworks. The voice work from Reynolds and Giamatti is excellent and lends real personality to the characters. The supporting cast including Luis Guzmán, Michelle Rodriguez, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Hader, Snoop Dogg, and Ken Jeong are all hilarious in their own rights. Turbo is a great story for kids about never giving up on dreams, but it is also damn funny for the adults. The animation is bright and beautiful giving viewers plenty to marvel at, especially in hi def. Turbo is another winner and one that I hope we are going to see more of.
The Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment is gorgeous. Bright bold colors, razor sharp clarity and detail and a bombastic soundtrack full of active surrounds and great music make Turbo another spectacular animated feature to add to the collection and show off the home theatre. Highly recommended.
Available November 12, 2013 on Blu-ray and DVD.