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Originally, the mutant thugs Bebop and Rocksteady were to appear in the film to fight the Turtles; they were to be martial arts soldiers that were given mutagen and turned into monstrous super-soldier mutants for the Turtles to fight. They were written out with the intent of appearing in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).
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This film was released on the 30th anniversary of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" saga.
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The VFX team incorporated the facial features of various actors into the mutants' appearances:
  • Leonardo's face was based on Tom Hanks and Russell Crowe
  • Raphael's face was based on Russell Crowe and Clint Eastwood (a scene where Raphael sticks his sai into his belt like a gunslinger is a homage to Eastwood)
  • Donatello's face was based on Leonard Nimoy
  • Michelangelo's face was based on comedian Bill Murray
  • and Splinter's face was based on Japanese actor Toshirô Mifune, who had played various samurai in his career (Splinter even has a chonmage haircut like Mifune usually wore in his samurai role).
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The film was originally to be called just "Ninja Turtles", but the "Teenage Mutant" part was put in to please the fans when they expressed negative feedback about that.
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Raphael has "Mikey was here" scribbled on his shell (in Japanese so he can not tell!).
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The Turtle Assault Van's car horn plays the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) theme.
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April O'Neil (Megan Fox) has on a yellow jacket through the film. This pays homage to her appearance in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), where she prominently had on a yellow jumpsuit.
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Ernie Reyes Jr., who starred in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) (and acted as a stunt double for Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)), pitched a stunt video to Michael Bay in an attempt to serve as martial arts consultant on this film.
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An early screenplay had the Turtles be aliens from Dimension X, the Shredder be an alien who grows spikes, and a breakout and escape at a mountainside Foot base. This screenplay received a huge backlash from fans and was discarded; however, the mountainside action sequence was retained. April's line "Aliens? No, that's stupid!" references the early screenplay.
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In nearly all TMNT media, Leonardo wields two ninjato (a medium-sized sword with a straight blade), which are often incorrectly called katana (longer sword with a curved blade). In this film, Leo wields actual katanas for the first time ever.
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During the movie, the Shredder says "Tonight I dine on turtle soup", his trademark line from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredded & Splintered (1987).
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Whoopi Goldberg stated that this movie has been a lifelong goal of hers: "My daughter was a huge fan of the original TMNT cartoon so when the original movie was announced she wanted me to be in it and so I asked around but it never happened, same with the other films they made, so when I heard this new project get announced I asked around again and to my surprise I got the part!"
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Originally, Michelangelo wore a gold chain around his neck, but this got criticism for being a stereotype towards black people so that got digitally replaced with a seashell necklace to better represent Michelangelo's outgoing surfer and skateboarding personality. However, Mikey got to wear a gold chain in the sequel.
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Vernon (Will Arnett) makes a sandwich with only mustard and cheese in his apartment, while listening to the George Michael song "Careless Whisper". This was a nod to Arnett's character G.O.B. Bluth on the series Arrested Development (2003) where he makes the same sandwich and has a nephew named George Michael.

Later on, in the scene where Verne is waiting for April O'Neil by his truck, if you have a good ear, you can hear him actually whistling "Careless Whisper".
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This is the first TMNT live-action film to feature the Shredder's lieutenant Karai.
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Eric Sacks mentioned testing the mutagen on rabbits. This is a homage to "Usagi Yojimbo", a comic about a samurai bunny. Yojimbo and the Turtles have teamed up on several occasions.
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Master Splinter incorporates a variety of design elements from his previous incarnations:
  • he is smaller compared to his Turtle stepsons, as in the original Mirage "TMNT" comics
  • he has a distinct nick on his ear, as in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) where he had his ear sliced
  • his whiskers form a mustache and his incisors are prominently featured, as in the IDW "TMNT" comics
  • and he has bandage wraps on his arms, as in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012).
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The Turtles are visually based on their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) designs:
  • the Turtles have no snouts
  • the Turtles all bear bandage wraps on their shells, arms and legs
  • Leonardo and Michelangelo have blue eyes and Raphael has green eyes
  • Michelangelo is the shorter of the Turtles
  • Donatello is distinctly leaner than his brothers
  • and Raphael is the most muscular and scarred, having a cracked shell.
