Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II – The Secret of Ooze’

Though Turtles II suffers from a lack of novelty and an aimless screenplay, the bottom line is that the pic won't disappoint its core subteen audience. It gives more footage to Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo and their giant rat master Splinter than the original did, and adds two hilarious childlike monsters, Rahzar and Tokka, who virtually steal the show.

Though Turtles II suffers from a lack of novelty and an aimless screenplay, the bottom line is that the pic won’t disappoint its core subteen audience. It gives more footage to Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo and their giant rat master Splinter than the original did, and adds two hilarious childlike monsters, Rahzar and Tokka, who virtually steal the show.

The murky lighting, uninteresting human characters and violence of the original have been modified in the more amiable sequel, mostly to good effect.

Subtitle’s promise that the ooze secret will be revealed doesn’t pay off. David Warner, as the sympathetic and eccentric scientist who invented the stuff and now is trying to dispose of it, doesn’t have much to do.

Paige Turco takes over the lead human role of Gotham TV newswoman April O’Neil from Judith Hoag, and while Turco is more glamorous, the character still seems unfocused and overly ditzy.

Ernie Reyes Jr has a winning role as a youthful pizza deliveryman/martial arts expert who wangles his way into the turtles’ company and helps them in their neverending battle with the Foot Clan.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of Ooze

Production

Golden Harvest/Propper. Director Michael Pressman; Producer Thomas K. Gray, Kim Dawson, David Chan; Screenplay Todd W. Langen; Camera Shelly Johnson; Editor John Wright, Steve Mirkovich; Music John Du Prez; Art Director Roy Forge Smith

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Paige Turco David Warner Michelan Sisti Leif Tilden Kenn Troum Mark Caso
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