TMNT (DVD) (WS/FS)
Kids cult classic the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles take back the streets, with an all-star vocal cast that includes Laurence Fishburne, Patrick Stewart, Sarah Michelle Gellar and more! In this all-new, all-CGI animated incarnation of the popular franchise, animation veteran Kevin Munroe resurrects the pizza-munching, crime-crunching reptiles. Taking its tone directly from the original, grittier comic books and filled with adventure and humor, the latest appearance of the wildly popular cold-blooded, hard-shelled heroes will ignite the imaginations of a whole new generation of kids and their families.
The supplemental features on TMNT
are a decidedly mixed bag: Viewers are offered a great deal of extras, but all run far too short to prove particularly useful to serious Turtle fans. The deleted and extended scenes will undoubtedly be the chief feature of interest, but the alternate opening and ending, as well as several other clips are presented only in early test form ("Roof Top Workout" is presented in storyboard form and then in pre-visualized form). Also, one cannot view the deleted/extended scenes without hearing commentary by director Kevin Munroe (who also provides an informative if somewhat dry feature-length commentary track). Having said that, some of these scenes (most notably "Splinter Gets Cake") do stand on their own, and might have helped to enliven the theatrical version of the finished film. Also included is a brief featurette comprised of interviews with the voice talent cast, and "Donny's Digital Data Files" explores the CGI design for the characters and their environment; again, their brief running times (the info-heavy "Donny" clocks in at less than two minutes) will render them somewhat extraneous to hardcore Turtles devotees. The Internet Reel is a promotional collection of clips from the film, while trailers for several other kid-friendly Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera films and DVD collections (Fred Claus
, The Last Mimzy
, Birdman and The Galaxy Trio
) round out the sorta-special features. --Paul Gaita