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The Art of Turbo

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What do you get when you cross a snail with the Indianapolis 500? If you’re DreamWorks Animation, then the result is Turbo, an uplifting—and gear-shifting—story about the ultimate underdog, delivered with the digital mastery, storytelling skill, and spellbinding imagery we’ve come to expect from the studio behind Shrek and Madagascar. Packed with breathtaking images that showcase the artistry of the industry’s top talents, The Art of Turbo gives readers a close-up look at the process behind this new CG-animated feature.

Turbo is a snail with big dreams. Obsessed with speed and all things fast, he is an outsider within his slow snail community and a constant embarrassment to his cautious older brother, Chet. Then one fateful day a freak accident suddenly vests Turbo with the power of incredible speed. So begins his extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that IndyCar has to offer.

With its dynamic visual interplay of character backgrounds, concept art, design inspiration, and rich behind-the-scenes information on how it all came together, The Art of Turbo offers the ultimate celebration of the film for the whole family.

Editorial Reviews

Rotoscopers: April 3, 2014. Video and website review. “…amazing art book and another win for DreamWorks. Even those who haven’t seen Turbo will enjoy this book and might even be inspired to go check out this underrated film.”

Media Mikes:: June 19, 2013. “stocked with some amazing artwork from the industry’s top talents and an impressive look behind-the-scenes at this new CG-animated feature.”

IndieWire (Syndicated): “Abele . . . makes this book as much a winner as the titular snail through concise and detailed interviews with the production team. The Art of Turbo revels in details that nicely complement a viewing of the film . . . Overall, Abele's book is strongest in conveying the conceptions behind the film, and the insights and ideas of the designers and artists. Many "Art of" books are skimpy on text, but Abele takes a fuller, more cerebral approach. Don't worry; there are more than enough stills and concept art to delight the eye. The snail is fast; to appreciate that, see the movie. To understand how DreamWorks made him that way, check out The Art of Turbo.”


About the Author

Robert Abele, Author: Robert Abele reviews films regularly for the Los Angeles Times, and his other credits include Variety, LA Weekly, Premiere, Playboy, New York Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. His most recent book is The Twilight Saga: The Complete Film Archive. He lives in Los Angeles.

David Soren, Contributor: David Soren is the director of Turbo. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Ryan Reynolds, Contributor: Ryan Reynolds voices the eponymous lead character in Turbo. He lives in Los Angeles.