“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Film” received’t convert any new followers to the heroes in a half-shell, until they’re beneath the age of 10. Nonetheless, it might pleasantly shock mother and father in search of a day cartoon film to look at with their children.
From Netflix and Nickelodeon, “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” ties into the animated sequence of the identical identify, which ran for 2 seasons between 2018 and 2020. The 4 reptilian brothers — Leonardo (voiced by Ben Schwartz), Raphael (Omar Benson Miller), Donatello (Josh Brener) and Michelangelo (Brandon Mychal Smith) — have been given extra distinctive character designs to raised replicate their particular person personalities.
April O’Neil (Kat Graham), previously a redheaded tv reporter (and, usually, damsel-in-distress) within the Nineteen Eighties cartoon, is now a Black college pupil with a extra various ability set for serving to the turtles get out of a jam. Along with their rodent mentor Splinter (Eric Bauza), they face their greatest problem but when Leo’s future pupil Casey Jones (Haley Joel Osment) time-travels again to New York circa 2022 to ask the turtles’ assist in defeating the Krang, a half-robotic alien species set on — what else? — taking up the world.
Directed by Ant Ward and Andy Suriano, the movie retains the plot streamlined to raised concentrate on the swashbuckling motion and heartfelt (if emotionally simplistic) relationship between the 4 turtles, significantly Leo and his overbearing older brother Raph. The animation type is snappy and brightly-colored, offering a pleasant change of tempo from the slate-colored blockbusters at present dominating theater screens. And there’s even some good humor to be discovered right here, together with just a few location-specific jokes that’ll make New Yorkers chuckle. All in all, “Rise” is as reliable as a Manhattan slice: not mind-blowing within the slightest, however simply delightfully tacky sufficient to maintain children and adults alike glad.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Film
Not rated. Working time: 1 hour 22 minutes. Watch on Netflix.