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 »
Several times throughout the film, Donatello uses Raphael's voice instead of using his own, like when he is punched or kicked by a Foot Clan member. 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 »
Now that the TMNT craze has been over for a few years due to the dumbing down of the original, show, the stupid live action show and lackluster followups to the original movie, I feel I can safely comment on this movie and not be accused of jumping on the bandwagon. The movie is a bit surprising, it is quite dark, there is swearing (a big no no in translating a popular kids TV show to the big screen), and some bloody fights, well bloody for the expected age audience. The tone really fits the original Eastman and Laird comic series which was excellent. And thats great, the last thing we need is a cheap cash-in on a popular comic. After TMNT and Batman what was the last good comic movie? Maybe the Mask, the Crow, or Blade. So a good comic movie is very rare thing and I think TMNT deserves a second look just because its tone was so different from what it could have been and eventually did become in TMNT 2 and 3. I'll be generous because I look with nostalgic eyes, I was 7 when I first saw the movie in 1990, and give it an 8/10.
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