ⓘ Turbo Fast
Turbo Fast is an American flash-animated web 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 at the time, but it became available worldwide via Netflix over time. It is the first Netflix original series for children, and the first DreamWorks Animation series produced for Netflix.
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 segments, except for few double-length episodes. Season 2 was released on Netflix on July 31, 2015. The third and final season was released on Netflix on February 5, 2016.
The series picks up right after the events of 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.
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. Together they decide to call themselves the Fast Action Stunt Team, or F.A.S.T.
- Hayaku voiced by Lauren Tom – A Japanese cricket who pretends to be in love with Turbo in order to beat him in a race in Tokyo. Although she still claims him to be her enemy, Turbo still believes she has feelings for him. Her name means "Hurry up" in Japanese.
- Barth voiced by Jim Breuer – A lizard.
- Hardcase voiced by Diedrich Bader – A tiger beetle who envies Turbos fame and wishes to outrace him, even resorting to cheating. He does not tolerate losing, and even threatens to ravage Turbotown until he wins a race.
- Chickipede voiced by Phil LaMarr – A chicken-centipede mutant hybrid.
- Smoove Move voiced by Phil LaMarr – The "grooviest" snail of the F.A.S.T. crew, whose shell is equipped with bass speakers. He has a taste for funk and rap music, which help him to "groove" through the track. He is also a DJ and has a knack for painting.
- Queen Invicta voiced by Laraine Newman – A fire ant queen.
- Turbo/Theodore "Theo" voiced by Reid Scott – The main protagonist of Turbo, a snail who has gained super speed after being swallowed by a car engine, and who has won the Indy 500 with said powers.
- Kim-Ly voiced by Ken Jeong – An elderly manicurist at Starlight Plaza.
- Cajun Cliche voiced by Jim Cummings – A crawfish from Louisiana.
- Edvard voiced by Alexander Polinsky – Tickulas son who broods alot and says "whatever" everytime.
- Chester "Chet" voiced by Eric Bauza – Turbos paranoid older brother, who is the main safety patrolman of Turbotown and the manager of the F.A.S.T. crew. He is also Burns boyfriend. His shell is equipped with an ambulance/helicopter, nicknamed the Shellcopter’.
- Princess Thora voiced by Rachael MacFarlane – A praying mantis.
- Captain Dirtbeard voiced by John DiMaggio – A rat who is a pirate captain who regularly tries to get revenge on Turbo and the F.A.S.T crew and once ruined everyones food supply to sell packets in a smuggling operation.
- F.A.J.I.T.A. – Enemies of the F.A.S.T. crew. It consists of Fusion, Lightning, Groove Rider, Snap, Peel-Out, and Mondo Tires. While most of shells for F.A.J.I.T.A. are based off of the Shells of the F.A.S.T. crew, Fusions shell is powered by a Fusion Engine, unlike Turbos, who’s power is all natural.
- Count Tickula voiced by Maurice LaMarche – A vampire tick who is very happy about everything.
- Bernice "Burn" Guzman voiced by Grey DeLisle -The only female member of the F.A.S.T. crew and Chets girlfriend.
- Breakneck voiced by Mark Hamill – Whiplashs rival and former mentor.
- Rockwell voiced by Steven Blum – A turtle.
- Whitney "Whiplash" Chubbington voiced by John Eric Bentley – The tough-as-nails leader of the F.A.S.T. crew, whose shell is equipped with a jet engine. Despite his gruff attitude, he has a fondness for lavender lotion.
- Slushbeard voiced by John DiMaggio – Dirtbeards brother.
- Whitman "White Shadow" Shafford voiced by Michael Patrick Bell – The largest snail in the F.A.S.T. crew, who has a habit of acting stealthy, though his large size is a disadvantage. He is best friends with Skidmark, and often proves to be just as quirky as him. He is somewhat dim-witted and a big eater. His shell is equipped with tires.
- Skip "Skidmark" Markovich voiced by Amir Talai – The F.A.S.T. crews main mechanic, whose shell is equipped with a propeller. He is fond of conspiracy theories, which seems to annoy the other team members, despite most of them proving to be true. Despite his idiosyncrasies, he is a devoted team member. He is best friends with White Shadow.
- Tito voiced by Amir Talai – A snail race trainer and the employee of Dos Tacos.
- Buster Move voiced by Dana Snyder – Smoove Moves brother.
- Ace Gecko voiced by Jeff Bennett – A con artist who regularly makes false deals with the citizens of Turbotown, especially Chet. Although he dons the alias "Gecko", he is actually a newt.
- Brahdhi and Warlarva voiced by Jeff Bennett, Mark Hamill – Surfing cockroaches along with Jimmy Delaware.
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."
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 a 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 Titmouses 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 films 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 werent held to match the movie," said Prynoski. Titmouses director Antoni Canobbio developed a look that felt new and cool, to suit the projects 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 Titmouses 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 dont 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 thats a lot easier to do with professional voice actors," said DreamWorks Animation head of television Margie Cohn. The cast was selected by the Titmouses 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 XDs 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. Scotts initial approach to the role tried to capture Reynolds "inflection, his intonation and the characters attitude. And then slowly it took on a life of its own. The Turbo we have now is inspired by that, but hes very much his own guy." According to Scott, the same happened to all other characters, which "slowly morphed into different versions."
5. Home media
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.