The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
movie to be done in complete CGI.
After training in Central America at the request of Splinter, Leo returns home to New York and reunites with his brothers.
Meanwhile, super wealthy mogul Max Winters has gained possession of four stone statues, one of which was retrieved for him by April. We learn that Winters is a warlord made immortal thousands of years ago upon contact with a rift in dimensions, and that those statues are his generals, who were transformed into living stone. Winters also has hired guns in a reformed Foot Clan led by the mysterious Karai. As all of this is happening, monsters are starting to appear all over the city.
The turtles must overcome their personal differences and become a whole once again to get to the bottom of things and quite possibly save the world.
Provides examples of:
- Monster of the Aesop: Raph is having issues with Leo's leadership. General Aguila and Yaotl are also brothers with similar issues. While Leo and Raph reconcile at the end, Aguila ends betraying Yaotl.
- Mood Whiplash: The funny scene with the Raphael and a tiny monster is followed by a scene where Raphael and Leonardo have a falling out and fight, all culminating in Leonardo getting captured by the villains.
- And in the final battle, we cut from an epic battle to Casey and April arguing about reckless driving, Karai snarking that they seem like they should be more concerned with the giant monster chasing them, the Foot Ninja nods in agreement, back to epic battle.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Raph's reaction after defeating Leo in their rooftop battle. He let his emotions get the best of him, and nearly killed his brother. Leo's capture soon after and his inability to stop it only intensified those feelings.
- Mythology Gag
- Poor Communication Kills: Though not outright stated in the film, it becomes clear that this one of the main issues in the conflict between Leo and Raph. Leo's departure and time away from home was obviously hardest on Raph, but they aren't able to fully communicate with each other about it, which led to the gigantic blowout between them when Raph was revealed to be the Nightwatcher and the fight that subsequently followed, all culminating in Leo's capture by the villains prior to the climax of the film.
- Rooftop Confrontation: Leo vs Raph after Leo learns that Raph is the Nightwatcher.
- Sequel Hook: Karai mentions that soon enough, the Turtles would have further business involving her and "familiar faces from your past," to which Raphael responds, "She doesn't mean..." While we may never see a sequel, it seems like they planned to make a movie where the Shredder returns.
- Shout-Out: The red-light devices used to animate the stone generals look a godawful lot like the red core energy from Imagi's Astro Boy.
- Still Got It: Master Splinter says this when he kicks a couple of monsters back into the portal. Though, to be quite honest, he never lost it.
- Took a Level in Badass: April is now a full-fledged Action Girl capable of taking on Foot Ninjas alongside the others, and matching Karai in an equal one-on-one fight, having been trained by Splinter during the time skip.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Max Winters, after three thousand years of regret and loneliness, cannot find it in himself to bear the curse of immortality any longer. Unfortunately, his brotherhood do not share this sentiment, but then again, they spent three thousand years as stone statues instead of living like Winters did, so they really aren't in a position to sympathize with him.