Sunday, November 14, 2010

Turtles Forever

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Turtles Forever - 5 out of 5

Here's the concept: 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exist in their own dimension and the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exist in a different dimension. A fight in the 1987 dimension causes the turtles to end up in the 2003 series and 1987 Shredder discovers the Utrom Ch'rell and frees him from the frozen prison the 2003 turtles put him in. Ch'rell reclaims the mantle of Shredder and enslaves 1987 Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady, as well as Krang and takes control of the Technodrome. Ch'rell decides to finish the turtles once and for all after he discovers the multiverse and that turtles exist in every dimension. He decides to locate "turtles prime" and destroy them to set off a chain reaction that would destroy turtles in every dimension. Who are turtles prime? The original incarnation, of course--the 1984 comic book version.

Stop drilling movie, you've struck oil!

Honestly, I loved the concept of this animated movie and it was just pure fun that any TMNT fan can enjoy. The movie takes a lot of pot shots at the 1987 series as the 2003 turtles often call them "dumb and fat" but the pot shots come at all the turtles when the 1984 versions call 1987 and 2003 "sell outs"--a sentiment that many turtles fan called the 1987 series. The movie also makes a lot of jokes about how the 1987 turtles often broke the fourth wall and spoke to the audience and how the 1984 version of Leonardo would narrate the battles. This type of tongue-in-cheek attitude was one of the aspects that made this movie so entertaining to watch.

From a technical stand point, this film was very interesting as the animators successfully recreated the feel of each version of the turtles. The comic was recreated very well and looked like the pages came to life. The music and look of the turtles from 1987 were perfectly recreated and all the elements came together with the 2003 version that it was borderline perfection.

The only real sad note to the film was the lack of original voice actors from the original series. It would have been nice to hear James Avery (Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air--yeah, did you know he was the original voice of Shredder?) return as Shredder but the replacement actors did an amazing job of making it sound like the original actors came back. But like I said, this is a minor complaint and completely forgettable when you find out that the creators of the turtles, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, provide an uncredited cameo as themselves at the very end. Not only is this a nerdgasm experience for the diehard fans but it's even more special when you realize that Eastman and Laird don't really speak anymore and haven't had a working relationship in years.

All in all, if you are a big fan of the Ninja Turtles--whether it's from the original comic series, the 1987 series or the 2003 series, or even the movies (or all of it, like me)--you will love this movie and I highly recommend that you check it out!

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