This morning I decided to let my kids benefit from this blogging mom’s desire to review movies. After dropping my oldest off at work and berry picking for an hour (I’ve got the thorns to prove it) we headed off to the theater for an early matinee showing of TURBO, Dreamworks Animations’ newest movie that just came out in theaters today. (Yes, I did pay for all of our tickets and, no, I am not getting paid to post this Turbo movie review).
We got to the theater just in time for the trailers to start. I swear – my kids seem to like movie trailers almost as much as the movies themselves. We settled in with the rest of the families in the theater more than happy to enjoy a few hours of air conditioned comfort on probably the hottest day of the year (I think it was 98 degrees when we headed back to our car).
We decided to see the movie in 2D rather than 3D, so I can’t tell you how awesome the 3D was, but I CAN tell you that 2D was perfectly fine. Impressive animation, too!
When we were leaving the theater, I tried to get my kids’ opinions on Turbo, to see how it measured up for my two teens in attendance and my two younger ones. Everyone was thrilled with the movie. Necco, age 14, commented that Turbo was really funny and that she was sure that other kids her age would love it.
Mom’s side note: although there was nothing inappropriate about the movie – it’s totally kid-friendly – I felt like it was geared toward older kids. The jokes, the music, and the story line were big-kid-friendly (and didn’t have my teens rolling their eyes at the sugary-sweetness you see in younger kids’ movies sometimes).
I asked my oldest son (12 1/2, going into 7th grade) what he thought about the movie, although I didn’t really need to ask after sitting next to him during the 96 minute flick and listening to him laugh every few minutes. He thought that his friends would like it, too (boys of all ages like race cars, right?).
I personally loved the message of the movie – that no dream is too big and that anyone can accomplish their dreams, despite outside opinions telling you otherwise, if you stick with it and believe in yourself.
Our final words on Turbo? It’s a fun, family friendly summer movie. Definitely worth seeing!
My two younger kids were thrilled that the theater was handing out Turbo posters and activity books to take home. Speaking of Turbo activities, I have a few free Turbo Printables (Turbo coloring pages and activities) for your Turbo fans.
Turbo Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets
Enjoy these free prtinables from Turbo: Turbo Bookmarks (set of 4), Turbo Customizable License, a Turbo Maze, and a set of 10 Turbo Coloring Pages. Here’s a preview of what you get (download more on the Turbo site).
From the makers of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, TURBO is a high-velocity 3D comedy about an underdog garden snail who kicks into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends with a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes, Turbo learns that no one succeeds on their own. So he puts his heart and shell on the line to help his pals achieve their dreams, before Turbo-charging his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500.
I was excited to hear that the film will be followed by a television series, titled Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team), set to air on Netflix in December 2013.
Turbo stars the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Ken Jeong, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson.
- Visit the official website: turbomovie.com
- Like Turbo on Facebook.com/TurboMovie
- Follow @GoTurbo on Twitter (#TurboMovie)
- Watch the movie trailer & more on DreamWorks Animation’s YouTube Page
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