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Snoop Dogg voices snail named 'Smoove Move' in 'Turbo'

July 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
In "Turbo," Snoop Dogg is the voice of "Smoove Move." The film is about a snail, named Turbo, who dreams of having super speed and, miraculously, he gets it.

Snoop brought his kids to an advance screening of the film and invited many others, including children from the Snoop Youth Football League. He coaches and mentors them.

"It teaches us, like, to encourage ourselves to work out, stay healthy and do health things," said Jordan Riles from the Snoop Youth Football League.

There are other lessons too.

"He teaches us how to respect our elders, and if we don't have our good grades to play, he won't let us play," said participant Darrell Franklin.

The entertainer said he's hard on the kids because he knows and understands what it takes to get to the top.

"I know the obstacles that they're going to go through and I know the temptations that they're going to face. So I try to give them options of doing the right thing so they can understand what's right and what's wrong," he said.

"Turbo" takes place in Los Angeles, and the man behind it found the inspiration for the story at home.

"I live in the valley and I've got a son that's been obsessed with cars and I had a front yard that was riddled with snails," said David Soren. "I just started to think about combining these two very opposite elements of a snail who's obsessed with speed and thinking about it in terms of an underdog story and that's how it all kind of came to be."

So why is Snoop Dogg a part of a family film about snails?

"They mostly get stepped on, you know? People put salt on them. You know, they just get treated real bad, so for them to have a big story where it's a feel-good story and I get to be one? This is cool, baby," he said.

"Turbo" also features the voice talents of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph and Michelle Rodriguez. It's rated PG.


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