Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 3
Studio: Dreamworks Animated
DVD Release Date: June 2, 2015
Run Time: 599 minutes
Turbo was a mildly successful CGI animated film about a snail that fulfills his dream to race against cars when he accidentally absorbs nitrous oxide. This was a quite transparent message to children that they should always follow their dreams regardless of how impossible they seem (even if you need to take enhancement drugs), but this Netflix produced spin-off series leaves the message behind for some good-old-fashioned cartoons. More irreverent than inspirational, “Turbo Fast” is fast-paced comic fun that will keep the attention of most children without irritating the parents too much.
The CGI format is also abandoned, so that only the primary characters remain the same as the film. The 2D animation is often rudimentary, but it is hardly noticeable paired with the fast pace and colorful palette. This paired with a sophomoric level of humor will amuse most young children. The group of racing snails comes up with the title F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team) after they realize Fast Action Racing Team will spell out ‘FART.’ These jokes are combined with silly and nonsensical jokes, a lot of which rely on the rigidly defined personalities of each character.
They are so much of a caricature in their defining character traits that each are listed with their defining attributes in the pilot episode. One is sassy, another gets angry, etc. None of it really matters much, even if you have seen the original film. Each episode creates an original storyline that moves fast enough that characterization only helps for jokes and gags. The storylines often have the snails battling foes, both on and off the racetrack. So I guess they are crime-fighting snails as well as racers.
The first season DVD release has all 26 episodes in the three-disc set. Also included is a digital copy of the season, providing an extra way of viewing the show in lieu of special features.
Entertainment Value: 7/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 6/10
Historical Significance: 5/10