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


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Ernie Reyes Jr. was Donatello's fight double in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). Producers liked Reyes so much, they created the role of Keno just for him.
At the beginning of the film where April enters her apartment and picks up a pile of magazines, the top one is actually a comic book of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Dedicated to the memory of Jim Henson.
Due to backlash from parents over the darker and more violent tone of the first movie, the producers decided to not allow the Turtles to use their weapons for the entirety of this film.
The building used for the entrance to April's apartment is the office to the New York location of Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
The only live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie to not include the Casey Jones character.
The fight double for Donatello, Steven Ho, kept the Donatello head, became a stand-up comedian and uses it in his act.
The glass the Professor Perry uses to mix the mutagen antidote has a picture of Bart Simpson from The Simpsons (1989) on it. One of Bart's trademark catchphrases is "Cowabunga", like the Turtles.
In the original film, the turtles facial expressions were cable operated with all the motors, servos etc housed in the shell. In this movie, thanks to a larger budget, the animatronics were much smaller and lighter and were built into the face itself.
The abandoned subway station, which serves as the Turtles' new lair, is based on the real life "City Hall" Station of the former Interborough Rapid Transit company in New York City. Although the station itself is decommissioned, the track on which it is located is still active.
Originally, the studio wanted Bebop and Rocksteady, from the 1987 cartoon, to appear. However, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were not in favor of it, so Tokka and Rahzar were created.
Leif Tilden (The performer inside the Donatello costume), Michelan Sisti (The performer inside the Michaelangelo costume), Kevin Clash (Splinter), David McCharen (The voice of Shredder), Toshishiro Obata (Tatsu), Michael McConnohie (The voice of Tatsu), and Raymond Serra (Chief Sterns) are the only cast to return from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). Brian Tochi (The voice of Leonardo) and Robbie Rist (The voice of Michaelangelo) are the only actors who appeared in all three live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies.
Adam Carl replaced Corey Feldman as the voice of Donatello in this live-action movie only.
In the beginning of the movie, at the the end of Keno's first fight, his line "Stay Down" was improvised.
When the Turtles first encounter Tokka & Rahzar, Michaelangelo asks, "Didn't we see these guys on WrestleMania?" In fact, Kevin Nash (Super Shredder) would later appear at four WrestleMania events, including defending his World Wrestling Federation Championship at WrestleMania XI (1995).


Mark Caso:  The performer inside the Leonardo costume also plays the man in the news room who tells April that Donatello is calling her.
Michelan Sisti:  The performer inside the Michaelangelo costume also plays the Soho Man who talks with April before she enters to her apartment.
Leif Tilden:  The performer inside the Donatello costume also plays a Foot soldier.

Director Cameo 

Michael Pressman:  as the Channel Three news manager.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Vanilla Ice (who has a cameo in this movie) first arrived on the movie set, Michelan Sisti (the actor in the Michaelangelo suit) went up to Vanilla Ice to give him a hug and welcome him aboard on the movie. However, Ice's overweight bodyguard stiff armed him - even with the full Turtle suit on - and nearly eighteen of the actors and stunt men, including Dan Pesina, stepped forward to pounce and defend Sisti. The film's stunt coordinator, Pat E. Johnson, immediately stepped in and stopped them from fighting. Pesina later told the incident in an on-line interview and said that, "[Vanilla Ice's] bodyguards almost got their butt kicked."
In the original script, the film was to end on a cliffhanger, with Prof. Perry being revealed to be a robotic shell for an utrom, aliens from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics who created the ooze to power their technology. This was dropped due to the fear of kids mistaking it for Krang, a villain of the cartoon series who was based on the utroms.
At one point during the club scene with Vanilla Ice performing, Leif Tilden (the actor in the Donatello suit) was supposed to roll stuntman Dan Pesina (a Foot Soldier) and then do a side kick like choreographed. However, Tilden decided to do a roundhouse kick instead without first telling Pesina, and as a result, Pesina almost had his two front teeth knocked out.
During filming of the scene where the turtles are trapped in the net and fall to the ground, one of the stuntmen broke an ankle.

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