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TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) - animated DVD / children's and family DVD / comedy DVD review
Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Actors: Chris Evans, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mako, Patrick Stewart, Laurence Fishburne
Director: Kevin Munroe   Distributor: Warner Bros.
DVD release: 07 August 2007   Feature runtime: 87 minutes
(1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Features: Audio tracks (5.1 Dolby Digital Surround: English, Spanish, French), Subtitles (English, French, Spanish), Alternate endings (temp/scratch test - grayscale April and Casey), Audio Commentary (writer and director Kevin Munroe), Deleted Scenes, Interviews w/ voice talent Patrick Stewart, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Laurence Fishburne and filmmakers, Storyboards (side-by-side comparison w/ CGI action)

There are some inherent risks when reineventing a once-popular franchise. For one, you risk turning off the built-in audience who grew up with and enjoyed the original. This audience will be hypercritical and resistant to change because they are hoping to have the same experience they enjoyed the first time around. A newer fan base (presumably a good chunk of aforesaid audience bringing their children) will not know of the old version but will find it difficult to attach themselves to something if it's totally dated.

Fortunately for both audiences, this updated version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, now titled TMNT, works enough on both levels to entertain all. Those lovable heroes in a halfshell are back, this time in a hyper-stylized animated film - not the live-action format of their last theatrical incarnation, the abysmal Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. This film gives the ninja turtles a visual makeover that is close to their original comic look, which should please hardcore fans.

But make no mistake about it, the main audience this film is going for (besides the hardcores) is well into the under-ten range. For them, this might be a tiny bit darker, but it's still a fast-paced, action-packed romp of a good time for all. Perhaps a bit jaded by age (or just simply not having high expectations over another entity being remade or reimagined - again), I went in with low expectations but was pleasantly surprised when it was all said and done. I tend to believe that most will agree they were entertained, too. Cowabunga, dude!
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reviewed by Bobby Blades
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