Anyone who grew up in the late ’70s, early ’80s has seen and loved this movie to death! And with good reason.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the first movie ever made on the chelonian foursome and, much like the Batman-series, the first movie is still the best. The new Turtles-movies may be more spectacular, that’s true, but the old ones stay truest to the original comic books.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tells a story of how the four turtles are still very young, and inexperienced. They’re a bunch of teenagers laughing, fighting amongst themselves and ordering pizza. They still have much to learn, and the movie cleverly shows us both the flaws as well as the strengths within the group.
The story is very thin, but that doesn’t take anything away from the fun of it. At one night, the turtles come home and find their beloved master Splinter kidnapped by their evil nemesis Shredder. When they face their first defeat, it’s time to learn from their mistakes … and work together as a group to defeat their enemy!
The new movies may have awesome CGI-effects, but the old ones are far more spectacular in terms of bringing the four turtles to the silver screen!
Not only do they look exactly like they’re supposed to, but the stunt work and the masterful puppetry of the late Jim Henson make the first The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles an absolute 100% certified American classic!
And let’s not forget the very enjoyable performance of Elias Koteas as the bat-, golf- or any other stick-wielding maniac who comes to the aid of the turtles, whenever he can.
The effects were so groundbreaking for its time – 1990, people, it’s been that long! – that even by today’s standards it still looks very convincing. It’s not as if the movements, or even the fighting of the turtles, is stodgy or outdated. It’s almost like watching four real turtles kick some serious ass …
On top of everything else, the Shredder has never looked so good! Much like the overall atmosphere of the movie – which is quit dark if you think about it – the great enemy of our green-colored heroes is very menacing. It’s still a movie for children, but the jokes and wittiness of the turtles gets broken by the deep voice of a super-strong martial arts-villain.
Luckily, the movie mainly focuses on the four turtles. Leonardo the leader. Raphael the strong one. Donatello the smart one. And Michelangelo – who’s supposedly the best fighter of them all – is the funny one.
Let’s face it – is there anyone in this world who hasn’t seen a Turtles-movie? Because if so … I pity you … it means you haven’t been a child for ages!
Did you know?
Robin Williams, who was a big fan of the franchise, provided Judith Hoag with information regarding her character through his comic book collection; the two were co-starring in Cadillac Man when the Turtles film went into production.
Give it to me short:
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is kids’ stuff – no doubt about it! But more importantly, it’s a never-ending trip down memory lane for those who’ve grown up in the late ’70s – early ’80s. Even now, the turtles are still very much wanted by children around the world – thanks to the new movies – but it’s the early ’90s movies that really get the basics right!
Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael never looked so good. They look exactly like the comic-books and the effects for bringing them to life were not only groundbreaking for its time – keep in mind this movie was made early ’90s – but still hold up beautifully by today’s standards.
Together with the wisdom of master Splinter, the beauty of April and the threatening doom of a new enemy named the Shredder, this very first Turtles-movie is entertaining from the very first frame to the very last. Add to that the acting of Elias Koteas who gives his character Casey Jones the exact amount of craziness and childish fun and you know – once you’ve seen this movie – you’ll never be able to stop loving this little masterpiece!