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 »ng to keep them together, their rat sensei, Splinter (Mako), becomes worried when strange things begin to brew in New York City. Tech-industrialist Maximillian J. Winters (Patrick Stewart) is raising up an army of ancient monsters, and only one super-ninja fighting team can stop them-- Leonardo (James Arnold Taylor), Michelangelo (Mikey Kelley), Donatello (Mitchell Whitfield) and Raphael (Nolan North)! With the help of old allies April O'Neil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Casey Jones (Chris Evans), the Turtles are in for the fight of their lives as they once again must face the mysterious Foot Clan, who have put their own ninja skills behind Winters' endeavors.DVD Features:
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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. "
Raymond M. Rose | Pottstown, PA | 08/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is what a comic book movie should be! Spider-Man 3? It's got nothing on TMNT! This was fun, exciting, and hysterical! It was everything a TMNT movie should be... and more!
See, there are two TMNTs. There's the comics and then there's the cartoon. The movies never really counted. The comics were original, cool, exciting, interesting - everything an independent comic about 4 fighting turtles should be! Now, the cartoon was great too! It made it more accessible for kids (the comics were definitely for older readers) and fleshed out the more fun side of the turtles but it was still great TMNT action! The movies, well, they plane stunk.
But now, we've got a great TMNT movie that blends the best of the comics and the cartoon into one fun-filled 90 mins! The CGI is tops, with great action sequences (we're talking actual sequences where you can tell what the hell is going on. Could you do that in Spider-Man 3? No!), amazing visuals, cool editing, and a great palette of colors and designs. Add to that good voice acting, a great story, excellent directing, and you've got a really good movie... and a hellavu good TMNT movie!
That said... I'm so going to be in the theaters for TMNT 2! Bring on the Shredder!"
Great Re-Introduction of the Movie Venue
Mel Odom | Moore, OK USA | 03/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Turtles have been around in one incarnation or another for more than a generation now. They started out as a black-and-white comic by Eastman and Laird, who have gone on to other things but have never grown beyond this one HUGE splash they made in comics and kids cartoons.
The original Turtles weren't for kids. The action in the comics was gritty and bloody. They originally didn't sell well. In their first incarnation, they were like a parody of the white-hot X-Men at the time.
Then someone out in television production land looked at the idea and thought the Turtles would be an excellent addition to the kids market that the X-Men cartoons had opened up. And we soon had Turtles everywhere. Cartoons, comics, movies, and action figures soon blossomed everywhere.
Now we have TMNT, which is most likely the relaunch of the movie franchise. Thankfully we're not treated to a rehash of Turtle history and the origin story. Unless you've been living in some far-off shell, you know the story of the four turtles and the rat that were exposed to radioactive slime and became Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, and Master Splinter. April O'Neil and Casey Jones are also up to bat in this one (sorry, I couldn't resist).
The plot centers around a billionaire CEO named Max Winters who's been alive for 3000 years thanks to a spell that introduced 13 monsters into the world. The planets only line up in a certain way every 3000 years to provide the energy to open a doorway to another world (you'd think they'd find a better power source!). Winters also had four generals who served him that were turned to stone. They've recently returned to life and are now looking for the 13 monsters to power up the sorcerous spell again. Mix in the Foot Clan who are working for Winters and you've got a return to greatness.
The characterizations for the Turtles, Splinter, April O'Neil (voiced by Sarah Michelle Geller), and Casey Jones are spot-on. April comes across a little to Tomb Raiderish for me, but it works overall.
However, Leonardo has been gone from the group for the last year and doesn't really want to return. When he does, it's just in time and there's a world to save and a family to reclaim.
TMNT is beautifully rendered in computer generated artwork. Although it does admittedly look like a cartoon and you're never really pulled into the this-is-real mindset even the three live-action movies of the 1980s achieved to a somewhat limited dgeree, the world is big and vibrant. The musical score compliments the action and the moods really well. The fight between Raphael and one of the demons to the rollicking licks of "Black Betty" have to be seen to be believed.
My nine-year-old was in heaven. There were plenty of funny bits, actions as well as one-liners, that kept him in stitches. Even though some of the movie is predicatable for the adult mind, I still had a blast and found myself chuckling along with my kid. Even my 17-year-old son and 21-year-old daughter, who I thought would never want to see this movie, had a great time when they decided to join us.
The martial arts moves, the mad dashes across the rooftops, and the larger-than-life creatures in combat on the screen looked terrific. You're not going to get this kind of experience in live-action, and the cartoons simply don't have this kind of budget for CGI.
The movie treks along familiar themes and doesn't really go anywhere new, but it is a fantastic treatment of material that has become part of a generation's heritage. Hopefully there will be more new movies. We'll be looking forward to them."