Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the 1990 American live-action film based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The film was followed by three sequels, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze in 1991, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III in 1993, and TMNT in 2007. This film presents the origin story of Splinter and the Turtles, the initial meeting between them, April O'Neil and Casey Jones, and their first confrontation with Shredder and his Foot Clan. The film's core plot closely follows that of the first published TMNT stories, from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1,10-11, Raphael#1, as well as the Return To New York storyline (#19-21). This movie is distributed by New Line Cinema and outside the United States is internationally distributed by 20th Century Fox.
When the NYPD is unable to stop a severe crime wave caused by the Foot Clan, four new vigilantes, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael, come forth to save the city. Under the leadership of Splinter and together with their new-found allies April O'Neil and Casey Jones, they fight back and take the battle to Shredder.
The film kept very close to the dark feel of the original comics with several elements also taken from the animated series that was airing at the time, such as April being a news reporter, and the turtles having different-colored masks, as opposed to the uniform red masks of the comic. The film received mostly positive reviews, was the highest-grossing independent film of all time when it was released, and became the fifth highest grossing film worldwide of 1990 and the most successful TMNT film.
I just watched this movie last night for the first time in around 20 years, and it's still a barrel of fun after all these years!! This movie is quite darker than the animated series that was out at the time, and was a fine balance of well-done martial arts action and humor. The puppetry for the Ninja Turtles and Splinter are really good, too. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) is the perfect movie to watch on those nights when you want a fun-filled … more
The original movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is 20 years old this year. If you were like me, who grew up on them, time seems to have flown pretty fast. Yet, today,. the Turtles endure. They even got a reboot of sorts for a new generation. If you're like me you whole heartily agree this version of the Turtles is the best one. This movie has a lot going on in it. After some research I've found that though it got some slight rewrites, for whatever reason, it follows … more
As much as I don't like the Ninja Turtles, I have to admit that I really enjoy this movie. The action is awesome all around and I like how it didn't really take itself too serious. I can watch this even now. Too bad the sequels couldn't follow up on the awesomeness.