Turtles Forever (also known as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever or TMNT: Turtles Forever) is a 2009 animated movie that was produced by the TV company called 4Kids Entertainment in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The special aired on 4KidsTV in November of the same year. A DVD was released August 24, 2010.
The movie features the Turtles from 2003 TV series meeting up with the Turtles of the Murakami Wolf-Swenson 1987 TV series, along with several secondary characters in an adventure that spans multiple parallel universes. It also marks the true finale to the 2003 animated series. A rough, nearly finished version of the film premiered at the San Diego Comic Con in July 2009. On July 15, 2009, it was confirmed that completely newly designed versions of Tokka and Rahzar would also make an appearance. Voice actor Wayne Grayson had also hinted that the Mirage characters may appear. This was confirmed during the showing at SDCC 2009.
The CW4Kids debuted the film on November 21, 2009 after the 25th anniversary Top 10 Countdown. An encore showing aired from November 28 to December 12, split into three 23-minute episodes. A third showing of the movie aired on March 20 the following year. A fourth showing aired on May 29. The uncut version of film appeared on the CW4Kids's website on December 16 that included 8 minutes of footage cut from the version that aired on TV. The movie was released on non-anamorphic widescreen DVD on August 24, 2010 from Nickelodeon/Paramount Pictures home entertainment. The DVD release contains the TV edit. On August 29, 2010, Nickelodeon aired the movie on the channel for the first time, then aired again on Thanksgiving Day of 2010.
When a battle between the Purple Dragons and what appear to be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles captured on film, the Turtles are quick to refute their master Splinter's accusations of carelessness. Breaking into the Purple Dragons' headquarters to get to the bottom of these mysterious doppelgängers, our Turtles discover that their "imposters" are, in fact, versions of them from another dimension.
The goofy other dimensional "1987 Turtles" prove to be a hassle for the more serious-minded "2003 Turtles", but they are soon able to discern that they were teleported into their world in a dimensional portal accident that has also brought their arch-enemies, the Shredder and Krang, and their battle fortress, the Technodrome, along with them. The eight Turtles head below the ground to track down the Technodrome, but their presence together only clues the Shredder in to the fact that there may be a version of himself on this world that he can ally with to take the Turtles down.
The Technodrome escapes following the Turtles fight with Rocksteady, Bebop, and the 80s Foot Soldiers. The Turtles resolve to create a portal device of their own so they can travel to the "1987 universe" and obtain the gear the 1987 Turtles usually use to take the Technodrome down. While the Turtles are occupied with this task, Oroku Saki uses the Technodrome's technology to locate his dimensional counterpart, the Utrom known as Ch'rell, still in frozen exile on an ice asteroid after his final defeat by the 2003 Turtles. Ch'rell is teleported to the Technodrome, but upon recovering from the powerful penetration, immediately overthrows his bumbling other-self and seizes control of the Technodrome, even when Karai shows up.
Using Dimension X technology and Utrom science to create a new robotic exoskeleton for himself, Ch'rell began doing a makeover of the Technodrome where he had some components replaced, engineered the mutagen samples obtained by Hun to turn some Cyber Foots into Mutant Foot Soldiers (two of which resembled Tokka and Rahzar), and has the Cyber Techs created to succeed the clumsy Foot Soldiers of his 80s counterpart. He then dispatches his right-hand man Hun (who has been mutated into a monstrous mutant turtle himself after being doused with mutagen from the 1987 universe in the earlier battle) to track the Turtles down. With the aid of Bebop and Rocksteady, Hun finds and attacks the Turtles' lair, but the eight reptiles complete a dimensional portal stick (conceived by the 1987 Donatello) and escape to the 1987 universe. Unfortunately, Splinter is captured by Hun and brought before Ch'rell to serve as bait in a trap.
