Judge David Johnson once dipped his pet turtle into radioactive waste. Instead of turning into a wise-cracking ninja, the poor guy screamed a lot and died slowly.
Our reviews of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Volume 3 (published February 1st, 2006), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 6 (published April 9th, 2008), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 9 (published August 21st, 2011), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition (published August 14th, 2009), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition (Blu-Ray) (published August 17th, 2009), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Classics (published August 23rd, 2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enter Shredder (published July 13th, 2013), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: NYC Showdown (published September 19th, 2015), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the Turtles (published March 23rd, 2013), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series (published November 26th, 2012), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Search for Splinter (published September 19th, 2015), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown (published October 19th, 2013) are also available.
Heroes in a half-shell.
Lionsgate has the fourth installment of its staggered release of the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, the late-80s cartoon that touched off a firestorm of popularity that spawned endless action figures, an affinity for talking rats, and Vanilla Ice's theatrical debut. A whopping twelve episodes on one measly disc:
• "Ninja Sword of Nowhere"
• "20,000 Leaks Under the Sea"
• "Take Me to Your Leader"
• "Four Musketurtles"
• "Cowabunga Shredhead"
• "Turtles Turtles Everywhere"
• "Invasion of the Turtle-Snatchers"
• "Camera Bugged"
• "Green with Jealousy"
• "Return of the Fly"
• "Casey Jones: Outlaw Hero"
• "Mutagen Monster"
This is a great cartoon. The creativity is off the charts and the writing is surprisingly witty, more than holding its own 20 or so years later. There are a few morals shoehorned in the episodes, mostly dealing with trusting yourself and believing in your friends, but the emphasis is on entertainment. What are you expecting when your four protagonists are weapon-wielding turtles? The show never takes itself seriously and is always after the goofiest time possible. Tourist aliens? Shredder confessing he always wanted to be a writer before a ruthless conqueror? Attacking appliances? It's out there and oozing with fun. The Casey Jones intro episode is the show of note.
The episodes packaged here represent a chunk of consecutive episodes from the middle of the third season, transferred here in their original broadcast order. The disc is bare of features, except a handful of trailers. Amazingly, Lionsgate managed to cram 289 minutes of material onto one disc. The effect is a hazy, shoddy transfer with colors that can at least be described as "underperforming." The shows are great, but this treatment is totally bogus.
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