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The song that Michelangelo sings to April in the ending is a 1967 song called "Happy Together" by The Turtles. This song is often misunderstood - instead of being a happy love song, this is actually about a guy trying to convince himself his girl has not dumped him.
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Producer Michael Bay had stated that the Turtles in this film would be presented as having an extraterrestrial origin. This statement caused a great furor and was met with harsh criticism from much of the fanbase. However, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" co-creator Kevin Eastman expressed his support in the alien concept, saying he believes the concept to be "awesome!" and pointed out that the ooze that created the Turtles was in fact an alien substance.
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Megan Fox, Will Arnett and Johnny Knoxville cited their children as a big factor in their decision to be in the film.
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After seeing this film, Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco (a huge fan of the Turtles) created his own 99-cheese pizza. Di Francesco melted down 94 different cheeses (including gorgonzola, pecorino and Taleggio) and then chilled them into a single block that contained them all; he then topped the pizza with five fresh cheeses to bring the total to 99 (buffalo mozzarella, goat cheese, fior di latte, ricotta and raspadura). Di Francesco traveled to Sydney to present the pie to Paramount, who made him a guest of honor of the launch of the film's DVD and Blu-ray release.
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The name Eric Sacks is an Anglicized version of the Shredder's original name Oroku Saki.
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The Turtles are primarily influenced by their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) characteristics: Leonardo is a samurai, Raphael is a brute fighter, Michaelangelo is a cool punk and Donatello is a tinkerer.
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This is the first TMNT live-action film to feature April's associate Vernon Fenwick. The screenwriters and Will Arnett wrote this incarnation of Vernon to be more likable and supportive of April, as opposed to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) version where he is mean-spirited and often antagonistic towards April.
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The undercover code name for the filming of the movie was "Foursquare". This name was told to anyone who asked what was being filmed to keep the secret.
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Michelangelo states the Turtles need Raphael for the Christmas hip-hop CD. This is a reference to the TMNT special We Wish You a Turtle Christmas (1994).
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The training regimen Splinter puts his sons through is called the Hashi. "Hashi" is Japanese for "bridge", which in context refers to building and strengthening muscles for balance and endurance. "Hashi" is also Japanese for "chopsticks"; as an in-joke, Leonardo is seen training with chopsticks.
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Casting for Foot Clan roles were held when the Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary Shell-Ebration stopped at Los Angeles. The people being cast were ordinary people on the street.
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Jane Levy, Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Olsen all auditioned for the role of April O'Neil before Megan Fox was selected.
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According to Jonathan Liebesman, Michael Bay found the original cut of the film was too dark and dreary and had reshoots done to put more comedy and cartoon homages into the final film.
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From the cast of the 1990s Turtles films, Robbie Rist (the voice of Michelangelo) accused Michael Bay of "sodomizing" the Turtle saga with an alien origin. However, Rist's co-stars Brian Tochi (the voice of Leonardo), Corey Feldman (the voice of Donatello) and Judith Hoag (April O'Neil) placed their support on this direction. Rist later took back his statement, remarking that he could have been out of line since Bay makes more money than he does.
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Within two weeks of the film's release in the United States a green light was given for a sequel.
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The filmmakers cite the comic book film The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and the martial arts films Fist of Legend (1994) and The Raid: Redemption (2011) as an influence on the action.
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VFX supervisor Pablo Helman requested the actors to improvise the elevator beatboxing scene after noticing their on-screen chemistry.
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The Turtles have tattoos on them (Donatello's are not visible as he wears a lot of gear). This would be the second time they bear markings since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), where they underwent ninja training and received special markings to denote their increased chi mastery.
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Young April O'Neil mentions that the Mutagen is an alien substance. This references the Ninja Turtles comic books and television series where it is revealed that the Mutagen is of alien origin.
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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), the Turtles were played by actors in suits and voiced by different actors; Josh Pais (Raphael) was the only actor who both voiced and acted his character. In this film, thanks to motion capture technology the actors are both able to perform and voice their characters; however Leonardo is played by Pete Ploszek, and voiced by Johnny Knoxville.
