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TMNT - Heros on the half shell; TURTLE POWER!



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hero’s on the half shell...Turtle Power! Ok, now I have that out of my system. Written and directed by Kevin Monroe, “TMNT” is a revitalization of comics beloved in my childhood. “TMNT” lacks depth, feels like a Saturday morning cartoon but is visually interesting.


After being away for a year at training, Donatello returns to his brothers and sensei. He returns to find his city falling into crime, monsters running the street, his brothers out of shape and a vigilante is trying to protect the city. The brothers are eager to get back out and take back the streets. Eager friends April and Casey help the turtles kick major butt. When a crazy immortal tries to regain his mortality, he has to confront his own generals.

The plot requires that you don’t ask too many questions. That’s fine when you are a nine year old boy but I had more questions when the movie ended then I did in the middle. The movie is full of scenes stolen from other movies. There is the standard one million fighters vs. a handful of ninjas scene. At the end of the movie there is a direct rip off of a scene in the Disney version of “Beauty and the Beast.”

None of the voice work is particularly memorable, even those famous people who lent their voices were not that noticeable. I love Kevin Smith, (the truth is I want to marry him) and I didn’t even recognize his voice. The only voice I did recognize was Patrick Stewart and how could you not? His voice was a horrible case of overkill. Why have such a powerful voice for such a powerless character? His part is too large for a cameo and too small for the full “Stewart Impact.”

The visuals were enjoyable. The director decided to stay away from the classic turtle hand drawings and went for computer generated characters. The scenes where the characters are wet are fun to watch because their skin looks wet and the rain drops even drop properly. It was surprisingly interesting to watch.

Thanks to “TMNT” the cartoon world does have what might be a first, a woman who could take care of herself. What a step forward from the annoying Lois Lanes of the comic world. It’s nice to finally see women not as helpless, tied up, morons. So how is it that “TMNT” could get it so right by having kick butt women and so wrong when it comes to the women themselves.

I was annoyed that April and Karai look like they are wearing corsets and are going to fall over under the weight of their breasts. Take it from a girl with big boobs, it’s not easy to carry these things around and people with DD’s have small waists only if they are rich enough for saline. Have those animators ever tried to fight in a corset? It isn’t easy.

After I saw this movie I went out to pick a fight with foot soldiers in a corset (didn’t you guys know I’m a ninja?) and let me tell you, without a sports bra I was pretty hampered by these melons. The corset did provide a little bit of armor but when I tried to run but I couldn’t breathe because corsets restrictive. It did hamper my ability to turn quickly, bend down to avoid kicks and swords. I had to just downright seduce the foot soldiers so they wouldn’t kill me. It’s tough being a bad ass, corset wearing, big breasted woman.

It would be nice if a woman looked even a little realistic. Do I think it causes self esteem issues for young girls, no. Do I think it is freakin’ stupid, hell yes I do. Hey, dumb-dumb animators, do you think a woman with combat training could be snapped in half if a butterfly landed on her? Then stop drawing her that way.

I should have brought a ten year old boy with me to see if this movie hit the mark between keeping their attention and not boring them. I think “TMNT” would have strong appeal to tweener boys.




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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hero’s on the half shell...Turtle Power! Ok, now I have that out of my system. Written and directed by Kevin Monroe, “TMNT” is a revitalization of comics beloved in my childhood. “TMNT” lacks depth, feels like a Saturday morning cartoon but is visually interesting.

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After being away for a year at training, Donatello returns to his brothers and sensei. He returns to find his city falling into crime, monsters running the street, his brothers out of shape and a vigilante is trying to protect the city. The brothers are eager to get back out and take back the streets. Eager friends April and Casey help the turtles kick major butt. When a crazy immortal tries to regain his mortality, he has to confront his own generals.

The plot requires that you don’t ask too many questions. That’s fine when you are a nine year old boy but I had more questions when the movie ended then I did in the middle. The movie is full of scenes stolen from other movies. There is the standard one million fighters vs. a handful of ninjas scene. At the end of the movie there is a direct rip off of a scene in the Disney version of “Beauty and the Beast.”

None of the voice work is particularly memorable, even those famous people who lent their voices were not that noticeable. I love Kevin Smith, (the truth is I want to marry him) and I didn’t even recognize his voice. The only voice I did recognize was Patrick Stewart and how could you not? His voice was a horrible case of overkill. Why have such a powerful voice for such a powerless character? His part is too large for a cameo and too small for the full “Stewart Impact.”

The visuals were enjoyable. The director decided to stay away from the classic turtle hand drawings and went for computer generated characters. The scenes where the characters are wet are fun to watch because their skin looks wet and the rain drops even drop properly. It was surprisingly interesting to watch.
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Thanks to “TMNT” the cartoon world does have what might be a first, a woman who could take care of herself. What a step forward from the annoying Lois Lanes of the comic world. It’s nice to finally see women not as helpless, tied up, morons. So how is it that “TMNT” could get it so right by having kick butt women and so wrong when it comes to the women themselves.

I was annoyed that April and Karai look like they are wearing corsets and are going to fall over under the weight of their breasts. Take it from a girl with big boobs, it’s not easy to carry these things around and people with DD’s have small waists only if they are rich enough for saline. Have those animators ever tried to fight in a corset? It isn’t easy.

After I saw this movie I went out to pick a fight with foot soldiers in a corset (didn’t you guys know I’m a ninja?) and let me tell you, without a sports bra I was pretty hampered by these melons. The corset did provide a little bit of armor but when I tried to run but I couldn’t breathe because corsets restrictive. It did hamper my ability to turn quickly, bend down to avoid kicks and swords. I had to just downright seduce the foot soldiers so they wouldn’t kill me. It’s tough being a bad ass, corset wearing, big breasted woman.

It would be nice if a woman looked even a little realistic. Do I think it causes self esteem issues for young girls, no. Do I think it is freakin’ stupid, hell yes I do. Hey, dumb-dumb animators, do you think a woman with combat training could be snapped in half if a butterfly landed on her? Then stop drawing her that way.

I should have brought a ten year old boy with me to see if this movie hit the mark between keeping their attention and not boring them. I think “TMNT” would have strong appeal to tweener boys.




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