Shell-Shocked: Return of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Go ninja, go ninja, go! Go ninja, go ninja, go!

…huh? That’s not the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie I’m supposed to be talking about? But I had so many Vanilla Ice jokes cued up!

*Sigh* Oh, well…I’ll just put those jokes away until later.

Anyone who gets the reference to the “Ninja Rap” song probably grew up with the original movies and the amazing cartoon. In case you need a little bit of a reminder, here we go:

Four turtles and a human, Hamato Yoshi, are doused in a mutagenic ooze and undergo a transformation. The turtles take on human qualities, while Yoshi morphs into a human-sized rat with his intelligence intact and takes on the name Splinter. As the turtles get older, Splinter trains them in the martial arts, which allows them to do battle with the evil Foot Clan, led by the frightening Shredder. The Turtles are assisted in their fight by intrepid reporter April O’Neal.


Starting to get the picture? Well, all of that has been updated for a new generation, starting in 2014 with the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The mythology has been changed a bit. Instead of accidently being splashed with the mutagenic ooze, the turtles and Splinter are a part of an experiment led by April O’Neal’s father. Instead of being named by Splinter, the turtles are named by April.

Growing up, April becomes a reporter in New York City, which is being overrun by a group of ninjas called the Foot Clan. She is taken hostage by members of this group, but is eventually rescued by the timely interference of…the very same turtles she helped name and raise.

It’s the circle of life, ladies and gentlemen. It moves us all.

Out of the Shadows 

The success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has garnered it a sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Coming back for more martial arts fun are the four turtles, Miss O’Neal, Shredder, and Splinter. Joining the festivities for the second entry is Casey Jones, played by Stephen Amell. In the original movies and cartoon series, Jones is a hockey loving vigilante who ends up working with the Turtles to fight the Foot Clan. Some people may recognize Amell from his other job portraying Oliver Queen, a.k.a the Green Arrow, on the CW television series Arrow. Amell isn’t new to the vigilante lifestyle, as his role on Arrow also has him playing a costumed superhero.

We are also introduced to scientist Baxter Stockman in this movie, who is another character from the original movies and cartoon. I won’t spoil anything for anyone who isn’t familiar with him, but fans of the Turtles just squealed with glee at the mention of his name.

Kicking it Old School

Yes, the ninja turtles have been updated for a new audience, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something to enjoy for the old school fans ready to come out of the shadows (I hear your groans, and I accept them.) While young children are running around with action figures, shirts, and other merchandise based on the latest incarnation of the turtles, you can go back in time and beef up your collection with some of our retro Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gear! Relive your childhood while you treat your son, daughter, niece, nephew, or cousin to the action packed Out of the Shadows.


Go ninja, go ninja, go! Go ninja, go ninja, go!

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One thought on “Shell-Shocked: Return of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

  1. My husband and I remember watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with our children. Seems like everything old school is coming back.(lol)
    Our oldest son is going to take his son to see The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Movie. I think it will be great to see our son enjoy it with his son. Life just repeats itself.

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