April 6, 2007

Surprise! TMNT doesn’t suck!

Filed under: Movies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TMNT — Daniel @ 6:18 pm


When I was a kid, I loved the Turtles. I read the magazines, watched the cartoon, had the action figures, went to see the movies, and was a member of the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Fanclub (the name of the TV show was changed here in the UK due to the word Ninja being considered too violent for kids….right. Ok…) I remember getting a sticker book, and a pen with green ink from the fanclub, that seemed to last for years. Good times.

Then, like the Ghostbusters before them, the Turtles slowly disappeared. The third movie was absolute crap (see here and here). The cartoon came to a close…I think we all just kind of grew out of the Heroes in a Half-shell. A new TV series began in 2003, and kicked things off again, but I doubt the Turtles will ever hit the heights they hit back in the late 80’s/early 90’s.

In any case, the powers that be deemed the recent success worthy of a new movie, entitled TMNT. It follows on from the old movies – so no Shredder I’m afraid – but instead of men in costumes, we get CG. I must admit, I was very sceptical about this film. Afterall, with all these old licenses getting the movie treatment nowadays, there’re bound to be a few stinkers. So I went into the cinema prepared for the worst, hoping for a passable effort, preying that my childhood wasn’t about to be raped before my eyes.



Thankfully, the movie was pretty good. The plot wasn’t the greatest, but it was an entertaining and enjoyable film. The camaraderie between the Turtles (or at times, lack thereof) really brought back that feeling from the movies of old, and it was nice to see this faithfully implemented.

The CG was pretty well done too. After a while, you begin to forget that you’re watching a CG animated movie. There’s one, rainy, scene in particular, which looks spectacular. In fact the only downside in terms to how the film looks is probably the human characters. There’s something about them that didn’t quite fit right…April O’Neil especially. It’s like they look as though they were lifted straight from The Incredibles or something.



TMNT does seem a bit short too. I think it was 87 minutes long, or something like that. But considering this is an animated film, I suppose it’s not that big a deal.


Oh, and Raphael is still a badass.


Now I can only hope the same care and attention is put into the new Transformers movie. And if Ghostbusters III ever gets off the ground, it had better be decent too.






  1. You may like to know that Masters od teh Universe is coming out soon 🙂 (no Lundren!)

    I liked your review, will go and see it soon. I loved the originals like you.

    You did miss out the late nineties live-action series though! The one with the girl turtle (spits.) Did you have a turtle suit as a child, I did!

    You might like my Batman review, let me know what you think because us bloggers don’t comment on each other enough!


    Comment by imtheotherdave — April 6, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

  2. Hey, this is a really good post. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but it looks good. You’re right, the human characters really do look like they came straight out of “The Incredibles” or possibly even “Shrek.” You would think with all of the CG techniques that we can use today that the characters would look more realistic like the ones in the game Resident Evil 4. I was pretty skeptical myself thinking that this movie would be quite crap. I don’t know why…maybe it’s because of all of the bad reviews from the other Ninja Turtles movies in the past…you know, the one where the Angry Nintendo Nerd was talking about one of the movies that he said sucked, lol. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Tony Montana — April 6, 2007 @ 6:36 pm

  3. Hey imtheotherdave,

    Oh I remember that live action series all too well I’m afraid. I think her name was Venus (as in Venus de Milo).

    The less said about that the better 🙂

    Comment by rascalous — April 6, 2007 @ 6:40 pm

  4. Hey, Rascalous! Respond to me, or else I shall force you to “say ‘ello to my lil friend!”

    Comment by Tony Montana — April 6, 2007 @ 11:16 pm

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