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Movies: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

3 out 5 stars

Rating: PG

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Cast: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Brian Tochi, Robbie Rist, Corey Feldman, Josh Pais, James Saito, and Kevin Clash

Director: Steve Barron

Run Time: 93 minutes

This is the 30th anniversary of this beloved classic!

In spring of 1990 New Line Cinemas took a huge chance on Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s comic book property Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and it paid off for the studio, becoming the highest-grossing independent movie until The Blair Witch Project in 1999.

Judith Hoag stars as TV reporter April O’Neil, who is following a story about an underground group of thieves known as the foot clan. While investigating, she runs into four mutated turtles — Raphael, Leonard, Michelangelo, Donatello — and a rat named Splinter. Together with the help of some other allies, they go to war with the mysterious foot clan and its leader The Shredder.

The first thing that stands out about this film is the amazing puppeteers. In a time when CGI was not used as much, the Jim Henson creature shop brought the four turtles and splinter to life, using fiberglass, clay, and rubber latex.

The voice acting is also very superb. Kevin Clash, the man behind the voice of Elmo, voices Splinter in the film. Splinter comes off as old wise leader, and you get that feeling from Clash’s voice as it comes through the puppet.

James Saito plays the evil villain Shredder. His performance is amazing — every time he is in the scene you can feel his anger towards the outside world. The fight scenes in this film are very entertaining and well-choreographed.

This film is a great piece of entertainment, and even though the main villain Shredder is a menacing well-acted terror, the rest

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