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* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The color palette and design really go the extra mile to make the film look like a comic book, excellently capturing the classic aesthetic of the franchise’s origins while also looking fresh and familiar like the then-concurrent 2003 series as well as the Fred Wolf series.

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* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The color palette and design really go the extra mile to make the film look like a comic book, excellently capturing the classic aesthetic of the franchise’s origins while also looking fresh and familiar like the then-concurrent 2003 series as well as the Fred Wolf series.

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* SignatureScene: Leo and Raph’s duel, not just for being a visually gorgeous emotional climax to the film, but for being a moment franchise fans had always wanted to see come to life.

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* CriticalDissonance: While James Arnold Taylor and some of the creators of the film didn’t like that celebrities like Patrick Stewart, Chris Evans and Sarah Michelle Gellar were brought in for star power, the fandom generally responded warmly to the casting and considered the latter two good choices for Casey and April.


* BrokenBase: This film is notorious for putting the spotlight on just Leo and Raph and how it seems to favor the former, and has caused many heated debates in its time.



* ContinuityLockout: Karai's presence in the film is not explained, and the film doesn't take much time to explain her significance aside from working with the Foot Clan and the fact she's currently their acting leader. To explain, Karai is basically the Shredder's first and most primary [[TheDragon enforcer]], and her major defining quality is her UndyingLoyalty and honor, and takes over the Foot Clan in the comics and 2003 show after the current acting Shredder died.

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* ContinuityLockout: Karai's presence in the film is not explained, and the film doesn't take much time to explain her significance aside from working with the Foot Clan and the fact she's currently their acting leader. To explain, Karai is basically the Shredder's first and most primary [[TheDragon enforcer]], and her major defining quality is her UndyingLoyalty and honor, and takes over the Foot Clan in the comics and 2003 show after the current acting Shredder died. Kids who had been watching the 2003 show were likely the only widespread audience to recognize her right off the bat.



** Raph's Nightwatcher persona was wildly popular for being just plain badass. Many fans have been hoping to see the persona return in recent and future incarnations of the franchise.
* HarsherInHindsight: One of the film's major plot aspects is the family potentially falling apart, with Leonardo and Raphael's fight nearly ending with the latter killing the former, before Raphael [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone runs off in horror at what he almost did]]. The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012 cartoon series]] would later make Hamato Yoshi and Oroku Saki [[RelatedInTheAdaptation brothers]] (Saki having been adopted by the Hamato Clan after defeating the Foot Clan), which ends in misery for everyone involved.

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** Raph's Nightwatcher persona was wildly popular for being just plain badass. Many fans have been hoping to see the persona return in recent and future incarnations of the franchise.
* HarsherInHindsight: FunnyAneurysmMoment: The film uses a newscast about the collapsing real estate market to establish its NextSundayAD timeframe, since the real estate market had actually been thriving for years at the time of release. Three years and a global real-estate-fueled recession later, that subtle gag is now a harsh reality.
* HarsherInHindsight:
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One of the film's major plot aspects is the family potentially falling apart, with Leonardo and Raphael's fight nearly ending with the latter killing the former, before Raphael [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone runs off in horror at what he almost did]]. The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012 cartoon series]] would later make Hamato Yoshi and Oroku Saki [[RelatedInTheAdaptation brothers]] (Saki having been adopted by the Hamato Clan after defeating the Foot Clan), which ends in misery for everyone involved.
** A tragic example occurred before the film even released, as Mako was announced to play Splinter at San Diego Comic-Con 2006, only to pass away literally the next day. Though it was reported he completed all his dialogue, his understudy/replacement Greg Baldwin later confirmed he provided some of Splinter’s dialogue to fill in.



* OneSceneWonder:
** The one image we see of the Shredder in the prologue. He would later receive a toy that was designed like a hybrid of 2003 Shredder and this film’s aesthetic, and also served as a flashback boss in the video game adaptation with his appearance almost entirely based on his 2003 appearance.
** Several of the monsters have cool and unique designs, but are relegated to only brief appearances during the monster roundup scene. They are implied to be the source of several worldwide myths and legends judging by Bigfoot and the Jersey Devil’s names.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The film’s main themes are about how family needs to communicate with each other and understand that their actions can have serious consequences for others, especially if they lash out in anger.



* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: It‘s difficult to feel sorry for Splinter when he laments his family falling apart since he was the one who sent Leonardo away for leadership training in the first place (''by himself'' no less) and forbade the other brothers from getting involved with crime-fighting while Leo was gone, making the whole situation come off as his own fault. He never even acknowledges his involvement [[NeverMyFault and instead lays the blame on his sons.]]

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: It‘s difficult to feel sorry for Splinter when he laments Despite Leo having very valid points in his family falling apart since argument with Raph on the rooftop, it’s easy to see why the pair came to blows after he taunts his brother by saying he’s better than him. It was definitely the one who sent Leonardo away for leadership training wrong thing to say in the first place (''by himself'' no less) moment and forbade Leo let his anger get the other brothers from getting involved with crime-fighting while Leo was gone, better of him, making things worse.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The color palette and design really go
the whole situation come off as his own fault. He never even acknowledges his involvement [[NeverMyFault extra mile to make the film look like a comic book, excellently capturing the classic aesthetic of the franchise’s origins while also looking fresh and instead lays familiar like the blame on his sons.]]then-concurrent 2003 series as well as the Fred Wolf series.


