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YoshioKun13 updated his STATUS: 13 days ago

I remember having my mom buy boxes of cereal specifically because they came packed with flip books depicting scenes from TMNT II. One of them was Michaelangelo wielding deli sausages like nunchucks. Another was 2 of the turtles fighting the Foot in the dance club, lifting each other up by the arms to twirl & kick 'em in the face. I thought these were just some of the fucking coolest things ever.
YoshioKun13 updated his STATUS: 14 days ago

Jeezus, someone actually got paid to write this line... Oi vey
Weapon X
Weapon X at 09:55 AM Aug 09

And when a perfectly good "Samurai Delicatessen" reference was at their disposal too. For shame.

JohnLocke2342 at 11:09 AM Aug 09


razgriz21 at 08:44 PM Aug 09

Hey, don't play with your food.

YoshioKun13 updated his STATUS: 14 days ago

The filmmakers seem intent on following the Jackie Chan school of "slapstick" prop comedy style fight choreography. Opening fight sequence, Leo for some fucking stupid ass reason gets rid of his katanas and...already they've resorted to using a yo-yo, clown doll, some foam bat apparatus and sausage links as implements in battle.
razgriz21 at 08:43 PM Aug 09

I blame parent groups.

YoshioKun13 updated his STATUS: 14 days ago

Hey, remember in that first movie when the turtles actually FOUGHT with their weapons? Yeah those were good times.
YoshioKun13 updated his STATUS: 14 days ago

This definitely has more of the look and feel of a "kid" movie. It's brighter, colorful, but the cinematography ain't bad and suits the style for what its going for this time around. Actually benefits the Jim Henson team, back doing the FX work and seem to have stepped up their game. The turtle costumes were probably a little cheaper in the 1st film so the dark lighting scheme worked well to hide it, they're more impressive here so you wanna see them in all their glory because they are fucking superb. I also notice for II they redesigned each of the turtle heads, still keeping them individually distinct from one another and again I applaud the effort. Mike probably resembles closest his TMNT 1 face, while it appears as if they really wanted Leonardo to look Asian.
YoshioKun13 updated his STATUS: 14 days ago

Fucking blast revisiting the original 1990 TMNT film, for obvious reasons. I think the big revelation most of all for me, this movie is actually real.....good? It's true. One of the more underrated comic book adaptations, a seamless fusion of the gritty source print with lighter elements of the cartoon which truly captures the spirit of what Ninja Turtles is all about. Roger Ebert said this is probably the best possible movie one could make out of such farcical concept. 5 installments now in the books, I wouldn't doubt him. Guess, we'll see. Time to continue this pizza party and jump into... Oh boy
sLaShEr84 at 09:17 AM Aug 09

Hell yeah love it.

RandomK1NG at 01:40 PM Aug 09

I actually preferred this one...but it's been forever since I've seen any of them.

YoshioKun13 at 08:38 PM Aug 09

^ Watch the 1st film!

YoshioKun13 updated his STATUS: 15 days ago

SO glad they didn't go with the original ending! That would have been just.....awful.
queen bee
queen bee at 09:58 AM Aug 08

What movie?
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Dr Jan-itor
Dr Jan-itor at 01:35 PM Aug 08

^ TMNT 1990.

YoshioKun13 at 09:03 PM Aug 08

Aw, sorry bee yeah to the 1st Ninja Turtle movie.

I had just posted that ending below...

YoshioKun13 posted a VIDEO item: 15 days ago

Bizarre ALTERNATE ENDING to 1st TMNT Movie...WTF?


Slick Nick
Slick Nick at 11:33 AM Aug 08

I am surprised at this alternative ending..should have been added to the DVD...not sure what to make of it...but definitely an interesting ending.

Righteous_faustus at 11:42 AM Aug 08

I've never seen this before. Wow.

YoshioKun13 at 09:12 PM Aug 08

I could see this working better in a comic book context, but as the ending for film format uh.....yeah, thank God this got shelved. Michaelangelo falls off the building, potentially to his death and April & Danny just laugh it off? That is fucked up.

@Slick - This came from the 2010 German SE DVD release, which not only included this ending, some alternate/deleted scenes but also a full-length audio commentary for the movie by director Steve Barron.

