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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [2014] (3 discs)

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Director:Jonathan Liebesman
Writer:André Nemec
Evan Daugherty
Josh Appelbaum
Composer:Brian Tyler
Length:101 minutes
(1 hour 41 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:6.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:22%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: When a kingpin threatens New York City, a group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect their home.


Reaction: A bit ridiculous and overblown, but it's for kids, so that fits. And there are sections where it can actually be pretty fun.


Personal Rating: 5/10

Select Cast and Crew
Jonathan Liebesman => Director
André Nemec => Writer
Evan Daugherty => Writer
Josh Appelbaum => Writer
Brian Tyler => Composer
Kevin Eastman => Characters
Peter Laird => Characters
Abby Elliott => Taylor
Alan Ritchson => Raphael
Alison Fernandez => Rosa Mendez (uncredited)
Chance Kelly => Mr. Rivetti
Danny Woodburn => Splinter
Harley Pasternak => Himself
Jeremy Howard => Donatello
Johnny Knoxville => Leonardo (voice)
K. Todd Freeman => Dr. Baxter Stockman
Madison Mason => Councilman
Malina Weissman => Young April O'Neil
Megan Fox => April O'Neil
Michelle Guo => Mr. Chang Translator (uncredited)
Mikal Vega => Sacks Bodyguard
Minae Noji => Karai
Noel Fisher => Michelangelo
Paul Fitzgerald => Dr. O'Neil
Pete Ploszek => Leonardo
Raquel Merediz => Rosa's Mother (uncredited)
Taran Killam => McNaughton
Tohoru Masamune => Shredder
Tony Shalhoub => Splinter (voice)
Whoopi Goldberg => Bernadette Thompson
Will Arnett => Vernon Fenwick
William Fichtner => Eric Sacks

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Producer Michael Bay stated that the Turtles in this film would be presented as having an extraterrestrial origin. This statement caused a great furor and was met with harsh criticism from much of the fanbase. However, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" co-creator Kevin Eastman expressed his support in the alien concept, saying he believes the concept to be "awesome!" and pointed out that the ooze that created the Turtles was in fact an alien substance.
  • The Turtle Van's car horn theme is the [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles] theme.
  • Eric Sacks mentioned testing the mutagen on rabbits. This is a homage to "Usagi Yojimbo", a comic about a samurai bunny. Yojimbo and the Turtles have teamed up on several occasions.
  • Originally, Michelangelo had a gold chain around his neck, but was ultimately changed after receiving criticism of being a stereotype towards black people. It was then digitally replaced with a seashell necklace to better represent Michelangelo's outgoing surfer & skateboarding personality.
  • April O'Neill has on a yellow jacket throughout the film. This pays homage to her appearance in [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles], where she prominently had on a yellow jumpsuit.
  • Erick Sacks (William Fichtner) is based on the 2003 [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles] TV series version of Oroku Saki, who was a businessman secretly in charge of the Foot. Originally it was intended that Sacks be the Shredder, but after the Mandarin controversy from Iron Man 3 (where the Mandarin was an actor and front for a conspiracy) the filmmakers decided to feature the classic Shredder and made Sacks his subordinate.
  • Ernie Reyes Jr., who starred in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (and acted as a stunt double for Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), pitched a stunt video to Michael Bay in an attempt to serve as martial arts consultant on this film.
  • The name of Eric Sacks is an Anglicized alias derived from the Shredder's original name of Oroku Saki.
  • Raphael has "Mikey was here" scribbled on his shell (in Japanese so he can't tell!).
  • Originally the mutant thugs Bebop and Rocksteady were to appear in the film to fight the Turtles. But they were written out with the intent of appearing in a sequel.
  • In nearly all TMNT media, Leonardo wields twin ninjato (a medium-sized swords with straight blades) often incorrectly referred to as katana (longer swords with curved blades). In this film, Leo wields actual katana.
  • Whoopi Goldberg stated that this movie has been a lifelong goal of hers: "My daughter was a huge fan of the original TMNT cartoon so when the original movie was announced she wanted me to be in it and so I asked around but it never happened, same with the other films they made, so when I heard this new project get announced I asked around again and to my surprise I got the part!"