Some of us grew to watch the animated series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and revel still alongside the memories spent with the four turtle brothers with their pizzas. Based upon the comic book by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, it ran for a pretty long time. The comic book came out in 1984 and ran till 2014, and the series came in 1987 and different iterations ran till 2020. Nickelodeon produced the series, which is owned by Paramount Global. The almost live-action movie came out in 2014 and it certainly helped get the gen z onboard or rather on shells and made them wade through the sea of excitement and thrill.
The plot of the movie
The blurb on IMDb says that New York City is under threat because of a kingpin that enters and threatens to destroy it. Now out of the shadows must come our ninja warriors and ruin the evil guy’s plan. The action-filled movie is heart racing when it comes to beating up the bad guys and flaunting their turtle shells and all kinds of weapons in their hands. The movie’s plot is based upon the setting shown in the comic book. The four turtles after going through a mutation when some chemical leaks into the gutter, train themselves with the help of rat sensei ‘Splinter’. I know this sounds awkward in a way but don’t judge the story by its cover folks, the CGI turtles have given really good performances.
Cast and crew
The movie has been directed by Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning director) and written by Josh Appelbaum (co-producer and screenwriter of Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol). The movie has been produced by Michael Bay and other co-producers. Megan Fox has acted in the role of the reporter April O’Neil. While the four Turtles Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello, have been performed by Noel Fisher, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, and Jeremy Howard, respectively. Master Splinter has been acted by Danny Woodburn, while the voice has been given by Tony Shalhoub. With the promising cast, director, and producer at hand there’s no reason to not trust the promising adrenaline kick.
The movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a sure hit that earned way over its budget. It was made between 125 to 150 million dollars and earned a little over 493 million dollars. This made it the most famous and most profitable movie of the franchise and even set a personal record for Nickelodeon Movies. Though ratings on IMDb being 5.8 suggest that it is an average movie, having such a score for a popular movie signifies that if it suits your genre, it is worth the shot.
Wait! There’s more
There is also a sequel to this movie named Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which was released in 2016. It is always lovely to watch some more pizza-fed fighting turtles that are so cool that you wish you were friends with them. You can watch them on Netflix as well as on Amazon Prime Video.