And most recently in 2007 after a gap of 14 years, there was an animated feature simply called TMNT that follows the events of the first three movies. In this adventure, the Turtles must stop an immortal warrior and his generals from opening a rift to another universe and allowing monsters to invade and take over the world. As with any group of teenagers, the Turtles had drifted apart after finally defeating Shredder, and they had to rediscover the meaning of family.
The first movie and the animated movie were the best two for me. The original movie captured the campy spirit of the comic book and made it accessible to a whole new audience of kids. There's something about mixing people in suits, puppeteers, and cheesy martial arts moves that made this movie work. And the 2007 animated film provided a great mix of that same campy feel, with updated animation and a story that didn't feel recycled.
There are even rumors of a new TMNT movie coming sometime in 2010 or 2011. We'll have to see whether they choose the live-action route or go with animation next time.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Collection brought back a lot of memories for me and allowed me to share these movies with my daughters, who were entranced by the stories of these mutant Turtles and wanted to see what happened next. We can only hope that the next generation enjoys them as much as some of the rest of us did growing up in the 1980s and 1990s!
Be sure to check out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Collection at your favorite online or brick-and-mortar retailer.