Turbo FAST

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Zany adventures, positive messages from racing snail hero.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Entertainment is the goal here, not education.

Positive Messages

Turbo learns that his speed doesn't always guarantee victory, so he turns to his friends for advice when he needs it. Despite some mild stereotypes (mostly in the form of accents), it's a plus that the few human characters are culturally diverse. Recurring themes include the power of positive thinking as well as reminders to never give up and to not judge a person (or snail) by how he looks.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Turbo is confident and optimistic, and he never backs down from a challenge. His friends bring unique skills to the mix, and the series format allows each one to shine at some point. Turbo learns that being a renowned racer doesn't make him a big shot on every course, and he learns to accept guidance from others when they're the experts.

Violence & Scariness

Many of the villains come across as mean and intimidating, and they make threats against Turbo, his friends, and their home. Cartoon-style violence includes snails and insects getting crushed, characters crashing into objects at high speed, and some hitting and punching.

Sexy Stuff

One very affectionate female snail often kisses her boyfriend, leaving lipstick marks on his cheek.

Language

Rarely "dang." Some potty humor including farting noises.

Consumerism

The series continues the story of characters introduced in the feature-length Dreamworks film, Turbo.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Turbo FAST is an animated series that continues the story of a speedy racing snail and his friends introduced in Dreamworks' Turbo. Many of the show's themes revisit those of the movie -– including self-confidence and doing what you love –- and additional focus is given to the characters' friendships and how they help each other out of jams. Each episode presents a new villain, some of whom can be menacing, and there's always the potential for crashes, falls, and crushing blows, but no one seems to suffer long from the impact. Silly bathroom humor (poop jokes, farting noises, and the like) are sure to keep kids' interest.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byEthibodeaux September 19, 2019

Aggressive, said “stupid” in first minute

We gave it a shot because we liked the movie but the awful stereotyping and calling someone “stupid” within the first minute made me turn it off.
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byPBSFanFromChile July 5, 2016

Turbo FAST - a totally awesome DreamWorks hit... from the movie to NETFLIX and beyond!

This programme is succesful!!! Even one Discovery station in Latin America adquired the rights for the broadcast of the series, which airs weekday afternoons. I... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byPme1223 August 6, 2018

It can immature many people

One of the worst among the worst
Kid, 12 years old April 21, 2015

Just Not For Little Kids

I think that "dang" is used often. I believe that"idiot" is used often, too. This kind of language needs to be listed here. There's als... Continue reading

What's the story?

In TURBO FAST, Turbo (voiced by Reid Scott) returns home after his Indy 500 win to find that his best human friend, Tito (Amir Talai), and his snail pals have constructed a huge (by snail standards, anyway) metropolis called Starlite City for them to live in. It has everything Turbo could ever want, including a brand-new racetrack with some pretty cool features. But just when things seem to be settling down for the racing champ, he finds himself contending with an onslaught of new opponents who want to try their hands at besting the world's fastest snail. Can Turbo and the rest of his Fast Action Stunt Team outshine them all?

Is it any good?

Everybody loves a good underdog story, and a snail who dreams of racing fame is about as unlikely as they come. But, as we saw in Turbo's feature-length story, there's more to this mollusk than meets the eye, and that doesn't change now that he's settled back in at home. Turbo still doesn't let others push him around, and he's not intimidated because of his size. No matter who comes to town to challenge him, he puts up a good fight and usually winds up besting his opponent because of his can-do attitude. What stands out even more prominently in this series, though, is how Turbo benefits from being part of a team.

After the computer-animated movie, Turbo FAST's more subdued animation style feels a bit flat, and only a few of the original cast members reprise their voice roles in this series. But all the familiar faces are still there, and they're as silly as ever, so kids are sure to be pleased with the series overall.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how it feels to realize a dream. Kids: What goals do you have for yourself in the future? If you could be the best at something, what would it be? What kinds of skills would you need to perfect first?

  • How do good friends help you overcome difficult situations? Are you always receptive to others' advice? Have you ever been in a position to offer advice to someone else?

  • Why do so many creatures challenge Turbo? What do they hope to gain by doing so? Are any out just to cause trouble? How would you deal with someone like this in your life?

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