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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Okay, I was a fan of the first movie. And, embarrassingly enough, I was
sort of a fan of the second one. But this one...
Okay, first off, there's NO fluid movement to the Turtles AT ALL. They look about as mechanically-enhanced as those crappy singing robots they used to have at your local Chuck E. Cheese. In several shots, you can actually SEE where the turtle mask ends and the body suit begins, thereby magically creating the illusion that this is a guy in a turtle costume. The Splinter costume/puppet/whatever is SO. BAD. In the first movie, he was nuanced and realistic, but I guess that's why the folks at Jim Henson's Creature Shop make so much. Apparently, New Line couldn't afford them anymore.
The plot is... SO ridiculous. The "writers" send the Turtles BACK IN TIME to ancient Japan(?), a place where they don't have any villains from the comics or the cartoon. Some Japanese guys switch places with them in the present to be baby-sat by Casey Jones, and fish-out-of-water hilarity ensues (HA HA HA kill me). I actually have a theory about this: I think someone dug through a bunch of crappy action movie scripts, found one that would work with the Turtles and wrote the Turtles into it. It's the only thing that makes sense to me.
And P.S. -- the "jokes" are... not.
Anyway, avoid this abomination at all costs. If it means anything to ya, it ranks near the very bottom of my Worst Movies Ever list (somewhere below The Cat In The Hat but just above Freddy Got Fingered).
STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A
Meal Instead*Avoid At All Costs
A magic sceptor transports an ancient warrior from 1603 Japan to present day New York.The heroic foursome in turn learn they must travel back to the warrior's timeframe to battle Lord Norinaga (Sho Shinoba) and his right-hand man Walker (Stuart Wilson) who are enslaving the people.
The only film in the series to be completely absent of Shredder,the desperation begins to seep through at a very early stage.An obviously different,helium voiced actor plays Splinter,whilst we see Raphael adopt a less aggressive nature as events in the film progress.For this,and a fairly engaging script,the film is not a total failure.However,the lack of an engaging story proves to be quite a hindrance.The Turtles were certainly massive in the late 80s and early 90s and in retrospect,you could say good on them for wrangling all they could out of feature film adaptations for the franchise.Lets just say,they were certainly wise to leave it at this.**
Like a lot of prepubescent children in 1989 or 1990, my imagination was
captured by this new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fad. I remember
sitting down and watching an interview with the creators, a pair of
comic book authors who chose to go the independent route and gamble on
their own ability to succeed. They were lucky enough to win against the
odds, at least for a time, but in this interview, they also mentioned
something about believing the phenomenon would go on forever. Well, the
Turtles are still selling on comic book stands, and you can still see
some of their adventures on DVD, but as to whether it survived the
1990s is a matter of opinion.
The first feature film, complete with man-sized turtles played by actors in suits, was a low-budget triumph. Indeed, the dominance of Golden Harvest studios in Hong Kong martial arts cinema can easily be traced back to their winning of the rights to do the original film. With a little help from the Jim Henson workshop and some well-cast B-actors in key support roles, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film was a major success that utterly dumbfounded the studio system. What is even more surprising is how the film did not go in the easy "we're primarily marketing to children, so we can be patronising" route that most children's entertainment follows.
That last point is where the first sequel, and this one in particular, went wrong. By the time 1993 rolled around, the Turtles fad had more or less utterly died, replaced by a far longer-lasting fascination with The Simpsons. As a direct result, the budget allocated by Golden Harvest to the third Turtles film was a mere fraction of that allotted to the first film. This is most obvious in the turtles themselves. Sure, they are still portrayed by men in suits, and those suits are still maintained by the Henson workshop, but the overall tone of the turtles' skin and the motion of their mouths indicates that Golden Harvest told the Henson workshop that they just wanted something passable. Given that the first film was dedicated to Jim because it was one of the last things he worked on before he died, this is quite the sad come-down.
Another major problem is in the tone of the story. While the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will never be confused with the likes of RoboCop, the first film went back to the roots of the original comic book and depicted a world that was, for all intents, rather dark. There was a bare hint that being a 5'6" turtle with consciousness was not all it was cracked up to be, unlike the utopia implied by the afternoon cartoon series. There was acrimony, grief, rage, and a million other things that children's entertainment seems to believe we cannot really handle now or ever. That was what turned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into Golden Harvest's big breakaway hit.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, also known as Turtles In Time, picks up with the turtles milling around their sewer hideout with Splinter (who now looks like a shag carpet with eyes). When April shows up with a bunch of items she found at a garage sale, she happens upon an ancient artifact that transports her back in time to feudal Japan. The turtles, in their usual confused weird-species adolescent fervour, take it upon themselves to go back and rescue her, because we all know how an adolescent turtle would go all bug-eyed at the thought of rescuing a woman who looks anything like Paige Turco.
