The stars have aligned in an ominous sign, and as a legion of malevolent monsters descends upon New York City to wage war against humanity, the only thing that stands between humankind and certain destruction are four wisecracking turtles with a flair for martial arts and a hearty appetite for pizza. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's "heroes in a half-shell" return to defend the world against an interstellar threat that comes just once every 3,000 years in a computer-animated action comedy that marked the final film role of Japanese screen legend Mako -- here providing the voice of the eternally wise Master Splinter. Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar lends her voice to the role of the turtles' technical-services worker, April; Fantastic Four's Chris Evans assumes the role of hockey-loving crimefighter Casey Jones; Memoirs of a Geisha star Zhang Ziyi steps in as villainous Foot Ninjas leader Karai; and Star Trek: The Next Generation captain Patrick Stewart voices malevolent tech industrialist Max Winters -- a mortal man whose hunger for profit and power may spell doom for all humanity.~Jason Buchanan
Commentary by writer/director Kevin Munroe
Alternate opening - Splinter tells the back story - and alternate ending with Casey and April
Deleted scenes: Mikey sneaking food to splinter
Side-by-side comparison of storyboards and CGI action
Interviews with voice talent Patrick Stewart, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Laurence Fishburne and filmmakers - and more!
the first animated TMNT film that came out mid 2000's and was a step above the original 3 live action TMNT films and a great stepping stone to the modern day TMNT movie blockbusters great picture quality , and sound, a good flick also worth a watch!
When I was a kid I was a huge fan of the Turtles watched the live action movies over and over. But of late pretty much any movie that I liked as a kid is being remade or re-mastered and destroyed in the process. This new TMNT is one of the first that feels like its being made by a fan. Written and directed by Kevin Munroe, which shows with the story and action flowing together in most cases seamlessly.
The story of the brothers is strong, Leonardo and Raphael hate and love for each other comes off strong leading up to their epic fight. The rest of the Turtles aren’t explored so in deathly but knowing that it’s a series and that there will be more, it gives me hope for the writer to explore Donatello and Michelangelo giving them something more then just jokes on their own creation. With Michelangelo lying on the couch talking while he sleeps, saying “dude, dude, dude…” and Donatello working Help lines for computers. Though I find this funny and well written I wish it would go further into their story but I’ll wait and hope it comes to that in the next installment of the TMNT.
And it comes to the voice action, I found that the Turtles are done with respect, as well as giving these lifeless CGI models life. Even April and Casey done by Sarah Michelle Gellar and Chris Evans, is done well. The character that is lost with the voice is splinter (Mako), Mako also does the uncle in Avatar The Last Air Bender and is superb, having the ability to sound spacey but on point at all times. The only problem is that is not the character of Splinter and when he is demanded to be serious, his voice comes off stale. Leaving me wanting any scene that Splinter's in to end.
Then it comes to the design, I found that at first I was worried not the biggest fan of CGI and a traditional animator myself. But I found the CGI to be nice stylized with traditional animation technique giving the characters a fluid flow. The Turtles are skinny but seem to make sense to their bodies. But I have to say splinter again look horrible, like a rat put through a washing machine with a Asian looking cloth placed over him. Along with splinter there are the human, which as skinny, looking as if you punched them in the face they would snap in half with the b bottom half still standing.
And the thing that made me excited about it being animated was that the Turtles could actually use their weapons, because though the live action movies are amazing they lack one thing and that’s a great weapon fight scene. It’s just to hard in the suits, but this movie has them and has them strong, with Leo and Raph about to kill each other.
All and all I’m glad that it wasn’t just another live action take off, but still gave the character depth. Their anger and strength come through them as they prepare to fight. I’m just left disappointed because Splinter isn’t the father figure he was in the live action films, he’s more of the distant teacher that just shows up.
I would recommend this film to any fan and any kid. And to those adults that can go to it as a film that’s meant to entertain. 4 stars.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Good action great for kids
It's a good movie for kids. Not too long. Good for both girls and boys. Great way to entertain the kids.