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Charater Profile-April O’Neil

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2011 by turtlefan2011

Weapons-Martial Arts Weapons, Video Camera, or whats ever around(depends on what version)

Personality-April is a constant companion of the turtles and serves as their link to the outside world. In the original comics April was the assistant to Baxter Stockman,a mad scientist, but in other versions she is an ace television reporter, similar to Lois lane of the “Superman” comics, working for Channel 3 New in the live action films or Channel 6 in the 87 series. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6pNX5dcIr0

Fact-April closest friend is Michelangelo, who served as April’s Maid of Honor at her wedding to Casey Jones in the episode “Wedding Bells and Bytes” of the 2008-09 animated series “TMNT Back to the Sewer”

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Character Profile-Casey Jones

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2011 by turtlefan2011

Weapons-Golf Clubs, Baseball Bats, Hockey Sticks, various other sports equipment, and a White Hockey Mask.

Personality– In the comics Casey is a wise cracking , former pro-hockey player, who became a vigilante after an injury ruined his carrier. He hates crime almost to the point where he’s homicidal though he doesn’t actually kill.

Facts-The character of Casey Jones was meant to be a parody of the vigilante comics. In the CG film TMNT (2007) Casey Jones is voiced by Chris Evans who also played the Human Torch, another wisecracking superhero, films Fantastic Four and the and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer(2005-2007).

My 2 Cents-One of the best scenes in the first live action film is when Casey pulls the lever on the garbage truck to crush the Shredder.He looks around like he’s minding his own business and then accidentally  pushes the lever saying, “Oops!”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1uJ70ytbvs

Character Profile-The Shredder

Posted in Uncategorized on April 28, 2011 by turtlefan2011

Weapons-Bladed Armor

Personality-Shredde’s real name is Oroku Saki,a master ninja and main villain of  turtles. As the  the leader of the Foot Clan,a secret order of ninja thieves, he seeks to control crime in New York City.

Fact-In most versions of the franchise, the Shredder is the one responsible for inadvertently creating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, by killing Hamato Yoshi he inspired Splinter to train the turtles in ninjutsu, becoming his greatest enemy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTkA6MXdV2M

My 2 Cents-The Shredder is to the turtles as the Joker is to Batman and Darth Vader is to Luke Skywalker. They are the villains you love to hate. They are unyielding and cruel, sometimes funny, you sit there glued to the screen or the page just in aw of them. Though you want them to lose you secretly wonder if they’ll win and even hope that they do, though in they end they always fail.Yet, you’re a right there the next issue, the next episode, the next film, to see if they do. How many villains can you say that too?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:The Movie

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2011 by turtlefan2011

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE MOVIE
Released on March 30, 1990 (USA)
Running time: 87 minutes

 

THE CAST
CHARACTER
ACTOR
April O’Neil
Judith Hoag
Casey Jones
Elias Koteas
Michaelangelo
Michelan Sisti
Donatello
Leif Tilden
Raphael
Li Josh Pais
Leonardo
David Forman
Danny Pennington
Michael Turney
Charles Pennington
Jay Patterson
Chief Sterns
Raymond Serra
The Shredder
James Saito
Tatsu
Toshishiro Obata
Head Thug
Sam Rockwell
June
Kitty Fitzgibbon
Cab Driver
Louis Cantarini
Movie Hoodlum #1
Joe D’Onofrio
THE VOICE CAST
CHARACTER
ACTOR
Donatello
Corey Feldman
Leonardo
Brian Tochi
Michaelangelo
Robbie Rist
Raphael
Li Josh Pais
Splinter
Kevin Clash
The Shredder
David McCharen
Tatsu
Michael McConnohie

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THE CREW
Director
Steve Barron
Screenplay
Todd W. Langen
Bobby Herbeck
Director of Photography
John Fenner
Music Composer
John Du Prez
Production Designer
Roy Forge Smith
Executive Producer
Raymond Chow
Producers
Kim Dawson
Simon Fields
David Chan
Cinematographer
John Fenner
Film Editors
William D. Gordean
Sally Menke
James R. Symons
Casting
Lynn Kressel
Art Direction
Gary Wissner
Set Decoration
Barbara Kahn
Brendan Smith
Costume Designer
John Hay
Makeup
Jeff Goodwin
Dalaree Goodwin
Hair Stylist
Michelle Johnson
Production Supervisor
Doug Cole
Production Manager
David Blake Hartley
Executive in Charge of Production
Thomas K. Gray
Special Effects
Ken Barley
Barry Fowler
Dave Kelly
Joe Digaetano
David Fletcher
Visual Effects
Ray Scott
Stunts
Reginalf Barnes Jr.
Paul Bucossi
Thomas Dewier
Norman Douglass
Gene Harrison
Pat E. Johnson
Yuen Mo Chow
Ip Choi Nam
Shawn O’Neil
Ernie Reyes Jr
Michael Russo
Kenn Scott
Chi Wai Chiang
Deborah Watkins
Paul Beahm