The 2003 Turtles meet the 1987 universe versions of April O'Neil and Splinter, and then return to the 2003 universe with the 1987 Turtles vehicles: the Turtle Van and Turtle Blimp. However, they discover that in their absence, Ch'rell has fused the sciences of the Utroms and Dimension X and rebuilt the Technodrome as a truly terrifying war machine, filled with legions of improved robotic Foot Techs and Mutant Foot Soldiers. Entering the fortress to recover Splinter, the Turtles are defeated, and Ch'rell then reveals his master plan: While using Saki's equipment to survey the Multiverse in his plan to conquer it, he has discovered that there are not just the Turtles of the 1987 world and the 2003 world, but hundreds of them. Knowing that the turtles of those dimensions would stand in his way to conquer those worlds, Ch'rell decided to destroy them all by eliminating the original "Prime" universe.
Ch'rell scans the eight Turtles to locate the base similarities between them that will pinpoint the location of "Turtle Prime," and the brothers apparently do not survive the process. Once Ch'rell has teleported the Technodrome away across the dimensions to Turtle Prime, however, the Turtles reappear, having been saved by Karai, who has realized that Ch'rell's mad ambition would also cause their own destruction.
With their world being erased around them as Ch'rell's plan goes into motion, the Turtles break into Purple Dragon headquarters again to appropriate some of the tech the criminals stole, in order to upgrade their dimensional portal stick and follow Ch'rell to Turtle Prime. With the aid of a repentant Hun, they accomplish their task and are whisked away to the grim, gritty and monochrome world from whence all Turtle realities sprang. They are attacked by the native "Mirage Turtles," but eventually manage to convince their ferocious progenitors that they need their help to save all of creation.
The twelve Turtles, with the aid of Splinter, Karai, and even the 1987 Shredder and Krang, engage Ch'rell in battle, but he grows to massive height using molecular amplification technology from Dimension X. When Ch'rell is accidentally clipped by the energy beam from the Technodrome, however, his armor is damaged, and the Turtles all try to force him into the beam ... before it is abruptly cut off when Rocksteady trips over the power cable and unplugs it. Ch'rell takes this opportunity to grab the four Mirage Turtles and begins crushing them. At the last minute, the 1987 Turtles throw explosive throwing stars at him, causing him to trip and drop the Mirage Turtles. Ch'rell then resumes his attack- until Bebop plugs the beam power cable back in and thus inadvertently obliterates Ch'rell.
With their foe defeated, the Turtles watch as their respective realities restore themselves. The 1987 Turtles take the Technodrome and return to their homeworld, while the 2003 Turtles use the portal stick to return to theirs. The Mirage Turtles decide to go get some pizza to eat... as somewhere else, across time and space, Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman put the finishing touches on the first issue of Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, expressing the hope that the book will sell well.
1987 series characters
- April O'Neil (Rebecca Soler)
- Bebop (Bradford Cameron)
- Bebop (human form, cameo)
- Donatello (Anthony Haden Salerno)
- Foot Soldiers
- Irma (cameo, non-speaking)
- Krang (Bradford Cameron)
- Leonardo (Dan Green)
- Living bowling balls
- Michelangelo (Johnny Castro)
- Mutant bananas
- Mutant pizza
- Raphael (Sebastian Arcelus)
- Rocksteady (Johnny Castro)
- Rocksteady (human form, cameo)
- Scrag (cameo, non-speaking)
- Shredder (Load Williams)
- Splinter (David Wills)
- Grunt (cameo, non-speaking)
2003 series characters
- April O'Neil (Veronica Taylor)
- Casey Jones (Marc Thompson)
- Cyber Foot
- Cyber Foot Techs
- Donatello (Sam Riegel)
- General Hedd
- Karai (Karen Neil)
- Officer Frank (police officer)
- Leonardo (Michael Sinterniklaas)
- Michelangelo (Wayne Grayson)
- Mutant Foot Soldiers
- Officer Sarge (police officer)
- Purple Dragons
- Raphael (John Campbell)
- Splinter (Darren Dunstan)
- Utrom Shredder (Scottie Ray)
- Donatello (Pete Capella)
- Leonardo (Jason Griffith)
- Michelangelo (Bradford Cameron)
- Raphael (Sean Schemmel)
- Shredder (David Wills)
Casting problems/Licensing music
None of the voice actors from the 1987 series reprised their roles in the special. The reason for that is because the original actors are LA Union voice over actors from California and so it became too expensive and they would require a contract due to the logistics of 4Kids residing in New York City and the actors residing in Los Angeles. 4Kids is unable to hire union actors, stated by some reports, since they cannot afford them and the actors could only work in union projects, so they had to hire replacements for all of them.
