A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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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
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One very affectionate female snail often kisses her boyfriend, leaving lipstick marks on his cheek.
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Rarely "dang." Some potty humor including farting noises.
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Products & Purchases
The series continues the story of characters introduced in the feature-length Dreamworks film, Turbo.
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.
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.
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