As a criminal gang of ninjas takes over New York City, a group of
mutated turtles emerge from the shadows to protect their city.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Directed by Steve Barron
Written by Todd W. Langen and Bobby Herbeck
Starring Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais, Brian Tochi,
Robbie Rist, Corey Feldman, Kevin Clash, David McCharen
Based on characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird
The first film in this franchise successfully brings the Turtles to the big screen. Not only does the film bring the characters like April O'Neil, Casey Jones, Splinter, Shredder, and the Turtles to vivid life, but it also adopts the generally dark tone of the comics. Not to worry, though, as it is still suitable for kids thanks to the Turtles employing their trademark humor.
Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo, and Donatello have never looked better. The puppeteer work and suits look fantastic and the voice actors do an excellent job. The same goes for the father/mentor, Splinter. It also follows a basic, but exciting, plot involving the Turtles having to defeat their archenemy, Shredder. The engaging plot mixed with the excellent characters creates one of the most fun experiences in this long running franchise.
Fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles should be thrilled by this film adaptation. It honors the characters and gives them a story that is exciting, action packed, and funny. As a fan, there's only one word I can think of that describes this movie, bodacious.