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>
The approach the studio accepted from Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird involve revealing part of the mystery behind the Turtles' origin, that being where the mysterious canister of ooze came from, namely, the Techno-Cosmic Research Institute (T.C.R.I.). The story was to fairly closely follow issue #4 of the comic where the Turtles discover the T.C.R.I. building after a rooftop fight with the Foot. When the Turtles enter the building, they encounter the weird T.C.R.I. aliens (the Utroms - they are little squishy brain-like creatures about the size of a basketball, and ride around in the stomach cavity of their humanoid robot vehicles). The Triceratons were going to appear after the Utroms activated the transmat device they were working on to get to their home. Later they suggested using the whole mouser scenario that is in book 2... only tie the mousers in with the T.C.R.I. guys - they created the mousers. Baxter Stockman is actually a T.C.R.I. alien, fronting his mouser idea as a way of making money for the company, to aid their efforts to get off the planet. The studio used this as the basis for this movie made changes to closer resemble the Fred Wolf cartoon show. Among them was replacing the Utroms, Triceratons, and Baxter Stockman with the Shredder, Tokka and Rahzar, and a cartoon Baxter knock off named Jordan Perry. See more »
In the first fight scene, Keno does a sweep on one of the bad guys, Keno clearly misses but he still falls to the floor. See more »
Michaelangelo, show the professor where he may rest.
Righty-o. This way, dude. It ain't the Hilton.
[opens subway car and they both look in]
Um, let's face it, you'd be better off staying at the Hilton.
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In the early 90s, everywhere you went you'd see something related to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The craze took the country by storm and kids like you and I were nuts for it. The first feature film was both a hit at the box office and with youngsters, so it was only natural that we get a sequel, right? New Line Cinema wasted no time and the following year we were given number 2. It too was a hit, but was it even as good as the original? Some seem to think so, some even like it more. I like it, but nowhere near as much.
Pros: Acting is decent. More of that corny, yet endearing humor. Moves at an OK pace. As usual the Jim Henson people did a nice job on the animatronics. Some breathtaking shots of New York City. The fight scenes are fun, plus the choreography has improved. A pretty cool final showdown.
Cons: Lacks some of the energy and fun of the first. Putting everyone in the middle of a Vanilla Ice concert just dates the film. Plus much of it feels like they were trying to pad the running time.
Final thoughts: This first of two sequels isn't bad, in fact it's pretty darn entertaining. But like a lot of sequels that came out a year or less after it's predecessor, it feels like it was made for money and nothing more. Still if you're a fan then it's worth seeing.
My rating: 3/5
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