The original music from the 80s was not used either. The reason is that Lionsgate owns the rights to the Fred-Wolf cartoon music library and 4Kids would have had to pay a licensing fee to use it. So, they had to use their in-house composer to create a music score reminiscent of the 80s series' soundtrack.
Nods and references
- When the Turtles arrive in the "1987 dimension", the camera briefly shows "Ninja Pizza". In this restaurant, owned by the Foot, the Turtles and April first go to eat in the pilot episode for the 1987 animated series.
- The human forms of Bebop and Rocksteady make a cameo appearance when the 2003 Turtles arrive in the 1987 universe. The other members of their former punk gang also appear, including the ones later mutated into a lizard, bear, and bat in the episode "Hot Rodding Teenagers from Dimension X".
- Mirage Leonardo's narration quotes the comics quite a bit, with ones like "Donatello takes out a third with his staff." and "Raph loves this stuff.", although there is an error in the second one, as it was Raphael's full name in the comic.
- Once the Shredder is defeated, Mirage Leonardo says, "The Shredder has been shredded." This is a direct quote from the comics.
- Mirage Leonardo's ending narrative for the movie parallels the ending narrative for TMNT Issue #1.
- When the Turtles are captured by the Shredder, he shows them almost every universe, such as the live-action films, anime, 2007 movie, and even ones within the 2003 show, as well as other continuities entirely.
- When Hun has been mutated, he bears resemblance to Slash, a character from the 1987 incarnation and Archie's TMNT comics.
- In a self-parody, the 1980s Turtles openly walk in public, as they did in later seasons of the original series, although they scare the humans in the 2003 universe.
- The Mirage Shredder enters almost exactly the same way he did in the comics, to the same exact taunts.
- The Mirage Shredder is easily defeated, possibly in reference to the fact that he was killed in the very first issue.
- There are three instances where 1987 Raphael breaks the fourth wall with a joke as he does in the 1987 series. This prompts 2003 Raphael and Hun to look at the camera and ask who he's talking to.
- When 2003 Donatello points out the Mirage Turtles when first arriving in "Turtle Prime", they are shown in a similar pose to the cover of TMNT Issue #1.
- When Mirage Donatello asks, "What's with the multicolored headbands?", this is a reference to the fact that the original Mirage Turtles all wear red bandannas. The other Turtles are called "Sellouts" by the originals as well, possibly referencing sentiments of Mirage comics fans in the late 1980's after the debut of the more child-friendly Saturday morning cartoon and the subsequent marketing of the Turtles in nearly every way possible.
- When the camera pans on the 1987 dimension street, several characters make brief cameos; Irma, the gang members that chased April into the sewers, and people the Turtles encountered on the street in the first episode.
- When 2003 Raphael says "Geez, it's like having five Mikeys now!" after hearing 2003 Michelangelo and the 1987 Turtles yell "Cowabunga!", it's a reference to the way he kept on stopping 2003 Michelangelo from saying 1987 catchphrases.
- The fly that was accidentally mutated before the 2003 Turtles rescues their 1987 counterparts was possibly a nod to the 1987 Baxter Stockman.
- The device Bebop, Rocksteady, and Hun use to track the team was first seen in 1987 series episode "Beware the Lotus".
- When 1987 Leonardo says, "Uh oh, the boys in blue", when the police arrive at the pizza parlor, this is a reference in the 1987 series where the Turtles often refer to the police as "the boys in blue" whenever they appear.
- During the fight scene right before the Technodrome teleports to Turtle Prime, two of the mutated soldiers are modeled after Tokka and Rahzar from the second live-action movie.
- Whenever Mikey sees the initials on the 80's Turtles' belts, he notes that they are like superheroes. This could be a nod to his run-ins with superheroes in both the 80's and 2003 series.'
- The exploding throwing stars were once used in the 1987 series to blow up the side of the Technodrome in the season 2 finale "Return of the Technodrome".
- After the 2003 Turtles save the 1987 Turtles from the Purple Dragons, Mikey quotes Dot Warner from Animaniacs by saying, "We can't help it, We were born that way!" It could be because Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raph in the 80's series, also voiced Yakko Warner in Animaniacs.
- After the 2003 Turtles, 1987 Turtles and 2003 Splinter defeated Hun's mutated man who became an anthropomorphic dog, when the 2003 Leonardo addressed the 2003 Splinter as father, the 1987 Leonardo was shocked. This is probably due to the difference in the relationship between the 2003 Turtles and 1987 Turtles with their respective Splinter.
- When both the 2003 and 1987 Turtles arrived in the dimension of the 1987 Turtles, one of the 1987 Turtles said they save their April every day. This is probably a reference to how the 1987 Turtles have to save their April in many episodes.
- While talking to Hun about the 1987 Shredder, 1987 Raphael says "A mind like a steel trap this one", this is similar to what he said about April in "Turtle Tracks".
- 1987 Turtles explained that they arrived in the 2003 universe the following way: by invading the Technodrome and trying to send it back to Dimension X, but it was damaged, causing it to send them to the 2003 universe instead. However, this does not account for how the 1987 Turtles got out of the Technodrome after entering the 2003 universe. They simply say "They woke up here" and started fighting bad guys.
- Bebop and Rocksteady are in their mutated form throughout the movie. Yet when the Turtles arrive in the 1987 universe the human versions of Bebop and Rocksteady are seen walking the streets.
- While scanning the universe, 1987 Shredder mentions that there is no "Krang" in the 2003 dimension. This is not true as an Utrom named Krang had a short cameo in the "Secret Origins" three part episode.
- Granted, that was done as a throwaway gag. Also, the Utrom Krang was only a cameo and never did anything of importance in the series. He may not have been worthy to note by the scanners. Since the scanner also doesn't pick up the Tengu or Cyber Shredders it means it is probably searching for the "exact match" which Utrom Krang might not have been.
- The 1987 Turtles have no problems with revealing themselves to the public. But in the original series, they wore disguises to hide their identities (usually with trench coats, fedora hats, and masks).
- In the third season, however, the Ninja Turtles became known and loved by the public for their heroics, as such, they frequently visited pizzerias in the open during that period and appeared a popular television news show in "Turtles on Trial". Though in the Red Sky era, Lord Dregg turned the public against them causing the Turtles to revert to disguises.
- 1987 Michelangelo uses nunchakus. From season 4 of the original series until the end of its run in 1996, Michelangelo uses a grappling hook as his weapon of choice because of censorship issues with nunchakus in some main regions within Europe, like United Kingdom.
- The 1987 Turtles constantly say "Cowabunga!", but in the original classic series, Michelangelo was the only one who said that and the other Turtles sometimes said "Go Green Machine!", and "Turtle Power!".
- It is not explained in the official film how Karai learned that Ch'rell was back on Earth and imprisoned in the Technodrome underground.
- It was however explained in the director's cut of the movie, which was on 4Kids website. Karai explains that she maintained a "vigil" on her father by keeping her scanners on him in his frozen prison. When he was moved against her wishes (by Shredder and Krang) she scanned for him and found him in the Technodrome.
- Some fans take issue with Karai aiding Ch'rell (a.k.a. 2003 Shredder); arguing that it goes against her resolution to move on at the end of The Lost Episodes. The Back to the Sewer season also seems to confirm her intentions to move on, as she does not aid, and in fact opposes Cyber Shredder, despite him being explained as a digital clone of the Utrom Shredder in the event of the latter's departure.
- The director's cut explains Karai's intentions a little better: she was making sure her father never moved from his frozen prison. The fact that she never saved him herself shows some resolve to not involve herself with him. Yet, when Shredder and Krang moved him she had gone to the Technodrome to find out why he was removed. Even if she moved on in her heart, she would need to make sure something terrible wasn't being done to/by him. She may have been overcome by finally seeing her true father once again and agreed to help him again. The fact that she betrays him again when his evil becomes clearer shows she reaffirmed her original resolution.
- 2K3 Donatello says a dimensional portal in a stick is "silly", forgetting that he and Michelangelo were banished into alternate universes when Ultimate Drako used the Time Scepter against them back in "Reality Check".
- However, the Time Scepter was a magical device, whereas what 1987 Donatello maybe was suggesting was a portable technological alternative to far larger and much more complex devices such as the time window. This may account for the 2003 Donatello's trepidation.
- During the 2K3 Turtles' rescue of the '87 Turtles, 2K3 Leonardo says "Raph, look out!", prompting both Raphaels to dodge the laser, causing them both to reply "Thanks, bro!". However, it is 2K3 Raphael and '87 Michelangelo that dodge the laser.
- The 1987 Turtles behave out of character throughout this film: they constantly yell "Cowabunga!" (although only Michelangelo said it in the 1987 series), Leonardo and Donatello act puerile and gormless rather than their usual calm, contemplative selves and the 1987 universe is frequently misrepresented in the form of parody and uncharacteristic foolishness from its respective characters.
- The 1987 Turtles have few serious moments throughout the special, such as the flashback when they were fighting the 1987 Shredder in their own homeworld and when they were explaining to 2003 Splinter and 2K3 Turtles of how they got to their dimension.
- While the Turtles are looking at the Technodrome just when it's about to leave, '87 Leonardo is seen together with 2K3 Leonardo and Michelangelo, but when the Technodrome launches a laser to open a hole to escape, '87 Leonardo's mask and gear color changes to red.
- This may be a reference to the occasional color errors in the 80's cartoon that constantly happen.
- Initially, Turtles Forever was going to be a 2-part episode in the Back to the Sewer season It was going to be episodes 167 and 168. Later it was decided to make a stand-alone movie.
- Among all of the incarnations of the Turtles that appeared in this movie, the 2003 Turtles are the tallest. The Mirage versions are the shortest.
- During the credits, the voice of Donatello was credited as "Sam Regal" instead of "Sam Riegel"
- The ending theme is an edited version of a rejected opening theme for the 2003 series
- This is the first TMNT movie to belong to Nickelodeon on DVD.
- Several scenes were cut from the movie before it aired on television.
- This is the version found on the DVD. Nickelodeon has yet to release any information regarding the complete version of the movie.
- Thought to be considered "non-canon" with the main series, the first episode of Back to the Sewer did give the hint that Ch'rell would return from his exile when the Turtles were transported to the timeline with the three way Shredder war.
- This film is actually a sequel and true canonically after the final season of TMNT 2003.
- The 2003 Turtles' eyes don't have pupils (when they are wearing their masks) unlike the 2003 Turtles in Back to the Sewer, who have more details in the eyes. But in every season before Back to the Sewer, the Turtles have the same eyes as they do in this movie (ie; just white).
- The TMNT from the 2007 film were seen as one of the dimensions of the multiverse.
- The TMNT from the 1990s films were also seen as one of the dimensions of the multiverse as well.
- Several Guest Era comics were also seen as alternate dimensions of the multiverse as well.
