Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

1991, Adventure/Kids & family, 1h 28m

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Not only is the movie's juvenile dialogue unbearable for adults, but the turtles' dopey and casual attitude towards physical violence makes them poor kids' role models. Read critic reviews

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mark Caso, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden, Kenn Troum) again battle their archenemy, the rogue ninja Shredder (Francois Chau). Shredder attempts revenge by obtaining the same radioactive ooze that created the Turtles and unleashing two new monstrous mutants: Tokka, an oversized snapping turtle, and Rahzar, a fearsome wolf-like creature. When Shredder plans to use the remaining ooze on himself, the Turtles must harness their ninja fighting skills to stop him.

Cast & Crew

Paige Turco
April O'Neil
David Warner
Professor Jordan Perry
Michelan Sisti
Michaelangelo, Soho Man
Leif Tilden
Donatello, Foot #3
Mark Caso
Leonardo, News Room Staff
Francois Chau
Shredder
Raymond Serra
Chief Sterns
Kurt Bryant
Tokka
Peter Laird
Writer
John Du Prez
Original Music
Shelly Johnson
Cinematographer
John Wright
Film Editor
Mayne Berke
Art Direction
Daniel Hank
Production Supervisor
Terry Morse Jr.
Unit Production Manager
Newt Arnold
Second Unit Director
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  • Oct 25, 2017
    Not as good as the first as it added allot more humour and most of it was cringe worthy, The puppet effects are very much dated, Acting and dialogue were pretty awful too, My kids loved it and it had a few fun scenes so it's hard to be too critical as it's made for kids and kids only.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2013
    "Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!" Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is an incredibly silly and stupid film. Aiming to be more kid friendly, the series loses its dark undertones and mutes most of the violence. Additionally, most of the roles have been recast with lesser actors. Some of the goofiness is fun, but it's overdone and is too cartoonish. Dumbed down and commercialized, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is unwatchable garbage.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2013
    I haven't seen this film in eons and good golly its dated heavily, there is some serious nostalgia here folks. Straight away in the opening credits I knew I was gonna like this, the small sequence montage in New York is simple but brings back many memories of the era...boom boxes!. From there we see a very young Ernie Reyes, Jr. sporting a stylish mullet and delivering pizza to an address. When he gets there he discovers its being robbed by a large group of masked men and decides to take a few of them on. First impressions...holy Air Nikes Batman! this kid got game!! he kicks ass and then some!. But more thugs arrive, its at that point the turtles stroll in behind Reyes (just out of focus), leap over his head, the image freezes and the classic Turtles logo/film title appears emblazoned across the screen in bright bold colours. It looks fantastic and is a glorious little moment to get you hyped. What I like about this silly film is the fact it follows on from the original perfectly. It starts from where the last film left off, the 'Foot Clan' are reforming, 'Shredder' has reemerged from his apparent death, the turtles are hiding out at 'April's' and everybody is talking about the events of the last film. So it feels very comfortable for the viewer, as if it were the next day in the adventure. Most of the cast have returned which is also a big plus, only April has been recast and 'Casey Jones' doesn't turn up at all which is a shame (no mention of him either which is the only continuity issue). The turtles themselves are pretty much the same, only Corey Feldman didn't return to voice 'Donatello' but the other voice actors remain. Visually the costumes are again the same but with small touch ups that enhance their appearance. The animatronic heads are much sharper this time around, the lips sync nicely with the dialog and the actors inside seem to have much more range in movement (amazed they can do backflips so easily!). The bad guys are awesome in this film, you gotta love 'Shredder', the guy just looks so damn cool in that outfit. I like that they haven't changed it either, if it ain't broke don't fix it, and it looks awesome. We don't really see 'Shredhead' do much this time but his presence is always felt, the dude only needs to look cool, that's all that's required. The Super Shredder sequence? videogame much?? its so totally in tune with the videogame aspect its untrue, utterly preposterous sure but visually so damn cool. I love how they hyped up his armour for that, even though it doesn't make any sense, why would his armour mutate? surely it would simply get destroyed as he grew bigger like the 'Hulk'. Meh it looks super awesome so who cares. The only let down for me (and everybody else at the time as far as I'm aware) was the lack of 'Bebop' and 'Rocksteady'. When Shredder gets hold of the ooze and turns two unknown creatures into monsters everybody was ready for Bebop and Rocksteady, who else could it be??. I remember my heart sank when they turned out to be these fresh newly created creatures. Despite the disappointment you can't deny they look terrific, a bit 'Godzilla-ish' in concept for one perhaps, and the other just seems like a big werewolf (possible idea rip from videogame 'Rampage' which was popular in the late 80's). The animatronic puppet work and bodysuits in this film are truly fabulous it must be said. Sure they all look rubbery and clumsy but its the craftsmanship involved that impresses, the detail, the facial movements, the time and effort put it. This is why films like this far outweigh many modern kids flicks because they are real, plus its all Jim Henson's Creature Shop work so that explains the high levels of quality. The first film was very enjoyable and to be honest I expected this to be a poor follow up. I'm still amazed today that this film is actually fudging tops!. It looks like a videogame in every scene but to a degree that's kinda what you expect really so no problem. Its a much lighter affair than the first film yet manages to show much better fight sequences (with less weaponry) probably down to the fact the costumes are better this time around. So yes its aimed more at kids this time with more slapstick and tomfoolery but its better in visuals, effects and characters if you ask me. A few downers aside like the hideous Vanilla Ice sequence and lack of Bebop and Rocksteady, this film delivers on pretty much every level offering some great comic book/videogame goodness that actually works! I just can't help but like it.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    Yeah looking back at this I was brainwashed and a sucker for the violence the Turtles displayed on screen. I want my youth back. This is the worst Ninja Turtles movie ever.
    Brian R Super Reviewer

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