Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) – re:View

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) – re:View

The time has finally come for three middle aged men to talk about a children’s franchise. On the internet!!! Nobody has ever done this before! Rich and Jay are joined by DC Comics artist Freddie Williams to talk about the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film! Freddie has drawn Ninja Turtles comics and Rich has read many Ninja Turtles comics, so they’re the perfect duo to explain all this nonsense to Jay, who just liked to see the silly rat say “Cowabunga” at the end of the film when he was 10 years old.

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48 Responses

  1. B says:

    The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is absolutely priceless. They nailed it. Lighting in a bottle. What’s interesting to me is just how much work that movie did to elevate the Ninja Turtle franchise. It made TMNT feel like it had interesting stories to tell. As a kid who only watched the cartoons, seeing that first TMNT movie made me take the cartoon more seriously for much longer than I would have otherwise. I can’t praise it enough.

    • Abe Garfield says:

      @Lances Beat Axes
      It depends where they’re from.

      Cricket never really took off in the US
      but it’s huge in other parts of the world.

      It’s pretty big in the UK, Jamaica and Pakistan.

      I’m from Greece, where it’s not particularly popular
      but people know what it is.

    • Lances Beat Axes says:

      Agreed. It was also educational as I assume most kids had never heard of cricket.

  2. Jimbo55151 says:

    Rich really does hit the nail on the head. The reason TMNT has stayed so popular is that it’s such a goofy premise that you can go any direction: dark or goofy, serious or off the wall stupid. And it ALL feels in character and believable.

    • Justified says:

      (2 corinthians 4:3)
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    • strawberrylotlizard says:

      @Justified you literally drive people away. We think hey if God wants idiots like this then why should I listen to him

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    • Warboss Gegguz says:

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    • Justified says:

      Believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ for Eternal Life..
      We are all sinners and deserving hell, but Jesus lived a perfect live.
      He died, was buried, and rose again for the Justification of lost sinners.
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  3. ZillaTheTegu says:

    The original movie is so good because they treated the audience mostly seriously. It has some really good themes about adopted familys, the relationships between fathers and sons as well as brothers, and the disconnect between different generations, of youth and adults. It such a good movie.

    • RABD says:

      To expand on the father and son theme, it doesn’t just show what healthy masculinity looks like, but also what toxic masculinity looks like, via the self-appointed “alpha male” Shredder. And how easy it is for impressionable youth to fall for the glamour of the latter when they really need the former.

      Humble little Splinter vs egomaniac Shredder. It’s perfect.

    • Zarkow says:

      @The Craig Oh-shit, you are right…me and my brother was in that situation too.

    • The Craig says:

      Master splinter and Optimus prime were like surrogate dads for a generation of us who had a shitty dad or no dad

    • AnaIvanovic4ever says:

      It’s about familiy really, that’s what makes it so powerful.

  4. Game Djinn says:

    I’m telling you Rich Evans is a movie savant. Nobody is sillier, and he is sometimes wrong, but he often nails things down in ways others can’t or he perceives plot details everyone else missed. He has forgotten more than most have learned. You’re a gem Rich.

  5. Anne Thompson says:

    Stories from Rich’s childhood always feel like relics: precious, rare pieces of history.

    • klonk says:

      When asked if he’d ever met Jesus, Rich Evans merely replied “I heard him speak a couple of times”

    • Forward Synthesis says:

      There are also interesting patterns to his childhood interaction with entertainment media. For example, how he was in to the Master of the Universe action figures but not the cartoon (this comes from their Master of the Universe movie commentary track), and how he was into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles original comic more than its cartoon.

    • Thomas Van Hezel says:

      Let’s say he has seen a lot of warhammer collections

    • womp womp says:

      i too enjoy learning about the jurassic era

    • Uncle Riley says:

      His story about seeing the first car ever made as a teenager will always be a classic

  6. Kevin O'Neil says:

    When you look at movies like this and The Dark Crystal, seeing how well Jim Henson’s talent translated into more mature settings… it’s heartbreaking to think of what he could have given us with more time.

  7. CountMorbidaLives says:

    There’s a number of things I like about this specific Re:View…

    1) Rich’s joy at a franchise he loves.
    2) Jay’s familiar/knowledgable, yet, emotionally distanced POV.
    3) Freddie’s knowledge of/anticdotes related to his TMNT work.

    Just a fun episode.

  8. Uncle Shouty says:

    Freddie’s astonishment at Rich Evans remembering how Shredder came back was incredible

  9. JazzYolo says:

    This Re:View was a delight, and it was really nice to see all of their enthusiasm and love for the franchise. I’m a decade younger but the cartoons were still very much popular well into the 90s, so I had the same experience as Jay with the cartoons and toys and video games. My mom wouldn’t let me rent the movie and I never understood why. I think I finally saw it when I was a teenager and had a…less than favorable reaction to it.

  10. Khralle says:

    Really happy to have Freddie Williams back. One of my favourite guests. Very cool

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