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: Ryan Reynolds has a busy weekend, too; I wonder if he asked Universal to put RIPD
out on the same day as his starring voice performance in Turbo
to save him some press rounds and beat a hastier retreat. Anyway: is there a brand of mediocrity that gets more of a critical pass than the big-budget computer-animated feature? I missed the screening of Turbo
so I can only speak to its nonsensical story hook (a Ryan Reynolds snail wishes he was fast; becomes fast after exposure to nitrous oxide, which also apparently basically turns him into a mini-car; and gets to compete in the Indy 500, even though he is a snail, not a car or a driver) and its terrible, terrible trailer. Yet it's receiving moderately decent
reviews, as nearly any non-Ice Age
big studio cartoon seems to get. It does make sense: the amount of time and detail required for even a middling animated movie means that you're not going to have technical foul-ups or even incompetence on the order of bad framing or ugly lighting or choppy editing; cartoons often require a base level of craft. Many of them also, apparently, demand that formula not just be used, but flown as a flag, right down to the gag level (how many animated features have employed wacky-super-slo-mo for supposedly comedic effect in the past five years?).