Elias Koteas, the real star of the original film, gets to jump back in here, but the character he is best known for spends most of his time eating pizza, watching over a bunch of Japanese soldiers who changed places in time with the turtles (don't ask), and sharing conversation with the shag carpet that Splinter turned into. For the rest of the time, he plays one of the English scoundrels who are trading with the Japanese monarchs. Yeah, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Nor does it particularly excite the viewer. In fact, much like the previous film, the fight sequences are so toned-down and PG-fied that the adults in the audience will fall asleep. Or worse yet, just use this film as a kind of artificial babysitter, which I somehow doubt was what Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird had in mind for their original creations. I don't doubt that they were trying to reach the widest possible audience, but as this film proves, the more you try to please everyone, the more you wind up pleasing no one.
I gave Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III a one out of ten. There are moments when it gets bad enough to be funny. The problem is that there are just not enough such moments to justify this film for all but the most hardcore fans of the turtles. And since the most serious fans would all be at least twenty years old by now, well, let us just say this film has its work cut out for it pleasing even that audience.
Originally when I saw this movie, it had only just come out in theaters and I was just a kid. At the time, I thought the movie was a steaming pile of crap, no where near in comparison tot he first two. Hell, I overlooked the inclusion of Vanilla Ice for YEARS, insisting that even if he was in the second movie, it was still better than the third. However, now that I am older and a touch wiser, I've gone back and watched all three movies (I've been on a serious TMNT-a-Thon ever since I heard a new movie was in the making). While I admit the third is indeed the worst of the three, it is far from the travesty I originally thought (and thought for years). Aside from the silly story and the poor quality turtle costumes, the dialog is given several moments to shine with some surprisingly funny jokes and one-liners and minor giggles. I'm not saying every TMNT fan should go out and buy this. I don't even own it myself. However, I think you should get a few friends together, grab some snacks, some source of caffeine, order a pizza, and rent TMNT III for a night of absurdity and laughs. That's what my friends and I did <3
The story of the turtles gets even more far-fetched in this inferior
installment, with the turtles going back in time to 1603 Japan. The Jim
Henson's Creature Shop obviously didn't provide for the turtles, which
is a major blow to the overall production. There are a couple of pros
that save the film from being a total disaster, including: the return
of Casey Jones (Koteas), who's reprisal may make some fans feel that
the second installment had a void with his omission; some fun parallels
between 1603 Japan and the turtles' life in 1993 New York; wonderful
set production for the Japan scenes; and well-developed new characters.
While the omission of any references to the Foot Clan may heavily
separate this film from the others in the series, it executes an
entertaining and solid story. It's also nice to see the turtles and
Splinter are still living in the abandoned underground train station
from the second film, as well as Turco NOT suffering a recast of April
O'Neal like Hoag did; which shows some attempt at continuity despite
its major differences from the first two. However, the flaws are too
great for its pros to overcome mediocre status. Right from the get-go
the movie seems like a lost cause, with the opening credits being
accompanied by a ridiculously, terribly unnecessary, spontaneous
turtle-dance. Also, couldn't they have found a way to throw Chief Stern
(Serra) in for some extra comedic-relief and continuity?
** (out of four)
I'm only a fan of this movie for the nostalgia. As a kid, I was
obsessed with 1993 ninja turtle Saturday morning cartoon. I distinctly
remember getting this movie as a reward for getting good grades in
every subject on my report card that term. I must've watched this movie
at least a dozen times that summer.
sorry for the tangent. corey feldman does the voice of a lifesize puppet. how can that possibly be a good sign? the heroes of the movie are irritating in every scene. the consistently bad puns will make you want to slam your head against a wall. the portrayal of the fictional early 90's new york that exists in this movie is about as funny as rick moranis's career. avoid avoid avoid.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
(Possible Spoilers) The Ninja Turtles (one of my favourite series' as a child) return in their third, and worst, movie. Not alot happens in this one (the Turtles go back in time to 17th century Japan, have lots of fights) though some of the fight scenes are pretty good. Overall, children will love it but they still won't like it as much as the others.
Oh dear, if you're diabetic then I would seriously advise against
watching this film. It' so sugary it'll rot the brain right out of your
Why on earth Eastman and Laird allowed this to be made is beyond me. It's soooooooo far removed from their black and white comic book. Okay, I know the cartoon series was too but the first movie did have a hard edge to it. I mean, take a look at the cover-the Turtles are smiling and happy. Then look a cover of one of the original comic books. They're almost always gritting their teeth and frowning. THAT'S how it should be. Not like this.
Even the animatronics look fake. The first 2 had a rather believable Splinter but now he's juddering and stiff and obviously operated by a couple of technicians loitering a few feet off camera. His voice is also totally different and he seems a touch more upbeat and lively. HARDLY the way Splinter is supposed to be.
The plot itself defies logic and there are massive holes all over the place. With such a dramatic change in locale from New York to Fuedal Japan you'd think the movie would take advantage of that and go nuts with imagination.
But sadly not. It just...goes nowhere. I mean, what is the deal with the character of Whit. Why does he look like the great, great, great grandfather of Casey Jones.
In fact, the return of Casey is the only reason I am not giving this a 1-star rating. It's a pretty wretched movie but Elias Koteas can make it a tiny bit less unbearable.
Hopefully the new cartoon show and the possibility of another (harder) movie will cancel this one out. It's nothing but dated, mindless fodder for under-fives. At the risk of repeating myself; this is NOT how the Turtles should be.
