|“Rondo in New York”|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 Cartoon) episode|
|Original airdate||September 19, 1990|
|Written by|| Francis Moss|
|Supervising Producer||Fred Wolf|
Rondo in New York is a season 4 episode of the 1987-1996 series.
April has gotten the Turtles tickets to the action movie Rondo 8: Hit Hardest. Raphael's disgust for the character and Leonardo's training initially cause them to reject the offer, but the free pizza being given out at the premiere changes their minds.
Until the movie, Donatello secretly visits a college biology lab to check out their equipment, and he becomes acquainted with Oswald Dren, a grad student/theater projectionist. Dren has worked on a "vitalizer" that activates the molecules of inanimate things, which impresses Donatello deeply.
Unfortunately, Krang has learned of its existence, and sends Shredder, Rocksteady and Bebop to search for it. A fallen sample of the vitalizer is splashed onto a TV monitor while a cartoon is playing, bringing the cartoon mouse and cat Cheezy and Sleazy to life. At the movie premiere, Shredder appears and attacks Dren, causing a fight to break out between him and the Turtles. During the scuffle, the vitalizer falls on some film reels, causing a pair of monsters from the movie to come to life.
While Donatello and Dren try to figure out a solution, the other Turtles stumble across the movie star Rondo. He's actually a rather short, weak cowardly man who flees almost immediately. As they try to protect him, Leonardo quickly discerns that the movie monsters' weakness is bright lights.
Donatello and Dren try to recreate the formula of the vitalizer, only to be interrupted and captured by Shredder. The villain unleashes a nest of poisonous snakes on the pair, but accidentally unleashes the movie version of Rondo as well, who rescues them and fights off the monsters.
Unfortunately, Shredder is planning to cause more chaos by heading to a monster movie marathon, and bringing all the monsters to "life," including a vampire, a mummy, Frankenstein's Monster, and a giant slug. As the Turtles fight the monsters, Dren brings in the last vial of the vitalizer to Donatello, who has the perfect roll of film for it. Shredder takes the bait, heading back to Dimension X, only for all the vitalizer to accidentally be spilled on the Cheezy and Sleazy cartoon reel.
Donatello uses a pair of searchlights to drive the monsters back into the theater and back onto the screen.
- Leonardo (Cam Clarke)
- Donatello (Barry Gordon)
- Michelangelo (Townsend Coleman)
- Raphael (Rob Paulsen)
- April O'Neil (Renae Jacobs)
- Shredder (James Avery)
- Krang (Pat Fraley)
- Bebop (Barry Gordon)
- Rocksteady (Cam Clarke)
- Rondo (Dan Gilvezan)
- Oswald Dren (Cam Clarke)
- Turtle Communicator
Home media releases
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection
- When Shredder scolded Bebop and Rocksteady for watching Cheesy and Sleazy at the college lab, Rocksteady was missing the bullets on his bandolier.
- Raphael broke the 4th wall by saying "Oh yeah, well which condo belongs to Rondo? I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist".
- Rondo is a reference to the movie franchise Rambo.