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Synopsis:

April O’Neil (Judith Hoag) a beautiful, young television investigative reporter at Channel 3’s Eyewitness News, is doing a series of stories on the recent escalation of robberies in New York City. One evening after her nightly newscast, April encounters thieves in the act of robbing one of the TV station’s remote vans.

The street lights go out. We hear the sounds of a struggle. Shadowy figures lock in combat in the darkness behind her.

When the police arrive, they find April dazed but unharmed, with her assailants neatly tied up around her.

Inside the sewers of New York, April’s rescuers are revealed: Raphael, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Donatello – the illustrious Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – who have returned to their subterranean den to report to their ninja master: an aging, four-foot tall talking rat named Splinter. After some pizza, the tempestuous Raphael goes to Central Park and gets into a fight with Casey Jones (Elias Koteas), a self-appointed vigilante who wields a variety of sports implements as weapons. A martial-arts athlete, Casey announces to himself that it is time to go into the dangerous, criminal world of the streets and save New York. “Somebody’s gotta do it!” he says.

Meanwhile, the silent crimes continue to escalate, despite April’s prodding of ineffective police chief Ross Sterns (Raymond Serra) to clean up the city. April does manage to incite the group responsible for the crimes: a clandestine organization known as The Foot, which attacks her again, this time in the subway.

Again, the heroic Raphael saves her.

This time, however, he brings her to the Turtles’ sewer den. Here, Splinter and his Turtles tell the spooked April the story of their origin, which involves a sewer encounter with radioactive ooze that caused them to grow to the size of men and gave them the gift of speech.

As the Turtles escort April to her apartment, Splinter is “rat-napped” by The Foot.

After the TMNT return home and find their Sensei missing, the heartbroken and confused Turtles return to April’s apartment, while The Foot takes Splinter to its headquarters: a huge warehouse that is a cross between Pinocchio’s “Pleasure Island” and a ninja “Fagin’s Lair.” It is here that The Shredder builds his empire, using an army of ninja-trained teenagers as his thieves.

One of these is Danny Pennington, the estranged son of April’s boss, and Danny tips The Shredder off as to where the troublesome Turtles are.

Armed with this knowledge, The Foot launches an all-out attack, demolishing April’s apartment in a knock-down, drag-out battle as she, the Turtles and Casey Jones (always on the lookout for a good fight, but overwhelmed by numbers this time) all flee.

The heroes arrive at April’s childhood home in the country, where the somber Turtles deal with their defeat, each in his own way.

In the calm serenity of the countryside Casey and April discover each other.

The Turtles now discover, through a mystical communique with their still-imprisoned Master Splinter, that the true ninja is not of the body, but of the mind. Accordingly, they all begin to retrain and hone their ninja abilities.

With their new knowledge and skills, the Turtles return to the city. While Casey manages to rescue Splinter with Danny’s help, the Turtles engage in their final battle with The Foot – in the sewers, on the streets and upon rooftops.

The battle climaxes with Splinter defeating The Shredder, who is revealed to be the assassin of Splinter’s own ninja master.

New York is saved, and the Turtles are reunited with their “father.”

boAn 888 Production and a Steve Barron Film directed by Barron and released through New Line Cinema, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is a story of love and strength, humor and heroism. Based on the characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, and produced by Kim Dawson, Simon Fields and David Chan with Graham Cottle as co-producer, and written by Todd W. Langen and Bobby Herbeck, it is the tale of four tiny green turtles owned by a little boy who accidentally dropped them into a New York sewer. Here, they were enveloped by a radioactive ooze which miraculously gave them the gift of speech, caused them to grow very large and to walk upright. Over the years (hidden behind dark sunglasses, low fedoras and high collared trench coats – while making regular forays into the city to see movies and go shopping), they picked up surfer jargon and other customs of their teenage human counterparts. Receiving special strength from the radioactive ooze, they become state-of-the-art super heroes on the half shell, imbued not only with a highly developed sense of humor but also with great physical power enabling them to fight for truth, justice and the American way – and then to sit down and party on with an extra-large pizza!

“We made this movie for both kids and adults,” says director Barron. “The tone is unique. Strange creatures living in a contemporary setting. It touches the subconscious of most people.”

