Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

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Everyone’s favorite turtles – Donnie (Josh Brener), Leo (Ben Schwartz), Mikey (Brandon Mychal Smith), and Raph (Omar Benson Miller) – are visited from the future and learn they must do everything they can to change the course of events with the Krang. This movie has the highest stakes we have seen yet in this series, which warrants the nearly 90-minute runtime.

Those who have seen the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series already know these brothers feel like a different version of the turtles, a younger version of the turtles. Just looking at their names makes that clear, but it is very obvious when watching the show that they still have a lot to learn. This takes place early on in their journey, hence the title “rise of”.

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The movie shows them growing older. It begins in the future, when they are older and have spent their lives fighting the Krang, who have taken over the globe. Mikey, inspired by Doctor Strange, sends Casey Jones back in time. Older Sensei Leo tells Casey to find the boys and end the Krang.

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This is much harder than it appears, of course, but it’s a great way to bring Casey into the story. Fans who have watched the show know that this series features the first female incarnation of Casey Jones in Cassandra Jones, but now the male version, Casey, is here. We won’t spoil the connection, but it is a great twist towards the end of the film.

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AT THE BAT

Most TV movies are glorified episodes. The stakes aren't raised, and the plot seems to be lengthened. Not so with Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie. Fans of the series will love this film, which fits in but goes above and beyond. This emotional and action-packed story transformed the series. Don't skip this one, it'll affect the series' future.

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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie will have lifelong turtle fans squealing over some of the obscure references, but they won’t confuse newer fans. This film services those on both sides of the fandom spectrum, which is extremely important when dealing with a franchise that has been around as long as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have.

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PLENTY OF FAN SERVICE

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Leo admirers will love this anecdote about him. Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie chronicles Leo's adventure, which was crucial. It's wonderful and emotional, so prepare the kids. The movie is fantastic for all ages, but some sections may be too intense for younger viewers, especially if they're related to the characters.

There's no need to watch the series first. This movie stands out well. This movie is a good introduction to this version of the turtles because it starts in the future and ends in the past, where they live. Some references will be better understood after seeing the series, but this is a wonderful starting point.

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