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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Directed bySteve Barron
Produced bySimon Fields, David Chan, Kim Dawson
Screenplay byTodd W. Langen, Bobby Herbeck
Story byBobby Herbeck
Based onTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
by Kevin EastmanPeter Laird
StarringJudith Hoag, Elias Koteas
Music byJohn Du Prez
CinematographyJohn Fenner
Edited byWilliam D. Gordean, Sally Menke, James R. Symons
888 Productions, Golden Harvest Productions, Limelight Entertainment
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release dateMarch 30, 1990
Running time93 minutes
CountriesUnited States
Hong Kong
Budget$13.5 million
Box office$202 million

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 martial arts superhero film, based on the fictional superhero team of the same name. It is the first theatrical Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. The film follows the turtles on a quest to save their master, Splinter, with their new allies, April O’Neil and Casey Jones, from The Shredder and his Foot Clan. Directed by Steve Barron, it stars Judith HoagElias Koteas, and the voices of Brian TochiRobbie RistCorey Feldman, and Josh Pais.

The film is an adaptation of the early Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, with several elements taken from the animated series airing at the time. The turtle costumes were developed by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, one of Henson’s last projects before his death shortly after the premiere.

Despite mixed reviews, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became the highest-grossing independent film up to that time (surpassed in 1999 by The Blair Witch Project), the ninth-highest-grossing film worldwide of 1990, and the highest-grossing film in the series until the 2014 reboot. It was followed by three sequels, one of which is animated in CGI animation.

IMDb’s One Star review from the last decade

Lambbasted by theater-wide movie critics, beloved by fans. I agree with the critics.

Martyshoemark 1 June 2012

TMNT (1990) is hardly a remake at all, it’s connected to the cartoon and comics 99% like a printed copy of a scanned paper. I was never really a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because of its’ flat reasons for trying to make people eager to like turtles just for their personalities and being cool superheroes just because they can take down weak ninjas called the Foot Clan which (even though ninjas are known for being disciplined since ancient times to be experts in military skills). The very few heroes of good quality defeating very common villains of pathetic quality is overused in so many cartoons/movies, not only the superhero genre.

TMNT’s protagonist heroes do little to (and obviously don’t have to) explain their origins, yes I get it already I just read the title of the movie so I already know that Splinter & the Turtles were mutated into humanoids. The movie’s plot is extremely narrow with criminals stealing precious items combating super strong heroes who are supposed to be loved by their sense of humor which is targeted at very young kids. This film is overrated, it should have been rated G not PG.

Overall, this was one of the most boring films I have ever watched. If you already loved the Turtles starting from the first comics or the 1980s cartoon or the future installments in the franchise, then you’ll obviously dig this film. I really can’t understand how TMNT got popular in the first place, as I never really liked the series.

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