Turbo FAST

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Turbo FAST
Turbo FAST poster.jpg
Genre Action/Adventure
Comedy
Racing
Based on Characters created 
by David Soren
Directed by Anthony Lioi (supervising)
Phil Allora
Anthony Chun
Nate Clesowich
Juno Lee
Michael Moloney
Chris Prynoski
Voices of
Opening theme "Those Snails are Fast"[1]
Composer(s) Henry Jackman,
Halli Cauthery[2]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26[3] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Chris Prynoski[4]
Jack Thomas[5]
Producer(s) Ben Kalina (supervising)[4]
Shannon Barrett Prynoski[5]
Jennifer Ray[4]
Running time 23 minutes (two 11-minute stories)[6]
Production company(s) DreamWorks Animation Television
Titmouse
Release
Original channel Netflix
Original release December 24, 2013 (2013-12-24) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Turbo
External links
Website

Turbo FAST is an American flash-animated[7] television series based on the 2013 computer-animated film Turbo. Produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and animated by Titmouse, it is being exclusively released on Netflix in United States and in the 40 countries where Netflix offers its services.[8] It is the first Netflix original series for children, and the first DreamWorks Animation series produced for Netflix.[8] This was also the first in-house traditionally-animated production for DreamWorks Animation since the film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas was released in 2003.

The first five episodes of the first 26-episode season were released on December 24, 2013,[3] with subsequent batches of five to six episodes following around holidays throughout 2014.[3][9] Each episode consists of two 11-minutes stories, except for several double-length episodes.[6]

The series picks up right after the film,[10] following a snail named Turbo and his crew to Starlight City,[11] where they master new stunts and compete with villains.[8] It is being animation directed by Mike Roush,[7] casting and voice directed by Andrea Romano,[9] art directed by Antonio Canobbio,[12] produced by Ben Kalina, Shannon Barrett Prynoski and Jennifer Ray,[5] and executive produced by Chris Prynoski and Jack Thomas.[5][13] Beside Ken Jeong and Mike Bell, who reprise their roles of Kim Ly and White Shadow from the film, the series features an all-new cast. It consists of Reid Scott as Turbo, John Eric Bentley as Whiplash, Grey DeLisle-Griffin as Burn, Phil LaMarr as Smoove Move, Amir Talai as Skidmark and Tito, and Eric Bauza as Chet.

Season 2 is set to appear on Netflix on July 31, 2015.[14]

Plot[edit]

Ever since Theo aka Turbo won the Indianapolis 500 from the film Turbo, Tito builds a city for all the snails along with Turbo. He even built a race track for the snails to race. Now Turbo continues his racing adventure with the help of his brother Chet, and his friends Whiplash, Burn, Skidmark, White Shadow, and Smoove Move.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2013–2014)[edit]

The series premiered on December 24, 2013, when the first five episodes of the first season were released.[13] Following batches of five episodes were released on April 4, 2014,[18] June 27, 2014,[19] September 12, 2014,[20] and December 1, 2014.[21]

Five-episode release is a departure from previous Netflix release strategy, where an entire season of a series was released at once. Netflix explained the change of the strategy: "Production on animation is on a different timetable, so we chose to make the episodes that are ready now available for viewers as they were ready."[22]

Episode
No.
Segment
No.
Title[23] Directed by Written by Release date[23]
1 1 "Crazy Fast" Chris Prynoski Jack Thomas & Eric Trueheart December 24, 2013

Hardcase the Tiger Beetle challenges Turbo on a race for the new built city for snails. The snails want to teach him their driving style.

