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