Commenting on the human stars of the Turtles’ picture, producer David Chan says that Judith Hoag is wonderful in the role of April and that it is “a charming sight to see her and the Turtles together. She brings life to April. And Elias Koteas is perfect as our Casey Jones. He and Judith look very well together.”

“She can’t help feeling something for Raphael,” explains Hoag, of her April character. “After all, he saved her life twice! Even though it is kind of a beauty and the beast thing, I think it was important that we created a special connection between them. Of course, that did help cause tension between Casey and Raph.”

Hoag adds that she thinks April does fall a little bit in love with Raphael and that the great challenge in acting out their on-screen relationship was to create something not written. “We projected a rare closeness between a human and a creature – an unspoken, unconditional loyalty and love,” she says. “He is such a hero! Why shouldn’t he be able to cause something to stir in April’s heart?”

When Casey Jones meets April and the Turtles, his character undergoes a metamorphosis. In the beginning, Koteas says of his role, Casey has all this pent-up anger against the thieves and thinks they should all be physically hurt by him for their crimes. He has one focus and that is to “get” these street criminals.

“Then suddenly this beautiful face comes along in the midst of all the scum on the streets,” he explains. “Casey falls for April. He changes. She softens him. He’s not so sure of himself now. He’s vulnerable. But he gets himself together and – along with the Turtles – goes out with her to ‘get’ the punks. She does it with her TV news, and he does it with his hockey sticks.”

James Saito, brings just the right touch of ominous strength to his role of the arch villain, The Shredder. Much like Fagin in “Oliver Twist,” the cunning Shredder is head of The Foot gang, a band of teenage thieves he has ninja-trained to rob unsuspecting citizens in New York City. Sait’s menacing, notable performance – sharp, clear and at times, frightening – is seen especially when he battles the Turtles’ aging ninja master, Splinter. The Shredder, it is revealed, is the demonic assassin who murdered Splinter’s beloved master, Hamato Yoshi, and Yoshi’s beautiful wife, Tang Shen.

One of the teenagers the Shredder has enticed into his Foot gang is rebellious thirteen year-old Danny Pennington (Michael Turney), the son of April’s “Eyewitness News” boss Charles Pennington (Jay Patterson). Restless, impressionable and often left to himself by his busy father, young Danny was easy prey for the Shredder. But finally realizing he must take the high road, Danny abandons his evil mentor to help the Turtles.

Of his Danny Pennington role, Michael says he has seen a lot of kids take the wrong road and is glad he never moved in that direction. The part he plays in this film, he says, is a good lesson for kids because it shows that if you break the law, there’s a good chance you might wind up in jail. “I was arrested in the movie,” he says with a slow smile, “but I’m glad it was only acting.”

Producer David Chan, who was vice-president of international production for the Golden Harvest group in Hong Kong , says that working with the creatures during filming was a slow and painstaking process. But he knew it was well worth the hard work everyone put in when he saw the first “dailies” of the film shot the previous day. An expert on action/adventure movies, Chan has supervised production on such films as “Death Hunt” (Charles Bronson), “The Cannonball Run” (Burt Reynolds), “The Big Brawl” (Jackie Chan), “Lassiter” (Tom Selleck) and “Bruce Lee the Legend.” He also produced the English version of “Jackie Chan’s Police Force.”

Steve Barron directed the much honored “Electric Dreams.” As partners, Steve Barron and Simon Fields made award winning videos on Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing,” Aha’s “Take on Me,” and the stellar “Billie Jean,” the first single from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album which became the biggest selling album in the history of music business.

When Steve Barron was preparing for the picture, he wondered how he would get a performance from an animatronic rat and four huge living, characterized turtles. The only way to do it, he decided, was to attempt brave new technology.

“It’s an unwritten law that you don’t try more than one new technology at a time in one film,” he explained. “But in this picture, we attempted six!” Even though there were some initial problems – everything fell into place in just the right way and “overall, we did get wonderful performances from our four hard working Turtles and Splinter – and all our other actors as well!”

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About the Sets and Locations:

Besides the film’s very authentic looking New York rooftop sets created at the North Carolina Film Studios by production designer Roy Forge Smith, one of the picture’s most important sets was the studio’s back lot where the company filmed night scenes for almost two weeks.

To prepare for creating the design sketches, Smith and his art director, Gary Wissner, went to New York City about four months before filming was to begin and took still photographs of the rooftops there and the tenement area on Bleecker Street where they imagined Casey Jones would live and April’s junk shop/loft apartment would be – with manholes in the street close by that would lead to the Turtles’ sewer den.

