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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  22 March 1991 (USA)
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The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last cannister of the ooze that created the Turtles, which Shredder wants to create an army of new mutants.

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Donatello / Foot #3
Kenn Scott ...
Raphael (as Kenn Troum)
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Shredder (as Francois Chau)
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Joseph Amodei ...
Parlor Owner
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The turtles find out where the Ooze, the substance which made them mutate, came from. Unfortunately Shredder learns about it too, and uses it to enhance himself. So the turtles have to prove again who's the better ninja fighter. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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As Tartarugas Ninja II - O Segredo do Ooze  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$78,656,813 (USA)
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Starting in this film, Paige Turco takes over the role of April O'Neil. Turco bares more a resemblance to the character as she's seen in the original Mirage comic book. The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) actress, Judith Hoag, was never even approached about the idea of reprising her role from the first movie, and she blames it on her own personal complaining - particularly about the six-day schedule and the amount of violence in the movie. See more »

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When Keno is running from The Foot's Soldiers in the junkyard aka. The Foot's HQ, you see him fighting against two of The Foots soldiers, and another guy running in the back, ready to do jump over the junk in front of him, and do a saltomortale. Before the saltomortale, he jumps up into the air, like he is about to jump onto a trampoline. See more »

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[about to leave April's apartment, having seen Raph's foot pretruding from behind the changing curtain and becoming suspicious about their weapons "she" has lying around]
Keno: One last thing, though. I think you might want to know about THIS!
[slams his foot on Raph's]
Raphael: ARGH!
[Raph comes out from behind the curtain]
Keno: It's you guys!
[cluthching his foot and being held back by Donny, Leo, and Mikey]
Raphael: Ah, ah! Let me hurt him. Please! Tell me I can hurt him! Please, please! Grr!
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"So bad it's good"?
3 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze has oft been described as so bad it's good. I disagree, as it fits none of the criteria: where are the horrible lines, the bad acting, the abundance of ham and cheese which makes many a bad movie hilarious? Aside from those who have nostalgia for it, Secret of the Ooze is a dull venture: the fight scenes are boring, the characters are uninteresting, and the story feels like only the bare bones of an actual script.

The first TMNT movie was no masterpiece, but it was fun and sported good fight scenes, a dark atmosphere, and gave the characters actual personality. Secret of the Ooze has none of this. Due parents bewailing the violence in the first movie, the fight scenes are toned down considerably, now filled with slapstick that's both uninspired and ridiculous. The grittiness is eliminated altogether, yet the film never really has a light-hearted feel to it either, at least not in the same vein as the enjoyably goofy '87 cartoon. Everything, including the humor, just felt bland.

But what really hurts the movie isn't the slapstick or goofiness: it's the characters. The turtles have become stripped of their individual personalities; each one of them is the same goofy, catchphrase-spewing person (or turtle, if we're going to be technical). Splinter is given little to do, April is given nothing to do save for looking pretty, and Shredder proves to be less threatening than even his '87 counterpart. The new characters, Keno, and the mutant duo of Tokka and Rahzar, prove to be unexciting as well. Now, I was not expecting Shakespeare here, as it is a kids' film after all and one obviously made to milk money, but I at least wanted entertainment, no matter how mindless or contrived it might be. The problem is this isn't mindless entertainment: it's just flat out boring.

So, is there anything entertaining about this film? Well, Shredder's new costume is laughably bad. There's the infamous scene with Vanilla Ice doing his "Ninja Rap". Keno pulls off some cool moves. And... yeah, that's it. Secret of the Ooze fits the description of "meh": it isn't enjoyable, it isn't terrible, and it most certainly isn't bad enough to be good. It's just rushed, mediocre, and isn't likely to inspire repeat viewings.


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