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The hi-tech goggles Donatello wears are based on the Turtle Vision Goggles from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) and the Ooze Specks from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012).
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Danny Woodburn was disappointed that he would only motion-capture Splinter and not get to provide his voice. However, he would get to voice Splinter in the video game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).
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Tohoru Masamune is the first ever Japanese actor to voice the Shredder in an English-speaking TMNT feature.
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The highest grossing film in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film franchise.
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A scene was shot where April takes Raphael (disguised in his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) trenchcoat) to Vernon without attracting attention. This scene was cut out for running time purposes.
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The first scene in the film is a zoom into the New York sewers. This is an iconic shot that has appeared in every TMNT animated series.
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The Turtle Assault Van in this film is based on the original Turtle Van from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), but incorporates the rooftop missile accessory from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) van.
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When Splinter begins listing the ingredients of the 99-Cheese Pizza, he mentions Cheddar, Provolone, Asiago, Taleggio and Mozzarella; Michelangelo can not recognize Taleggio. Taleggio is a medium-soft cheese made in Val Taleggio (Taleggio Valley), part of the Lombardy region in North Italy.
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A smoke machine was used throughout shooting to give an "80s feel" to the film.
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A billboard advertising "Project Almanac" can be seen. Project Almanac (2015) is a film about a bunch of teenagers on an adventure, directed by Dean Israelite (the cousin of Jonathan Liebesman) and produced by Michael Bay.
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The third Nickelodeon Movies Film to be Rated PG-13 by the MPAA. The previous 2 having been Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008) and Fun Size (2012).
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Originally, the alien being Krang was going to appear in this film, but he was removed with the intent of featuring him in a sequel. Krang would appear in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).
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Megan Fox was famously let go from the Transformers (2007) movie series after commenting on Michael Bay's dictatorial directing style in an interview, half-jokingly drawing parallels between him and Adolf Hitler. Although Bay said he took no offense, he did respond by citing some of the issues he had with Fox. Producer Steven Spielberg, however, was so dismayed by the comparison that he had her fired from Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Apparently, Bay bore no long-time grudge towards Fox, because when he produced this movie, he offered her the role of April O'Neill.
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One subplot that was mentioned by actors that was cut out of the final film included the turtles believing that the public would see them as monsters and they always have to be away from society yet protect that.
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Donatello bears equipment on his shell in the form of a Ghostbusters (1984) proton pack. IDW Comics did a 2014 series that had the Turtles and the Ghostbusters team up, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of both franchises.
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April's boss in the film, Bernadette Thompson, is a feminine version of Burne Thompson, April's boss in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987).
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Minae Noji is the first ever Japanese actor to play the Japanese character Karai. Before Karai was portrayed by the American Karen Neil and the Chinese actresses Ziyi Zhang and Kelly Hu.
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Originally, the Shredder was going to wear a razor-edged cape and Splinter was going to wear a set of samurai armor. These gear were removed so that they would not interfere with their combat performance.
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Originally, Splinter was meant to pick up his affinity for Japanese culture through watching Japanese television in the laboratory. This concept was removed for being too over-the-top.
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According to VFX supervisor Pablo Helman, the Turtles' physical appearances are based on sports players: "Leonardo is like a wrestler, Donatello is like a basketball player, Raph is like a rugby player and Mikey is a very short soccer player."
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This is the second TMNT live-action film that does not feature Casey Jones. The first one was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
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Michelangelo is drawn to an online video of a cat. In the comics and cartoons, he took in a stray cat as his pet.
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Megan Fox found out that she was pregnant just two weeks into filming. Some costume changes had to be added to disguise her growing belly (such examples include the Trampoline scene), and some action scenes had to be removed/rewritten (April was going to face off with Karai, but instead faced off with Sachs).
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This is the first TMNT film not to include the phrase, "Man, I love being a Turtle!". The phrase was used in all three of the original live-action films and was the last line of TMNT (2007).
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When Michael Bay offered Megan Fox a role in the film, he jokingly added a potential nude scene to her contract, which she accepted, knowing she wouldn't have to commit to such a scene.
