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
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return in an all-new CGI action adventure, written and directed by Kevin Munroe. After the defeat of their old arch nemesis, The Shredder, the Turtles have grown apart as a family. Struggling to keep them together, their rat sensei, Splinter (Mako), becomes worried when strange things begin to brew in New York City. Tech-industrialist Maximillian J. Winters (Patrick Stewart) is raising up an army of ancient monsters, and only one super-ninja fighting team can stop them-- Leonardo (James Arnold Taylor), Michelangelo (Mikey Kelley), Donatello (Mitchell Whitfield) and Raphael (Nolan North)! With the help of old allies April O'Neil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Casey Jones (Chris Evans), the Turtles are in for the fight of their lives as they once again must face the mysterious Foot Clan, who have put their own ninja skills behind Winters' endeavors.