It seems “slow and steady wins the race” doesn't carry much weight in an era of instant gratification. Furthermore, thanks to reality television, people now feel entitled to a shot at their impossible dream and don't care who they have to step on—or, in the case of David Soren's animated flick, slither over—to achieve it. Such is the case with Turbo (Ryan Reynolds), a garden-variety snail who, once doused with nitrous oxide, has speed to burn and the single-mindedness necessary to pursue his fantasy: winning the Indy 500. As he and his human buddy (Michael Peña) betray their brothers' trust (and steal several thousand dollars), Turbo
's morality becomes increasingly dubious. Granted, undemanding tykes will probably be satisfied by race sequences that are fast-paced, if not particularly inventive. Unfortunately, the humor is similarly uncreative, with a reliance on running jokes—snails are picked off midsentence by predatory crows—resulting in only a handful of gags. In a just world, the filmmakers would have to justify their shameless use of racial stereotypes to elicit giggles from unsophisticated viewers. However, the ultimate lesson here is that there are no consequences to your unconscionable actions as long as you walk away a winner.