Note: This is a half-hour episode.
2 2 "Dungball Derby" Anthony Lioi Todd Garfield December 24, 2013
White Shadow plays the game Dungball Derby against star players of the game.
2 3 "Ace of Race" Nate Clesowich Jack Thomas December 24, 2013
Ace Gecko challenges Turbo on a race, but is going to give up so all the bets on Turbo will be off and the snails will lose all of their tomatoes.
3 4 "Bumperdome" Anthony Lioi Eric Trueheart December 24, 2013
After a near death experience, Chet goes in a battle arena for danger.
3 5 "Broaches" Juno Lee & Anthony Lioi Todd Garfield December 24, 2013
Brahdhi, Warlarva, Jimmy Delaware and their fellow cockroaches invade Dos Bros for food.
4 6 "African Queen" Anthony Lioi Todd Garfield December 24, 2013
Turbo and the gang try to get a cure for slugs in Africa from getting sick.
4 7 "Mega Snails" Nate Clesowich Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton December 24, 2013
After eating everything in a snack machine, White Shadow becomes a "Mega Snail".
5 8 "Ants Ants Revolution" Juno Lee & Anthony Lioi Eric Trueheart December 24, 2013
Queen Invicta the Queen Fire Ant challenges Burn on a race set to make her lose.
5 9 "Clamsquatch" Anthony Lioi Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton December 24, 2013
The gang goes on a race in Mississippi and are interrupted by a "Clamsquatch".
6 10 "Turbo Stinks" Nate Clesowich Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton April 4, 2014
A flock of each type of birds attack the city on the day Turbo unveils his new signature fragrance.
6 11 "Snails in Jail" Anthony Chun Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton April 4, 2014
Rudy Guana the Iguana throws the team in jail until Turbo agrees to throw a race.
7 12 "A Tale of Two Turbos" Nate Clesowich Sam Cherington April 4, 2014
Turbo searches for an impostor who is pretending to be like him all over town.
7 13 "The Escargot Affair" Anthony Lioi Sam Cherington April 4, 2014
Invited to a fancy dinner party, Turbo discovers that he is on the menu.
8 14 "Surf'N Turf" Nate Clesowich Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton April 4, 2014
The cockroaches challenge the team to a surfing contest during a relaxing day at the beach.
8 15 "Hardcase Returns" Anthony Chun Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton April 4, 2014
Hardcase returns and vows to take revenge on Turbo.
9 16 "Turbo Drift" Juno Lee & Chris Prynoski Jack Thomas & Eric Trueheart April 4, 2014

While filming a commercial in Tokyo, Hayaku the Cricket challenges Turbo to a drift race, while the team explores the city and Chet gets lost.

