Turtles Forever is a 2009 crossover TV movie that serves as the finale of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.
Why It Rocks
- The movie is a crossover between the 2003 Turtles, the 1987 Turtles, and the lesser known Mirage Comics Turtles, which is a very interesting premise.
- Great animation that also does a good job recreating the look and feel of the 80s cartoon and even the original comics.
- Cool action scenes.
- The plot is great and gives us the best elements from both 2003 and 1987 as well as the comics, such as the serious tone from 2003 and the original comics.
- Full of smart references and jokes related to the franchise.
- Shredder is still an awesome villian and his interactions with 80s Shredder are great.
- The ending is well done and is a fitting ending to the adventure.
- It is cool to see the artstyles of both TV shows and the comics come together in one package.
- Good humor.
- The villains like Hun are still memorable.
- Excellent Musical Score.
- The credits music reminds fans of one last time, the theme songs.
- A major improvement over Seasons 6 and 7 of the show this movie serves as a finale to.
- 2003 Shredder's plan is surprisingly meta since he basically wants to stop the franchise from even existing.
- The voice acting for the classic Turtles was poorly received by fans, as none of the original cast from the 80s cartoon returned due to legal reasons, thus 4Kids had to cast their own voice actors as the classic Turtles. Dan Green is especially awful as 1987 Leonardo as he sounds nowhere near the way Cam Clarke voiced Leo and sounds just like Yami Yugi instead of Leo.
- The Mirage Turtles and their Shredder hardly get any screentime and only appear near the end of the film.
- The 1987 Turtles are a bit flanderized, as they are nearly incompetent in the movie and not serious despite the fact that they weren't that goofy in the cartoon.
Turtles Forever received critical acclaim from fans and critics, for being major improvement to the 2003 series, a proper conclusion, improved animation and interesting premise. It received an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.8 rating on IMDb.