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pizza-loving turtles a less than coherent family unit: Leonardo (James Arnold Taylor) is in Central America, training to be a better leader; Donatello (Mitchell Whitfield) is manning an IT help desk; Michelangelo (Mikey Kelly) is making the children's party circuit as an entertainer; and Raphael (Nolan North) is secretly spending his nights as the city's resident vigilante. Leonardo's return fails to unite them; in fact, it only increases his brother Raphael's resentment. But when monsters begin appearing in New York City and are pursued by both the mysterious Foot Clan (another group of crackerjack Ninjas) and some menacing stone statues that have come to life, the brothers must band together under the tutelage of their sensei, a mutated rat named Master Splinter (Mako), and fight for their city. Sarah Michelle Gellar voices April, an archaeologist and friend of the turtles; her beau, Casey, is voiced by Chris Evans. Patrick Stewart, Laurence Fishburne, Ziyi Zhang, and Kevin Smith also provide voices for the film. Fans of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, created in 1984 by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman as a spoof on superheroes, will appreciate the advances of CGI technology. The story focuses largely on issues faced by real families, but there is still plenty of action. From skateboarding in sewers and bounding across rooftops to using their Ninja training against threatening monsters, the Turtles prove they are back with a vengeance and ready to take on anything.
"TMNT" is the new computer-animated entry in the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series. An amalgam of gloomy "Blade Runner"-esque imagery and corny humor., and the tones work in the movie's favor. The visual design enhances the punch lines, and the juvenile-to-adult comedy fuels the intensity of the fun. The end result is a true fantasy film that's very entertaining; (thanks to some dazzling action sequences), and family oriented SAFE watching.
The 1990 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was a juvenile, yet engaging action flick that benefited from low-budget origins — there was something endearing about guys dressed in rubber turtle suits running around fighting crime.
"TMNT" is technically slicker and has better drawn thrills - (thank technology). As in the original comic book, the story follows a group of four Reptilian Superheroes named after Renaissance Artists: Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael.
As the film begins, Michelangelo is off on a training mission, and the other three turtles, particularly the Maverick Raphael, are restless. Michelangelo eventually reunites with his brothers to battle an Army of Ninja's who are helping an Immortal Warlord in his plan to open a supernatural portal that could unleash serious chaos.
"TMNT" is at its best when it is at its most fanciful, in fight scenes that take advantage of the properties of digital animation. There are a couple of elaborately choreographed set pieces between the Turtles and the rival Ninja's, and some of the Monsters the Turtles encounter are truly original creations.
The movie is also wildly striking, with some beautiful gliding camera movements. Younger viewers stay impressed enough by the sheer spectacle of the film to stay entertained; adults are likely enjoying being a touch bored by the thin characters and sluggish pacing; but smiling at pure family fun.
The movie's greatest strength, is its often dynamic use of digital technology, ultimately adding to audience interest. The compositions are actually "over-designed" but add dazzlying life to the drama, and the end result is that "TMNT" is a real popcorn smiler of a comic book movie.
It is an assured family-pleaser; and stays just short of 5-star fun., in light of it's competition like "Ratatouille", "Flushed Away" and even a year ago's "Cars". But don't miss it, for your kids sake at the very least. They will be aghast from start-to-finish !!!!
computer animation is not as vibrant and beautiful as some others like Shrek, Ice Age, or Cars but it still is very competitive with them. the story line was different and characters very cartoonish in looks, but the imagery and scenery were very impressive. character movement and fighting was also very well done (no dark meat here!...sorry, bad joke!) all in all, the movie has a good story line and the characters and action went on a steady pace. the turtles are each on their own because their leader, Leo, is trying to better himself but has to come back and help his fellow brother turtles in order to defeat and evil prophecy. Good but not excellent, this movie will entertain most kids!
I grew up watching the ninja turtles, and my hope was that this movie would be true to the original series (and the comics). My girlfriend and I saw this movie in the theatre, and really liked it, so I ordered the DVD for her, and she went nuts. She loves it. True to the series and the previous movies, this turtles movie is dark and packed with action. The relationships and dialog between characters continue to develop, and past TMNT fans can pick those out. That said, this movie can be viewed in its entirety as a single story with no previous ninja turtle experience. The CGI is done extremely well, voices from previous movies are used, and my only real complaint is that the plot is not as big/thick as a hollywood blockbuster (*think Spiderman*). TMNT would be great for the kids, or those 20-somethings that could derive some nostalgia.
Anyone who was a kid around the time the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first became popular has to be excited about TMNT. The Turtles represent everything that’s good about the inner child most men have lurking deep down inside them (kept right next to our secret desire to possess our very own robot pal), and having them back on screen is a good thing. Or at least it should be. Here’s the thing: You’ve grown up. The Turtles haven’t. Sure the rubber suits are gone and they’ve been redone with fancy new computer generated technology, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming, well, dull.
The film is only 87 minutes long, so it’s kind of surprising the amount of time Munroe spends setting up all of this. Actually, it gets to be a bit excessive. At least half of the movie is exposition, it takes forever to get to the point of the film, which is saving the world from a pretty hokey plot device in which an immortal supervillain is opening a dimensional portal that lets nasty creatures loose on the planet at an alarming rate. This is of course, illustrated by the obligatory red fog spreading over the world map always used whenever there’s a vague threat to planet earth. Once the movie does get to the point, the script ends up being nothing but a series of dead ends.