WHAT IS IT?
Turtles Forever is the 2009 TV movie based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise and starred the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles... the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles... and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Yep, you read that correctly, three different versions of the Turtles appeared in Turtles Forever, which meant three Leondardos, three Michaelangelos, three Donatellos and three Raphaels!
The reason for so many Heroes in a Halfshell in one movie was due to some transdimensional tomfoolery and the reappearance of a very angry Utrom Shredder who was trying to wipe out the Turtles multiverse. In total the Turtles that appeared in Turtles Forever included the 00s Turtles (from Turtles 2K3), the 80s Turtles (from the 1987 show) and the Mirage Turtles (based on the Turtles from the orignal 1984 comics).
Turtles Forever was released in 2009 and not only did the movie provide a conclusion to the 00s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon it also marked the 25th anniversary of the Turtles brand.
WHAT WAS GOOD?
Everything about Turtles Forever was good.
So good in fact, that on this particular occasion I'm going to remove the 'WHAT WAS BAD?' section from this Push The Button entry so that I have more room to discuss all the good things about Turtles Forever!
Turtlemania reached its peak during the late 80s/early 90s with the original Turtles toon and that version of the franchise was easily the most recognisable incarnation of the TMNTs to date. That said, the show paled in comparison to the 00s toon which was bolder, more adult and quite frankly a lot better in every way, so the idea of combining the two shows for an anniversary celebration was just brilliant. Newcomers were offered a glimpse of the TMNTs of yesteryear, whilst long term fans were rewarded with injokes and references spanning 25 years.
The crowning achievement of Turtles Forever was easily the acceptance of a Turtles multiverse which allowed all of the past versions of the Turtles to exist as one. Not only did this allow for the big budget TMNT movies to be linked to Turtles 2K3, but it also led to the onscreen appearance of the original Mirage Turtles, something which had not happened in 25 years!
Highlights of Turtles Forever (and there were many) included:
80s Shredder and Krang... the return of the Utrom Shredder...
...Bebop and Rocksteady... 80s April O'Neil and Channel Six News...
...80s Splinter... the Mirage Turtles... quick stops for pizza...
...a mutated banana... Michaelangelo's acceptance of the 80s Turtles...
...exploding throwing stars... oh, and a mutated Hun.
Throw in a lot of humour, the brief sight of Tokka and Rahzar (From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II) and a revamped Technodrome, and Turtles Forever was simply the best way to celebrate an important period in the Turtles history.
Following the conclusion of Turtles Forever (and back in the real world) the rights to the Turtles property was sold by co-creator Peter Laird to Viacom, allowing a new era of the Turtles to get underway. It is unlikely fans will see the 80s Turtles again, or the 2K3 Turtles, so for now at least it's time to shout...