Smith’s talented construction team – using his sketches – then set about matching as closely as possible the film studio’s back lot street to the photographs. When the carpenters finally had the sets reinforced, and in some cases, rebuilt, the painters came in and renamed some of the shops, restaurants and apartment hotels, and aged all the buildings with a mixture of various kinds of ink, paint and plaster. The result was an extremely authentic look and the same kind of feeling that is present on the real life Bleecker Street in Manhattan.

One of the problems Smith had, he says, was with the two manholes leading to the sewer. An eight foot square room had to be constructed below each manhole for the Turtles to go in and out of on their way to and from their sewer lair.

“When we started digging in the street we hit water at about five feet because – we found out – the whole North Carolina coastal area near the Cape Fear River is swamp land and just under the surface it is all a natural spring,” explained Smith. “We finally solved the problem by pouring concrete into the underground rooms to keep the water out.”

Smith, who has designed such films as”Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” says that when he first was given the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” assignment, he did not do anything the first week except meditate about the project – which is the way he approaches every new film.

“To get motivation for the proper atmosphere in the designs, I started out by imagining I was a Turtle living in the sewers under Manhattan,” says Smith. “Our director, Steve Barron, had story boards drawn for all the action scenes, so that was a big help. I wanted to get the Turtles’ domestic environment, their den, just right because it is important to a lot of kids out there who follow the adventures to create the definitive home of the Turtles, the one the kids will recognize, rough but inviting, furnished by junk swept down the storm drain and made workable by Donatello, the fix-it genius who can repair anything.”

In the designs’ early stages, Smith showed his drawings to two young boys he knew. They said: “Yeah, that’s it! That’s it! But where are the empty pizza boxes?” Needless to say, their advice was heeded, and pizza boxes were added to the set.

While in New York City, photographing Bleecker Street, Smith and Rissner also tried, without success, to gain access to a city sewer hoping to get some ideas to help give the picture’s sewer set a look of authenticity. They were, however, allowed to explore a long-abandoned, one-hundred year-old Brooklyn subway system – originally built for steam trains – whose structure principle is the same as a sewer. They also went into a water tunnel which had huge water pipes running through it that were used to pump water into the Central Park reservoir. Smith shot still photographs of these two underground explorations and used them as inspiration in creating the Turtles’ den and the film’s actual sewer corridors. “Then our set decorators dressed it with a dilapidated couch, old chairs, a cracked but working TV set, second-hand books, a weather -beaten table, a shattered mirror, a hanging tire, an ancient stove, splintered bunks and a faded hammock to sleep in; torn pictures on the wall and a battered old telephone in a broken-down phone booth where the Turtles phone for pizza all the time.”

Smith went on to say that to make the den even more authentic-looking, he imagined that it would have been flooded many times, so he gave it a tide mark – a ring on the walls indicating a long ago high water mark. And knowing such a room would acquire layers of soot, condensation, rust and algae, he tried to get the maximum amount of this texture by covering much of it with brick, plaster and a kind of stucco paint put on with a roller that combines different elements of aging colors with the base color which is literally splattered on the wall with a pump spray to give it that derelict texture look as though dampness over time had slowly flecked away at the paint leaving flakes all over. “We put rust marks running down the walls, ceiling leak marks and rusty colored water marks everywhere — all done with inks, paints and plaster,” adds Smith who, at the beginning of his career, had intended to become an artist. “To me, the whole thing is like a three dimensional canvas which is a projection from my original sketches.”

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About the Creatures:

The outrageous, fearsome-four green teen Turtles, Raphael, Leonardo, Michaelangelo and Donatello and their ninja mystical master Splinter were all brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in London. Although the full extent of what they are is a carefully guarded secret – a broad over-view of their creation may be told.

Jim Henson said that the creatures are the most advanced he had ever worked with or created. “It is a lot easier to put everything you need inside a creature when you are able to start from the beginning with your own designs.”

Henson said he thought the reason his projects have been so successful is because of the puppeteers. Led by Creature Shop creative supervisor John Stephenson and production supervisor William Plant, work on constructing the Turtles and Splinter began in February of 1989.

“We first made fiber glass body casts of each creature taking great care to give them all their own individual characteristics,” says Stephenson who has developed characters for such films as “Dark Crystal,’ and “Return to Oz,” plus the NBC television series “The Jim Henson House.”

When the body casts were completed, they were given to sculptors to be rebuilt with clay. “They sculpted the muscle structure in the feet, calves, thighs, chests, shoulders, necks, upper arms and then hands and forearms – and, finally, the head and shell pieces,” Stephenson revealed. They were then produced as molds to cast the whole body in foam rubber latex – and then painted, giving each character its own distinctive marks and coloration.”