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Both James Saito (the first cinematic Shredder) and William Fichtner (Eric Sacks) appeared in Michael Bay's film Pearl Harbor (2001).
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The previously planned title, "Ninja Turtles" was subsequently changed to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" following fan protest. However, the Italian release title is "Tartarughe Ninja" which translates to Ninja Turtles. While the official title in Japan is "Mutant Turtles", which dropped the word ninja completely.
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Megan Fox favorite Ninja Turtle is Michelangelo.
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A canister of mutagen bears the title "TCRI". This stands for the Techno-Cosmic Research Institute, a research facility in the original comics, which was altered to TGRI (Techno-Global Research Industries) in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze.
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In all of TMNT media, Leonardo is the eldest of the Turtles.Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) is actually the youngest of the four actors who play the Turtles.
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Mikey says Raphael is using a "Batman" voice (as in a low menacing snarl). Will Arnett had starred as Batman in The Lego Movie (2014), which also featured a cameo from a Lego Mikey. While William Fichtner and K. Todd Freeman had appeared in the Batman film The Dark Knight (2008).
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Donatello wears a set of tortoiseshell spectacles. Despite the name, tortoiseshell is produced from the shells of the larger species of both tortoises and turtles.
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Michael Bay was so impressed with the (uncredited) rewrites Jacob Sullivan and Darius Jackson made to the script, that he purchased a screenplay they wrote and plans on producing that.
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As part of the promotion campaign of the film, there was a Japanese folktale released that described the Turtles and Shredder as supernatural creatures and guardians (inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)'s Tengu Shredder and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)). In homage to this, Eric Sacks holds up a scroll with the word "kappa" on that.
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Corey Feldman, who voiced Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), expressed interest in reprising the role.
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The Channel 6 reporter McNaughton (Taran Killam) was a very obscure character from the "TMNT" Mirage comics.
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Both Minae Noji and Kelly Hu have played Karai and Lady Deathstrike. Hu had played Deathstrike in X2: X-Men United (2003) and Karai in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), while Noji plays Karai in this film and Deathstrike in Marvel Heroes (2013).
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Megan Fox broke her little finger during filming.
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Raphael catches April with a chain. This is a homage to TMNT (2007), where he notably employed a kusari-fundo (a chain weapon) as his primary weapon instead of his traditional sais.
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TMNT co-creator Peter Laird was not directly involved with the movie, so he suggested some caution about overreacting to the film's origins. He stated that the rumored extraterrestrial origins "might actually work. I'm not saying it's probable, or even somewhat likely... but it IS possible."
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When the Turtles rush out of the elevator for the climactic showdown, they are seen to have no pupils. Their pupil-less look was their original appearance in the TMNT comics and the post-2000s era TMNT cartoons.
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Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Jeremy Howard (Donatello) were huge TMNT fans since childhood.
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A young Michelangelo calls himself a dragon. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) had the Turtles harness their chi and change into dragons, which represented their warrior spirit.
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Platinum Dunes' first non-horror film.
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The Lebanese Tony Shalhoub is the fourth actor of Asian origin to portray Splinter, after the Japanese Mako and the Chinese actors Feodor Chin and Hoon Lee.
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Producer Michael Bay's directorial venture Armageddon (1998), featured a brief appearance by Judith Hoag (April O'Neill in the first feature film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)). Bay's successive film Pearl Harbor (2001) featured James Saito (the Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)) and Mako (Splinter in TMNT (2007)).
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Taran Killam is a huge fan of the Ninja Turtles and successfully lobbied to get a role in the film.
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This is the first TMNT film in the franchise to be released in 3D.
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This is the first TMNT live-action film to feature the Turtles' antagonist Baxter Stockman. However, he appears in the film for only a few seconds; he has a more prominent appearance in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).
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The Shredder's unmasked face is bald and covered in burns, just as in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012).
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Two of the Turtles' actors - Alan Ritchson (Raphael) and Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) - had previously played superhumans with similar attributes. Ritchson had previously portrayed Arthur Curry/Aquaman in Smallville (2001); both heroes are of an aquatic nature. Fisher had previously portrayed Mortimer Toynbee/Toad in X-Men: Evolution (2000); both are characters of an amphibious nature (Toad is a villain though in contrast to Michelangelo).
