Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) Review

Rating: 2.5 Stars

The following review contains spoilers.


April O’Neil buys an ancient scepter from a local flea market as a present for Master Splinter, not realizing it has the ability to transport people through time. She activates it by accident, swapping places with a 16th century Japanese prince. The Turtles quickly figure out what happened, using the scepter to send themselves back to rescue her. Casey Jones is brought in to babysit the four Japanese soldiers who arrive in the 20th century as a result, teaching them about hockey and video games. Meanwhile in ancient Japan the Turtles end up helping to defend a small village from a local ruler who wants to wipe them out for reasons I didn’t quite understand.

Best Parts:

This is the last Ninja Turtles movie from this era that I have to watch.

It’s definitely something different. A lot of movies from this era would just repeat the same plot in each film, but there’s not like an ancient Japanese version of the Foot or Shredder. It’s nice to have a change of scenery.

This is probably the most defined the personalities of the Turtles has been. It’s like they’ve become slightly more separate characters with each film. Donatello even says some science-y sounding gibberish.

Worst Parts:

The Turtles don’t look terrible or anything, but there is a noticeable drop in quality to the costumes this time around, probably due to no longer using Jim Henson’s company, which provided them in the first two films.

I don’t like when the Turtles are horny for human women, which happens more than once in this movie.

For some reason Elias Koteas, who plays Casey Jones, also plays Whit, the British sailor who betrays his boss and then betrays the Turtles and then betrays his boss again. Whit is terrible and his accent is terrible.

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