TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles parents guide

TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Parent Guide

Overall C+

The TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) are coming out of the sewers and onto the big screen---this time as an animated feature. Now the shell-backed heroes are striving to reunite their brotherhood (turtlehood?), while battling an army of ancient monsters under the command of Max Winters (voiced by Patrick Stewart).

Release date March 22, 2007

Violence C
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B+
Substance Use A-

Why is TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rated PG? The MPAA rated TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles PG

Parent Movie Review

New York City is constantly under attack, or so it seems. From apparitions in Ghostbusters to Godzilla and King Kong, someone is always tearing up the famous town. It’s no surprise then that once again the Big Apple is besieged with villains intent on taking over the place.

In this film, ancient stone statues come to life and roam the streets in search of alien monsters that slipped into town through an open portal. So who you gonna call? Michelangelo (voice by Mikey Kelley), Donatello (voice by Mitchell Whitfield), Leonardo (voice by James Arnold Taylor) and Raphael (voice by Nolan North)—the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT).

But alas, not all is well in the underground sewer where the mutant reptiles live with their Ninja Master Splinter (voice by Mako). Sibling rivalry is tearing the team apart and before they can save the world, they have to repair their brotherhood.

Leaner and meaner than their old Saturday morning incarnation, the Turtles still love pizza, skateboarding and shouting “Cowabunga,” but this new computer animated rendering gives a more realistic look to the foursome. Like the comic book, cartoon and movies before it, this tale is skimpy on storyline and heavy on action. There is plenty of cartoon-like violence including hitting, kicking, swordplay, and the use of other hand weapons. Guerilla soldiers attack villagers in the jungle and a vigilante character takes on criminals without police authorization. Although the violence is bloodless and only one person appears to be killed, the conflicts are almost nonstop. Adult themes are also more prevalent as the Turtles’ friend, April O’Neil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her cameraman Casey Jones (voice by Chris Evans) now share an apartment.

Master Splinter does his best to wisely discipline the teens and restore sibling solidarity, but for young viewers, mesmerized by the nonstop martial art antics, the scant message can be easily lost.

Starring Patrick Stewart, Mikey Kelley, Mitchell Whitfield, James Arnold Taylor, Nolan North. Theatrical release March 22, 2007. Updated

TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Rating & Content Info

Why is TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rated PG? TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is rated PG by the MPAA

Living in the jungle, Leonardo witnesses the robbery of a village and then attacks the thieves himself. Back in New York, the bloodless action continues with hand-to-hand combat, weapon use, vigilantism, martial arts moves and sibling rivalry. As the violence escalates, victims also fall from buildings and are shot with tranquilizers. The script portrays a live-in relationship and relies on some mildly crude humor.

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TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Parents' Guide

Martial arts require a lot of discipline. Do you think that aspect of the art is adequately portrayed in the film?

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Home Video

The most recent home video release of TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is August 6, 2007. Here are some details…

Cowabunga! TMNT (the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie) is out on DVD, along with alternate opening/ending and deleted scenes, an audio commentary by director Kevin Munroe, and a featurette called Voice Talent First Look. Available in full frame and widescreen, the disc offers audio tracks in Dolby Surround 5.1 (English, Spanish and French).

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Although there are plenty of scoundrels intent on destroying New York, there are also lots of heroes who want to save it. Spiderman dons his mask and suit to protect the citizens of the city, while the Fantastic Four combine their special skills to safeguard the metropolis. Actor Patrick Stewart, who lends his voice to the character Max Winters, has worked with mutants before—in the movie franchise The X-Men.