Note: This is a half-hour episode.
10 17 "Ready, Set, Glow" Juno Lee & Anthony Lioi Todd Garfield April 4, 2014
Turbo and Skidmark join an underground zip line race to uncover a conspiracy.
10 18 "Breakneck's Back" Juno Lee & Phil Allora Eric Trueheart April 4, 2014
Whiplash enters the Tomato Games, competing against his former mentor, Breakneck.
11 19 "Cruise Control" Nate Clesowich Todd Garfield June 27, 2014
A rodent pirate (Dirtbeard) challenges Turbo to a race on a cruise ship
11 20 "R/C Turbo" Anthony Chun Todd Garfield June 27, 2014
An unconscious Turbo gets a new shell that the crew can operate by remote control.
12 21 "Curse of the Cicadas" Nate Clesowich Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton June 27, 2014
After accidentally waking cicadas from hibernation, the crew must get them back to sleep.
12 22 "Beat-A Fajita" Nate Clesowich Sam Cherington June 27, 2014
A celebrity chef steals Tito's taco recipe.
13 23 "Karmageddon" Juno Lee & Anthony Lioi Sam Cherington June 27, 2014
Turbo is excited to race on a section of freeway that's closed for construction.
13 24 "Chet Gets Burned" Anthony Chun Eric Trueheart June 27, 2014
Burn breaks up with Chet when he forgets her birthday.
14 25 "Gypsy Moth Prophecies" Nate Clesowich Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton June 27, 2014
A fortune-telling gypsy moth predicts doom for Whiplash.
14 26 "Skidzo-Brainia" Anthony Chun Todd Garfield June 27, 2014
Skidmark tries to change his crazy behavior by rewiring his brain with a special helmet.
15 27 "No Can Do" Phil Allora Sam Cherington June 27, 2014
Chet becomes obsessed with opening a stubborn tomato juice can.
15 28 "Adopt-A-Toad" Nate Clesowich Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton June 27, 2014
Turbo adopts a toad for charity but the toad becomes an obnoxious house guest.
16 29 "Buster Move" Michael Moloney Eric Trueheart September 12, 2014
Smoove Move is embarrassed when his nerdy brother comes to visit.
16 30 "Gills" Anthony Chun Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton September 12, 2014
Skidmark causes a panic when he hunts a snail-eating goldfish at a fancy party.
17 31 "The Terror of Tickula" Phil Allora Sam Cherington September 12, 2014
Turbo and Whiplash meet a strange tick who may be out to harm Turbo.
17 32 "Prank'd" Nate Clesowich John O'Bryan September 12, 2014
When the crew starts a prank war, Chet is nervous that he's the next target.
18 33 "Over Shadowed" Michael Moloney Eric Trueheart September 12, 2014
White Shadow quits racing and it's up to Turbo to get back on the track.
18 34 "Beware the Chickipede" Anthony Chun Scott Sonnborn September 12, 2014
The crew meets a strange new creature while playing detectives.
19 35 "Mall is Well" Phil Allora Sam Cherington September 12, 2014
Turbo competes in a crazy underground race through a mall.
19 36 "Taco Tank" Nate Clesowich Eric Trueheart September 12, 2014
Tito trades in his food truck for a tank and goes on a wild ride through the city.
20 37 "Zoo Lander" Michael Moloney Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton September 12, 2014
Shadow and Skidmark embark on a perilous adventure through the zoo to rescue Deuce.
20 38 "Balloonatics" Anthony Chun Sam Cherington September 12, 2014
Whiplash attempts to prevent the crew from meeting his parents (Lydia and Lester).
21 39 "The Packet Racket" Phil Allora John Behnke December 1, 2014
Turbo and Shadow go undercover to expose some shady bugs selling artificial ketchup.
21 40 "Smack Me Down" Nate Clesowich Eric Trueheart December 1, 2014
Turbo prepares to compete in an underground smack-talk contest.
22 41 "Smoovin' On Up" Michael Moloney Devin Bunje and Nick Stanton December 1, 2014
When Smoove Move becomes a world-famous pedicurist, fame goes to his head.
22 42 "The Great Shell Robbery" Phil Allora Sam Cherington December 1, 2014
The crew plans to retrieve their shells after hermit crabs steal them.
23 43 "Chet Vs. Dr. Disorder" Nate Clesowich Eric Trueheart December 1, 2014
Chet's obsessed with tracking down a litterbug.
23 44 "Damselfly in Distress" Anthony Chun Madison Bateman December 1, 2014
The crew competes against each other in a dangerous obstacle course race to save a damselfly princess.
24 45 "Dome Sweet Dome" Michael Moloney Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton December 1, 2014
Ace Gecko scams Chet into buying a fake dome for all of the city's tomatoes.
24 46 "My Pet Clamsquatch" Anthony Chun Todd Garfield December 1, 2014
Skidmark tries to hide his pet monster from a secret cryptozoology organization.
25 47 "Hard Luck Hardcase" Nate Clesowich Eric Trueheart December 1, 2014
Hardcase continues to try and kill Turbo, this time to help his reputation among his minions.
25 48 "Bee Story" Phil Allora Sam Cherington December 1, 2014
When White Shadow loses his good luck charm, the crew has trouble finding it.
26 49 "Tur-bros" Michael Moloney Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton December 1, 2014
Turbo is nearly killed by a fan at a racing convention in Los Angeles.
26 50 "The Snailman" Anthoy Chun Sam Cherington December 1, 2014
Guy Gagne, Turbo's nemesis competes in a race for animals in order to get revenge on him.

