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Aesop's fable of the tortoise and the hare gets a Formula One makeover in this rollicking 3-D animated comedy about a garden snail (voice of Ryan Reynolds) whose wish for super speed is unexpectedly granted after a freak accident. His brother snail (voice of Paul Giamatti) advises caution, but the super-mollusk takes to heart the mantra of his human racing idol (voice of Bill Hader), "No dream's too big and no dreamer's too small." That dream means competing in the Indianapolis 500, achieved with the help of an enthusiastic taco restaurant owner (voice of Michael Pena). Directed and co-written by David Soren, "Turbo" is a warm-hearted family adventure that champions the underdog and upholds the bonds of brotherly love.

Watch out for: A few perilous situations may frighten younger children.

Rated: A-I, general patronage; MPAA: PG, parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013