Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half-Shell Heroes: Blast To The Past

Not Rated; 43 mins; $14.99; Amazon
Arriving today on DVD from Nickelodeon is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half-Shell Heroes: Blast To The Past; the 43-minute movie spin-off of the current TMNT animated series. There are no special features or extras. However, it does come with a bonus Nick Jr. DVD.

Based on the Playmates Toys' Half-Shell Heroes, "Blast To the Past" dropped the current computer-animation style and went with a 2D animation look. The four turtles are now half the size of what they are in the regular series, but they still have the same voices.

After finding crystals inside a meteorite that will help power up Donatello's new turtle vehicle, he accidentally sends himself along with his brothers, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael, as well as Bebop and Rocksteady, back in time to the Cretaceous Period.

The turtles don't exactly fit in with this era as they're constantly being chased by hungry dinosaurs. They would rather just head back home, but the meteorite's crystals have been destroyed.  To make things worse, their enemy, the Triceratons, are also there; forcing the dinosaurs to help them mine for crystals.

Leo, Donnie, Raph and Mikey must befriend a few dinosaurs and plan a last-minute attack on the Triceratons, in the hope of stopping the aliens' plans, rescue Bebop and Rocksteady (Yep, they're in trouble!) and grab a few crystals, so they can return home to NYC.

The bonus disc that came with my DVD copy is titled, "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Confusion Fusion," featuring nine episodes from the 2002-2006 series. The run-time for the DVD is 122 minutes.

Final Thoughts: The Half-Shell Heroes: Blast To The Past movie (TV Special) practically came out of nowhere, airing during the Season 4 holiday hiatus last year. The plot is non-cannon to the current series; it's just a standalone adventure with the mini-turtles to tie-in with the Playmates Toys' Half-Shell Heroes toy line. Though I've been a TMNT fan since the 80s, I was a little skeptical at first; however, I ended up liking Blast To The Past. The animation-style reminds of the 80s incarnation as well as the slapstick humor. Overall, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half-Shell Heroes: Blast To The Past is an entertaining adventure that the entire family will enjoy watching together.

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

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