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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 Half Shell Heroes Blast To The Past

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The turtles recover a crystal Shredder's henchmen stole from a museum. Donnie tries to use it as a power source for his transforming turtle robot, but using the robot's rocket boosters accidentally sends the turtles back to dinosaur times with Bebop and Rocksteady hitching a ride. The turtles must find a way back home, but with the Triceratons causing trouble, that's easier said than done.


  • Alternate Continuity: The special has enough inconsistencies in continuity that it is clearly not canon to the main series. Chief among them is that the special premiered at a point in the main series where the Triceratons destroyed the Earth and the Turtles went with Professor Honeycutt in space, time-traveling six months prior to Earth's destruction to try and prevent it by gathering the pieces of the Black Hole Generator before the Triceratons can use it.
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  • Anachronism Stew: Not only are Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, and Compsognathus shown living in the Cretaceous, but many of the other dinosaurs didn't live 100 million years ago.
  • Androcles' Lion: Raph befriends the Pteranodon by treating its injured wing.
  • Art Shift: Is done in a much lighter, more cartoon-y style than the main series.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: The Triceratons at one point end up in their underwear. This includes the female general Zera.
  • The Comically Serious: Tiger Claw knows that humans and dinosaurs didn't exist together, unlike Bebop and Rocksteady.
  • Denser and Wackier/Lighter and Softer: The humor is much more overt, and the special is overall lighthearted.
  • Domesticated Dinosaurs: The turtles befriend and tame dinosaurs (and one pterosaur) to fight the Triceratons.
  • Enemy Mine: Bebop and Rocksteady offer to work together with the turtles against the Triceratons. Leo tries to invoke a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Mythology Gag:
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    • This isn't the first time the turtles have traveled to dinosaur times.
    • When they return to the present, Shredder has taken over the world similar to Same As It Never Was.
    • While trapped in prehistoric times, Bebop and Rocksteady's outfits are altered to slightly resemble those of their original incarnations (most notably Bebop's turtle shell shoulder pads, and Rocksteady wearing a yellow vest.)
  • Out of Focus/What Happened to the Mouse?: Tiger Claw's only scene in this special is during the museum robbery.
  • Ptero Soarer: The Pteranodon are portrayed with serrated bills similar to Jonny Quest. On the other hand, they are quadrupedal.
  • Raptor Attack: The raptors are, as usual, Jurassic Park-styled. Be it they're organic or mechanical.
  • Reality Ensues: When the turtles get confronted by a T. rex, Leonardo attempts to use Jurassic Park logic on it. Donatello corrects him that real tyrannosaurs have excellent eyesight better than that of eagles or hawks, and sure enough the T. rex has no trouble seeing them.
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  • Sequel Hook: When the characters return to the present, they overshoot their destination and discover that Shredder has taken over the world. Whether or not a sequel will be made remains to be seen.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: A Compsognathus causes trouble for Raph, and then to the turtles when they get attacked by raptors and a T. rex.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Pteranodon, raptors, Brachiosaurus, Ankylosaurus, and Compsognathus are all present in this movie. Spinosaurus appears as a giant robot as well as a more normal-sized fossil in the museum.
  • Super-Deformed: Everybody in the episode except for the dinos is portrayed in a chibi style.
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