Production[edit]

Turbo FAST is the first project coming out of the five-year deal between DreamWorks Animation and Netflix, which includes 300 hours of original programming or over thousand episodes.[9][11] For this task, DreamWorks Animation opened a new television production unit, called DreamWorks Animation Television.[11]

Initially, the project started as a standalone special based on the Turbo film. Being impressed with racing visuals which Titmouse, Inc. created for the Disney XD series Motorcity, DreamWorks Animation contracted the studio to make the special flash-animated, rather than computer-animated.[9] Soon after the Titmouse's founder Chris Prynoski signed on as the director, DreamWorks decided to turn the special into a series.[9] Pryonski directed the first few episodes, and then took over as the series executive producer.[9]

Production on the project began in the summer of 2012, a year before the film's release, when it was still undecided if the project would be a special or a series.[12] With the film still having numerous storyboard panels instead of finished animation, Titmouse had to develop their own style: "We were inspired by the movie, but we weren't held to match the movie," said Prynoski.[9] Titmouse's director Antoni Canobbio developed a look that felt new and cool, to suit the project's racing theme.[12]

Beside Flash, which is the main program for animating the series, many additional tools have been used, including Maya, Photoshop and After Effects.[11] To overcome the difficulty of animating intricately detailed snail racing shells, the studio generated 3D models of the shells in Maya, so they could rotate them to any position they wanted.[11] Each time it was put in a new position, it had to be cleaned up by hand to make it look like a 2D drawing. Prepared shell was then put into a library, waiting for next animator to use it when needed.[11]

In addition to Titmouse's studios in Los Angeles and Vancouver,[12] a "sizable piece" of the production is taking place at a couple of studios in South Korea,[24] in order to stay on schedule.[11] This marks the first time for DreamWorks Animation to outsource to the country.[24] On average, it takes a crew of about 80 people about six to eight months to take each episode from premise to delivery.[12]

Unlike previous DreamWorks Animation series, the Netflix deal allowed DreamWorks to maintain creative control. Prynoski said: "Typically, if you are working on a show like this, you might get two sets of notes: one from DreamWorks and one from the network. But we don't get notes from Netflix, which is cool. It allows us to move faster, and we can make the shows, hopefully, the way we want them."[9]

Beside Ken Jeong and Mike Bell, who reprise their roles of Kim Ly and White Shadow, the cast features all new members. One of the reasons for this was the desire to have the actors working together. "The thing is that these actors are really busy, and we want to get talent in the same room at the same time to get that chemistry. And that's a lot easier to do with professional voice actors," said DreamWorks Animation head of television Margie Cohn.[25] The cast was selected by the Titmouse's casting and voice director Andrea Romano, who chose people Titmouse already knew and had worked with.[9]

Reid Scott, who replaced Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Turbo, knew Prynoski from 2000 or 2001, when they worked together on a Flash Frame pilot for AMC.[26] After that, they lost contact, but they met again ten years later, when Scott successfully auditioned for Disney XD's Motorcity, which Prynoski created and directed.[26] They enjoyed working together, and when Motorcity got canceled, Prynoski offered him the role in recently contracted Turbo series.[26] Scott's initial approach to the role tried to capture Reynold's "inflection, his intonation and the character's attitude.[26] And then slowly it took on a life of its own. The Turbo we have now is inspired by that, but he's very much his own guy."[26] According to Scott, the same happened to all other characters, which "slowly morphed into different versions."[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2014 Daytime Emmy Award[5] Outstanding Children's Animated Program Chris Prynoski, Jack Thomas, Ben Kalina, Shannon Barrett Prynoski, Jennifer Ray Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing – Animation Konrad Piñon Nominated
2015 Annie Award[27][28] Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Antonio Canobbio, Khang Le, Mark Taihei, Howard Chen & Brandon Cuellar Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Todd Raleigh & Doug Vito Nominated

Home media[edit]

A DVD collection of all the season 1 episodes, titled Turbo FAST: Season 1 was released on DVD on June 2, 2015 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.[29]

References[edit]

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