He’s got a name that means speed, and his goal in life is to race at the Indy 500. You’ll be seeing lots of Turbo in the year ahead—at the movies, on TV, in games and at the toy store. And one other thing you should know about Turbo: He’s a snail.

He’ll be there when he gets there… (TURBO ©2012 DreamWorks Animation, L.L.C.)

The upcoming animated film Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team) speeds into theaters July 19th, just in time for summer. And while every animated film DreamWorks releases is memorable, Turbo: F.A.S.T. is especially significant because it marks a powerful alliance between DreamWorks and Netflix, with DreamWorks signed on to create Netflix’s first original show for kids, based on the continuing adventures of the lightning-fast snail.

Unique Format, Special Partnership
The Turbo TV show is set to debut in December with a unique format—comprised of 56 episodes, each will run only about 11 minutes. There’s been no word yet whether the film’s voice talent—which includes stars like Ryan Reynolds, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, Paul Giamatti and Samuel L. Jackson—will help out with the Netflix series.

Turbo-2013-MovieEver had one of those mornings where you just can’t seem to get started?

The announcement marking the DreamWorks/Netflix partnership comes at a time when Netflix has been securing up distribution deals with Disney. As streaming media grows in popularity through the use of devices like the Roku and Apple TV, viewers are already looking forward to specially created streaming content—like the DreamWorks Turbo series.

Computer Animation Rules
Ever since Toy Story roared onto the scene, computer-generated characters and environments have found their way into everything from movies to apps. The only thing we seem to like more than watching animation is actually creating it. Creating animation with Source Filmmaker is a good start. So is learning Maya®.

TURBO“Turbo is burning up the track in previews be can he help DreamWorks win in theater?

And learning Maya® isn’t as difficult as you think. In Digital Media Academy’s 3D Art, Modeling & Animation for Filmmaking camp, teens learn how to use Maya® 2013, the industry standard in animation software, as they master skills in modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering and animation.

At the end of the week students emerge as apprentice animators, equipped with the basic skills they can use to continue their journey into animation—and maybe a career. Look out world, the next Walt Disney may be sitting behind a computer monitor right now!