Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Night Flight Movie Review: TMNT II: Secret of the Ooze



Ah, the Turtles. Such favorites around the Geektarded underground labs. The Green Machines made us fans in the original black and white comics and then stole America's heart with their late 80s to mid 90s toys, cartoons, pies, adhesive medical strips and even live action films.

Released in March of 1991, barley a year after the original was released, TMNT 2 dives shell-deep into the turtles' origin, sees the return of zombie Shredder and adds a couple of evil mutants, Rahzar and Tokka. We also get a sexy new April and a kung-fu pizza delivery boy with voice-cracking issues. If they could have worked in Krang, you would have had the warmest night on television.




Everyone ("everyone" being the three other people I know who saw the film) says the first TMNT is the best and I won't argue that it is the superior film in the series. But part 2 is just so much fun. It's like they combined the best elements of the original comics and the goofy cartoons. Sure it looks like it cost 20 bucks to film and the acting and set pieces are on-par with a Power Rangers episode but I'll be damned if Secret of the Ooze isn't more enjoyable movie.

The turtles spend more time goofing-off than fighting. The Foot Clan is now a joke, living in a junkyard. And zombie Shredder's best laid plan is not to go and buy a gun and take out the turtles, but to dump toxic waste on a wolf and a snapping turtle, hope they don't get Super-Cancer, and try to mutate them into turtle-killing deathbringers. And the movie's big finale, like most major events in my life, takes place during a Vanilla Ice concert on the waterfront.

THE STAFF AT GEEKTARDED WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO HONOR RAHZAR, AS HE JOINS THE ILLUSTRIOUS RANKS OF MONSTERS WITH DOWN SYNDROME!


RAHZAR joins past winners like King Kong (King Kong vs Godzilla), Goomba (Super Mario Bros.), Captain Labia (Star Wars Pt 6: The Jediening) and the Chinese Wildman (Big Trouble in Little China). Golf clap, people! Gold clap!


2 comments:

Weasel said...

I admit it: I saw all three of the live-action Turtle films and loved them all. (The first two were filmed in my hometown!) I want the entire triology on DVD. This makes me a sad, pathetic little geek, I know.

Hmmm, I think that Goomba may have been Toad, but I can't be certain. It's been a long while since I've seen Super Mario Bros., which I saw and actually..... liked.

Dr. Geektarded said...

Hi, Weasel-
Welcome to Geektarded Base #1! Glad you found the blog and hope you have fun. Things are just getting started around here!

-Dr. Geektarded