A new generation of heroes will rise...from the sewers. After years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts. Their new friend April O'Neil helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them.
When you think of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there are a few things that probably spring to mind immediately: the word Cowabunga!, pizza-slices, '90s bodaciousness, and martial-arts badassery. Probably less likely to appear are emotional coming-of-age classics and ruminations on the fleeting nature of youth. While this summer's animated TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANT MAYHEM will bring its fair share of ninja stars, hip-hop needle-drops, and – of course – those heroes in a half-shell, it's also drawing from some seminal cinematic explorations of young life.
"We wanted it to be like STAND BY ME and LADY BIRD. But, you know, with Ninja Turtles," director Jeff Rowe told Empire magazine. With a fresh young cast voicing the turtles themselves, Rowe’s ambition was to capture their energy and make "the ultimate teenage coming-of-age film. They’ve got a lot of that inauthentic confidence that teenagers have: when you're a teen, you don’t know any better, so you operate with this hyped-up sense of, 'We can do anything!'"
For the first time in the franchise's history, the four Turtles are voiced by teenagers, something that producer Seth Rogen recommended to emphasize the film's child-oriented approach. Rogen also lends his voice to the character of Bebop, and is joined by the likes of John Cena (Rocksteady), Jackie Chan (Splinter), Rose Byrne (Leatherhead), Paul Rudd (Mondo Gecko), Ice Cube (Superfly), Maya Rudolph (Cynthia Utrom), and Post Malone (Ray Fillet).
PG, 1h 39m.
"Inventively animated, giddily funny, and a surprisingly authentic take on the outsider experience: it is virtually impossible not to be charmed by these reptilian bros."– Empire Magazine
"... It's summer-holiday eye candy with a sherbetty experimental fizz."– Daily Telegraph
"The heart of MUTANT MAYHEM is pure, and the look of it is sprightly and unique, making it a worthy new addition to a franchise that clearly still has new stories to tell." – IndieWire