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  • Actor-Shared Background: Like his character Donatello, Mitchell Whitfield was born in New York City.
  • Author Existence Failure: TMNT was Mako's last film role before he died of cancer during production, so Greg Baldwin, who already had experience voicing Iroh, another one of Mako's characters, provided Splinter's remaining dialogue.
  • Billing Displacement: The voice actors for the turtles are not credited first despite being the main characters. Within the turtles themselves, Nolan North (Raph) is billed first even though James Arnold Taylor voices the group's leader, Leo. Possibly justified however, seeing that Raph is the turtle who receives the most Character Development and is the focus for the majority of the film.
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  • Creator Backlash: James Arnold Taylor didn't approve of the celebrities voicing in the movie, with the exceptions of Patrick Stewart and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
  • The Danza: Mikey Kelley as Michelangelo/Mikey.
  • Deleted Scene: There was another ending made which featured Raphael giving Casey Jones his bike, as well as another scene featuring Michelangelo giving Splinter a piece of cake from a birthday party he was working at.
  • Dueling Dubs: In Latin America, the film was dubbed in Spanish twice in Mexico. The first was produced by Videomax and dubbed at New Art Dub, also in Mexico City for theatrical and DVD/Blu-Ray distribution in Latin America. When Warner released the film on Blu-ray/DVD in North American territories excluding Mexico, they had Auditel produce another dub, also in Mexico City. Oddly enough, Víctor Ugarte provided the voice for Casey Jones in the Videomax dub; whereas in the Warner dub, he voiced Raphael.
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  • Executive Meddling: The reason Patrick Stewart, Chris Evans, and Sarah Michelle Gellar were in the movie was because the studio thought the film didn't have enough star power. Franchise creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman stepped in and told them to keep the Turtles actors as-is, as they wanted the Turtles to be recognized as the characters and not the actors.
  • In Memoriam: The film is in memory of both Mako and Man Kit Cheung(German Cheung) who both died in 2006.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The opening of the prologue originated from the teaser trailer, which had more original footage.
  • The Other Darrin: Mako reportedly did not complete all of his recording for Splinter before passing away of cancer; Greg Baldwin can be heard delivering some of Splinter's lines to sharp-eared listeners.
    • While the tie-in game does bring back the voices for the turtles, Splinter and Max are instead voiced by Montreal-based actors Terrence Scammell and Mark Camacho respectively. For the other game that uses this style, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up, the concurrent voice cast of the 2003 series also return to their respective roles.
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    • In more general terms, while a Broad Strokes continuation, nobody from the first three films returned to voice any of their characters in this one.
  • Real-Life Relative: In the Latin American Spanish dub produced by Warner Bros.:
    • Gloria Rocha is the ADR Director and her brother Abel provided additional voices.
    • Jesús Barrero voiced Leonarrdo and his nephew Víctor Covarrubias provided additional voices.
  • Role Reprise:
    • The two Latin American Spanish dubs have different actors reprising their roles: Luis Daniel Ramírez, Gabriel Ortiz and Karina Altamirano reprising their roles as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Karai from the 2003 TV series in the Videomax dub. Warner's dub has Jesús Barrero reprise his role as Leonardo from the TV dub of the 1990 film.
    • In the Canadian French dub, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Splinter, and April are respectively voiced by Gilbert Lachance, Sébastien Dhavernas, Hubert Fielden, and Élise Bertrand, reprising their roles from the first two live-action moviesnote . As for Raphael and Casey, they are respectively voiced by Bernard Fortin and Pierre Auger, reprising their roles from the 1990 filmnote .
  • Sequel Gap: If one considers this a continuation of sorts, then it's 14 years between Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) and this film (2007).
  • Stillborn Franchise: An odd case where it did well enough for a sequel to start being made, but it ended up not happening. We can attribute this to a combination of said sequel having issues with Development Hell, Peter Laird selling the whole franchise to Nickelodeon in 2009, and Imagi Animation Studios shutting down after their Astro Boy film ended up being a Box Office Bomb the very same year.
  • Throw It In!: The song Splinter cheerfully sings at breakfast is an old Japanese song Mako himself enjoyed singing that found its way into the film.
    • DVD commentary reveals the scene where the music stops when the Jersey Devil gets smashed by the fridge was actually a technical error, but they thought it was funny and left it in.
  • Two Voices, One Character: Most of Splinter's dialogue was voiced by Mako. Owing to his death in 2006, however, Greg Baldwin provided the character's remaining dialogue.
  • Voices in One Room: All of the turtles' voice actors were recorded together during production, which is helped by them being veteran voice actors.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Kevin Munroe stated that he would have liked to do a sequel, either featuring the Foot Clan (which, given Karai's ominous remark at the end of the film, indicated that the Shredder might have come back), the Rat King, or the Triceratons. Also according to a concept poster for the unmade sequel, It would have centered around Michelangelo with his brothers and master being demutated, Also some story ideas would have Mikey joining the Foot Clan wearing a black mask to be taken more seriously by the other turtles. Munroe also expressed interest in having Sarah Michelle Gellar and Chris Evans reprise their roles as April and Casey in a live-action film.
    • Originally the backstory of Yaotyl and the Generals was going to be told by Winters when April and Casey deliver Aguila's statue to him, but the filmmakers decided to just get everyone on the front page in the film's prologue.
    • An abandoned sub-plot would have featured Casey working up the courage to propose to April, which he would've done at the film's end.
    • The opening would've been narrated by Splinter, and the opening sequence thereafter would have introduced Raph as the Nightwatcher. This opening can be found on the DVD.
    • In an earlier draft that found its way into tie-in materials, Yaotyl and the Generals would've succeeded in destroying the ancient civilization we see them attacking in the prologue, but they would've been cursed with immortality and being turned to stone by a sorceress from the civilization who was not present at the battle.
    • The fight between Leo and Raph would've started with them fighting barehanded, before resorting to their weapons. The nearly completed scene can be viewed on the DVD.
    • As shown in this video, the movie was originally going to have just voice actors until executive meddling kicked in, resulting in some celebrity casting. The creators stepped in and got the turtles and most of the supporting characters to be played by professional voice actors.
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