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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Spring 2015 Television
Ages: 6 - 11 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Rating: TV Y7

Booyakasha! This isn't your older brother's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This remake of the famous franchise is somewhat more sophisticated than one would think and boasts an impressive list of voice actors including Seth Green, Sean Astin, Josh Peck and Mae Whitman. True to its comic book origins, the show follows the adventures of four tortoise brothers, trained in the art of Ninjustu. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, here known as Leo, Raph, Donnie and Mikey, are still fighting the evil alien horde, but are also learning lessons in leadership, brotherhood and problem solving. Like the Four Musketurtles (if the Musketeers loved pizza, puzzles and pranks) this quartet is better working when working together. Although it has plenty of action and story, underneath is a nice message of brotherly love and cooperation. Guest voice stars such as Jon Heder in a hilarious send up to Napoleon Dynamite that will delight parents, as will the many pop culture horror movie references—minus the horror of course.

Laura Fries   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.

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