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Originally, April's love interest Casey Jones was going to appear in the film, but he was removed from the story to give more focus to the Turtles' origin and but was replaced with April's co-worker Vernon Fenwick, who was more reasonable as her human partner. Jones would appear in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).
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The Turtles describe their home as a Fortress of Solitude, Hogwarts and Xavier's Academy (from Superman, Harry Potter and X-Men respectively). While all three serve as bases and training areas, Hogwarts is notable for featuring the Chamber of Secrets, a lair accessible only through the castle's pipes and drains.
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Donatello uses a customized bo staff in the film. In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Metalhead (2012), he was upset with his staff being a simple stick and wanted to upgrade his weapon.
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As of 2015, this film's budget is the highest in the franchise. This exceeded all the other films' budgets combined.
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The pet turtles April plays with are Red-eared Sliders, the species most commonly sold in pet stores.
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Shredder's head design bears a distinct similarity to the Transformer Grimlock from Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014). That film was directed by Michael Bay, who produces this film.
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"Novantanove Formaggio" is direct Italian for "Ninety-Nine Cheese". A more correct name for the pizza would be "Novantanove Formaggi" ("Formaggi" is plural, so it would mean "Ninety-Nine Cheeses").
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This is the first TMNT film to be produced/released by Paramount Pictures.
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This is the second comic-book feature for Noel Fisher (after X-Men: Evolution (2000)), Alan Ritchson (after Smallville (2001)), Tony Shalhoub (who did Men in Black (1997)) and Jeremy Howard (who appeared in Men in Black II (2002) with Shalhoub), William Fichtner and K. Todd Freeman (after The Dark Knight (2008)), Megan Fox (who did Jonah Hex (2010)) and Minae Noji (who did Marvel Heroes (2013)).
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Whoopi Goldberg is the first and, as of June 2016, only Oscar winner to have appeared in the cast of a TMNT film.
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The music that accompanies the "Ninja Mutant Turtle Teenagers" scene is aptly titled "Adolescent Genetically-Altered Shinobi Terrapins".
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Raphael displays some artistic talent, showing knitting and woodcarving skills in the film. This was taken from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), where he had shown painting skills.
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The kiosk that April used to administer adrenaline to the turtles is in reality a Phoenix Hemodialysis System from Gambro.
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Tony Shalhoub, Jeremy Howard, Will Arnett were all in the Men in Black films; Shalhoub was in the first two films, Howard was in the second film and Arnett was in the third film.
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Influenced heavily by the 1987 and 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons. This is evidenced when April is saved from a Foot Clan attack and faints when she meets the turtles; the scene is taken directly from the 1987 cartoon, including the lines where April contemplates her sanity for having a discussion with the terrapin brothers and a talking rat. Another scene with the turtles wearing trench coats was cut from the film for timing. The elevator scenes are based on shots from the 2003 series when the turtles ride the elevator to the top of a building being used as a base for the foot clan, stopping at several levels along the way to fight, and ending with a face off against the Shredder at the top.
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This the first live action Ninja Turtles movie in which the turtles willingly kill their opponents.
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Brett Ratner was in talks to direct the film.
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Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) was born in 1984, the same year that the turtles themselves were first created.
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Jeremy Howard (Donatello) had appeared in an episode of Monk (2002), which starred Tony Shalhoub (Splinter) as the title character. Howard had played an alien enthusiast with a fetish for green-skinned aliens; his character Donatello has green skin.
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This is the first TMNT Film to be Rated PG-13, rather than PG like the other TMNT films had been.
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Minae Noji (Karai) is a fan of TMNT.
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This is the second life-action movie of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to feature an overt reference to The Karate Kid (1984). In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), Michaelangelo imitates the "wax on, wax off" scene; in this movie, Raphael carves a statue from a wooden block, displaying a character doing the 'Crane' stance.
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Megan Fox (April) and Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) previously starred in Two and a Half Men: Camel Filters and Pheromones (2004), where their characters were engaged.
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This is Danny Woodburn's third comic-book role after Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and Watchmen (2009).
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This is Malina Weissman's first comic-book feature.
