Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Patrick Stewart, Mako, Chris Evans, Paul Wang, Kevin Munroe
Director: Kevin Munroe
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return in an all-new CGI action adventure, written and directed by Kevin Munroe. After the defeat of their old arch nemesis, The Shredder, the Turtles have grown apart as a family. Struggli... more »
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Truthfully, I am not a fan of this take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Like many remakes or new adaptations made to suit a more current generation, I think it does no justice to the classic films, or cartoons. There wasn't much of a relationship between the turtles and it focuses entirely on drama between Leonardo and Raphael. Splinters role was highly disappointing, as was the voice acting for him. I personally didn't care for the animation, but admittedly, I don't generally have an eye for that sort of thing so I won't comment further on that.
As for the story, I'm not sure if it's relevant to the comic books, but as far as I'm aware it sure has no relevance to the cartoon or previous films. I was highly disappointed that of all the villains they could have used - Dr. Baxter Stockman, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady, Leatherhead, or even The Rat King - they decided to go with a random story of an immortal and random monsters.
In a nutshell, for a kid unaware of The Ninja Turtles cartoon and classic live action films, it's probably a decent movie. But if you're like me and enjoyed the franchise as a child, then you will probably be disappointed.
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Ron | Jersey | 04/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the turtles for the new generation. They have taken away most of the wry humor of the comics and the 3 live action movies and made things a bit darker. They also don't call them teenagers or mutants either. They are simple ninja turles. The story is fairly simple with the tutles being in disarray and longtime villain Shredder dead. The new bad guy is an immortal trying to gather together 13 monsters. The animation is very good and if you like karate action, then this is for you. Some of the storyline is a tiny bit intense for the really young ones, but there is no blood, swearing, and a kiss at the end is the only thing sexual. It is worth a watch."
Both old & new school....Great, gorgeous & clever ..." I do
Kevin J. Loria | New Orleans, LA USA | 03/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Turtles triumphant return to the big screen. This time round its computer generated, which adds substantially to the emotional range of the characters. The art directors hedged their bets by stylizing the human designs rather than the risky attempt to do any ultra-realistic representation. But, the turtles are animated to gorgeous mutant perfection, as you'd expect. This allows for the terrific dynamic between the brothers, especially the expressiveness necessary to convey some of the more charged moments between Leonardo, just returned from South American soul-searching and brother Raphael chafing at the need to follow any orders. The siblings deal with these issues in a way that none of the other incarnations of character have taken on, the series has grown up with it's audience, those of us who were fans of the original books, movies and TV shows. It will still appeal to its new generation of Turtle fans, but it is surely the most clever and best written of any non-comic version. While the film still combines elements of the currently running comic book series with the original film series and the currently running Saturday morning fare. Don't worry, it combines the best elements...really. Throw-backs include some sewer skatin', Splinter joinin' the fray and a "I love bein' a turtle" closer. Not to mention a timely soundtrack, like a particularly effective use of a cover of "Black Betty" during Raphael's scuffle with the Jersey Devil appropriately enough in Kevin Smith's kitchen.
The voice talent is particularly notable in TMNT: Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar is an excellent April, Patrick Stewart is a perfect mult-millenium-aged warrior-king, the venerable Mako (Aku of SAMURAI JACK & that wizard in CONAN) is a natural for Master Splinter, cameos from Kevin Smith a.k.a Silent Bob (as a cook), Laurence Fishburne of the Matrix narrates, also, Ziyi Zhang, Chris Evans (as Casey Jones) and others.
The story is pretty good, if maybe complex: The Turtles have gone their separate ways, Leo off to become a better leader, Raphael embarks on a solo vigilante career in the absence of a team, Mikey does kid's parties as a Turtle-headed Cowabunga Carl, while Donny, of course, is a phone-bound tech-support. No back-story or origin of the turtles is needed nor is it supplied, we are thrown right in with a Lord of the Rings style set-up of a warrior who opens a gateway to immortality, but in doing so, releases 13 monsters upon the world and when our story begins in the present, 3000 years later, the time has come to make things right, with the help of the recently reunited Turtles, the FOOT Clan (lead by Korai, the Shredder's adopted daughter and sole heir, although this isn't referenced in the film) and some living stone warriors from the old days. The team ultimately work out their interpersonal issues and team-up for the epic climax including Casey & April.
Great, gorgeous and clever " I do hope there's more of them..."
Michael Zuffa | Racine, WI United States | 04/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Leonardo is in South America learning to be a better leader. Raphael and the others are still in Manhattan, but he is distant from Donatello and Michelangelo. He is spending his nights as the Nightwatcher, a superhero who is protecting the city. Soon, strange things start happening, and April O'Neil, friend of the turtles, tries to get them back together to fight this new menace.
Using the live action movies from the 90's as a vague history, this CGI film jumps right into the story and doesn't let up until the end. This is my first turtles movie, but I have to think that CGI treats them better than the live action movies did. There are no limits to the fight scenes and camera angles as they bound across the city. "TMNT" was surprisingly good and entertaining. Kids and action fans will not be disappointed.