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

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The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last canister of the ooze that created the Turtles, with which Shredder wants to unleash an army of new mutants.

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Michael Pressman

Writers:

Kevin Eastman (based on characters created by), Peter Laird (based on characters created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paige Turco ... April O'Neil
David Warner ... Professor Jordon Perry
Michelan Sisti ... Michelangelo / Soho Man
Leif Tilden ... Donatello / Foot #3
Kenn Scott Kenn Scott ... Raphael (as Kenn Troum)
Mark Caso ... Leonardo / News Room Staff
Kevin Clash ... Splinter
Ernie Reyes Jr. ... Keno
François Chau ... Shredder (as Francois Chau)
Toshishiro Obata Toshishiro Obata ... Tatsu
Raymond Serra Raymond Serra ... Chief Sterns
Mark Ginther ... Rahzar
Kurt Bryant ... Tokka
Kevin Nash ... Super Shredder
Joseph Amodei Joseph Amodei ... Parlor Owner
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Storyline

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>

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Cowabunga, it's the new turtle movie. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Some of the pizza props used in this movie were reused in Ernest Scared Stupid (1991). They can be seen being thrown at the bullies who try to attack the kids' tree house. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie Splinter refineries Vanilla ice's "Ninja Rap" song despite not having been in the club to hear him perform it. See more »

Quotes

Leonardo: A true Ninja is a master of himself and his environment, so don't forget: We're turtles!
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Alternate Versions

In the theatrical release, the first fight scene when the turtles first come in was slightly longer. On further home video releases, for some strange reason, it was shortened. See more »

Connections

Follows Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Back To School
Written by Solomon Forbes, Duane Daniel, Brian Daniel, and Gene Parker
©1991 EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Fifth Street Music
Performed by Fifth Platoon
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Nothing's as good second time round,but ultimately everything was as to be expected
27 July 2004 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead*Avoid At All Costs

The turtles have thwarted the evil Shredder and his army of ninja thieves and are now searching for a new home.However,it soon emerges The Shredder is set to return to wreak more havoc,and has the ways and the means of unleashing a terrible new threat to the crime fighting awesome foursome.As they set out to stop him,the turtles come to learn more about where they came from and the secrets of their origin...

At the time of the original film's release,the TV series and the toys were at the height of their popularity and so a feature film was inevitable.However,it was a relatively low budget Golden Harvest production that went on to become the most successful independent film of all time.GH still played quite a huge part in the proceedings with this second instalment,however the first film had been a major success,a sequel was as inevitable as the original adaptation that preceded it and so now,a worldwide big major studio like Twentieth Century Fox wanted to have a cut in the stakes and so stepped in to cash in on the franchise.And hey,nobody makes family blockbusters like Twentieth Century Fox,right?Well,maybe Universal.

Anyone who would regard Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 as pointless is,in essence,unable to see past their own nose.The law of physics practically states that any successful (especially family based) action film will have a follow up,in the interests of franchising and,well,basically making money.And it's certainly the family that TMNT2 appeals more to.It's a much lighter,sillier and more family friendly feeling outing,in comparison to the dark,grimy feel of the original.The Shredder,for instance and most significantly,manages only a fraction of the dark,menacing vibe he gave last time and for the most part completely lacks substance here.There's a scene in which the Tokha and Rahzor monsters clamber up and cuddle him that forcefully strips him of all the fear and respect he commanded from the last film.To a degree,the same could be said of Tatsu,although in fairness,he did carry a slightly bumbling quality to him in the original.That's not to mention a number of woefully under-used supporting characters,such as April and Chief Sterns.And what the hell happened to Casey Jones?!?

Of the new characters the new film introduces,Ernie Reyes Jr. emits a fairly engaging charisma as kung fu fighting pizza delivery boy Keno and David Warner is impressive as bumbling professor Jordan Perry (or maybe the film holds too much sentimental value for me!)

One of the main compounding factors of the film (in my eyes) was the plot (or,rather,lack of it) that at best feels very slight and at worst feels practically non-existent.The film is very short,so the feeling of it all being slapped together to make money is never far in doubt.Yet,for all this,the film still manages to carry a charm all of it's own.The script,though patchily assembled,still manages to be engaging throughout and the Jim Henson creature shop creations are as well made,colourful and pleasant to the eye as you'd expect.And hey,when even a Vanilla Ice cameo can't spoil it,something has to be right.***


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Official Sites:

Official TMNT site

Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,030,473, 24 March 1991

Gross USA:

$78,656,813

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,656,813
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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