FW MOVIE PICK: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III

Mark Caso, David Fraser, Matt Hill, and Jim Raposa in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

And thus ends the trilogy that immediately ran out of steam that they don’t even have the same team that did the effects of the previous movie or even use any of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Rogues Gallery! Reporter April O’Neil  purchases an ancient Japanese scepter that can cause those simultaneously holding it in different centuries to switch places in time. When she is transported to 16th-century Japan, her crime-fighting pals, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, pursue her. After landing in the past, the Turtles learn April has been captured by the villainous Lord Norinaga. To rescue her, they must team up with rebel leader Misu. With the voices of Brian Tochi, Corey Feldman, Tim Kelleher, Robbie Rist, and James Murray. With this film, the All Effects Company provided the animatronics, rather than Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, which acted as the providers for the previous films. Because of that, the Turtles and Master Splinter look less convincing now and not to mention lifeless. Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines, Raphael is cool but rude and Michelangelo is a party dude. I find Paige Turco to be a worthy replacement for Judith Hoag as April O’Neil as she certainly has the wit and slightly more sex appeal than her predecessor; she even gets more time to shine this time around. Also I’m glad Elias Koteas returned as Casey Jones even if he doesn’t have as big a role to play this time around, however does double duty by also playing as Whit a prisoner from the past. Overall this is easily the worst and most forgettable installment in the Turtles that I’d rather forget through the infamous use of Time Travel!

 

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