Thursday 27 June 2013

New Turbo Clips Show DreamWorks' Snail Pit Crew

DreamWorks have released a couple of new clips from their next feature film, Tubro, over the last couple of weeks, focussing on the team of snails that rally around the titular racer. They're both fun and well animated, but the "Pit Stop" one in particular is far too close to Pixar's Cars for my liking: a slightly odd group of strangers who become friends with a racer and then help him out, complete with pep talk, on the day of the big race... Sounding a little too familiar.

Of course, there's always the chance that the actual film is a lot different to what we're seeing in the advertising. Check out the other clip below.

Turbo hits cinemas on 17th July in the US, but not until 18th October over here in the UK. That annoyingly long delay is what led me to giving Madagascar 3 a swerve last year, so please try not to do this every year, DreamWorks.


  1. I was sort of ranting on your blog post about Pixar's sequels, so I'll continue here as a case in point.

    Turbo is as original a movie as it gets, as in it's not a follow-up or a sequel to anything. But as you said above, it's way too similar to some existing films out there (I know it's early to make this conclusion, but let's just use a working assumption that it copies a lot from Cars and maybe Ratatouille).

    So at the end of the day, what constitutes the "originality" of a movie? The fact that it's not a follow-up to any existing material by name, or the fact that it's innovative and even groundbreaking (in Toy Story 3 sort of mould) even if it's a sequel?

  2. William Jardine28 June 2013 at 23:51

    Absolutely, the originality of the film is irrespective of whether or not it's a sequel. But try telling the "Pixar are sellouts!" masses that!