|Based on||Characters created
by David Soren
|Directed by||Anthony Lioi (supervising)
|Opening theme||"Those Snails are Fast"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||39 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Chris Prynoski
|Producer(s)||Ben Kalina (supervising)
Shannon Barrett Prynoski
|Running time||23 minutes (two 11-minute stories)|
|Production company(s)||DreamWorks Animation Television
|Original release||December 24, 2013– present|
Turbo FAST is an American flash-animated 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. It is the first Netflix original series for children, and the first DreamWorks Animation series produced for Netflix. 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, with subsequent batches of five to six episodes following around holidays throughout 2014. Each episode consists of two 11-minutes stories, except for several double-length episodes.
The series picks up right after the film, following a snail named Turbo and his crew to Starlight City, where they master new stunts and compete with villains. It is being animation directed by Mike Roush, casting and voice directed by Andrea Romano, art directed by Antonio Canobbio, produced by Ben Kalina, Shannon Barrett Prynoski and Jennifer Ray, and executive produced by Chris Prynoski and Jack Thomas. 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 was released on Netflix on July 31, 2015.
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.
- Reid Scott as Turbo
- Eric Bauza as Chet
- Michael Patrick Bell as White Shadow
- John Eric Bentley as Whiplash
- Grey DeLisle-Griffin as Burn
- Phil LaMarr as Smoove Move
- Amir Talai as Skidmark, Tito
- Ken Jeong as Kim Ly
Season 1 (2013–2014)
The series premiered on December 24, 2013, when the first five episodes of the first season were released. Following batches of five episodes were released on April 4, 2014, June 27, 2014, September 12, 2014, and December 1, 2014.
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."
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Release date|
|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"||Anthony Chun||Sam Cherington||December 1, 2014|
|Guy Gagne, Turbo's nemesis competes in a race for animals in order to get revenge on him.|
Season 2 (2015)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Release date|
|27||1||"The Challenge"||Phil Allora||Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton||July 31, 2015|
|The snails compete in Chet's challenge to see who has the most willpower to avoid racing.|
|27||2||"Home on Our Own"||Nate Clesowich||Madison Bateman||July 31, 2015|
|Skidmark and White Shadow weasel their way out of another trip to stay home and watch a show, but the hermit crabs, Clip and Clap, interfere with this by seeking out treasure in the crew's house.|
|28||3||"The Mighty Snails"||Anthony Chun||Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton||July 31, 2015|
|Burn is sentenced to community service in court to coach an inept tetherball team of juvenile snails and an old rival gives her inspiration to do it.|
|28||4||"Silent but Deadly"||Michael Moloney||Adam Goldberg & Chris Bishop||July 31, 2015|
|White Shadow must use his unorthodox karate skills when Hardcase sends a silent stinkbug ninja to take out Turbo, despite jeers from Chet during a parade.|
|29||5||"Agent Ace"||Phil Allora||Sam Cherington||July 31, 2015|
|Turbo's aim to increase his fame has him turn to the ever crafty Ace Gecko, who offers to be his sports manager, and Chet comes aboard to, but is suspicous of the lizard.|
|29||6||"Smoove as Ice"||Nate Clesowich||Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton||July 31, 2015|
|Smoove Move falls for a slug, and disguises himself to be a slug due to a rivalry between snails and slugs and when his secret is revealed, he challenges the delinquent slugs to a skiing competition for the slug of his dreams.|
|30||7||"The Disappearing Act"||Anthony Chun||Madison Bateman||July 31, 2015|
|Chet takes Turbo and Burn to a magic club where he disappers in a magic act. Turbo and Burn try to find him, but their squabbling holds them down.|
|30||8||"The Sting of Injustice"||Michael Moloney||Sam Cherington||July 31, 2015|
|A Batman-esque superhero named the Stinger asks Turbo to be his sidekick in halting injustice in Turbo town, but the Stinger does more harm than good.|
|31||9||"The Treasure of Sierra Marty"||Phil Allora||Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton||July 31, 2015|
|Chet, Skidmark, and Smoove Move find a treasure map that leads to a frog treasure and they reluctantly ask the obnoxious frog Marty to be their guide.|
|31||10||"Big Baby"||Nate Clesowich||Madison Bateman||July 31, 2015|
|Turbo, Burn, and Whiplash must look after an infant while Tito searches for the mother, and things don't work out due to the infant's gross tendencies targeted at Turbo, Burn's rather inept ability to nurture the infant, and Whiplashes reluctance to partake in nurturing it.|
|32||11||"Turboldly Go - Part 1"||Anthony Chun||Sam Cherington||July 31, 2015|
|Turbo and his crew are mistaken for Russian snails and are sent to space where they meet a half calm/half crazed space monkey, who warns them of facing space insanity due to being in space for a long time. Skidmark, meanwhile, having been the sole snail to avoid the mix up, meets the real astronaut snails and mistakes them for aliens.|
|32||12||"Turboldly Go - Part 2"||Micheal Moloney||Todd Garfield||July 31, 2015|
|When the crew are shot out of the space shuttle, they are eventually separated into 3 groups (Turbo, Burn, and Whiplash/Chet and Smoove Move/ and White Shadow flying solo) and each has their own adventure. Skidmark, meanwhile, still thinks that the real astronauts are aliens when they try to ask him for assistance.|