Extras are almost non-existent but the animated menus are cool. The 1.85:1 anamorphic picture is in pretty good shape but the Dolby 5.1 track isn't up to much I'm afraid. The film was originally recorded in Dolby SR so this is obviously a remastering job. It's just adequate is all I'm saying.
The turtles are at it again with their 3rd Turtle movie, Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles 3 but unfortunately, it isn't as good as the first two, the
first one was a classic and the 2nd one was very good but the 3rd one is
fairly dissapointing, the worst thing about this movie is Splinter's voice
was awful and going back to time was a cheesy idea, but fortunately Elias
Koteas returns as the immortal Casey Jones although he only gets to appear
in about 10 minutes of the whole movie and Corey Feldman returns as the
voice of Donatello (he couldn't make it to the 2nd one due to heroin
This movie gets 2 out of 5 stars instead of 1 since this movie does have Casey Jones and it's not a total waste of time.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III in my opinion it is a underrated solid
good sequel to the original flick. Everyone hates this film and going
for the second film. This one get's the crap for it and the second one
gets the praised. This film was actually the first film in the trilogy
that I have watched. As child I wanted so badly to see Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles the original movie it was my biggest childhood wish, I
heard that Splinter throw Shredder off the roof, I didn't know in which
movie that was, so my mom bought me Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III on
VHS in 1993, when this movie come out. The VHS sadly had a terrible
picture quality and awful sound but even with all that I still liked
the film not seeing the first two films. But after watching the first
two films, they both become my favorite films, but I hated this one
because there was no Shredder, Rocksteady, Bebop, Foot clan or Krang in
this movie, that was than. So after many years watching the original
trilogy on Blu-ray, as a child Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The
Secret of the Ooze was my favorite film in the trilogy. But re watching
all of them again, I must say I was really disappointed with the
slapstick humor in The Secret of the Ooze, but I was really surprised
by this film. They don't use jokes in here, they try too, but they
aren't cartoonish like are in the second one. They actually use weapons
and swords, nunchakus, not their fists they are Ninja Turtles so they
are using weapons which I love that. The only thing that hurt the film
are the costumes they aren't Jim Henson's Creature Shop, they are more
cheap costumes that were provided by Effects Company the animatronics,
that is a minor flaw.
Plot: The four turtles travel back in time to the days of the legendary and deadly samurai in ancient Japan, where they train to perfect the art of becoming one. The turtles also assist a small village in an uprising.
Why I love this film and I don't love the sequel anymore. I really don't care about the second anymore but I love the third one. Like I said as a child Secret of the Ooze was my favorite film, but as an adult Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III is my second favorite film in the series. It is my childhood film. I love that the story is original, no one brings back the characters who died back again. Elias Koteas reprise his role back as Casey Jones and he also plays another character Whit a double spy by Walker's army. There is less humor in this film and it is more serious. Turtles are using there weapons. Leonardo is a bad ass. Fighting Japanese Samurai was awesome. I love that Turtles are back in the time in ancient old Japan, where the air was more cleaner, than it is today. I love Stuart Wilson as the villain Walker. A year later he was another villain in Lethal Weapon 3.
Seriously I don't see the hate for this film I love it a lot! I love that Elias Koteas plays two double roles, one as Casey Jones and the second one as Whit. Again a lot of people are complaining because Casey Jones doesn't do anything in the film, just sit around, really? Seriously? Haven't you watched the movie? Whit (Elias Koteas) kills Waalker on the end of the film, when he fires a fire ball on Walker, while he try's to escape. Leonardo defeats Lord Norinaga (Sab Shimono) in a sword fight, even tough the scene was hilarious I still have enjoy it. I love the music score and song Tarzan Boy by Baltimora and of course Rockin' Over The Beat by Technotronic. Paige Turco did outstanding performance as April O'Neil much better than she did in The secret of the Ooze. I grew up with this movie as a child a lot, I have even had Michelangelo and Walker's toy's, I Think I even had a Raphael figure I am not sure.
Overall: I love this movie it get's solid 9 by me, I love Ninja Turtles in here, I love how Michelangelo saves a child from a flammable house and Leonardo saves him from dying, by giving him a mouth to mouth and he saves him. So why would I hate this film? when the effects are good and the acting is solid. Turtles saved and they prevented the war, they help people out. I think this film for me personally is better than second one and the reboot. I love this film to death and it is my second favorite film of the three.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III is a 1993 American action comedy film based on the comic book characters the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It is the second sequel to the 1990 live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.
9/10 Grade: A- Studio: New Line Cinema, 20TH Century Fox, Golden Harvest Starring: Elias Koteas, Paige Turco, Vivian Wu, Sab Shimono, Stuart Wilson, John Aylward, Brian Tochi, Robbie Rist, Corey Feldman, Tim Kelleher, James Murray Director: Stuart Gillard Producers: David Chan, Kim Dawson, Thomas K. Gray Screenplay: Stuart Gillard Based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird Rated: PG Running Time: 1 Hr. 36 Mins. Budget: $17,000,000 Box Office: $42,660,000
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