The four brothers Leonardo (voiced by James Arnold Taylor), Donatello (Mitchell Whitfield), Raphael (Nolan North), and Michelangelo (Mikey Kelley) are mutant ninja turtles whose purpose is to work together to fight evil.
The story opens with a 3000-year-old legend. A great warrior goes through a portal to the stars that allows him to live forever. But a nasty consequence is that his army and his generals are turned to stone, and 13 monsters are released on the earth.
The story then moves to the present. People in a South American village are being intimidated and bullied by a group of soldiers who are supposedly protecting them from a ghost in the jungle. The ghost happens to be Leonardo – sent by sensei Master Splinter (Mako) to learn about leadership. Leonardo is secretly fighting the soldiers so that he can help the villagers.
April O’Neil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) arrives in the jungle looking for a rare and ancient stone statue for a rich collector, Max Winters (Patrick Stewart). There she finds her old friend Leonardo. She persuades him to come back with her to reunite with his brothers. They seem to have grown apart as a family and lost their purpose.
In New York, Leonardo finds two of his brothers trying to be good citizens by doing everyday jobs. Raphael sleeps all day but at night he becomes a vigilante and catches criminals. April’s boyfriend Casey Jones (Chris Evans) discovers Raphael’s true identity and occasionally helps him.
In the meantime, April and Casey deliver the statue to Max Winters, who turns out to be the warrior from the opening scenes. He is collecting the stone generals in an attempt to reassemble his military team and rid the earth of the 13 monsters. To achieve his final goal, he needs the help of the turtles.
There is some violence in this movie including:
- An epic battle featuring the warrior and his generals using swords (no blood seen).
- Solders with guns intimidate the villagers, steal from them and push one of the women to the ground.
- Soldiers are attacked by a ‘ghost’ in the jungle (it turns out that this is Leonardo but the scene is quite creepy)
- Raphael rounds up some criminals and after fighting these people using his chain as a weapon, ties them up and strings them upside down, hanging from the chain.
- A stone monster comes to life and eats a pigeon (this is heard rather than seen).
- A big ugly monster fights the black Ninja and the turtles.
- Fierce looking stone generals wrap up the monster
- Raphael and Leonardo fight each other using weapons.
- Leonardo is captured by the evil stone generals and put in a cage.
- The Turtles fight the stone generals in hand to hand and sword battle
None of concern
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
None of concern
Nudity and sexual activity
In the final scene, April and Casey kiss passionately.
None of concern
There is no course language in this movie, although there are put-downs and standard turtle expressions such as ‘Cowabunga!’
Ideas to discuss with your children
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a computer-generated martial arts adventure. It features familiar heroes and is aimed at children.
You could talk with your child about some of the ideas in the movie. For example, not everyone can be a leader and everybody has a part to play in a team. You might also like to talk about the value of teamwork, trust in others and loyalty. You could discuss the view that problems are not always solved by violence.