War and Pizza
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode
War and Pizza
Season Code: 004
Episode: 3A
Original airdate September 17, 2018 (television)
July 20, 2018 (online)
Written by Ian Busch
Producers: Vladimir Radev
Andy Suriano
Ant Ward
Directed by Brendan Clogher
Voice Direction Rob Paulsen
Supervising Director  Alan Wan
Storyboard Artist: Julia Braid
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"War and Pizza" is the fourth episode (Episode 3A) of the first season of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It first aired on September 17th, 2018.


The Turtles help April throw a not-so-happy birthday party.


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Minor Characters


April, after some searching, got a job at the pizza restaurant Albearto's Pizzeria, but with her self-selected specialty of organizing children's parties in the restaurant, she gradually got into trouble with the manager due to the unpredictable nature of her guests. He gives her one last chance to get the current party guest - the boy Timmy, who is celebrating his birthday - in tune; and April is using the restaurant's animatronic mascot, Albearto and its companions Cheery Tomato and President Pepperoni. But Timmy decides to do his own joke by throwing a drink in Albearto's mouth and shorting it out.

In distress, April contacts Donatello, and he and the rest of the Turtles rush to help her. Donatello can repair Albearto in record time, but also gives the robot some personal modifications. In the midst of a furious guitar solo on the stage of the restaurant, however, Alberto begins to spin as Donatello's new programming strains his battery, coming into contact with the circuit of a stage headlamp. The sudden short circuit brings Albearto to a sinister life of his own and twists his programming so that he now decides to turn the birthday boy's neck over to celebrate the day.

The Turtles intervene, and April manages to evacuate almost all children from the pizzeria. But by hooking up to the restaurant's other animatronic features, Albearto, in the guise of Cheery Tomato, President Pepperoni and the moles of a Smack-a-Vole game, calls for reinforcements. While April and Timmy fight off the robotic voles together, the Turtles pick out Albearto, Pepperoni and Tomato. The latter two are quickly defeated, but Albearto proves to be too tough for the Turtles. Therefore, Donatello comes up with the idea to distract Albearto with a (fake) birthday party for himself; this gives April the opportunity to smash the raging robot into junk.

Unfortunately, the damage caused by the battle between the Turtles and the robots causes the restaurant to collapse; the Turtles are hastily forgiven, and although Timmy is now completely satisfied, April quits her job before the manager can fire her. But unnoticed by all those involved, Albearto's remains, which were half buried by the rubble, suddenly start to light up again...


  • The title is a parody of the book War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
  • This episode, along with four other episodes, were posted early on July 20th, 2018 as a sneak preview on
  • This episode seems to be inspired by the indie-horror game, Five Nights at Freddy's.
    • Both take place at a children's-oriented restaurant.
    • Both main villains are animatronic bears.
    • The animatronics come to life at night.
      • Unlike the game, Albearto goes rogue due to a glitch.


April: "Not good. Not good." (calls Donnie after Albearto breaks, with a turtle emoji with a purple mask as his caller ID)

(The screen splits to show Donnie answering the phone as his brothers are chased by a flying microwave robot shooting lasers.)

Donatello: "You are conversing with Donatello."
April: "Dude, I need your help!"
Donatello: "For you, anything. As long it does not involve bees, or spiders, or beach balls. Please not beach balls." (shakes his head slightly at the thought as the microwave bot crashes and explodes behind him)
April: "Can you fix Albearto? He broke before singing "Happy Birthday!"."
Donatello: (turns to his brothers as the screen opens whole on him) "April still hasn't gotten through the "Happy Birthday!" song yet, guys."
Raphael: "April still hasn't gotten through the "Happy Birthday!" song?"
April: (cuts in on screen) "Am I on speaker?!"
Donatello: (the screen goes back to him) "Or cake, actually."
Leonardo: (snickers hard) "Or cake?"
Raphael: "Albearto's is the pizza place, right? We'll be right over."
April: (over the phone) "Hey, if you guys are in the middle of something-"

(She's interrupted when the call ends abruptly and the Turtles suddenly come bursting in through the doors behind her in battle-ready poses just as quickly.)

Raphael: "Fixers in the house, swoopin' in to save the day!"
April: "That was fast! Actually, I just needed Donnie."
Raphael: "Oh we know. We just came for the free pizza! Remember, blend in like you're a birthday bot."

(He and his brothers walk like robots to the kitchen, as well as making accompanying beeps and boops.)

Michelangelo: (in a robot voice) "Aye aye, captain."



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