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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Poster

Trivia

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Brad Garrett, who voices Krang in this film, is best friends with Pat Fraley, who voiced Krang in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987). Fraley personally endorsed Garrett as Krang when he was announced.
A car bears the license plate "Mirage84". The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in Mirage Comics in 1984.
When Casey Jones is smashing up the bar, "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice is heard on the jukebox. Vanilla Ice appeared and performed "Ninja Rap" in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991).
Splinter is designed to have grayer fur and a brown robe in this film, in a homage to appearance in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003).
Judith Hoag, who played April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), makes a cameo appearance for the film as April's boss Rita.
The mutagen in this film is purple, instead of the common green-colored mutagen. This came from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), which featured different varieties of mutagen that formed different mutants.
The sequel was announced two days after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) was released.
Stephen Amell compared his role of Casey Jones to his role as Oliver Queen in Arrow (2012): "Casey Jones is almost a little bit more like the Oliver Queen that people know from the older comic books."
The producers tried to get cameo roles from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) actors Elias Koteas (the first cinematic Casey Jones) and Sam Rockwell (a Foot Clan member). However, both declined to appear.
Pete Ploszek provided both motion-capture and voice for Leonardo after Johnny Knoxville didn't return to voice Leonardo.
C.M. Punk and Billy Beyrer were considered, and auditioned for the role of Rocksteady.
Casey Jones's equipment is taken from his appearance in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): hockey pucks, an Eastman hockey stick (the name on the stick is a tribute to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" creator Kevin Eastman) and skating wheels on his feet (the only difference is that he gets the wheels from an office chair, while in the series he uses actual skates).
The Turtles's new vehicle in this film is the Turtle Tactical Truck, which is based on various vehicles from the TMNT saga:
  • The Turtle Van from the previous film (a horn playing the "TMNT" theme)


  • the second Battle Shell from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) (an undercover vehicle to use outdoors)


  • the Hauler from Turtles Forever (2009) (a customized garbage truck).


  • and the Shellraiser from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) (a vehicle with a cannon that fires manhole covers).


This is the first TMNT live-action film to feature Bebop and Rocksteady. They were previously intended to appear in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).
Director Dave Green has been a huge TMNT fan from childhood; he used to dress up as Donatello.
The Shredder's new gray-black spiked armor is based on his first armor in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003).
The Turtles are designed in this film to look more like their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) versions: they look lighter green and wear harnesses (as in the 87 series where they had on belts).
In Baxter Stockman's laboratory there is a chess board. This comes from the TMNT IDW comics, where his father put him through brutal chess games to develop his intellect.
This is the first TMNT live-action film to feature Krang.
Stephen Farrelly (Rocksteady) is the second wrestler to work on a TMNT film, after Kevin Nash (the Super Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)).
The original subtitle was going to be "Half-Shell", after the TMNT tagline "Heroes in a half-shell".
When Shredder is first shown being taken to the police vehicle in chains, his original theme score from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) can be heard.
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This is the first TMNT story where Casey Jones does not have long hair, when traditionally he wears a mullet; similarly, this is the first TMNT story where the Shredder has a beard, when traditionally he is clean-shaven.
Fred Armisen was originally meant to voice Krang, but he dropped out due to schedule conflicts and was replaced with Brad Garrett.
Brittany Ishibashi is a self-proclaimed "fangirl" of Karai. She auditioned for the role code-named "Female Soldier", correctly predicting it would be Karai.
In the Halloween parade, there is a man dressed up as the Transformer Bumblebee. Megan Fox, producer Michael Bay, cameraman Alan D. Purwin and composer Steve Jablonsky were part of the "Transformers" live-action films; also Gary Anthony Williams and Brad Garrett had voiced Transformers in their career.
The slogans on the Turtle Tactical Truck are:
  • "Tartaruga Brothers" ("tartaruga" is Italian and Portuguese for "turtle" while "tortoise" is "testuggine"). The second Battle Shell from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) bore the slogan "Tortuga Brothers" ("tortuga" is Spanish for "turtle")


  • "Foot Stinks". The Turtle Party Wagon from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) bore this Foot Clan-referenced slogan.


