Bill Hader, Paul Giamatti, Ken Jeong & More Lending Voices to 'Turbo'
by Ben Pearson
February 24, 2012
Well, this is encouraging news. When the first poster for Dreamworks Animation's Turbo came out last week, it left us scratching our heads and looked, as Ethan said, like a straight-to-DVD effort. The movie tells the story of a regular garden snail (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) who gains super speed in an accident and, defying his speed-averse snail community, goes on a quest to race in the Indianapolis 500. Thanks to THR, we have a better look at the visual style of the movie with a new still from the film along with an impressive list of talented actors providing their voices to various characters in the 2013 release. Check it out below!
According the update on THR, actors Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson have all joined the cast. No specific roles are mentioned for anyone other than Ryan Reynolds, who will star as the snail with newfound speed. Turbo is an original idea by its director David Soren, and will be co-written by Darren Lemke and Robert Siegel.
The addition of Siegel to the writing team is a new development, and his involvement is the most intriguing part of this story for me aside from the casting as he wrote The Onion Movie back in 2008, and I think that may be a bit more representative of the tone we can expect from an animated project - at least moreso than his other work, Big Fan and The Wrestler. As for the announced cast members themselves, I'm a huge Ben Schwartz fan (especially his work on "Parks & Recreation") and he's a perfect match for animated work, so consider me completely sold on Turbo, which hits theaters in July of 2013 next year. No more worries?
Here's a fresh new look at Turbo, which is much better than the first teaser poster from last week: