Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Release date: March 23, 2007
Gross: $54,132,596 (in USA) $95,004,670 (worldwide)
Budget: $34 million
Director: Kevin Munroe

Nolan North (Raphael)
James Arnold Taylor (Leonardo)
Mitchell Whitfield (Donatello)
Mikey Kelley (Michelangelo)
Chris Evans (Casey Jones)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (April O'Neil)
Mako Iwamatsu (Master Splinter
Patrick Stewart (Max Winters)
Zhang Ziyi (Karai)
Kevin Smith (Diner Cook)

Music by: Klaus Badelt
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TMNT is a 2007 computer-animated fantasy action film based on the comic book characters the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Written and directed by Kevin Munroe, the film features the voice talents of Nolan North, James Arnold Taylor, Mikey Kelley, Mitchell Whitfield, Chris Evans, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kevin Smith, Patrick Stewart, Zhang Ziyi and Laurence Fishburne (who provides narration). It was the last film that Mako Iwamatsu made before his death and was co-produced by the Turtles' co-creator Peter Laird for Warner Bros. Pictures.

TMNT was the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film made with computer-generated imagery (CGI), created by Imagi Animation Studios, as well as the first feature film in the franchise in 14 years. TMNT co-creator Peter Laird stated it takes place in its own universe separate from the previous films, which was supported by its depiction in Turtles Forever.[1] However director Kevin Munroe says the film exists in the same continuity as the other films, which was supported by the memento wall at the end of the film.[2] The film sees the four Turtles (Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo) grow apart after their final defeat of Shredder, when strange things are happening in New York City as ancient creatures threaten the world and the Turtles must reunite to save it.

TMNT premiered theatrically on March 23, 2007. It was a commercial success, grossing $95 million worldwide for a budget of $34 million, but received mixed reviews from film critics. Its release coincided with tie-in products including toys, comics and video games.


After defeating the Shredder, the Turtles have grown apart. Leonardo has gone to Central America to train for a year, Raphael continues fighting crime secretly as the vigilante known as the Nightwatcher (though Casey Jones is the only person to easily figure out Raph's secret identity), Michelangelo is a party mascot that attends children's birthday parties named "Cowabunga Carl", and Donatello works as tech support over the phone. As he struggles to keep his family together, Splinter realizes that something strange is happening in New York City.

Industrialist Max Winters is really an immortal warlord named Yaotl who tried to conquer the world 3000 years ago by opening a portal containing an army of monsters. He became immortal, but at a price; his brotherhood was turned to stone and thirteen monsters ravaged their army and their enemies at the same time. It seems that he's going to try again when he awakens his siblings, the four Stone Generals that April O'Neil unwittingly took to him. Also, Winters has enlisted the help of Karai, the new leader of the Foot Clan, wanting them to be his eyes and ears around the city, stating that he has some "friends" coming that he would like them to greet and bring to him. With the help of the Stone Generals, the Foot Clan roams the city searching for the thirteen monsters that Winters is looking for.

Leonardo returns to New York City and reestablishes himself as the leader of the group. This leads to some tension between him and Raphael, who feels like Leonardo abandoned them.

This tension comes to a head later in the film, when the two duel after Leonardo finds out that Raphael is the Nightwatcher, the vigilante he was planning on stopping. Raphael comes out the winner, with Leonardo pinned to the ground and both of Leonardo's katana broken with Raphael's sais. Realizing what he had done and fearing what he might become, Raphael runs away. Suddenly, Leonardo is hit with a dart and kidnapped by the Stone Generals. Hearing Leonardo yell, Raphael runs back to help, but he's too late.

Much like Leonardo did when he returned, Raphael goes to Splinter for advice. Raphael admits to his master he sees why Leonardo is the leader rather than him. Splinter tells Raphael that he may not be the greatest student, but that doesn't make him any less of a son. He goes on to say that Raphael, like Leonardo, is a great warrior, but a leader must have other qualities like patience and humility. Splinter decides that the time to hide is over, and the Turtles must rescue Leonardo and stop Winters. Splinter goes to help as well as April and Casey Jones. They break they're way through the Foot ninja guarding the stronghold and rescue Leonardo. Raphael gives Leonardo a new pair of katana, asks Leo to lead them, and says the team needs him. Leonardo responds by saying he needs Raphael as well. With that, the team is restored.

Though April, Casey, Splinter and the Turtles believe that Winters is a villain, they later discover his true intentions to send the thirteen monsters back from whence they came; to redeem himself and his siblings of the atrocities they've done to the world. Technically after capturing the first twelve monsters earlier, General Aguila learns of this and rally the other Generals to mutiny against Winters, intending to not only preserve their wish for immortality but also use the portal to bring out a new army of monsters so that they can finish their conquest of the world. The Stone Generals demanded that the Foot swear allegiance to them, but Karai states that they are honor-bound to work for Winters. With that in mind, Karai and the Foot work with April and Casey to find the thirteenth monster. Back in the stronghold, the Turtles fight against the Generals while Splinter and Winters throw back any new monsters that come through the portal. Ultimately, the thirteenth monster is returned through the portal back to, along with the Generals.

Once the battle is over, Karai and the Foot part ways with the Turtles, saying they'll return for revenge. Karai also says that in the near future, they will see a familiar face from their past. With that, the Foot disappear in a puff of smoke. Winters thanks the group for their help and disintegrates into dust, leaving his helmet.

Back in the sewer lair, Splinter puts Winters' helmet on a shelf along with the Shredder's helmet in honor of Winters' redemption. Raphael asks, "You got room for one more?" and places the Nightwatcher's helmet on the shelf as well. Michelangelo asks if he can put his Cowabunga Carl mask there too.

The film ends with the Turtles jumping across the rooftops, helping each other get across, for example, Mikey lets Don jump on his shell to get to the next rooftop. In a voice over, Raphael says, "We live together, we train together, we fight together, we stand for good, together. We are ninjas. We strike hard, defend, protect and fade into the night. And there ain't no bad guy or monster gonna ever change that. That's what's important. That's why we'll always be...brothers. Oh, I love bein' a turtle!"


Actor Role
Nolan North Raphael/Nightwatcher
James Arnold Taylor Leonardo
Patrick Stewart Max Winters
Chris Evans Casey Jones
Mikey Kelley Michelangelo
Mitchell Whitfield Donatello
Mako Iwamatsu / Greg Baldwin Splinter
Sarah Michelle Gellar April O'Neil
Laurence Fishburne Narrator
Zhang Ziyi Karai
John DiMaggio Colonel Santino
Paula Mattioli General Serpiente
Kevin Michael Richardson General Aguila
Fred Tatasciore General Gato
Kevin Smith Diner Cook

Additional Voices provided by Dee Bradley Baker, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings, Grey DeLisle, Chris Edgerly, Kim Mai Guest, Tom Kenny, Tress MacNeille, Jennifer Hale, Jess Harnell, Rob Paulsen, Phil LaMarr, Paul Michael Robinson, Tara Strong, and Billy West.


The first of three films released in the TMNT franchise by New Line Cinema in the early 1990s was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Subsequently, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze was released in 1991, and finally Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III in 1993. A CGI TMNT movie was first announced in 2000, with John Woo supposedly at the helm. That movie languished in development hell, and Woo ultimately moved on to other projects.[3]

TMNT, executive produced by Peter Laird, Gary Richardson, and Frederick U. Fierst, departs from the previous films' live action style, and is the first TMNT film to be CGI. Writer/Director Kevin Munroe, who had previously worked with video games, comics, and television animation said that he wanted to do total CGI instead of live action and CGI Turtles because it would be easier for the audience to "suspend disbelief for such an offbeat story" as there would be no break in the reality between CGI and live action.[4] Producer Tom Gray explained that the decision to depart from the live action franchise was due to escalating budgets for the three films, and with each film making less than its predecessor, a CGI film became a reality.[5] For example the first film made $135.2 million on a budget of $13.5 million, and the third made $44 million on a budget of $21 million.[5] Golden Harvest's rights expired, and Gray, at an animation company, said the question arose there over a CGI TMNT film in 2004.[5]

Munroe stated in terms of the story line that ideas were floated as extreme as the Turtles being in space, but eventually it just came back to New York City, and the theme of the family that had fallen apart.[5] When developing the screenplay, Munroe wanted to take on a less lighthearted tone or "less Cowabunga" and place an emphasis on dark elements as shown in the original comics to appeal to the mature audience. "I had a very specific tone because mixing that sort of action and comedy is a very specific thing. Most people were just coming and wanting to make it too funny. I think that version of the movie could do really well, but we wanted to do something where it sort of pushes the envelope a little bit more and says that animation is more than just comedic animals bumping into each other and farting!"[6] Munroe said that in design and in the rendering of the animation, he was after the feel of a comic book.[5] Development and pre-production for TMNT began in June 2005[7] at Imagi's Los Angeles facility and then the state-of-the-art CG animation were produced in Hong Kong, followed by post-production in Hollywood.[7]

In designing the New York backdrop, art director/concept artist Simon Murton stylized the familiar Manhattan skyline and urban landscapes to make them appear uniquely "TMNT". "We began with cinematic cues from certain black-and-white films from the 1940s and '50s," notes Murton. "I really wanted to push the lighting and the environments to create the look and feel of an alternate reality."[8] The animators that worked on the fight sequences were inspired by Hong Kong action films. Animation director Kim Ooi explains since it was in CG, they were able to "push and stylize beyond the limits of live action".[8] Imagi used Maya with Pixar’s RenderMan for the production pipeline’s back-end.

The cast is new compared to the older films. Jim Cummings and Frank Welker (who voiced Tokka and Rahzar in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze) are the only past TMNT actors to appear in this film. Cummings has previously contributed voice-work in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. TMNT was Mako Iwamatsu's last film prior to his death. Mako was announced as the voice of Splinter at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2006. He then died the next day.[9] A dedication to Mako appears at the end of the film's credits.[10] This is the second TMNT film to include a dedication, the other being Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, which was dedicated to Jim Henson.



The first teaser-poster featured the logo of the 2003 TV series, which was eventually abandoned and then recovered in 2004. In addition to the main poster, there were several others including individual ones for each Turtle. At the 2006 Comic-Con, the TMNT panel screened an exclusive preview that contained a Splinter voice-over with shots of monsters, jungles, Foot Ninjas, facial tests, concept designs, muscle tests, dynamic fight tests, and some comedic scenes.[11] Also, a sneak peek booklet containing storyboards, environment designs, and character designs by comic artist Jeff Matsuda was distributed. The teaser-trailer was released in July 2006. It starts out with the camera moving above the buildings on a dark night. When it finally stops moving, the Turtles open their eyes and all that can be seen is the whites of their eyes against the dark background. Then, the Turtles start maneuvering across the tops of the buildings, finally jumping down and landing in a dark alleyway. As each one lands, they perform kata with their respective weapon. After Leonardo finishes with his kata, Michelangelo can be seen falling into a dumpster. As Donatello opens the dumpster, Michelangelo says "I'm okay." A police siren is heard and then the car pulls up. The officer shines his light down the alley, but the Turtles have already disappeared. The camera pans down the alley to show a manhole cover being slid back into place, with the name "TMNT" on it. The movie's full trailer was attached on December 15 to the films Eragon and Unaccompanied Minors, another film by Warner Bros.. It was available on Apple Trailers,, and Yahoo! Movies. It also debuted on the G4 show Attack of the Show!. On February 26, two television spots debuted and began airing. Later, two more TV spots, geared specifically toward the young children demographic aired on 4Kids TV, the channel that broadcast the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 TV series. In February 2007, Warner Bros. began an online campaign by creating a MySpace page for each of the Turtles . Within a week before the release date, several clips were unveiled through various websites.

The McDonald's fast-food chain promoted TMNT, having eight toys to collect with the purchase of a Happy Meal. There was a novelization based on the film.

The film was originally set for release domestically (USA and Canada) on March 30, 2007, which would have been the seventeenth anniversary of the release of the first film. The March 30 date was advertised in the teaser trailer and early posters, but the release was moved up to March 23, 2007.

Marketing and tie-ins

At the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con, the TMNT panel screened an exclusive preview that contained a Splinter voice-over with facial tests, concept art, muscle and dynamic fight tests, and a few comedic scenes.[11] A sneak peek booklet containing storyboards, environment designs and character designs by comic artist Jeff Matsuda was also distributed at the convention.[12] Several tie-in products were released in 2007. The McDonald's fast-food chain had the film-based toys to collect with the purchase of a Happy Meal.[13] A series of action figures based in the film's characters was released by Playmates Toys.[14] A novelization, adapted from Monre's screenplay by Steve Murphy, was published by Simon Spotlight.[15] A five-issue prequel comic miniseries was published by Mirage Studios.[16]

Video game

  • TMNT is the video game version of the 2007 CGI movie. It was released three days before the actual movie's release.[17] Ubisoft secured the rights and released the games on March 20. Ubisoft won the rights from Konami, who had produced all the previous games.[18] The game is available for PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PC, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, GameCube, Wii, and Xbox 360 game systems. Reviews for the games ranged from horrible to mediocre to exemplary, due to the vastly different games produced. The home console games were identical, and given bad to mediocre ratings; the PSP and Nintendo DS games were identical to each other but not the home console versions, and were given abysmal ratings; and the Game Boy Advance version was entirely separate, but received good ratings in contrast to the other versions. It was lauded for its excellent use of the side-scrolling beat-'em-up style, which evoked nostalgia for older games in the series such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. There is no multi-player mode in the GBA version. "The TMNT movie is all about the emotions associated with family and teenage angst," said Nick Harper, the game's creative director. "We've taken that philosophy and turned it into gameplay mechanics that will be fun and challenging.[19] The game features collaborative team-ups between the Turtles. The game also features single-player campaigns for the brothers.
  • TMNT: Power of 4 is the mobile game version of the 2007 CGI movie. It was produced by uclick and developed by Overloaded.
  • In addition, characters from the film are available in Ubisoft's 2009 Wii and PlayStation 2 fighting game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Smash-Up,[20] while artworks from the film are available in this game as unlockable content.[21]


The film was originally set for release domestically (USA and Canada) on March 30, 2007, which would have been the 17th anniversary of the release of the first TMNT film. The March 30 date was advertised in the teaser trailer[22] and early posters, but the release was moved up to March 23. A home media edition of TMNT was released on August 7, 2007, for the DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray.[23] In 2009, a box set with all four TMNT films was released to celebrate the franchise's 25th anniversary.[24] The DVD release contains several Special Features, including commentary on the feature by writer/director Kevin Munroe; an alternate opening and an alternate ending to the film; and interviews with some of the featured voice talent as well as the filmmakers.


The licensed soundtrack Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Music from the Motion Picture was released by Atlantic Records in 2007.[25]


The film received mixed reception from critics but performed well commercially at the box office, making almost three times the production cost.

TMNT ranked number one at the box office on its opening weekend, beating out 300 (the top film of the previous two weeks), The Last Mimzy, Shooter, Pride, The Hills Have Eyes 2, and Reign Over Me. Weekend estimates showed that the film made $25.45 million over the weekend of March 23–25, 2007. The film grossed over $95 million worldwide during its 91 day run in theaters.[20]

Critical response posted a review for TMNT with an overall score of 7/10, stating the film had a good balance of dark aspects and kid-friendliness. also gave it 7/10, calling it "by far, the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie yet." The film received an 8/10 from reviewers on, CHUD, and Moviesonline. Despite minor problems with the overall design of the human characters, they praise the film for its unique animation style and top notch voice acting. Comic and animation related websites like Newsarama, Comic Book Resources, and Toon Zone were also favorable in their reviews.

Mainstream critics were less impressed with the film, resulting in mixed to negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 33% based on 113 reviews, with selected top critics giving it an even lower score of 18% based on 22 reviews.[26] Critics generally pointed to lack of originality as the film's main flaw. Richard Roeper expressed this in his review, saying, "I guess if you read the comic strip and you played the video games and you watched the TV show and dug the earlier movies, you’ll dig this new version. For me, I didn’t do any of that stuff." In contrast, users of rated the movie with a "Fresh" score of 63% as of June 15, 2010.[27]

Box office

TMNT ranked number one at the box office on its opening weekend, beating out 300 (the top film of the previous two weeks), The Last Mimzy, Shooter, Pride, The Hills Have Eyes 2, and Reign Over Me. Weekend estimates showed that the film made $25.45 million over the weekend of March 23–25, 2007. The film grossed over $95 million worldwide during its 91 day run in theaters.[28]

Home media

TMNT was released by Warner Bros on August 7, 2007, for DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray Disc.[29][30][31]


  1. English
  2. French
  3. Spanish

Bonus Content

The DVD contains the following bonus features:[32]

  1. Commentary by Kevin Munroe
  2. Alternate opening, with Splinter telling the backstory and alternate ending with April O'Neil and Casey Jones
  3. Deleted scene: Michelangelo sneaking food to Splinter
  4. Side-by-side comparison of storyboards and CGI action
  5. Interview with voice actors Patrick Stewart, Sarah Michelle Gellar

In 2009, a tetralogy with all four TMNT films was released to celebrate the 25th anniversary. It is also available on Blu-ray.

Critical response

TMNT received mostly mixed to negative reviews from film critics. The film has a 34% approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 117 reviews with an average rating of 5/10, and the consensus being "TMNT's art direction is splendid, but the plot is non-existent and the dialogue lacks the irony and goofy wit of the earlier TMNT movies."[33] Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score from film critics, calculated an average rating score of 41 out of 100 based on 21 reviews.[34]

Claudia Puig of USA Today gave a negative review, stating that the film "is trying for a new image. But it takes more than an awkward title attempting to sound cool to overcome its mundane plot and silly dialogue."[35] Michael Ordona of the Los Angeles Times wrote that "despite the doll-like cartoonishness of the human figures, the filmmakers seem to expect us to take this animated romp seriously. Too seriously."[36] Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe called the film "a junk-food pastry. The plot is the wrapper. The action is the oily sponge cake. And the message - family, family, family - is the processed cream filling."[37]

Conversely, Todd Gilchrist of IGN gave the film a positive review, calling it "a fun, action-filled adventure that will satisfy longtime fans and generate a legion of new ones, whether it be by virtue of simple storytelling, solid CGI, choreographed action, or just the spirit and energy that only the Turtles can create."[38] Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post felt that the film "is technically superb and quite enjoyable as long as you don't bang your head against the plot, which will cause hot flashes, premature aging and fallen arches."[39] According to Steven Rea of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the film is "not so dark or scary as to keep most kids away" and it "has a cool, noirish sheen. There's an attention to detail in the visuals and sound design that pushes it up several notches above most kiddie fare."[40]

Award Category Winner/nominee Result
2008 Annie Awards[41] Storyboarding in a Feature Production Sean Song nom


  • In the scene where Splinter is storing Winter's elm, Raphael's Nightwatcher helmet and Michelangelo's Cowabunga Carl Head at the end of the film we can see homages to the other films, as well as the Mirage comics. The "shrine" in Splinter's room holds the TGRI canister, first movie Shredder's helmet and staff, a live-action movies' Foot Ninja mask, the Time Scepter from the third movie, Walker's hat, a helmet and mask that the Turtles wore in the third movie, and finally Lord Norinaga's armor and helmet, Mouser parts, a Triceraton space helmet, Master Splinter's robe from the first three movies.
  • TMNT was the fourth film in the series to be released in March.
  • The whole original script for the movie can be found here.
  • This is the second TMNT film to include a dedication, the other being Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, which was dedicated to Jim Henson.
  • One of the names for the film in pre-production was "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Immortal".
  • During Raphael's finishing lines, the phrase "We strike hard and fade away into the night" was used. That was also the ending line in the first TMNT comic. Also, the very last line, "I love bein' a turtle!" has been said in the live-action movies and 2003 series opening up till season 4.
  • In several parts in the movie, it has been shown that Raphael is left-handed. During the "Breakfast scene", Raphael is fully seen eating his cereal with his left hand.
  • While Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello all have brown eyes, Michelangelo has blue eyes. According to the film's director, this was done to make Michelangelo seem a bit more innocent and younger than the other turtles.
    • It should be noted that Leonardo, Raphael, and Donatello all have a different shade of brown eyes. Leonardo has a golden-amber color, Raphael has a dark hazelnut color, and Donatello has a chocolate brown color.
  • The first entirely animated Ninja Turtles movie. Also being the first CGI movie in the series.
  • According to Kevin Munroe, he has stated that they are in the 18–19 years old range.
  • In this movie, from oldest to youngest, it goes Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, then Michelangelo.
  • This was Mako's last film. He was announced as the voice of Splinter at San Diego Comic Con the day before he died. Fortunately, he had finished the majority of his acting. This film is dedicated to him.
  • Some of the thirteen monsters are based on actual 'monsters' from a popular myth - the first one that appears in the unfinished building is based on the Yeti, the next one to be captured is obviously the Cyclops, the one that eats a pigeon on a building is clearly modeled on gargoyles, and the one in the diner brings to mind the Jersey Devil.
  • The "other dimension" from where the thirteen monsters originated is likely either a reference to or meant to be Dimension X from the 1980s cartoon.
  • Even though Karai made an appearance in the movie and was known by the Turtles, she was never introduced into the movie universe and was probably put in to have more elements from the 2003 TV show in the movie.
  • The lyrics of the beginning of the song "Shell Shock" by Gym Class Heroes in the ending credits make a reference to Bebop and Rocksteady - "Skidilly beat bop we rock, Steady over kicks and snares".
  • Released in 2007, TMNT was the first major feature from Imagi. It was also the latest incarnation of the Turtles on the big screen, after a fourth live-action film failed to get off the ground in 1994 and 2001.
  • Munroe already had the blueprints in place for future films. TMNT 2 would have loosely adapted the Turtles’ 13-part comic book saga City At War: Michelangelo feels like the “odd man out” among his brothers, not being taken seriously. With the best of intentions, the character runs away and joins the Foot Clan, donning a black bandana. Meanwhile, the Turtles travel to Japan and cross paths with Karai in an adventure resulting in the return of their arch nemesis, Shredder. (Fans hoping for the return of Bebop and Rocksteady would have been out of luck. As with the ’90s live-action movies, the legal rights to use Shredder’s most famous minions were not part of the package.) TMNT 3 would have featured the Triceratons as well as the Technodrome’s arrival from Dimension X, with Donatello being a catalyst for these events. “To me, that would have been the great third part to that trilogy,” says Munroe. “The first movie is about family and reclaiming the city. The second movie is about the boys growing up, losing Splinter and then inheriting their father’s war. And the third movie opens up their world on a level no one would have seen in a Ninja Turtles movie before.”
  • Many design elements were carried over to Back to the Sewer.
  • This movie is considered to be a continuation of the story arc from the original movie trilogy and The Next Mutation. If you observe closely enough, you see Shredder's helmet (relating to the 1st TMNT film), the TCGI Canister (relating to the 2nd TMNT film), and a time scepter staff (relating to the 3rd TMNT film),
  • A poster of the film is featured within the IDW Ninja Turtle's Lair in the alternative cover for TMNT #102.


Leonardo: How bad can be? Donnie's got probably got everything under control.
Donatello: Sir! Sir! Sir! Did you turn the computer on? Have you plugging it in? Yeah, that would help. NO I am not playing hard to get! I'm telling you sir, it's not that kind of phone line! I am not your enemy. I'm just Donnie your friendly IT tech support here to help you 24 hours a day sir... I'm sorry, ma'am.
Leonardo: Donnie's a genius. Why would he take a job like that?
April: At least he's keeping busy.
Leonardo: Well, if he's doing that, who's keeping an eye on Mikey?
April: Mike's gotten into the entertainment business.
Michelangelo: Happy birthday from Cowabunga Carl!
April: He's a big hit.
Leonardo: All right. Let's hear it. What's Raph been doing?
April: No one knows. He just sleeps all day.
Leonardo: Well what does he do all night?

[Casey quickly looks around, and picks up the alarm clock and starts bashing it on the coffee table.]
Casey Jones: It-it's broken.

Raphael: Spoken like a true has-been.
Donatello: Well, look who woke up. I suppose you think Nightwatcher is some kind of hero.
Raphael: Beats sitting around doing nothing while dirtbags run free.

Casey Jones: You think you own these rooftops? I happen to think you could use my help. And I could use a sidekick. You may have everyone else fooled, but you haven't fooled me, Raph.
"Nightwatcher": Yeah, well guess what pal... Hey, wait a minute...
["Nightwatcher" removes his helmet, revealing Raphael in the costume.]
Raphael: How'd you know it was me?
Casey Jones: It wasn't that hard, man. You look like a big, metal turtle.
Raphael: It's that obvious, huh?

Raphael: The criminal element in this city is guilty of a lot of things, but bein' quitters ain't one of 'em.

Michelangelo: Did anyone get the license plate of that thing that hit us last night? It looked like your mom dude!
Donatello: Yeah. That would make her your mom too, doofus.

Michelangelo: Leo! Is that really you? I'm dreaming, aren't I?
[Gives him a big hug.]
Leonardo: No, Mikey. You're not dreaming.
Michelangelo: Good. I had nightmares about birthday parties.

Michelangelo: I heard his [Nightwatcher's] bike, turns into a plane, or like, a jet pack. Don, you're so smart, how come we don't have jet packs?
Donatello: Yeah, that's good Mikey, except I don't even trust you with a drivers license. Have you seen the way this guy is--
[Donatello is interrupted by a roar coming from a construction site.]'

Leonardo: Alright, but remember, we're only up here for training.
Michelangelo: Y'know what I always say: Train by doing, dude.
Donatello: Mikey, when have you ever said that?

Splinter: Cody is going to break up with Donna. I just know it.
Announcer: We interrupt The Gilmore Girls for this important news bulletin.
News caster: Monsters in New York City. Are they real? A family of tourists were eye-witnesses to a major scuffle at a construction area late last night.
Splinter: BOYS!!!

Michelangelo: My compliments to ze chef!  [belches]  Anyone for desert?
Other Turtles: No!
Splinter: Yes!

[Raphael has just been revealed to a shocked Leonardo as the Nightwatcher]
Raphael: You are so smug, y'know that? You think the world revolves around you, don't you? That we couldn't possibly survive without the mighty and powerful Leonardo to guide us through our problems, huh?! Well I've got a news flash for ya: We got along just fine without you!
Leonardo: And this qualifies as "just fine"?! Dressing up like it's Halloween every night, risking the safety of our family?! I mean come on, what were you thinking?!
Raphael: Don't push it Leo! You can't leave home and come back expecting us to fall in line again, like your little soldiers!
Leonardo: Hey, I was training! Training to be a better leader! For you! Why do you hate me for that?!
Raphael: Whoever said I wanted to be led?! I'm better off calling my own shots, now get used to it.
Leonardo: You aren't ready! You're impatient, and hot tempered, and more importantly... I'm better than you.
[Raphael laughs coldly]
Raphael: Oh, y'know something, big brother? I have to disagree with you on that one.
[Raphael makes a "Come get some" motion with his sai.]
Leonardo: Don't do this, Raph.
Raphael: I'm done taking orders.
Donatello: That would be the swirling vortex to another world, I assume.
Michelangelo: Cool. I want one.

[Raphael hands Leonardo new katana blades to replace the broken ones.]
Raphael: You're going to need these, if you're going to lead us out of here.
Leonardo: I'm going to need you, too.

[The stone Generals have just thrown Winters across the lobby of the Winterscorp building.]
April O'Neil: Winters.
Michelangelo: Looks more like fall, get it?
Donatello: Mikey, remember our talk.

General Aquila: You fight well. You should join us.
Raphael: No, thanks. I'm good.

Leonardo: They better hurry up with the last monster!
Raphael: You know my man Casey's got it all under control!
Leonardo: That's what I'm afraid of.

(while April is driving)
Casey: Can't this piece of junk go any faster?!
April: You wanna drive?!
Casey: I would as a matter of fact!
Karai: You would think they would be more concerned about the thirteenth monster.
[Foot Ninja silently nods in agreement.]

[Winters has just vaporized, due to the curse being broken. Golden particles fall to the floor.]
Michelangelo: Okay, just a little creepy. AACHOO! Oh, gross! I think he's in my no- my no-CHOO! Aw, gross. Somebody give me a hankie!
[Michelangelo makes gagging noises.]
Michelangelo: Now he's in my mouth.
[More gagging noises.]
Michelangelo: Tastes awful!

Leonardo: Well, at least his personality is still intact. [About Raphael.]



TMNT (2007 Transcript)


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