- The Next Mutation versions of the Turtles were not seen during the multiverse scene.
2003 Splinter: Leonardo! (Leo swoops down) Michelangelo! (Comes riding in on his skateboard) Donatello! (Runs in) Raphael! (Raph runs in room)
2003 Mikey: You rang? 2003 Splinter: I fear you have been careless tonight my sons. The knowledge of our existance has been compromised.
2003: Leo: What? Tonight? 2003: Donnie: I haven't been out. Mikey? 2003 Mikey: Negatory. 2003 Raph: Well Master Splinter. We've been cooped up in here with you all night.
1987 Leo: The next thing we knew we were back in the city. 1987 Raph: And we got back to doing what we do best. Taking down skuz buckets. 2003 Leo: Hun and the Purple Dragons.
1987 Donnie: But maybe we're not in Kansas anymore. Not in our Kansas anyway. 1987 Mikey: Dude are you saying? 1987 Donnie: I'm saying the technodrome's transdimensional portal. Might have zapped us all to a different world.
2003 Donnie: You were right. Uh. Donatello. Tracking the recent weird sizement activity has lead us straight to the uh. 1987 Donnie: Technodrome! 2003 Raph: A giant golf ball on wheels?! That's your shredder's ultimate weapon.
2003 Mikey: Don't you just love these guys? Cowabunga! 2003 Raph: Geez. It's like having 5 Mikeys now.
2003 Leonardo: (stabbing a foot soldier and shocked when it exploded) Robots?
2003 Michelangelo: EXPLODING robots! Heheh!
1987 Raph: Just as soon as you get out on parole.
2003 Mikey: (Laughing) Cut it out guys. I'm trying to fight here.
2003 Raphael: (destroying foot soldiers) Yeah! Who wants some!? Yeah! Haha! (1987 Donatello smashes the remaining foot soldiers with a rolling boulder, much to 2003 Raphael's annoyance)
1987 Donatello: Steeee-rike!
2003 Raphael: I'LL GIVE YA A STRIKE!!! REKAFRAKAGAGA!!! (stomps angrily)
1987 Michelangelo: Wow, what a hard case!
2003 Michelangelo: Bro, I could tell you stories.
(2003 Donnie Crashed The Hauler) 2003 Donnie: Everyone alright? What the shell?!
2003 Leo: What's he talking about? (1987 Leo looks at viles of mutagen) 2003 Leo: I don't think so! (Kicks Hun)
2003 Raph and Donnie: Leo!
2003 Leo: Father are you alright? (Helps up Splinter) 2003 Splinter: I believe so 1987 Leo: Father?
2003 Mikey: Time to hit the sewers my brothers. 1987 Mikey: These things are a lot heavier in your dimension. Your sewers really stink. 2003 Donnie: Uh. We don't have any nostrils. 1987 Mikey: Touché.
1987 Donnie: Hey. What about the technodrome? 2003 Raph: That crate moves about as fast as you guys. We'll catch up to it. 1987 Donnie: Hey!
2003 Donnie: I don't understand. The tracking system was closing in. Then poof static. It's like the technodrome disappeared. 2003 Leo: Donnie whatever he's talking about. Can it be done? 2003 Donnie: We've seen time travel windows. Cybermat transporters. But a dimensional portal in a stick. It sounds. Well. Silly. No affense.
2003 Leonardo: Hun mentioned the "One True Shredder".
2003 Raphael: And you know what that means...
2003 Michelangelo: Our little alien Utrom is back.
1987 Raphael: "Utrom Shredder"? Sounds Swedish.
1987 Turtles: Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
2003 Michelangelo: Stop it, stop it, STOP IT! Can't you guys be serious about ANYTHING!?
2003 Raphael: Was that a mutant... banana?
2003 Michelangelo: This dimension is seriously messed up.
2003 Leo: Thank you Master. My brothers and I have found your dimension to be well. Disorienting. But being here. Seeing you. Feels right. 1987 Splinter: To me also Leonardo. You four are welcome here always. 2003 Raph: That's kind of what our Master Splinter said. To us. About them. (Sigh) 2003 Leo: I know. I'm worried about him too.
