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Animated racer dreams big but ‘Turbo’ moves mostly at snail’s pace

Turbo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), left, and Tito (Michael Pena) are seen in “Turbo,” about an underdog snail whose dreams kick into overdrive when he attains the power of speed.
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Turbo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), left, and Tito (Michael Pena) are seen in “Turbo,” about an underdog snail whose dreams kick into overdrive when he attains the power of speed.
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In animation shorthand, “Turbo” is “ ‘Cars’ with snails.” It’s light on the jokes, but cute, with animation so vivid it looks photo-real. It’s another “impossible dream” tale, this time of a motorhead mollusk who has a need for “terrifying, blinding speed.” Theo (Ryan Reynolds) is an auto-racing obsessed garden snail who longs to escape his colony of tomato-munchers. The occasional terror by a Big Wheel-riding tyke nicknamed “Shell Crusher” and the odd assault by crows ...

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