I Am My Brother’s Keeper
Release Date: July 17, 2013
Starring: The voices of Ryan Reynolds,
Paul Giammati, Michael Peña,
Luiz Guzmán, Bill Hader, Maya
Rudolph, Michelle Rodriguez,
Richard Jenkins, Samuel L.
Jackson, Ken Leong
Genre: Animated, Comedy
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 96 min
Distributor: DreamWorks Animation/20th
Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: David Soren
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Lisa Stewart
Writer: Darren Lemke, Robert D. Siegel
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox 2000/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000; Website: www.fox.com
The story opens with little Turbo, a garden snail, watching his favorite racecar driver, Guy Gagné, on TV in the garden shed. Turbo pretends to race across a table and reaches the finish line in 17 minutes flat, a personal record!
Turbo’s big brother, Chet, doesn’t appreciate Chet’s obsession with racecars, especially with going fast. He’s a snail, for goodness sake!
One day, Turbo almost gets himself killed trying to race across part of the lawn before the lawnmower comes. This just confirms Chet’s fears concerning Turbo’s obsession. Feeling rejected and depressed, little Turbo leaves home. He ends up watching the cars go by at night on the freeway. Wind from a big truck sweeps Turbo away, and he finds himself flying into a street racing car with nitrous oxide. Like Spider-Man, the effects of the gas change Turbo’s DNA, and he suddenly becomes one very fast snail, capable of reaching speeds over 200 miles per hour.
Turbo races home to tell Chet, but they get into another argument. They suddenly end up being carried away by a bird, but Turbo’s speed helps them get away. They are found by Tito, a human who runs a taco stand with his brother, Angelo. Tito races snails for money and discovers Turbo’s super powers. He wonders if Turbo’s speed can attract customers to the failing taco stand. Using his super-speed, Turbo points Tito to a sign advertizing the Indy 500 race. However, there’s a $20,000 entry fee. Also, even if the Indy officials let Turbo race, his brother Chet’s fears just might come true.
TURBO is delightfully goofy and winsome, with plenty of good laughs and exciting action that won’t make media-wise parents cringe. It’s one of the few animated movies that truly does seem to be designed for all ages. That said, there are some jokes that older viewers can appreciate, such as the reaction of the garden snails when a bird suddenly takes away one of their fellow snails. Goodbye, Charlie!
Though Turbo is the title character, the movie is also about his brother, Chet, and their relationship. Chet doesn’t understand his brother’s fascination with going fast. He also honestly fears for Turbo’s safety. This relationship is mirrored by the relationship between Tito and his brother Angelo. Tito is a dreamer, and Angelo thinks Tito is wasting his life with all his crazy schemes. Ultimately, the message of this theme is one with biblical resonance – we are our brother’s keeper.
TURBO also has a positive reference to God. Finally, at one point, Tito exclaims, “Santa Maria,” a reference to the Virgin Mary.
TURBO is delightfully goofy and winsome. It has plenty of good laughs and exciting action that won’t make media-wise parents cringe. It’s one of the few animated movies that truly does seem to be designed for all ages. TURBO also resonates with a biblical, redemptive theme – we are our brother’s keeper. Turbo’s brother tries to protect Turbo, but he also learns how to support him.