The newest kiddie flick from DreamWorks Animation pictures is Turbo, and sadly, this falls into the trap of so many before it: it’s “cute.” Animated movies are always tough, because you want it to be appropriate for kids but entertaining for adults–and so many do this so well. Others fall a little flat with the jokes, even when you have a stellar cast like Turbo does. But even the ever-snarky Ryan Reynolds didn’t make this as entertaining as I wanted it to be. Don’t get me wrong…it really was cute. It had a sweet underdog story and some funny moments, but I can’t help but think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I were fifteen years my junior. Let’s face it: it’s no Shrek.

Turbo tells the story of garden snail Theo, who has big dreams of racing in the Indy 500 and a negative Nancy brother named Chet (Paul Giamatti), who thinks Theo just needs to settle down and enjoy the overripe vine tomatoes. When Theo, a.k.a. Turbo, has a run-in with some drag racers and some NOS, he becomes super fast and actually has a chance to race in the coveted Indy 500 after he meets the ambitious half of the Dos Bros taco stand entrepreneurs. After the Indy 500 head honcho allows the enthusiastic snail to race, Turbo finds himself going head to head with his idol, Guy Gagné (no relation to our own fille Emily Gagne–or is there?), played by Bill Hader, in a race to the death.

This is totally a good movie for kids, and it’s not awful for adults, but if you’re like me and enjoy the subtle nuances in an animated flick, you may be better off re-watching any of the Shrek movies (except Shrek The Third–don’t bother with that one again).

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sjzBa3kVQM]

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