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(2007)

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Oscar-nominated actor Mako was announced as the voice of Splinter at San Diego Comic Con the day before he died. Fortunately, he had finished the majority of his acting.
While Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello all have brown eyes Michelangelo has blue eyes. According to the film's director this was done to make Michelangelo seem a bit more innocent and younger than the other turtles.
This was Mako's last film.
The film was dedicated to the memory of Mako. Mako played Master Splinter in the film.
According to director Kevin Munroe on the DVD Commentary, the little song that Splinter (Mako) sings when he enters the kitchen is an old Japanese lullaby that Mako ad-libbed for the scene.
Some of the 13 monsters are based on actual 'monsters' from popular myth - the first one that appears in the unfinished building is based on the Yeti, the next one to be captured is obviously the Cyclops, the one that eats a pigeon on a building is clearly modeled on gargoyles, and the one in the diner brings to mind the Jersey Devil.
Karai's first movie appearance. Karai is the adopted daughter of Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), and was sent from Japan to take over the foot when Shredder died in the Comic Book.
During the fight between the Nightwatcher and the monster in the diner, at one point, a refrigerator falls on top of the monster and the music cuts out and the monster is heard making a whimpering noise. This was actually a mistake in the soundtrack, but when the filmmakers saw it, they couldn't stop laughing and left it in the film.
During Raphael's finishing lines, the phrase "we strike hard and fade away into the night" was used. That was also the ending line in the first TMNT comic.
Splinter's appearance is generally consistent with the previous movies (in which he is depicted as having brown fur), although in this movie, he wears a proper karate gi, as opposed to dirty rags from the previous movies. His right ear is also no longer cut as it was in previous movies. Kevin Munroe jokingly responded that Splinter had an otoplasty.
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As revealed on the director's commentary on the DVD one of the early drafts of the script had Raphael briefly dying and Donatello using Winter's technology to bring him back to life. This idea was turned down by Peter Laird however who disliked the idea of having one of the turtles dying.
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It was the #1 film in the U.S. on its opening weekend, bringing in $25.45 million.
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The previous films in the series were all live-action. It is the first film in the franchise in 14 years. Chronologically, the film takes place after the original films.
The film's lead track "Shell Shock" by Gym Class Heroes originated as a freestyle rap performed at a concert they performed at.
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Jim Cummings is the only Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles actor to make it into this movie since his first TMNT appearance in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), which he played Leatherhead, Genghis Frog, and the 1991 alternate of Shredder.
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The first entirely animated Ninja Turtle movie.
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TMNT 2 would have loosely adapted the Turtles' 13-part comic book saga City At War: Michelangelo feels like the "odd man out" among his brothers, not being taken seriously. With the best of intentions, the character runs away and joins the Foot Clan, donning a black bandanna. Meanwhile, the Turtles travel to Japan and cross paths with Karai in an adventure resulting in the return of their arch nemesis, Shredder. TMNT 3 would have featured the Triceratons as well as the Technodrome's arrival from Dimension X, with Donatello being a catalyst for these events. Kevin Munroe wanted Michael Clarke Duncan to voice the Triceraton's leader, Commander Mozar. He even had poster designs already in mind for TMNT 2 ("a wet city street, by a manhole cover, Mikey's orange bandanna lying on the ground") and its sequel ("the Technodrome with the Turtles very small in the foreground").
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Specific dialog makes references to the previous live-action films. In the battle with the Foot Clan, Casey Jones says, "Two minutes for high sticking!" which was one of his lines from his introduction in the same film. The very last line of the film, spoken by Raphael is, "Man, I love being a turtle!" which has been spoken in each of the previous films.
It is the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film made with Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) by Imagi Animation Studios.
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Until Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) this was the movie with the largest budget in the franchise.
All the Generals' names are loosely translated from Spanish: Aguila (means "Eagle"), Gato (means "Cat"), Serpiente (means "Serpent") and Mono (means "Monkey").
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During the first Nightwatcher scene, when the criminals are fleeing, one of the signs on the shops in the background spells out "monro" in hiragana, a Japanese writing system, which is most likely related to the writer and director Munroe.
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Despite the film taking place in New York City, only one real life New York landmark was shown, the Brooklyn Bridge. Most of the cityscape in the film is fictional.
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One of the arcades at the Turtle's lair features the character Zeus from Imagi's animated TV series, Zentrix (2001).
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One sequel idea that had already been nixed by Peter Laird had the Turtles go back in time to explore Mayan culture, just as an evil alien race also arrives via teleportation. According to Kevin Munroe, Laird's response was, "Eh, we did it in 1992," a reference to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993).
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Michelangelo in this film is voiced by Michael Kelly. With Mikey being Michelangelo's Shorter Name, this marks the first time where a Turtle has been voiced by a Voice Actor with the same name.
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Kevin Munroe, in his opinion believes he would probably rather recast Splinter instead of having somebody who sounds like Mako, because he doesn't think anybody can really match Mako.
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This is the only incarnation in the series out of all the TV Series and Movies (not including Saban's Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (1997)) to not have the name "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", instead using the Initials, which fans usually intend to abbreviate/shorten the series as.
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First Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film to be presented in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. All the previous films were presented in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The film is considered to some fans as a loose continuation of the original trilogy, ignoring the events of the TV series Saban's Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (1997), but is really set in its own universe. Towards the end of the film, several items are shown that reference the live action movies. These include: The Shredder's helmet and staff, a Foot Ninja Mask, the canister of ooze that mutated the turtles and Splinter (labelled TCRI instead of TGRI, though a crack is strategically placed to work either way), the Time Sceptre, Walker's hat, Lord Norinaga's helmet, and pieces of the suits of armour worn by the Turtles in the third film.
The scene where Casey and Raphael are being attacked, Casey says "And I thought insurance salesmen were pushy!" This line was also used in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) by Michaelangelo when the Foot Clan was invading April's apartment.
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The movie takes several elements from the then current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) animated series. Such elements include Karai, April O'Neil's yellow jumpsuit, the Turtle's lair and Splinter's physical appearance in the film.
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