I would actually like to see a version of the entire movie with these rough early placeholder voices haha.

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Weapon X
Weapon X at 09:18 AM Aug 08

That whole soundtrack was made of awesome. I also really liked "Let The Walls Come Down".

YoshioKun13 at 09:01 PM Aug 08

MC Hamma yo - "This is What We Do"

I just became abreast of this Spunkadelic song when I noticed they used it in the trailer for SECRET OF THE OOZE. And of course it plays during the ED credits of the movie following "Turtle Power".

YoshioKun13 updated his STATUS: 15 days ago

They sure throw a lot of 80's references into the first TMNT movie. Everything from GHOSTBUSTERS and ROCKY to MOONLIGHTING, most likely the screenwriters did for the sake of the adult parents taking their kids to see the thing on opening night as something to latch onto. What really came to light for me though were the blatant homages to one franchise in particular - STAR WARS! Seriously, the Foot clan are Stormtroopers. Shredder is Darth Vader("I am your father") and Splinter is Yoda, who even appears in ghost form at one point. When Leo is fighting Shredder during the final battle, he lands a strike on the Shred man's arm much the same way Luke does to Vader during their lightsaber duel in ESB.
YoshioKun13 updated his STATUS: 15 days ago

This is probably my favorite shot
writer19 at 12:41 AM Aug 08


Weapon X
Weapon X at 01:31 AM Aug 08

"Please don't let me die with spinach in my teeth..."

YoshioKun13 updated his STATUS: 15 days ago

And this Danny kid, He's supposed to be the throughline of the story, whom the audience should connect with but he's vanilla. Total blank slate. I don't buy for one second he's this hardcore juvie delinquent, so he jacks April's money and wears Sex Pistols shirts. Yeah, okay big whoop whatevs. What they needed in the role was more of an Evil Ed type, someone believable with a real bad streak so when they turn the corner around at the end it would actually be impactful. And why is his father, who's also April's boss, always coming to her apartment!? Is he trying to bone her or what. Guess I would be.
cerealkiller182 at 10:01 PM Aug 07

He's not whom the audience should connect with, he's the one the audience can replace. Thus vanilla. Its called the Neutral Mask, although its usually used for bland protagonists who have much more interesting supporting characters.

Dodong27 at 10:12 PM Aug 07

McLovin should've been Danny

YoshioKun13 at 12:01 AM Aug 08

@cereal - Ah.

I suppose the point I was trying to get at is, would have liked to have seen some personality out of the kid. Really convince me that you're this bad seed, troublemaker the movie's trying to make you out to be. Have an attitude, hell like Raphael does.

YoshioKun13 updated his STATUS: 15 days ago

ONE thing I gotta ding the movie a bit on is, Donatello. They really didn't do that great of a job making him distinct enough, he's basically Michaelangelo 2.0 but should be the brain of the group.....the smart one. And even more confounding when you get a guy like motherfucking Corey FELDMAN to do the voice! It's cool to have him be a Ninja Turtle 'n all but it's also like, whaaaaaaa
Dodong27 at 08:54 PM Aug 07

Your wish was granted with the new TMNT, so go watch it dude!

And yes I agree with you about Michaelangelo 2.0.

YoshioKun13 at 09:33 PM Aug 07

OK then!

YoshioKun13 updated his STATUS: 16 days ago

What I really fucking like about TMNT 1990 is how much of an effort was made to ground it in reality. Both visually and thematically. The Foot clan aren't a bunch of goofy ninjas, human or robotic, but actually a gang of runaway youths. Given the illusion of brotherhood and unity, preyed upon by the Shredder who manipulates and exploits these troubled youths for personal glory. It plays into the movie's whole theme of 'family', the dueling ideologies between Splinter and Shredder as father figures. One employs values of honor, loyalty and discipline in their teaching methods, the other uses lies and deceitfulness.
Dodong27 at 07:39 PM Aug 07

"Pork rinds?"

YoshioKun13 at 08:45 PM Aug 07

@queen - THANK YOU :)

HTX0811 at 08:45 PM Aug 07

Honestly, the look of the turtles creeped me out as a kid after I watched the first few minutes of Part II in day care but maybe now that I'm older and wiser, I should give this series a shot from the way you talk about it.

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