Once the foam latex form was completed, complex, detailed work on mechanizing the fiber glass heads began.”A system was worked out that had never been done before,”notes Stephenson. “Our electronics computer expert, Dave Housman, developed new technology utilizing radio control, computerized speed, power and simplicity of operation.”

In the past, a close-up of an animatronic’s head, Stephenson explained, has required several puppeteers and much rehearsal to produce the required expressions. For the Turtles’ movie, a way had to be found to enable close-up Turtle heads to lip sync fast and efficiently combining all their extreme cartoon type facial expressions.

With a talented array of over fifty team members consisting of supervisors, designers, sculptors, mechanics, costumers, seamstresses, plasterers, painters and an electronic computer expert – all working together – Henson’s Creature Shop was able to complete work on the Turtles and Splinter in a very short eighteen week period and have them delivered on time to the North Carolina Film Studios for the start of filming.

The movie’s chief puppeteer and second unit director was Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson) who had the important responsibility of directing many of the stunt scenes and also making sure that all the puppeteers perform their characters to the very best advantage.

Before filming began, Brian ran rehearsals with the performers and the characters so he would know their performance capabilities and could be of important assistance to director Steve Barron during the actual shoot. One of his favorite scenes, he said, was where Raphael carries the unconscious April into the Turtles sewer’ den. “There’s a nice feeling between the two of them and it is a lovely sort of image to see these four huge Turtles and a giant rat living in a home in the sewers under New York City.”

When aspiring puppeteers seek his advice, Brian says only that they must regard puppeteering as a creative craft you have to work at and train for so that “you can finally get your hands to do what you, instinctively want them to do. And once you are there performing, you must have the ability to pull yourself up and out of yourself and into your hand.”

A step further, he says, is when you learn “to perform the character while looking at the character only on the monitor. Then you are just concentrating on the screen character – and that’s the character you really bring to life – without thinking of your hands. The effect is much more believable and more magnificent.”

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2011 by turtlefan2011

TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze
Released on March 22, 1991 (USA)
Running time: 88 minutes
THE CAST
CHARACTER
ACTOR
April O’Neil
Paige Turco
Prof. Jordon Perry
David Warner
Michaelangelo
Michelan Sisti
Donatello
Leif Tilden
Raphael
Kenn Troum
Leonardo
Mark Caso
Splinter
Kevin Clash
Keno
Ernie Reyes, Jr.
Shredder
Francois Chau
Tatsu
Toshishiro Obata
Chief Sterns
Raymond Serra
Rahzar
Mark Ginther
Tokka
Kurt Bryant
Super Shredder
Kevin Nash
THE VOICE CAST
CHARACTER
ACTOR
Donatello
Adam Carl
Leonardo
Brian Tochi
Michaelangelo
Robbie Rist
Raphael
Laurie Faso
Splinter
Kevin Clash
The Shredder
David McCharen
Tatsu
Michael McConnohie
Tokka & Rahzar

Frank Welker

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THE CREW
Animatronic Characters
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop
Music
John Du Prez
Edits
John Wright and Steve Mirkovich
Production Designer
Roy Forge Smith
Director of Photography
Shelly Johnson
Executive Producer
Raymond Chow
Co-Producer
Terry Morse
Written by
Todd Langen
Producers
Thomas K. Gary, Kim Dawson
and David Chan
Director
Michael Pressman

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Synopsis:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze finds our four favorite sewer-dwellers in search of a new place to call home. Along the way they once again run into the nefarious Foot Clan and their insidious leader, the Shredder. With the help of April O’Neil, Professor Jordan Perry and pizza delivery boy Keno, the Turtles manage to prevent Shredder from unleashing the mutating formula Mutagen and the monstrous creatures that it creates (Tokka and Rahzar) upon the denizens of New York City. Turtle Power!

“If there is an outstanding impression left by this movie, it is the Turtles’ loyalty and love for each other and how they come together as brothers and fighting comrades to discover their own beginnings; to protect innocent citizens and to save the city from criminal destruction,” said the film’s producer, David Chan. “This picture leaves you encouraged. It demonstrates the importance of continuing to fight for what you believe to be right because even against seemingly insurmountable odds, there may still be a chance to win.”

boBehind the CameraOOZE screenwriter Todd W. Langen also wrote (with Bobby Herbeck) the original TMNT film, and in 1990 he won the Writers Guild of America Award and the Humanities Award for Best Television Episode of the Year. Both of these awards were for his scripting on the then-hit TV show The Wonder Years. Langen began his career as a Hughes Aircraft Aerospace engineer, making him a rocket scientist! In 1986 he decided to try his hand at professional writing and began his very successful Hollywood screen writing profession.

