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Turtles Forever (2009)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet their match -- Literally! The modern, gritty Ninja Turtles must team up with their classic cartoon counterparts to stop two Shredders and their plans of multi-dimensional scale.

Directors:

Roy Burdine, Lloyd Goldfine (co-director)

Writers:

Kevin Eastman (character), Peter Laird (character) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Sinterniklaas ... Leonardo (voice)
Wayne Grayson ... Michelangelo (voice)
Sam Riegel ... Donatello (voice) (as Sam Regal)
Gregory Abbey ... Raphael (voice) (as Greg Abbey)
Darren Dunstan Darren Dunstan ... Splinter (voice)
Marc Thompson Marc Thompson ... Casey Jones (voice)
Veronica Taylor ... April O'Neil (voice)
Scott Rayow Scott Rayow ... The Shredder / Ch'rell (voice) (as Scottie Ray)
Greg Carey Greg Carey ... Hun (voice)
Karen Neil Karen Neil ... Karai (voice) (as Karen Neill)
Dan Green ... Leonardo 1987 (voice)
Johnny Castro Johnny Castro ... Michelangelo 1987 / Rocksteady (voice)
Tony Salerno ... Donatello 1987 (voice) (as Anthony Haden Salerno)
Sebastian Arcelus ... Raphael 1987 (voice)
David Wills David Wills ... Splinter 1987 / Mirage Shredder (voice)
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Storyline

An out of the ordinary encounter with strange alien ooze mutates four ordinary pet turtles Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello into talking, walking, fighting green machines! Together, these brothers train with the legendary sensei rat, Splinter, to master the martial art of Ninjitsu. In this truly turtle powered tale, the turtles from one dimension meet the turtles from another dimension when a teleporting mishap occurs. What the shell is going on? Together, the turtles must locate the Technodrome to fix this mess! Meanwhile, Shredder tracks down his counterpart, Ch'rell, who devises a master plan to travel back to the Prime Universe to get rid of the turtles once and for all! As worlds collide, the turtles come face to face with classic characters like Casey and April, and a slew of enemies including Krang, Hun, the Foot Soldiers, the Purple Dragons, Bebop and Rocksteady!

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Sometimes four ninjas just aren't enough!


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Trivia

This is the last voice-over work Sam Riegel did in New York City. Riegel moved to Los Angeles shortly afterwards. See more »

Quotes

Raphael: You plan on doing us in, there's gotta be an easier way!
The Shredder: Oh, you shall perish, but not yet. You see, like you, I recently learned that ours is but a single dimension in a multiverse of dimensions. Intrigued, I used this very portal to survey them all. Which is when I made a startling, horrible discovery. There are not simple eight of you, but SCORES OF YOU! Behold, a multiverse of accursed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
[the Portal displays large images of multiple Turtle dimensions]
1988 Leonardo1988 Michelangelo1988 Donatello1988 Raphael: AWESOME!
The Shredder: ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

For several months, 4kids' website featured a "Director's Cut" of the movie which contained eight minutes of footage that were cut from the TV broadcast, and eventually Paramount's 2010 DVD as well. Among the scenes restored:
  • The Turtles using sonar to search for the Technodrome underground
  • Karai explaining that she found the Technodrome when her monitoring systems revealed that Ch'rell had changed location
  • Karai claiming the Technodrome for the Foot Clan
  • Splinter settling an argument between the 1988 and 2003 Turtles
  • Casey and April fighting robotic Foot Ninjas
  • Leonardo detailing Shredder's scheme to the Mirage Turtles
  • Shredder nearly disintegrating himself and Karai (among others) while strangling the Mirage Turtles
  • Various gags and one-liners
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Connections

References TMNT (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

SKBNA
Written by John Siegler and Lloyd Goldfine
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Probably the best turtles film so far but inaccurate portrayals of the 80's team.
2 June 2014 | by BrickNashSee all my reviews

Having never even heard of this film until now (mid 2014) I took a chance and gave it a whirl. What I found was a highly enjoyable film that is obviously made for fans.

The plot is actually very, very good and ties in well with the concept of dimensions heavily used in the 80's series the action moves along smoothly although the screenplay will not win any awards.

Special mention must go to the re-creation of the 80's style animation which I have to say is scarily accurate and a joy to watch again!

The only two downside to this film is that the original voice actors of the 80's cartoon not be involved because of union disputes (and the sad passing away of James Avery (Uncle Phil/Shredder) means it can never be re-dubbed!) The second downer in the film is that the 80's turtles were portrayed far too goofily. It was a goof show yes,but having rewatched it recently I can honestly say that it was never as daft as is portrayed in Turtles Forever. Not disrespectful as they do have their great moments but there is just one too many obvious and unnecessary jibes.

To end of a positive note another special mention must go to the animation and portrayal of turtles Prime. The are absolutely BAD-ASS and although no real violence was shown they had the attitude and I'll be honest....I wouldn't hate seeing a whole series done in that fashion with maybe a bit more gore and adult themes because lets face it, the child fans of the 80's like me are all grown up now and the comic on which turtles prime was based was much more violent and gritty.

I enjoyed the computer animated TMNT film but I'd say this is a better film for the fans overall and is a hidden gem that really needs more advertising.

if you can look by the borderline rude treatment and inaccurate portrayal of the 80's turtles then you will enjoy it greatly!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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