|33||13||"Crow Pox"||Phil Allora||Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton||July 31, 2015|
|Turbo, Burn, and Skidmark find a deceased crow and use it to prank Chet in retaliation for his past pranks, but het falls into a catatonic state and they obtain a sickness called Crows Pox and the cure is in the nest upon the tallest tree in Griffith Park.|
|33||14||"Faking Amends"||Nate Clesowich||Madison Bateman||July 31, 2015|
|Burn's hippie sister meets so they can make amends for their crucial childhood, but Burn thinks that this is a way to bully her.|
|34||15||"Deuce is Wild"||Anthony Chun||Sam Cherington||July 31, 2015|
|Deuce is influenced by Tickula's son, Edvard, to join him in trouble making, so Whiplash tries to whip them into shape.|
|34||16||"To Fire a Squire"||Michael Moloney||Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton||July 31, 2015|
|Smoove Move's little brother, Buster, is saved by Turbo and offers him his services, which is all to excessive.|
|35||17||"Maggotron"||Phil Allora||Madison Bateman||July 31, 2015|
|Skidmark puts an injured maggot in a giant robot to it can be in motion, but this backfires when the robot becomes evil and enslaves the snail population. So the crew escapes and Skid tries to fix his blunder.|
|35||18||"Love Hurts"||Nate Clesowich||Sam Cherington||July 31, 2015|
|Turbo rescues a Princess Mantis from spiders and he finds himself engaged to her, much to Chet and Whiplash's concern since female Mantises eat the head of their males.|
|36||19||"Ransom of White Shadow"||Anthony Chun||Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton||July 31, 2015|
|White Shadow obtains luxurious golden hair and is mistaken for a Liam Neeson-esque snail actor who resembles him and when Clip and Clap discover this, they kidnap him, mistaking him for the true actor, and hold him ransom.|
|36||20||"Kicked Off"||Michael Moloney||Madison Bateman||July 31, 2015|
|Turbo and the crew compete against several other animals (most notably a cheating pair of Grasshoppers) to have the right to play of a foosball table. Meanwhile, Skidmark has another paranoia break down when he notices a missing foosball figure and searches for a replacement.|
|37||21||"The Day Mel Fell"||Phil Allora||Sam Cherington||July 31, 2015|
|Mel Shellman is fired for prematurely insulting his boss on the intercom and eventually bunks with Turbo and the crew, but he pesters them with his habitual announcing.|
|37||22||"Burn's Ex-Boo"||Nate Clesowich||Devin Bunje & Nick Stanton||July 31, 2015|
|Chet descends into paranoia and jealousy when Burn's former boyfriend, Torquer, shows up, especially when he thinks he'll ask Burn to be his online official beau.|
|38||23||"Tough as Snails"||Anthony Chun||Madison Bateman||July 31, 2015|
|Whiplash becomes a laughingstock when he stars in a Bulgarian lavender lotion commercial that promotes sensitivity and tries to redeem himself by wrestling a large crab.|
|38||24||"Conspiracy"||Michael Moloney||Sam Cherington||July 31, 2015|
|When S.E.C.R.E.T. (from "My Pet Clamsquatch") kidnaps the F.A.S.T. crew, Skidmark recruits a rather inept team of conspiracy-obsessed animals to help save them.|
|39||25||"Groundhog, Stay!"||Phil Allora||Madison Bateman||July 31, 2015|
|39||26||"Gone Guys Gone"||Nate Clesowich||Sam Cherington||July 31, 2015|
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. For this task, DreamWorks Animation opened a new television production unit, called DreamWorks Animation Television.
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. Soon after the Titmouse's founder Chris Prynoski signed on as the director, DreamWorks decided to turn the special into a series. Pryonski directed the first few episodes, and then took over as the series executive producer.
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. 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. Titmouse's director Antoni Canobbio developed a look that felt new and cool, to suit the project's racing theme.
Beside Flash, which is the main program for animating the series, many additional tools have been used, including Maya, Photoshop and After Effects. 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. 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.
In addition to Titmouse's studios in Los Angeles and Vancouver, a "sizable piece" of the production is taking place at a couple of studios in South Korea, in order to stay on schedule. This marks the first time for DreamWorks Animation to outsource to the country. On average, it takes a crew of about 80 people about six to eight months to take each episode from premise to delivery.
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."
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. The cast was selected by the Titmouse's casting and voice director Andrea Romano, who chose people Titmouse already knew and had worked with.
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. 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. They enjoyed working together, and when Motorcity got canceled, Prynoski offered him the role in recently contracted Turbo series. Scott's initial approach to the role tried to capture Reynold's "inflection, his intonation and the character's attitude. 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." According to Scott, the same happened to all other characters, which "slowly morphed into different versions."
Awards and nominations
|2014||Daytime Emmy Award||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||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|
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