* NightmareFuel: Even for an animated TMNT film, it still has its scary moments.
** The first appearance of the Stone Generals.
** The opening battle between the armies and the Stone Generals.
** Winters helplessly witnessing his siblings being turned to stone and himself being cursed to live forever without his siblings.
** One of the nooks being hit and knocked out cold by the Nightwatcher's chains. Any harder and he would've been dead.
** One of the 13 monsters, a gargoyle, perched atop a building devouring a bird. You can still hear the bird screeching inside the creature's mouth and all the monster does is swallow the bird whole, belch and smile evilly at the camera.
** The first appearance of the Yeti monster complete with its loud roars can be unsettling.
** The rest of the 13 monsters being captured and taken in by the Foot and the Stone Generals. Each more terrifying than the last.
** Even more terrifying is the fact that the monsters were inspired and modeled after cryptzoological creatures.
** Leonardo's blood-curdling screams as he's kidnapped by the Foot and the Stone Generals.
** Raphael losing his temper and almost killing Leonardo in their rooftop fight. This is the closet the audience has ever seen Raphael come to nearly killing his own brother and getting lost in his anger.
** The close up shots of Leonardo and Raphael's faces just before their second rooftop showdown.
** Their exchanges before the battle: "Don't do this, Raph." "I'm done taking orders."
** The thunder clapping during the emotional sibling fight between Raphael and Leonardo doesn't help either.
** The laugh Raphael makes just before taking out his sai, ready to fight his own brother can be a bit unnerving. Considering what happens next.
** The restaurant cook discovering the Jersey Devil monster in his freezer and screaming loudly.

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* HarsherInHindsight: One of the film's major plot aspects is the family potentially falling apart, with Leonardo and Raphael's fight nearly ending with the latter killing the former, before Raphael [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone runs off in horror at what he almost did]]. The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012 cartoon series]] would later make Hamato Yoshi and Oroku Saki [[RelatedInTheAdaptation brothers]] (Saki having been adopted by the Hamato Clan after defeating the Foot Clan), which ends in misery for everyone involved.


* HoYay: One of Donatello's phone calls that truly [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar gets crap past the radar]]: "No, I'm not playing hard to get. I'm telling you, sir, it's not [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre that kind of phone line]]!"

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* HoYay: One of Donatello's phone calls that truly [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar gets crap past the radar]]: radar: "No, I'm not playing hard to get. I'm telling you, sir, it's not [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre that kind of phone line]]!"


* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: It‘s difficult to feel sorry for Splinter when he laments his family falling apart since he was the one who sent Leonardo away for leadership training in the first place (''by himself'' no less) and forbade the other brothers from getting involved with crime-fighting while Leo was gone, making the whole situation come off as his own fault. It might have helped if he acknowledged and expressed remorse for his involvement, but [[NeverMyFault he does not and instead lays the blame on his sons.]]

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: It‘s difficult to feel sorry for Splinter when he laments his family falling apart since he was the one who sent Leonardo away for leadership training in the first place (''by himself'' no less) and forbade the other brothers from getting involved with crime-fighting while Leo was gone, making the whole situation come off as his own fault. It might have helped if he acknowledged and expressed remorse for He never even acknowledges his involvement, but involvement [[NeverMyFault he does not and instead lays the blame on his sons.]]


* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Splinter laments his family falling apart, but considering he was the one who sent Leonardo away for leadership training in the first place (''by himself'' no less) and forbade the other brothers from getting involved with crime-fighting while Leo was gone, the whole situation ends up feeling like his own fault. It might have helped if he acknowledged and expressed remorse for his involvement, but [[NeverMyFault he does not and instead lays the blame on his sons.]]

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: It‘s difficult to feel sorry for Splinter when he laments his family falling apart, but considering apart since he was the one who sent Leonardo away for leadership training in the first place (''by himself'' no less) and forbade the other brothers from getting involved with crime-fighting while Leo was gone, making the whole situation ends up feeling like come off as his own fault. It might have helped if he acknowledged and expressed remorse for his involvement, but [[NeverMyFault he does not and instead lays the blame on his sons.]]

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Splinter laments his family falling apart, but considering he was the one who sent Leonardo away for leadership training in the first place (''by himself'' no less) and forbade the other brothers from getting involved with crime-fighting while Leo was gone, the whole situation ends up feeling like his own fault. It might have helped if he acknowledged and expressed remorse for his involvement, but [[NeverMyFault he does not and instead lays the blame on his sons.]]

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* CultClassic: While this film is one of the less popular works in the franchise, it still has a dedicated following.


* HoYay: One of Donatello's phone calls that truly [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar gets crap past the radar]]: "No, sir, I'm not playing hard to get. I'm telling you, it's not [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre that kind of phone line]]!"

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* HoYay: One of Donatello's phone calls that truly [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar gets crap past the radar]]: "No, sir, I'm not playing hard to get. I'm telling you, sir, it's not [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre that kind of phone line]]!"


%%* ClicheStorm: As pointed out by WebVideo/CinemaSins [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGsvFfEJwmc here]], the entire premise of the movie is this.

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%%* * ClicheStorm: As pointed out by WebVideo/CinemaSins [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGsvFfEJwmc here]], the entire premise of the movie is this.

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** Creator/JamesArnoldTaylor (Leonardo) and Mike Kelley (Michelangelo) both voiced [[Franchise/RatchetAndClank Ratchet the Lombax]]. Putting things in full-circle, the director, Kevin Munroe, would later go on to direct the [[WesternAnimation/RatchetAndClank2016 Ratchet & Clank movie]].

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