in the 1980s, the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' were one
of the biggest hit franchises and a firm favourite with kids
all over the world, but can those heroes in a half-shell have
the same impact in the new millennium?
as a cult comic book and then becoming a cartoon, a video
game, toys and three hit live action movies, Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles were a phenomenally successful franchise. But
kids' trends tend to fade away over time.
keep a hero down, however, because they will always come fighting
back. Now is the time for Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and
Michelangelo to return with a new big screen adventure.
archenemy Shredder dead, the Turtles now face a new threat
that could bring about the end of the world.
warlord Max Winters has been waiting three thousand years
for a portal to another dimension to reopen so he can free
his generals from their stone prison and unleash the monster
army waiting on the other side of the portal. With New York
and the world under threat, it is up to the Turtles to save
the day, but the problem is that they are not getting along.
This plot gives the filmmakers the chance to combine action
with character development.
the three previous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies,
the fourth film takes the franchise back to animation, but
this time our heroes are all computer generated. This allows
the filmmakers to remove all of the shackles of live action
and show the Turtles and the world they inhabit in its full
Ninjas have the whole of Manhattan as their playground and
the world is beautifully realised and designed to create a
fantastic looking movie. Animation is quite simply superb
with the character and environment design being as good if
not better in places that anything that has graced the computer
animation genre as of late. The freedom also allows the filmmakers
to create action sequences that are as good as any live action
movie could with absolutely no restrictions.
is a joy to watch. Fans of the heroes in a half-shell should
rejoice at their return to the silver screen and for those
who are too young to remember the Turtles, this is an excellent
introduction to the reptilian ninjas. With exceptional vocal
performances from an all-star cast and action sequences that
will enthral you whatever age you are, this is a brilliant
animated movie that is destined to become a cult classic.