FW MOVIE PICK: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (1990)

Kevin Clash, David Forman, Josh Pais, Michelan Sisti, and Leif Tilden in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

It goes without saying that the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise is insanely popular back in the 1980’s so getting a live-action feature film was obviously the next coarse of action and to this day its still considered to be the best one! In New York, mysterious radioactive ooze has mutated four sewer turtles into talking, upright-walking, crime-fighting ninjas. The intrepid heroes — Michelangelo, Donatello , Raphael and Leonardo — are trained in the Ninjutsu arts by their rat sensei, Splinter. When a villainous rogue ninja, who is a former pupil of Splinter, arrives and spreads lawlessness throughout the city, it’s up to the plucky turtles to stop him. It stars Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, and the voices of Brian Tochi, Robbie Rist, Corey Feldman and Josh Pais. Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines, Raphael is cool but rude and Michelangelo is a party dude. The still impressive turtle costumes were developed by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, one of Henson’s last projects before his death shortly after the premiere. The Although I personally don’t think Judith Hoag has the sex appeal April O’Neil is known for or even a yellow outfit; I still at least think she delivers the best performance out of any April. It goes without saying Elias Koteas was born to play Casey Jones as he has both the hockey stick, mask, hair and of coarse the attitude for the role. James Saito makes for an awesome The Shredder both for his menace and connection to Master Splinter as well as his incredible fight with The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Foot Clan is a group of ninja thieves founded by the Shredder in Japan, but later stationed in New York, which is very 90’s by the way. Overall the movie is clearly not for everyone, but for diehard Turtles fans its a Cowabunga of a good time!

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