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This is the first theatrically released Ninja Turtles movie to not open during the month of March like the previous four films had done; it instead opened in August, and it's sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) opened in June.
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This is the fourth comic-book feature for Will Arnett after Jonah Hex (2010), Men in Black 3 (2012) and The Lego Movie (2014) (which was a toy-based movie, but he played the comic-book character Batman).
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In the intro scene of HQ with all the cctv it's not only New York subway but also a camera showing Stockholm subway (Sweden).
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When the turtles are in the lair watching the monitors right before their battle in the subway with the Foot Clan, the date on one of the monitors says March 13, 2014.
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At 29:25, behind Bernadette Thompson is a poster of Times Square and one of the many billboards on the top left features an advertisement for Michael Jackson's Invincible album (2001). The album is well known for being the last album Jackson recorded before his death eight years later.
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Television news station cameraman Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett) tells April to be happy with her puff piece stories. Arnett had earlier starred on The Millers (2013) as a television news reporter who frequently complains about puff pieces.
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Cameo: Victoria's secret angel Behati Prinsloo as herself in the end credits in a Victoria's Secret billboard ad, which the turtles use to hide themselves from the civilians and blend in with their surroundings.
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Both K. Todd Freeman (Dr. Baxter Stockman) and Malina Weissman (young April O'Neil) would later appear on Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017 - 2019) as Violet Baudelaire and Mr. Poe. Will Arnett (Been Fenwick) would appear in season one.
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This film also acts as a much more viable alternate plausible explanation as to why the Turtles and Sensei have such a close bond connection with April, than the late 1980s animated series, especially once the connections are made with their various back-stories.
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Chris Rock were considered for the role of Michelangelo.
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Cameo 

Kevin Eastman: creator of "Ninja Turtles", a doctor. Eastman was also brought on as consultant for the film, and provided artwork for the opening animated montage.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

This is the first ever TMNT story that does not feature Hamato Yoshi, the Shredder's civilian rival and creator of Splinter and the Turtles.
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The film contains homages to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), the first cinematic TMNT film:
  • April discovers the Turtles after they save her from a Foot attack
  • The Shredder has an Asian lieutenant (Tatsu, Karai)
  • Splinter catches his sons sneaking in after a night out (in the first film it was only Raphael)
  • Leonardo dices a pizza in mid-air and a slice drops onto Splinter's head
  • Splinter recounts the Turtles' history to April
  • the Foot Clan make a kidnapping
  • Raphael has (arguably) the most screen time out of the four turtles, and appears to be the turtle most focused on
  • April loses her job
  • and the Turtles face the Shredder on a rooftop for their climactic duel (the Shredder uses a spear at one point, and intervention from a third party leads the Shredder to fall from the building).
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In the original TMNT comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, Splinter found a book on Renaissance artists that he uses to name the Turtles; in the film, he finds a book on martial arts that inspires him to school the Turtles in martial arts. The book has Eastman and Laird's names on that, homaging their role as creators of the Turtles.
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Eric Sacks is based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) version of Oroku Saki, who was a businessman secretly in charge of the Foot. Originally, this was intended that Sacks be the Shredder, but after the Mandarin controversy from Iron Man 3 (2013) (where the Mandarin was an actor and front for a conspiracy) the filmmakers made reshoots to feature the classic Shredder and made Sacks his subordinate.
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The origin of Splinter and his Turtles is based on the IDW comics, where they were lab subjects and April O'Neil is a lab assistant who named them.
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On the Japanese mural in Eric Sacks' office, an Utrom can be seen waving a sword. This pays homage to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), where the Utrom Ch'rell had arrived in feudal Japan.
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The Turtles do not make a full appearance until 20 minutes and 30 seconds into the film.
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In the elevator scene, the side of the elevator has two signs. The first reads "Safety requires teamwork, be a part of our team," which foreshadows the Turtles working together to defeat the Shredder. The second reads "Notice: weapons of any kind prohibited", which is a joke.
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A downtown Manhattan fight between April and Vernon and Karai and a Foot squad was filmed, but was cut out because that drew away from the Turtles and was instead replaced with April and Vernon facing off with Sacks in his complex.
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