|“War and Pizza”|
|Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode|
|Original airdate||September 17, 2018 (television)|
July 20, 2018 (online)
|Written by||Ian Busch|
|Directed by||Brendan Clogher|
|Voice Direction||Rob Paulsen|
|Supervising Director||Alan Wan|
|Storyboard Artist:||Julia Braid|
"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.
- Albearto (Tom Kenny) (debut)
- April O'Neil (Kat Graham)
- Donatello (Josh Brener)
- Leonardo (Ben Schwartz)
- Michelangelo (Brandon Mychal Smith)
- Raphael (Omar Benson Miller)
- April's Manager (Eric Bauza) (debut)
- Birthday Boy (Henry Kaufman) (debut)
- Cheery Tomato (Jill Talley) (debut) (death)
- Claw Machine Kid (Eric Bauza) (debut)
- Helmet Kid (Vanessa Marshall) (debut)
- Nine Year-Old Girl (Alina Foley) (debut)
- Party Kid (Vanessa Marshall) (debut)
- President Pepperoni (Eric Bauza) (debut) (death)
- Robotic Voles (debut)
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 Nick.com.
- 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)
Donatello: "You are conversing with Donatello."
Raphael: "Fixers in the house, swoopin' in to save the day!"
Michelangelo: (in a robot voice) "Aye aye, captain."