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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

  • The special effects of the first movie (Done by Jim Henson, the man behind Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, of all people) arguably make the entire thing one long Moment of Awesome, but what stands out the most are the fights between the Turtles and the Foot which are energetic and imaginative. The fact that they pulled this off with four of the principal performers in 100lb costumes and nearly blind makes it all the more impressive.
    • It's not just the fights, the Turtles are all able to fully emote and even believably cry at several points. The suits immediately draw you into the illusion that these magnificent creatures are one hundred percent real.
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    • Most fans assumed that the film would be animated, and were gobsmacked that it was live-action.
  • Casey Jones telling off the junior members of the Foot after claiming that they're a "family." (Crosses over into Heartwarming when you realize he's second-hand seen what a real family looks like through the Turtles' interactions with each other.)
    Casey: You call this here... [indicates the members of the Foot] ...and that down there... [indicates the fallen Tatsu] ...family?
    • Before that, he takes a beating from Tatsu which Casey then turns into a Curb-Stomp Battle once he gets his hands on a golf club.
    Casey: FORE! (Tatsu is sent flying with one hit)
  • Splinter having the Shredder at his complete mercy with a simple flick of the wrist.
    • And Casey finishing him off in the garbage truck complete with a deadpan "Oops!" when he turns on the crusher.
  • Michelangelo's nunchaku duel with the Foot Clan member.
  • Leonardo actually scoring a hit on the Shredder.
    • In the Novelization of the film, it's stated that the turtles drew blood from Shredder (likely due to Leo's above-mentioned hit), eliciting a silent Oh, Crap! from him.
  • The rooftop fight, for its energy and Awesome Music.
  • The Turtles first real fight with the Foot Clan doesn't go their way. Raphael is injured and out of the fight, they're taken by surprise, and they are slowly being overwhelmed. It's only through the arrival of Casey Jones and a quick retreat that the Turtles survive. The rematch, however, is far different. The Turtles manage to not only hold them off, but force the entire Foot Clan to retreat. And keep in mind that their first bout at April's was only against a small contingent, while the rematch was against the entire clan!
    • The best part of the the battle in April's apartment is when Casey shows up to cover the Turtle's escape and wipes the floor with the entire squad.
      • And then The Shredder himself decides to join in, and utterly thrashes the Turtles throughout the fight with only Leo managing to get in a rather minor hit. It takes Master Splinter himself to finally bring the man down through misdirection and trickery. Say what you will about his cartoon incarnation at the time, THIS Shredder was nothing short of a badass of the highest caliber.
  • Shredder's entrance is everything the fans could have hoped for in seeing this iconic childhood villain make the leap to live action, with an intimidating bassline underscoring his lengthy shadow preceding him into the room, and finally Tatsu removes his cloak to reveal his armor, all played deadly serious just as the moment deserves.
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    • A deleted scene (depicted in the novelization and altered slightly in a comic based off the movie) had Tatsu place a red headband on Shredder's armor, and he then takes a seat on the rolled out carpet. The four thugs that tried to jump April at the movie's start are given weapons, and it's implied that whomever manages to obtain the headband will avoid punishment. The thugs don't stand a chance, as Shredder effortlessly deflects their blows whilst scratching them in turn, implicitly making them pay for their bail money with blood. In fact, a remnant of this scene can be viewed when the new foot solider is being masked by Shredder: one such thug is in the background of the shot, nursing his new wound.
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