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 »
At about 37:58 when Shredder tells Tatsu to remove the bar because "it's time they learned who their master is", the shot goes back to show Tatsu from the front, where his lips are clearly moving, but there is no sound. See more »
The sequel to the smash hit 1990 TMNT, starts off greatly with an introduction to a new character (Keno) and has a great pizza scene showing how the city loves New York pizza as well as metaphorically showing the viewers watching that this indeed is a turtles movie...The opening music is great and is perfect for the city scene.
The plot is not as well thought out as the original but still does the turtles a good name for them...I still feel they rushed it a little seeing that the movie was in production right after the 1st movie went into theaters...I seem to feel the super shredder was the turning point in the franchise, meaning that it went from a sort of Tim Burtan feel with TMNT 1, and ended up with a corny kid focused feeling with the introduction of the super shredder..and the ninja rap didn't help either..all though I thought it was cool....I just wished secret of the ooze was more of a dark TMNT movie....which the 1st movie held on to strong.
The addition of Professor Jorden Perry and the whole TGRI company was a great idea to explain the chemical spill and the mutation the turtles went through. His mature nature and serious tone helped the movie maintain a sense of maturity as well as stability in the plot.
The acting was great in this one as well and the comedy was just as good as in the first movie. Although Corey Feldman did not voice Donetello in this one, the replaced voice actor was great...I even might say that the actor that voiced Don in TMNT 2 is just as good as Cory Feldman's voice acting in the 1st and 3rd movie.
IN conclusion, TMNT: Secret of the Ooze is a great sequel that is both funny as well as serious and is a great movie for any age. The only thing that bothered me was that is was slightly too focused on the youth audience and didn't stay 100% with the original's dark atmosphere.
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