Saturday, 30 September 2017

DVD Review - Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.
Nickelodeon; 89 minutes; Amazon

The current Nickelodeon TMNT series is coming to the end this year. The fifth season, which is retitled as Tales of the Teenage Mutant Turtles, has been a rocky one for fans, as Nickelodeon has been airing only two or three episodes at a time before going on hiatus for several weeks. The most recent episodes have been airing on NickToons.

Now available on DVD is Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady, featuring the upcoming special "Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady," the flashback episode "Lone Rat and Cubs," and an exclusive Ice Cream Kitty music video.

"Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady" is technically three episodes (Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady, The Foot Walks Again!, and The Big Blowout), but it's featured as 67 minute movie/special on the DVD.  The plot involves the 1987 Krang and Shredder bringing the technodrome to the Nickelodeon TMNT's dimension, where they enlist the new Bebop & Rocksteady, along with the 1987 robot foot soldiers, to help them conquer New York City by opening a portal to Dimension X. To stop the Shredder and Krang, the turtles must join forces with the 1987 teenage mutant ninja turtles.

"Lone Rat and Cubs" is a flashback episode that takes place fifteen years prior, where Master Splinter is telling the young turtles the story of how he found them as babies (back when they were first mutated) and how he survived a fight against the Kraang.

Final Thoughts

For die-hard fans of the original TMNT series, the "Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady" special is a dream come true with the voice-actors Rob Paulsen, Townsend Coleman, Cam Clarke, Barry Gordon, and Pat Fraley returning to voice the 1987 characters. Kevin Michael Richardson replaces the late James Avery as the voice of the 1987 Shredder. It's not the first time the 1987 turtles and Krang have appeared on the Nickelodeon series, as they were in the four season episode "Trans-Dimensional Turtles." The episode begins in the old  2D animation with the 1987 Shredder and Krang opening a portal to the Nickelodeon dimension, and from there it switches over to 3D computer-animation. The episodes (well, it's actually three episodes) is extremely funny, and it was nice to see 1987 characters one more time.

"Lone Rat and Cubs" is an alright episode, but the story is nothing us fans didn't already know about. However, it was nice to see the Splinter one more time before the series ends.

Overall, I enjoyed watching Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady. I know some fans will complain about there being only being two episodes (technically there are four), but I'm not one of them. I liked the triple-length "Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady" episode. Even though "Lone Rat and Cubs" wasn't the best episode, I still liked it too. I recommend the DVD to other TMNT fans, young and old.

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