Through contact with a mysterious substance, called Ooze, 4 little turtles in the canalization of New York mutate to giant turtles. They can speak, walk upright and love pizza. The wise rat Splinter becomes their mentor and educates them to Ninja fighters. Their arch-enemy is the bad, bad guy Shredder, who struggles to gain power over the world. Of course the ninja turtles will do everything to stop him. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
Playmates Toys, the company that produced the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" line of action figures from late 1980s to mid 1990s, declined to produce any movie based toys off of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) film due to the violent content language and overall dark tone the movie presented. However, with the lighter tone of the sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) released a year later, Playmates would release the very popular (and now highly collectible) Movie Star Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles assortment. See more »
The exact same sound effect (a metallic "rub") is used both when Shredder turns towards Danny after his speech, and when he lifts his spike to Splinter's neck to threaten him- yet they are two completely different actions, and the first instance doesn't even warrant the sound effect in the first place. See more »
Much more than just a series of small, isolated incidents, it's now apparent that an organized criminal element is at work and at the moment, business is good. So good in fact that there appear to be no eyewitnesses to any of these crimes. With complaints ranging from purse snatching to breaking and entering, police switchboards have been swamped with the angry voices of more and more citizens who have fallen prey to the recent surge of crime that continues to plague the city. ...
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The film title appears from behind the corner of the sewer, just before the Turtles come around it and are fully seen for the first time. See more »
The once-very-popular Turtles, who are trained in the martial arts courtesy of their master, a rat named Splinter, are duty-bound to save the city from a group of youths that are known as The Foot, who have been stealing and committing crimes within the area. They end up befriending a young reporter named April O'Neill, who reads the news on the local TV station, after she is rescued from an attack from The Foot. Once she is home our shelled friends find that The Foot has captured Splinter, and so must rescue him and face the might of The Foot's leader -- Shredder! I was already familiar with the cartoon series (that had apparently been censored somewhat on its arrival in the UK for fear that children would copy the martial artistry), so I was a little dubious as to whether this would work in live-action. Strangely enough, even when I saw it for the first time in 1991, aged 18, I enjoyed it! It was brilliantly done, Shredder looked particularly menacing (as did his right-hand man Tatsu), and Splinter's voice sometimes moved you almost to tears, especially with the charming musical score. The martial arts action is quite well done (although Michelangelo did not have his Nunchaku weapon that his comic-book and video game version does), and the dark look of the whole thing suits it perfectly. This is certainly worth a look.
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