2003 Shredder: I came across a terrible, horrifying discovery! There are not simply eight of you but scores of you! Behold, a multiverse of accursed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!!
1987 Turtles and 2003 Michelangelo: Awesome!!!
2003 Raph: Crud. Wh'y Casey have to see us in this stupid van? 1987 Donnie: The technical term is stupid arty wagon. 2003 Leo: Could be worse Raph. (points at Turtles' blimp)
2003 Mikey: This is the lamest vechicle in the history of lame vechicles. Can't this thing go any faster?Ah! 1987 Raph: Sure. But I wouldn't reccomend it. 2003 Mikey: Why not? 1987 Mikey: Easier just to show you dude.
2003 Donnie:You know this wagon isn't half bad. 2003 Raph: It ain't half good either. We're just tickling these uglies we need.Air support.
2003 Leonardo: You don't understand. The Utrom Shredder isn't like your Shredder. He's vicious.
2003 Donatello: Lethal!
2003 Michelangelo: COMPETENT! 2003 Raph: We go in.No sayin' we come out. 1987 Leo: Let's do this. 2003 Leo: Today we're more than allies. We're brothers. 1987 Turtles: Go green machine! 2003 Turtles: It's Ninja Time!
2003 Raph: We ain't got time for no meet and greet. 2003 Leo: Raph's right. The Shredder's back. And he's on his way to destroy the source of all Ninja Turtle life. 1987 Leo: If we don't stop him. It could spell the end of Ninja Turtles everywhere. Forever.
2003 Donnie: What I wanna know is. How did we survive the Shredder's sentripicle scanning process? We should have been broken down into non existance. Something didn't go according to his plan. 2003 Leo: And he won't be expecting us to go after him. We need to head to the source dimension. To what the Shredder called. Turtle Prime. 2003 Mikey: But Leo. You saw Shredder's slide show. The Turtleverse is like ginourmous. 2003 Donnie: We have no idea in which dimension Turtle Prime is. We'd just be guessing.1987 Donnie: Or. We can track your Shredder's exact movements instead. When the technodrome faces with transdimensional barriers.It leaves a trail of partical amitions that. With the right equipment we can trace the portal's stickman track.(2003 Raph Crashes) 2003 Mikey: What the shell Raph?!2003 Raph: End of the road bros. Literally. 2003 Casey: It's like the whole world's being erased. 2003 Leo: It's the Shredder. It has to be. He's reached Turtle Prime. 2003 Donnie: All our gear was destroyed along with our lair.
2003 Donnie: I figured the Dragons would still have the goods from that robbery they pulled. 2003 Raph: Yeah.Without Hun. The Dragons ain't too swift.
Mutant Hun: (fighting 1987 Michelangelo) Now I look in the mirror and all I see is you! And I hate you even more!
2003 Donatello: Hun, you don't understand. The Shredder-
Mutant Hun: Forget the Shredder. You're gonna pay for what you've done to me!
1987 Raphael: (to the camera) Some people just can't handle change.
Mutant Hun: Hurry. take it. Stop him. Stop the Shredder before he AUAGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....
2003 Donnie: And power up! But. 1987 Turtles: But? 2003 Donnie: It's not working. (Slams wrench against stick) Partical amitions end here. 1987 Donnie: So this must be the place. 2003 Leo: Turtle Prime.
2003 Donnie: Uh Leo. I think someone just found us. Source dimension. Source Turtles.
Mirage Leonardo: What is this? Eight wanna-be's?
Mirage Donatello: On our turf?
Mirage Michelangelo: Trying to steal our act?
Mirage Raphael: Yeah!
