Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) Review

Rating: 2.5 Stars

The following review contains spoilers.

Overview:

It turns out Shredder isn’t as murdered as everyone thought, and he’s back to pull the Foot Clan together and come up with a plan to get revenge on the Ninja Turtles. When one of the Foot discovers that some buried radioactive ooze causes growth mutations in flowers, Shredder orders the kidnapping of a scientist to help create his own Mutant Ninjas. Meanwhile, the Turtles are looking for a new place to live, and they also eat a lot of pizza (actually, every living thing in New York is constantly eating pizza).

Best Parts:

I found this one marginally more entertaining than the last one, though in many ways they’re basically the same film. The jokes aren’t as bad, and not having to deal with the origin story stuff leaves some more room for a plot to develop. The new voice for Donatello is way better than Corey Feldman. Happy to have lost Casey Jones (though Keno is almost as annoying).

Not sure why they made up new characters in Tokka and Rahzar instead of using Bebob and Rocksteady, but they look pretty cool, and the twist that they are basically infants/toddlers and so don’t make effective warriors is a good one.

“These nets are very effective and very well-constructed.”

“Yeah, remind me to drop a line to Ralph Nader.”

Worst Parts:

I can’t believe this is the second one of these movies in a row to end with a confrontation between the Turtles and Shredder in which the Turtles have no part to play in defeating him. It’s such an anti-climax. Shredder gets mutated, freaks out, and drops a warehouse on his own head. Who cares?

I mentally prepared for the Vanilla Ice cameo, and tried to appreciate it as a goofy product of its time, but even with all that it’s still a big bummer. The song that Vanilla Ice apparently (in the universe of the film) improvises after seeing the Turtles jumping around for about five seconds, “Ninja Rap”, is idiotic.

Keno is a real bummer.

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