Critical Consensus: “Turbo” barely makes it around the track

Turbo-2013-Movie-Picture-01Dreamworks, like Pixar, wasn’t able to put its best foot forward with a big summer movie this year. The idea cupboards at both dream factories seem pretty bare.

“Monsters University” was hyped and promoted to beat the band, but thin on laughs and weak on execution. At least to adults.

And “Turbo” panders to the racing/street tuning car crowd’s kids with a movie that also suffers a lack of laughs. It’s pretty, it’s animated, it has a diverse voice cast. But it’s a bit flat. The reviews reflect that.

Passable, but far from top drawer.

I wonder if there’s a talent drain owing to all the many animation outfits out there. “Epic” was weak, but Blue Sky, Sony and Universal have plucked much of their talent from Dreamworks and Pixar. Disney’s “Planes” is on its way and it doesn’t inspire any confidence.

The only summer cartoon movie to deliver laughs was “Despicable Me,” and it didn’t have the pathos of the first film.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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