Mirage Leonardo: (narrating) I strike two on my way down. (Mirage Leonardo strikes down 2003 Leonardo and 2003 Raphael) Donatello takes out a third with his staff. (Mirage Donatello strikes down 2003 Michelangelo. The 1987 Turtles pull out their weapons as Mirage Raphael twirls his sai while facing them. They immediately tremble in fear and drop their weapons before attempting to run away, but Mirage Raphael trips them by throwing his sai at their feet.)
Mirage Leonardo: (narrating) Already, the pudgy ones are starting to panic. Raph loves this stuff. He's not alone.
2003 Donatello: Why is he narrating? Is he crazy!?
2003 Michaelangelo: Hardcore crazy!
2003 Raphael: I LOVE THESE GUYS!
Mirage Michelangelo: So you're supposed to be us from other worlds. I don't see it.
Mirage Donatello: What's with the multi-colored headbands?
Mirage Raphael: Hmph, sellouts.
2003 Raphael: Uh... (grabs 1987 Leonardo by the shell) Well, check out the initialized belt buckles on these yahoos.
1987 Donatello, 1987 Raphael, 1987 Michelangelo: Hey!
2003 Raphael: How lame can a turtle get? (raising his hand for a high three) Am I right? (2003 Raphael's raised hand is immediately twisted behind his back by Mirage Raphael, then kicks him forward)
2003 Raphael: Hey, ow! Geez, what a hard case! (He sees the 1987 Turtles smile at him.)
2003 Raphael: What?
1987 Leonardo, 1987 Donatello, 1987 Raphael, 1987 Michelangelo: Nothing.
(All Turtles jump out from hiding) 2003 Leo: If there's one constant in the multiverse. It's the Shredder's big fat ego. (2003 Turtles Smile at the sight of Splinter) 2003 Splinter: Today my sons do not fight alone. 2003 Donnie: Karai's right.Whatever you're doing you already wiped out our entire world. 1987 Donnie: I'd say Turtle Prime is healing up rather nicely. 2003 Donnie: It seems the dimensional damage was only temporary. So long as Turtle Prime survived. Which hopefully means. 2003 Leo: Our world is healing too. 1987 Donnie: I know a fun way to find out.
Mirage Leonardo(nudging 2003 Leonardo): Leonardo. Seriously, for your own good, your bros should lay off the dimensional hopping business - it's dangerous
2003 Leonardo: Bros? (turning to all 1987 and 2003 Turtles) We're bros!
(Looks and notice the Mirage Turtles are gone)
1987 Raphael: Now that's what I call a 'Ninja Vanish'. 2003 Leo: Take care of yourselves my brothers.( All Turtles shakes hand with each other) 1987 Leo: See you round the multiverse bros. 1987 Turtles: It's Ninja Time! 2003 Turtles: Turtle Power! 2003 Raph: I'm gonna miss those fudgeballs. Not (2003 Donnie presses button to tae him Splinter and Karai home)
Mirage Donatello: I'm gonna miss those wanna-be's.
Mirage Michelangelo: Yeah, I kinda dug the initials on the belt buckles.
Mirage Raphael: Hmph, you would. I could go for a slice, though.
Mirage Leonardo: There's that place on Bleecker.
Mirage Leonardo: (narrating) We are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We strike hard and fade away into the night.
Peter Laird: I think this first issue is coming along rather well. Don't you, Kev?
Kevin Eastman: Yeah, sure do, Pete. Hey, let's get back to this after lunch, huh?
Peter Laird: Hmmm, sounds good. Pizza?
Kevin Eastman: Yeah, pizza.
Peter Laird: Oh, I hope this thing sells.
Kevin Eastman: Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. (chuckles)
'(As Kevin and Peter leave for lunch, the camera pans to the cover of the comics' first issue.)
- - The Mirage Turtles somersault into the same pose they do in the first issue of their comic... while far, far away, two friends put the finishing touches on their new comic.