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Dreamworks in pre-production on their upcoming animated film 'Turbo.' The film centers on a garden snail who dreams of achieving glory in the world of racing. His aspirations, as one would expect, cause a great deal of friction with his slow-moving brethren. One day he is endowed with super speed and winds up competeing in the Indianapolis 500. David Soren ('Merry Madagascar') is set to direct as well as co-write the script with Robert Siegel ('The Wrestler') and Darren Lemke ('Jack the Giant Killer'). The big news here however is that 'Turbo' has locked in a gargantuan cast of voice talent that currently includes Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena ('Tower Heist'), Luis Guzmán ('Journey 2'), Bill Hader ('Superbad'), Richard Jenkins ('Step Brothers'), Ken Jeong ('The Hangover'), Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph ('Bridesmaids'), Ben Schwartz ('Parks and Rec'), Kurtwood Smith ('Robocop'), and Snoop Dogg. 'Turbo' is currently set for a July 19th, 2013 release.
Holy crap, that's a lot of people. It's one thing to have a few celebrities to voice your characters, it's qite another to boast a substantial chunk of the Screen Actors Guild. This is probably the biggest cast of voice talent I've seen since 2009's 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.' Of course, none of this matters at all if the writers and director aren't able to reign in all of these actors and effectively balance their screen time. In that regard I'll again reference 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,' which I feel was one of the best non-Pixar animated films of the last ten years. 'Cloudy' was able to make adept use of each and every member of its star-studded cast from James Caan to Mr. T. I'm interested in the concept for 'Turbo' even though it eerily reminds me of the racing snail from 'The Neverending Story.' Not that it's eerie because their stories are so similar, it's just that any reminder of that movie conjures up nightmares from my youth.
Are you interested in 'Turbo?' What do you guys think of this collected cast? Is there anyone else you feel they are missing?