Born in Detroit and raised in Michigan, Todd went west in 1983, after he had earned his Master’s Degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. Almost immediately he got a job working with NASA on the space shuttle in El Segundo, California. He was also part of the Mission Control team for the shuttle program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Although he was enjoying a successful career with NASA, Langen secretly dreamed of writing for TV and film. With this in mind, he began writing scripts in 1983. After receiving 30 rejections, in 1987 Family Ties producer Michael Weithorn hired him to write an episode for the series Pursuit of Happiness, and Todd’s dream was well on its way to coming true. Perseverance paid off! The next year Langen was hired to write 2 episodes for The Wonder Years. After 3 years on that show, Todd decided to strike out on his own once again and he has been writing for various movie projects ever since.

Michael Pressman had directed nearly every type of film by the time he signed on to direct TMNT II. From comedy to drama to musicals, Michael had done it all. When asked to direct OOZE, Pressman accepted the assignment, and found it to be his most challenging picture to work on at the time. Not only did he have to direct the actors in the TMNT costumes, but he had to simultaneously coordinate the actions of the puppeteers to ensure that both came together to bring the character to life in a believable fashion as wells. With all the complexities of directing the four Turtles, Master Splinter, Tokka and Rahzar and the nine puppeteers needed to make the characters live, Michael still managed to finish the project on time and on budget.

The son of well-known stage director David Pressman, Michael was born and raised in Manhattan, which made him well suited to direct the second adventure of the City’s resident mutant Turtles! Michael graduated from New York’s High School of Music and Art and went on to study drama at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1970 he moved to Los Angeles where he majored in acting at the California Institute of the Arts. After college, Pressman met famed B-movie director/producer Roger Corman, who signed Michael to direct his first movie, The Great Texas Dynamite Chase, which, like all Corman’s films, was shot with an incredibly modest budget. From there Michael went on to direct The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, Those Lips, Those Eyes (which he also produced) Some Kind of Hero and Doctor Detroit.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2011 by turtlefan2011

TMNT III: The Turtles Are Back… In Time!
Released on March 17, 1993 (USA)
Running time: 96 minutes

 

THE CAST
CHARACTER
ACTOR
April O’Neil
Paige Turco
Casey Jones and Whit
Elias Koteas
Walker
Stuart Wilson
Lord Norinaga
Sab Shimono
Mitsu
Vivian Wu
Donatello
Jim Raposa
Leonardo
Mark Caso
Michaelangelo
David Fraser
Raphael
Matt Hill
Splinter
James Murray
Kenshin
Henry Hayashi
Niles
John Aylward
Benkei (Honor Guard #1)
Mak Takano
Honor Guard #2
Steven Getson Akahoshi
Honor Guard #3
Kent Kim
Honor Guard #4
Ken Kensei
Yoshi
Travis A. Moon
Grandfather
Tad Horino
Jailer
Glen Chin
Young Priest
Koichi Sakamoto
Sam
Tracy Patrick Conklin
Dave
Edmund Stone
Murata
Jeff Kawasugi
Rider
Phil Chong
Blacksmith
Yeon Kim
THE VOICE CAST
CHARACTER
ACTOR
Donatello
Corey Feldman
Leonardo
Brian Tochi
Michaelangelo
Robbie Rist
Raphael
Tim Kelleher
Splinter
James Murray

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THE CREW
Writer
Stuart Gillard
Director
Stuart Gillard
Executive Producer
Raymond Chow
Producer
David Chan
Associate Producer
Roberta Chow
Producer
Kim Dawson
Producer
Thomas K. Gray
Co-Producer
Terry Morse Jr.
Cinematographer
David Garfunkel
Film Editors
William D. Gordean
James R. Symons
Production Designer
Roy Forge Smith
Art Director
Mayne Schuyler Berke
Set Decorator
Ronald R. Reiss
Costume Designer
Dodie Shepard
Makeup Artist
Martha Cecilia
Visual Effects
Jesse Silver
Special Effects
Joseph P. Mercurio
Vincent Montefusco
Dawn M. Severdia
Beecher Tomlinson
Chief Puppeteer
Gordon Robertson
Donatello Puppeteer
Rick Lyon
Leonardo Puppeteer
Jim Martin
Michaelangelo Puppeteer
Gordon Robertson
Raphael Puppeteer
Noel MacNeal
Splinter Puppeteer
James Murray
Lisa Aimee Sturz
Tim Lawrence
Additional Puppeteers
Eric Allard
Dwight Roberts
Martial Arts Choreographer
Pat E. Johnson
Stunt Coordinators
Pat E. Johnson
Bruce Le
Horse Stunts staged by
Danny Virtue
Stunts
Will Cascio
Phil Chong
Danny E. Glover
Barbara Bernhardt Goldstone
Steven Ho
Shishir Inocalla
Pat E. Johnson
Larry Lam
Gary Lauder
Alan Liu
Bobby Lovegren
Anthony Marquez
David McKeown
Billy Morts
Ho Sung Pak
Ho Young Pak
Nick Palma
James Pratt
Danny Virtue
Mark Warrick
Bill Shaw

