Thursday, 6 March 2014

DVD Review - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem
Voice Cast: Jason Biggs, Rob Paulsen, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Mae Whitman, Hoon Lee
Studio: Nickelodeon/Paramount
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Retail: $14.99
Running Time: 135 minutes
Rating: Not Rated


Its still a few months off before the Michael Bay produced "Ninja Turtles" live-action (well CGI) incarnation hits the theaters, but fans can enjoy Nickelodeon's latest DVD release, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem, featuring the first six episodes from the second season. Special features include 6 Shorts: "The Mutation of a Scene"and Channel 6 News Special Report: Creatures of the Night.

The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was published in 1984; created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. The comic books popularity lead to a Playmates toy line;  eventually leading to the insanely popular animated series, which lasted for ten seasons. Three live-action feature films were released during the early 90s. Besides from a short-lived and unpopular live-action series in the late 90s, the franchise took a slight pause until the revamped Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series in 2003, which lasted seven seasons, one made-for-TV movie and a few title changes. A CGI-animated feature film was released in 2007 and was quickly forgotten about. After Nickelodeon purchased the franchise, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles computer-animated series debuted in the fall of 2012. At first many older fans were skeptical of the new animation style, but most have embraced the series for its storytelling, humor and action.

The second seasons has the Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo once again battling the alien race, K.R.A.N.G., but they accidentally unleash dozens of mutant canisters across the city, which turns April's father into a mutant; along with several hungry squirrels. To make matters worse, the turtles have to deal with Shredder's daughter (well, she's not really his daughter) Karai and her robotic Foot soldiers.

This season also introduces the teenage version of Casey Jones and Donatello's Mutagen Man creation. Plus, Michelangelo has a really bad case of ache.

The episodes on the single-disc set are:
  • The Mutation Situation
  • Follow The Leader
  • Invasion Of The Squirrelandids
  • Mutagen Man Unleashed
  • Mickey Gets Shellachne
  • Target: April O'Neil
Growing up watching the original animation series, I was one of the skeptical fans about Nickelodeon's version, but after watching a couple of episodes, my feelings completely changed. The new series has borrowed the humor from the '80s cartoon and the story arches from the 2003 series, and meld them together to make the best TMNT animated series. Season two introduces the fan-favorite Casey Jones, who only appeared in one or two episodes in the '80s cartoon, as well as the new version of Mutagen Man. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem DVD has six action-packed episodes that should satisfy any young or old fan.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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