and "Eat Shell". This is an original slogan, but the use of "shell" as a curseword comes from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003).
When April breaks into police headquarters, her fake ID shows her name as "Renet Tilley". Renet Tilley is a time-traveling character from the TMNT comics. The rest of the details on the ID (DOB, height, eye color) are that of Megan Fox.
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Casey Jones works as a police officer. This is a homage to the Turtles' ally Nobody, a police officer turned vigilante.
During the truck chase, Raphael briefly rides a motorcycle. This is an homage to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) where he was a skilled cycle racer, and TMNT (2007) where he patrolled in a cycle as the vigilante Nightwatcher.
Stephen Amell is the second comic-book actor to play Casey Jones after Chris Evans (Casey in TMNT (2007)). While Amell starred in the DC Comics show Arrow (2012), Evans has done various Marvel Comics films (and other comic-book adaptations, but notably Marvel).
Bebop and Rocksteady are visually based on their appearance in the TMNT IDW comics: both are big and burly and bear tattoos, and Bebop has a pink mohawk and sideburns.
When Donatello is showing Leonardo the "Purple Ooze", you can see that one of the gadgets on Donatello's wrist is a Super Famicom controller, the original Japanese version of the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) controller with the multi-colored buttons. SNES was one of early video game systems to have released a TMNT Arcade--TMNT Turtles in Time.
Alan Ritchson (Raphael) and Stephen Amell (Casey Jones) had previously appeared together on Blue Mountain State (2010). Ritchson was a linebacker and a main actor on the series, while Amell was the quarterback and was only in the first season.
The car Casey Jones drives is a Black 2016 Dodge Hellcat Challenger.
In the scene when April O'Neil (Megan Fox) is first shown she is working undercover wearing a disguise. The wig she's wearing is distinctly styled in the same hair style as the 90s cartoon version of April O'Neil.
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Splinter, the Shredder and Karai in this film are being played by Peter Donald Badalamenti II, Brian Tee and Brittany Ishibashi, who are younger than their previous actors Danny Woodburn, Tohoru Masamune and Minae Noji.
According to his rap sheet Shredder was born on the 15th of April 1967.
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Director Dave Green has described this film as "about John, Paul, Ringo and George", whereas the first film "introduced the Beatles". Several bits of dialogue contain titles of the Beatles' songs.
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Former Discovery Channel "American Chopper" star Paul Teuttle Jr. who designed Bebopp and Rocksteady's motorcycles can be seen as an armed correctional officer behind Casey Jones when Shredder is loaded in the van at the beginning of the film.
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This is Gary Anthony Williams's seventh comic-book feature after Men in Black: The Series (1997), The Boondocks (2005), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008), The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010), Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012) and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (2013) (both of which are a single story) and Beware the Batman (2013).
A scene from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) where April and Vern took on Karai and The Foot in downtown Manhattan that was cut from the finished film. The scene where the two face against Karai was put in the film at TCRI.
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Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson and Stephen Amell were guest stars on New Girl (2011).
Brad Garrett and Will Arnett previously starred together in the Disney/Pixar movie, Ratatouille.
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This is the second comic-book feature for Brian Tee (after The Wolverine (2013)) and 'Stephen Amell' (after Arrow (2012)).
This is Brad Garrett's sixth comic-book feature, after Casper (1995), The Tick (1994), Superman (1996), Garfield (2004) and Astérix et les Vikings (2006).
Despite playing the oldest of the 4 turtles, Pete Ploszek is actually the youngest of the 4 actors playing the turtles.
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Brad Garrett (Krang) had starred with Tony Shalhoub (Splinter) in an episode of Monk (2002).
Johnny Knoxville, does not return as the voice of Leonardo. Peter Ploszek takes over the role.
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Cameo 

Kevin Eastman: creator of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", appears as a pizza delivery guy.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Krang puts Shredder frozen in the lower level of the Technodrome, a frozen triceratops-like alien being can be spotted. This is a Triceraton, a race of alien beings in the TMNT saga. On the opposite side of Shredder is a figure that appears to be the Fugitoid. Both Fugitoid and the Triceratons have appeared in turtles comics since issue 5 in 1985, but rarely appear in adaptations.
Baxter Stockman refers to his computer as O.M.N.S.S. (pronounced Omnus). In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Mean Machines (1988) Shredder and Baxter Stockman team up with an alien artificial intelligence called OMNSS (Omnipotent Multi-process Nexus Subuniversal Sentient) to open a portal to Dimension X.
There are several tributes in the film to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991):
  • the Shredder brings in a scientist to assist him


  • the Shredder creates two new mutants to fight the Turtles


  • the Turtles have an aquatic action sequence


  • and a scene where the Foot & the heroes compete for possession of a canister of mutagen.


Michelangelo is the first Turtle to see clearly the face of Krang during their climactic encounter. This is a tribute to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) where Michelangelo was the first of the four brothers to see Krang in person.
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