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Synopsis:

JAPAN, 1603: A lone warrior races through the forest, being chased by four Samurai on horseback. The young man is captured by his pursuers, and taken to the imposing Fortress of Lord Norinaga. Inside, we see Lord Norinaga confront his captive, who we find to be his son, Prince Kenshin. Norinaga quarrels with his son, who is ashamed of his father’s actions in what he considers to be an unjust war. Just as Norinaga is about to strike his son down for disgracing him, we hear a gun shot fired. Enter Walker, a conniving English trader. He warns Norinaga that the rebels are about to attack. Guards take Prince Kenshin away, as Norinaga and his British allies prepare for battle.

NEW YORK CITY, The Present: We find the Turtles in their sewer abode, practicing their ninja skills. April appears to present gifts to the teen terrapins as they’ve offered to watch her apartment while she goes on vacation. She’s brought an odd scepter along to give to Master Splinter… which begins to glow with weird magic. In a flash, April disappears, and in her place is a man… Prince Kenshin!

April finds herself back in time, at Lord Norinaga’s fortress! Everyone there save for Walker thinks that she is a witch, and April tries to use this to her advantage by frightening the ancient warriors. Walker, disbelieving that April has any supernatural powers, defies her to shrink him. When she fails to perform the sorcery, guards haul her away.

Back in New York, Donatello and Splinter have determined that the scepter is a time-switch device, and for the Turtles to use it, people from the past will be brought to the present. The Turtles get their friend Casey Jones to guard the people from the past that will appear when the TMNT go back in time to find April. Donatello determines that the staff’s powers will only work for 60 hours, and after that time, if the Turtles don’t come back, they’ll be stuck in the past! Don activates the scepter, and in a blinding flash, the Turtles are gone! In their place we see four very confused Samurai… the four Honor Guards of Lord Norinaga!

The Turtles pop back in time into the middle of the battle between Norinaga’s forces and the rebels! They’re on horseback and decked out in full Honor Guard Samurai regalia! Michaelangelo ends up backwards on his horse, and it gallops out of control into the forest! He is attacked and dismounted. The leader of the rebellion, Mitsu, is shocked to find a giant Turtle under the helmet, and she orders Mikey to be carted off to the rebel village.

As night falls, the 3 remaining Turtles sneak into Norinaga’s keep in attempt to rescue April. Walker is talking with Norinaga, who has just learned that his four Honor Guards have disappeared, along with the Sacred Scepter! Walker argues that Norinaga must buy his guns to quell the rebellion, while Norinaga fears that all is lost now that the scepter has vanished.

The Turtles follow Walker’s henchman Niles, and he inadvertently leads the TMNT to April in Norinaga’s dungeon. April finds an escape route, and she and the Turtles fight their way to escape. They are accompanied by a prisoner named Whit, who looks amazingly like Casey Jones! It seems that he was jailed for mutiny, and he is as eager to leave this place as April and the Turtles are.

Norinaga, when discovering April’s escape, prepares to punish Niles. Walker is able to prevent his henchmen from being toasted, however.

The Turtles are now in the forest, basking in its ancient beauty. Suddenly, rebel forces ambush them, thinking that they are Norinaga’s Honor Guard! Donatello removes his helmet, and the rebels are shocked to see more giant Turtles! The TMNT are taken to meet Mitsu, who exclaims that they are like”the other one.” The Turtles realize that Mikey is with the rebels and rejoice in the knowledge that they’ll soon be reunited. As they head back to the rebel village, they see smoke rising from it! Walker and his men are burning the town, looking for the scepter and Prince Kenshin. As the Turtles and the rebel warriors rush to save the town, we see a young boy trapped in a burning home. Mikey rescues the child and Leo saves his life by performing CPR. Mitsu now knows that the Turtles are good, and welcomes them. The Turtles remember that they need the scepter to get back home… and they’re running out of time! They go in search for it, as Whit and April help the townspeople rebuild their homes. When the Turtles can’t find the scepter, Donatello comes up with the unlikely scheme of creating a new one! April is very skeptical!

