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DreamWorks Animation Announces Cast for 2013’s “Turbo”

GLENDALE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced that Ryan Reynolds will lead an all-star cast including Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson in the Company’s upcoming original film Turbo, which tells the story of an ordinary garden snail with dreams of racing greatness. Turbo is scheduled to come to the big screen on July 19, 2013.

“Ryan Reynolds’ infectious enthusiasm and humor will bring life to the lead role of Turbo and set the tone for this amazing roster of all-star voice talent,” said DreamWorks Animation Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke. “This high-octane journey will take audiences on the race of their lives and completely re-define the traditional notion of moving at a snail’s pace!”

David Soren (Merry Madagascar), a DreamWorks Animation veteran as a story artist, voice actor and director, is set to direct the film based on his own original concept. Soren is co-writing the script with Robert Siegel (The Wrestler) and Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After). Lisa Stewart (Monsters vs. Aliens, Almost Famous) is producing with Susan Rogers serving as co-producer.

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 when he suddenly finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed. 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.

  • I’ve got three points:

    1. Will the IndyCar aspect really work? The league has really declined ever since the IRL/CART split in the 1990s and NASCAR’s successful attempts at bringing in disgruntled IRL fans. IndyCar has essentially declined to where the only way how you’ll hear anything about it is when someone leaves for NASCAR (Danica Patrick) or someone dies in a race (Dan Wheldon).

    2. Robert Siegel writing this? Interesting.

    3. I wonder how many of the voice actors are in it for the money. Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Hader have both been working with animation for a while and have proven their mettle; I bet they’re not there for the money.

  • Ryoku75

    I can already predict this film just based on the description.

  • Scarabim



    I’ll wait for “How To Train Your Dragon 2”.

  • why the writers and storytellers can’t do good movies with simple ideas like pixar , because the only company I can beleive doing a good script starting with this idea is pixar

    I think the money people maybe have to much influence in the script in dream works??