Turtles Forever (2009)

TV Movie   |  G   |    |  Animation, Action, Adventure

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet their match -- Literally! The modern, gritty Ninja Turtles must team up with their classic cartoon counterparts to stop two Shredders and their plans of multi-dimensional scale.

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Roy Burdine , Lloyd Goldfine (co-director)


Kevin Eastman (character), Peter Laird (character), Robert David (screenplay), Matthew Drdek (screenplay), Lloyd Goldfine (screenplay)

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29 February 2012 | andrew-305-147245
| A must-see for any TMNT fan!
Turtles Forever (2009) just made me smile. I'm so happy with this film, I love it. I love this whole thing.

Long story short, there's an inter-dimensional plot that allows all three major adaptations of the TMNT (Original comic, 1987 cartoon, 2003 cartoon) to collide for awkward genius and hilarity.

Especially amusing scenes when the much sillier 1987 Turtles' crack their trademark cheesy jokes and puns... and the more serious 2003 world doesn't welcome it.

2003 Shredder is huge, pure evil, and makes 1987 Shredder look like a bumbling fool when they meet each other. 2003 Shredder remodels the Technodrome ( "What is this? A giant golf ball on wheels?") ripping out 1980s looking monitors and replacing them with 60" flat-screens.

Then BAM they do a perfect rendition of the sinister, original comic turtles. Mesh them all together, then wrap it up with a cameo from when Mirage Studios was merely two guys in a garage, hoping their little hand-made turtles story would sell.

The art was very consistent with source material from all three generations- note the black and white comic world of the first turtles even has a texture to it, like it's been hand drawn on cheap paper.

The writing was appropriate, they really did their best making this movie. The original voice actors from the 1987 series aren't present (4Kids, sigh) but the replacements are close enough to where it doesn't detract.

I've read amateur reviews of this movie, mostly guys my age complaining that the 1987 turtles were portrayed as TOO silly. They aren't. That's exactly how that show was- puns, pizza, cowabunga fun for kids. Having the new (EXTREME!) ninja turtles interact with my kid heroes was perfectly awkward, and at times made me laugh aloud.

If you haven't heard of this until now- don't feel bad. The marketing and release of Turtles Forever was horribly botched. Which is a shame, because this is brilliant work, and is a must-see for any Ninja Turtles fan.

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Did You Know?


In the original animated series from the 1980s, the Turtles often broke the fourth wall, and talked directly to the audience. This wasn't the case however with the 2003 series. This is made reference to in this movie, as the 1980s Turtles break the fourth wall several times. Until finally, Hun gets fed up and begins to violently shake the 1980s Raphael, while asking, "Why do you keep doing that?! Who are you talking to?! There's no one there!"


The Shredder: Yes, come to me, turtles.
Shredder 1987: What the devil are you waiting for? They're right in your crosshairs!
Krang: Destroy them already!
The Shredder: Restrain these buffoons!
Rocksteady: Sorry, boss.
Shredder 1987: Unhand me!
Krang: You'll hear from my Trans-Dimensional attorneys!

Alternate Versions

For several months, 4kids' website featured a "Director's Cut" of the movie which contained eight minutes of footage that were cut from the TV broadcast, and eventually Paramount's 2010 DVD as well. Among the scenes restored:

  • The Turtles using sonar to search for the Technodrome underground
  • Karai explaining that she found the Technodrome when her monitoring systems revealed that Ch'rell had changed location
  • Karai claiming the Technodrome for the Foot Clan
  • Splinter settling an argument between the 1988 and 2003 Turtles
  • Casey and April fighting robotic Foot Ninjas
  • Leonardo detailing Shredder's scheme to the Mirage Turtles
  • Shredder nearly disintegrating himself and Karai (among others) while strangling the Mirage Turtles
  • Various gags and one-liners


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Written by Jake Siegler, Alex Walker & Alex Charpentier


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