Turbo Dogs is a Canadian/New Zealander animated Preschool Show based on the children's picture book Racer Dogs by kids' author Bob Kolar. It was produced by Canada's CCI Entertainment (previously known for such series as Eckhart, Erky Perky, and Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs) and New Zealand's Huhu Studios.
Set in a World of Funny Animals, Turbo Dogs follows six canine friends - Dash, Mags, GT, Strut, Stinkbert, and Clutch - who have earned their eponymous collective title due to their reputation as the fastest dogs around. Whether it be around their hometown of Racerville or at the local vehicle track, the Turbo Dogs are all united by their love of racing vehicles at high speeds. And as they work together to withhold their reputations as racers and find things to do around their favorite hangout spots, the Turbo Dogs learn important lessons about friendship, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.
Turbo Dogs provides examples of:
- An Aesop: The series is full of morals that kids might pick up on from watching the series, usually themed around stuff relevant to the characters' love of vehicle racing, like teamwork and sportsmanship.
- All-CGI Cartoon: Done entirely in 3D animation, in contrast to the original book's paper cutout-style 2D illustrations, which are distinctive of Bob Kolar's work.
- Animated Adaptation: Of Bob Kolar's book Racer Dogs.
- Expository Theme Tune: The show's theme song "Let's Go, Turbo Dogs!" explains all you need to know about the show.
- Five-Man Band: The six Turbo Dogs neatly form such a group.
- The Leader: Dash plays this role, being a Nice Guy with a fiercely competitive spirit, a strong sense of fair play, and a big Number 1 on his uniform that clearly signifies his position on the team.
- The Lancer: Strut, in contrast to Dash, will do anything to win even if it means taking shortcuts or breaking the rules, even though the results backfire on him more often than not.
- The Smart Guy: GT, a natural-born inventor and mechanic who can fix just about any car and "could probably make an engine out of a leash and some empty dog food cans".
- The Big Guy: Stinkbert, who is infamous for his terrible odor and love of garbage, but makes up for it with his relaxed attitude and culinary talents.
- The Chick: Mags is the only female member of the Turbo Dogs, known for her calm and confident attitude, as well as her tendency of play voice of reason when things go awry.
- Sixth Ranger: Clutch, the klutzy best friend of Strut who is often haplessly dragged into his win-quickly-and-easily schemes.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: All of the dogs wear clothes.
- The Engineer: GT is this for the Turbo Dogs.
- The Klutz: Clutch is known for his clumsiness.
- The Pigpen: Stinkbert, as his name suggests isn't the cleanest guy around, especially given his love for garbage.
- Sliding Scale of Animal Communication: In this show, only dogs can talk.
- The Smurfette Principle: Mags is the only female in the group.
- Stealth Pun: One of the show's recuring characters was a chicken that crossed the road, a play on the "Why did the chicken cross the road?" joke.
- World of Funny Animals: All the characters are anthropomorphic animals.
- You Need a Breath Mint:
- The episode "Turbo Toothache" has GT eating part of an onion in an attempt to soothe his sore tooth. After that doesn't work, Strut comes along and asks him to open his mouth so he can see what's wrong. You can see where this is going.
- Earlier in "Stink Positive", Stinkbert blows up a balloon and gives it to Dash, advising him not to let it pop. Dash quickly plugs his nose and groans, saying he "wouldn't dream of it."