The Turtles discover the secret behind the ooze that mutated them,
and must defeat Shredder, who wants to use the ooze for himself.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
Directed by Michael Pressman
Written by Todd W. Langen
Starring Paige Turco, Robbie Rist, Brian Tochi, Laurie Faso, Adam Carl, David McCharen, Kevin Clash, Ernie Reyes Jr., David Warner
Sequel to 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Based on characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird
While this film doesn't fully live up to the greatness of the original, it is still a radical time. Due to parents complaining about the first film being too dark for kids, this installment has a noticeably lighter approach. And for the most part, it still works.
The Turtles are, once again, the bright spot to the entire film. The chemistry and banter between them is great and a continuous joy to watch. The puppeteer work also continues to impress. The decision to replace the actress for April O'Neil turned out to be good, with Paige Turco doing a great job. One thing that didn't work, though, was including Tokka and Rahzar. This movie did a terrible job of portraying these characters. Vanilla Ice's cameo also seemed a little too on point. At least the song was catchy.
Besides a few hokey moments, the second installment in this franchise is quite the fun time. The Turtles are still a blast to watch and the movie has a definite sense of fun throughout. A solid sequel that fans should like.