The one thing the Turtles-sequel doesn’t have is that edgy darkness and the baseball-bat swinging sidekick Casey Jones, which means, no wonderful performance of Elias Koteas.
The real reason remains a mystery, but apparently back in the day many parents thought the original movie was a tad too serious. So they changed the sequel, and made it more accessible for young children …
Teenage mutant ninja turtles II: The secret of the ooze (phew, what a title!) explores the past of the Turtles by revealing extra information about the secret slime, you know, the greasy substance that changed them from ordinary turtles into combat-ready martial arts ninjas.
If that’s not enough, the foot clan is also in pursuit of this freaky goo, so they can create two wild beasts strong enough to destroy the Turtles for once and for all …
Add to that the return of the Shredder seeking revenge against the Turtles … and you’ve got yourself a movie full of action and classic bad guys. Though the Shredder only plays a measly secondary role, he still plays a vital part in the finale.
Also back is master Splinter who – once again – saves his four reptile-sons whenever they’re caught in a tight spot. As before, the silent meditating rat serves as the perfect counterbalance to the loud and still very playful four Turtle-teenagers.
For the role of April, a different actress was chosen this time. Though Paige Turco isn’t exactly a better actress than Judith Hoag, well, she’s also not any worse … plus she’s far more attractive, so that helps.
As mentioned before, the biggest difference between the first movie and Teenage mutant ninja turtles II: The secret of the ooze is that the sequel is far more childish and crazy fun. There’s much less doom & gloom, and even the Shredder doesn’t look so scary anymore.
Remember the first time he appeared from the shadows? Not in this movie, y’all! In the sequel our beloved Turtles are running amok fighting some ugly bear-wolf and what appears to be a cross-over between a turtle and a vulture.
They’re meant to take care of business, since both the Foot clan and the powerful Shredder have both failed …
To make things even crazier, there’s a pretty long scene with the Turtles fighting and dancing in a discotheque to the music of Vanilla Ice. I bet anyone who’s seen this movie, will still remember those magical words: GO NINJA GO NINJA GO!!
If not, here’s the song for nostalgic pleasure: click here!
Did you know?
This movie is dedicated to the memory of master-puppeteer Jim Henson, who did not only create the original Turtles-costumes but is also the inventor of The Muppets and Sesame Street.
Give it to me short:
After what appeared to be a rather dark movie about the Teenage mutant ninja turtles, the filmmakers decided to color things up a little and install lots more craziness into their sequel. Thus, Teenage mutant ninja turtles II: The secret of the ooze has more foolish fighting, silly jokes and two very ugly beasts which cause the four turtles much trouble. There’s even less of a story than in the first one and the performances are balancing on ‘so bad it’s actually good’.
But truthfully, this isn’t the kind of movie where you look for substance. This movie is meant for pleasuring view only. And this it does very well, even if things look very bizarre from time to time. Perhaps the only real flaw is how the movie is very loud and noisy. Especially near the end, it seems as if nothing matters anymore and everyone is either screaming or breaking things. Of the original trilogy, this installment is the weakest coz it doesn’t produce quite so many new things on the horizon.
Then again: there’s lots of things to enjoy! The Vanilla Ninja-song and the beauty of actress Paige Turco are easily two such things …