Meanwhile in the present, Casey Jones keeps the four Honor Guard busy by teaching them to play hockey!

Back in the past, Michaelangelo introduces the villagers to pizza, and Whit tries to convince April to take him back to New York City. Donatello’s scepter is finished, but Leonardo drops it and it breaks! It seems as if the TMNT are trapped in the past! Just then, Mitsu walks in and announces that Norinaga will attack in the morning! The Turtles decide to join Mitsu and her people to fight the overlord.

That night, Raph and Yoshi hang out. Raphael gives Yoshi a yo-yo, and the boy wanders off. When he returns, he brings the Sacred Scepter! As everyone argues about who hid the scepter, Whit holds a knife to Mitsu’s throat and demands the scepter!

Whit takes Mitsu to Norinaga, and tells the Daimyo that she has kidnapped his son Prince Kenshin. Mitsu then tells Lord Norinaga that Whit is holding the Sacred Scepter. Mitsu attacks Norinaga but is stopped by Walker, and she is taken to the dungeon. Whit tries to cut a deal with Walker, using the Sacred Scepter as a bargaining chip.

The Turtles break into the castle once again to save Mitsu and the other rebel captives. As the heroes attempt their escape, they run headlong into Lord Norinaga and his men, and a battle ensues. Michaelangelo is injured accidentally by Mitsu! Leonardo manages to beat Norinaga in a sword fight, and captures him in a giant bell! Things are going great for the Turtles when Walker takes April hostage at gun point. Leo challenges the vile Brit, and Walker fires a cannon at the bold Turtle… but misses Leo and hits the bell that imprisons Norinaga! Walker tries to flee with the Sacred Scepter, but the Turtles catch up with him. Walker tosses the staff into the air, but the TMNT manage to catch it before it hits the ground and breaks! A fireball explodes from nowhere, knocking Walker off the top of the castle and into the moat waiting far below.

Back in New York, Casey realizes that it’s time to send the real Honor Guard back to the past… but he’s taken them out to a nightclub! They hurry back to the sewer.

The Turtles finally have the Sacred Scepter and the rebels have finally defeated the evil overlord Norinaga. As the TMNT prepare to use the scepter, Mikey, Raph and Leo decide that they’d like to stay in the past, where they are welcome and happy. Don says no way! As they argue, the magic staff activates! With a flash, the TMNT and April are gone!

Back in the sewer, the four Honor Guard and Prince Kenshin have vanished, and in their place we see April and the Turtle team. Casey and Splinter welcome the Turtles and April home. Michaelangelo laments for a moment, but quickly realizes that home is where the heart is… even if home is a sewer!

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2007 poster
Released in the USA on March 23, 2007
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Kevin Munroe
PRODUCED BY
Thomas K. Gray
PRODUCED BY
Galen Walker
PRODUCED BY
Paul Wang
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Francis Kao
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Peter Laird
Gary Richardson
Frederick U. Fierst
CO-PRODUCER
Felix Ip
LINE PRODUCER
Michael J. Arnold
BASED ON CHARACTERS CREATED BY
Peter Laird
Kevin Eastman
MUSIC BY
Klaus Badelt
MUSIC SUPERVISOR
Julianne Jordan
EDITOR
John Damien Ryan
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Simon Murton
VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR
Kith Ng
SUPERVISING ANIMATOR
Kim Ooi
CASTING BY
Dawn Hershey, C.S.A.
CHARACTER VOICE ACTOR
Master Splinter Mako
Leonardo James Arnold Taylor
Raphael Nolan North
Donatello Mitchell Whitfield
Michelangelo Mikey Kelly
April O’Neil Sarah Michelle Gellar
Casey Jones Chris Evans
Karai Ziyi Zhang
Max Winters Patrick Stewart
General Aguila Kevin Michael Richardson
Diner Cook Kevin Smith

Movie Synopsis:

After the defeat of their old arch nemesis (the Shredder), the Turtles have grown apart as a family. Struggling to keep them together, their rat sensei, Master Splinter, becomes worried when strange things begin to brew in New York City. Tech-industrialist Max Winters is amassing an army of ancient monsters to apparently take over the world. And only one super-ninja fighting team can stop them – those heroes in a half shell – Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael! With the help of old allies April O’Neil and Casey Jones, the Turtles are in for the fight of their lives as they once again must face the mysterious Foot Clan, who have put their own ninja skills behind Winters’ endeavors

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