Netflix loses 3 great animated Dreamworks movies
September has been a sad month for animation fans on Netflix. The streaming service has lost three of the biggest Dreamworks titles in its catalog – Turbo, Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2. All three movies are now streaming elsewhere, but those who had them in their Netflix queue are sadly out of luck.
Turbo left Netflix on Saturday September 11, while Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 the two left on Thursday September 30 – at the end of the month. Rest assured, fans can still enjoy the Netflix original series Turbo fast, Kung Fu Panda: Collection of Awesome Secrets and Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Parchment. However, in some ways it makes it all the sadder that the originals themselves are gone. The full list of Netflix departures in September is available here.
For those who don’t know, Turbo was released in 2013, and it stars Ryan Reynolds as a garden snail with big dreams of becoming the world’s fastest snail. He resides in Los Angeles, California, in an ordinary tomato garden, where he wants to become the greatest runner of all time. Unfortunately, other snails are much more careful than him, so his dreams are often mocked.
Other stars of the film include Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Michelle Rodriguez, and Samuel L. Jackson. It was directed and co-written by David Soren, who shares script credit with Darren Lemke and Rober Siegel. The film was considered a general success at the time, and now that almost a decade has passed since its release, its legacy is being put to the test.
During this time, Kung Fu Panda debuted in 2008 with Jack Black as Po, a goofy but enthusiastic giant panda with an urge to learn all the martial arts he can. All characters are anthropomorphic animals native to China, including the red panda Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), Master Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Master Mantis (Seth Rogen), Master Viper (Lucy Liu), Master Crane (David Cross), Master The monkey (Jackie Chan) and the snow leopard Tai Lung (Ian McShane).
Kung Fu Panda was successful enough to earn two sequels in addition to the spinoffs listed above. The third movie isn’t on Netflix now and won’t be added even if the other two go.
As of this writing, Turbo doesn’t stream anywhere other than Netflix, so if you miss the 9/11 deadline, you’ll have to buy or rent it from a digital store. Kung Fu Panda is also streaming on Peacock for now, while Kung Fu Panda 2 airs on Peacock and IMDbTV, where it airs with commercials.