Turtles Forever

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Turtles Forever
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Distributed by 4Kids Entertainment
Directed by Roy Burdine
Lloyd Goldfine
Produced by Sarah C. Nesbitt
Screenplay by Rob David
Matthew Drdek
Lloyd Goldfine
Based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 
by Kevin Eastman
Peter Laird
Starring Michael Sinterniklaas
Wayne Grayson
Sam Riegel
Greg Abbey
Darren Dunstan
Marc Thompson
Veronica Taylor
Scottie Ray
Music by Michael Brady
Cinematography Mark Burton
Editing by John Carnochan
Mike Kahn
Production company Mirage Studios
Country United States
Language English
Original channel The CW4Kids
Release date
  • November 21, 2009 (2009-11-21)
(The CW4Kids)
August 29, 2010 (Nickelodeon)
Running time 81 minutes

Turtles Forever (also known as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever or TMNT: Turtles Forever) is a 2009 American television film produced by 4Kids Entertainment and Mirage Studios. The movie is a crossover film featuring three different incarnations of the titular heroes throughout the franchise's history: the original Prime Turtles team from the 1984 comic book series, the light-hearted, family-friendly characters from the 1987 animated series, and the darker, more serious cast of the 4Kids' own 2003 animated series — in an adventure that spans multiple parallel universes. It also marks the finale to the 2003 animated series. This movie was produced in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.

A rough, nearly finished version of the film premiered at the San Diego Comic Con in July 2009.[1] The movie was to be released in theaters for one night on October 29, 2009, but due to disputes between 4Kids Entertainment and Fathom, the event was canceled, according to National CineMedia.[citation needed] The movie aired on TV on The CW4Kids station on November 21, after the 25th anniversary Top 10 Countdown.[2]

An encore showing aired from November 28 to December 12, split into three 23-minute episodes. A third showing of the movie aired on March 20 the following year. A fourth showing aired on May 29. An uncut version of the film appeared on the CW4kids's website on December 16 that includes 8 minutes of footage cut from the version that aired on TV. The movie was released on non-anamorphic widescreen DVD on August 24, 2010 from Nickelodeon/Paramount Pictures home entertainment.[3][4][5] The DVD release contains the TV edit. The uncut anamorphic widescreen version was later released in 2011 on DVD in the PAL DVD regions (2 and 4). There are currently no plans for an American release of the uncut movie. On August 29, 2010, Nickelodeon aired the movie on the channel for the first time, then aired again on Thanksgiving Day of 2010.


When a battle between the Purple Dragons and what appear to be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is captured on film, the Turtles are quick to refute their master Splinter's accusations of carelessness. Breaking into the Purple Dragons' headquarters to get to the bottom of these mysterious doppelgängers, the Turtles discover that their "impostors" are, in fact, versions of them from another dimension.

The "1987 Turtles" prove to be too childish for the more serious-minded "2003 Turtles", promising to tell them what happened after their lunch. They head down to a pizza place, only to terrify the citizens [Unbeknownst to the 1987 Turtles, their 2003 counterparts have been operating in secret]. When the cops arrive and attempt to capture them, they sneak out the back, allowing the 2003 Turtles to capture them and take them to the 2003 Splinter. Back in the 2003 Turtles' lair, the 1987 Turtles explain that they were teleported into their world in a dimensional portal accident that has also brought their arch-enemy, Shredder and their battle fortress, the Technodrome, along with them.

The eight Turtles head below the ground to track down the Technodrome, but they draw the attention of the Shredder. Quickly putting the pieces together, the Shredder realizes that there may be a version of himself on this world that he can ally with to take the Turtles down. To buy himself some time Shredder uses the Technodrome to escape the Turtles and bar their path from following him. Unable to track the Technodrome, the Turtles resolve to create a portal device of their own so they can travel to the "1987 universe" and obtain the gear the 1987 Turtles usually use to take the Technodrome down. While the Turtles are occupied with this task, Shredder uses the Technodrome's technology to locate his dimensional counterpart, the Utrom known as Ch'rell, still in frozen exile on an ice asteroid after his final defeat by the 2003 Turtles. Ch'rell is teleported to the Technodrome, but upon recovering, immediately overthrows his bumbling other-self and seizes control of the fortress with the aid of his adopted daughter, Karai, who had been monitoring his movements and tracked him down after realizing he had escaped his frozen prison.

Using Dimension X technology and Utrom science to create a new robotic exoskeleton for himself, Ch'rell dispatches his right-hand man Hun - who has been mutated into a monstrous mutant turtle himself after being doused with mutagen from the 1987 universe in the earlier battle - to track the Turtles down. With the aid of Bebop and Rocksteady, Hun finds and attacks the Turtles' lair, but the eight reptiles complete their dimensional portal stick and escape to the 1987 universe. Unfortunately, Splinter is captured by Hun and brought before the Utrom Shredder to serve as bait in a trap.

The 2003 Turtles meet the 1987 universe versions of April O'Neil and Splinter, and then return to the 2003 universe with the 1987 Turtles vehicles: the Party Wagon and Turtle Blimp. However, they discover that in their absence, Ch'rell has fused the sciences of the Utroms and Dimension X to rebuild the Technodrome as a truly terrifying war machine, filled with legions of improved robotic Foot Soldiers and mutated Purple Dragons. Entering the fortress to recover Splinter, the Turtles are defeated, and Ch'rell then reveals his master plan: While using the Technodrome to examine the multiverse, he has discovered that there are not just the Turtles of the 1987 world and the 2003 world, but scores of them from countless alternate dimensions. Knowing that the turtles of those dimensions would stand in his way to conquer those worlds, Ch'rell has decided to destroy them all by eliminating their counterparts in "Turtle Prime", the original universe from which all others came. Ch'rell scans the eight Turtles, each secured within an enormous spherical centrifuge-like device contained within the Technodrome, to locate the base similarities between them that will pinpoint the location of Turtle Prime, seemingly destroying the brothers in the process. Once Ch'rell has teleported the Technodrome away across the dimensions to Turtle Prime, however, the Turtles reappear, having been saved from oblivion by Karai, who has realized her father's mad ambition would also spell their own destruction.

With their world being erased around them as the Utrom Shredder's plan goes into motion, the Turtles break into Purple Dragon headquarters again to appropriate some of the tech the criminals stole, in order to upgrade their dimensional portal stick and follow the Utrom Shredder to Turtle Prime. They're attacked by Hun again, who's still seeking revenge for his mutation. However, when he sees what's happening to the world, the repentant Hun surrenders the tech just before he's erased. The Turtles accomplish their task, and are whisked away to a grim and bleak monochrome realm from whence all Turtle realities sprang. They are attacked by the native 1984 "Prime Turtles", but they eventually manage to convince their ferocious progenitors to help them save all of creation.

The twelve Turtles, with the aid of Splinter, Karai, and even the 1987 Shredder and Krang, engage Ch'rell in battle, but he grows to massive height using molecular amplification technology from Dimension X and seems impervious to their attacks. When Ch'rell is accidentally clipped by the energy beam from the Technodrome, however, his armor is damaged. The Turtles all try to force him into the beam before it is abruptly cut off when Rocksteady trips over the power cable and unplugs it. Ch'rell takes this opportunity to grab the 1984 Turtles and begins crushing them. The world begins to fade just as the 2003 world did, but Ch'rell panics and hesitates when he notices that he too is fading. Karai attempts to appeal to her father, telling him that what he's trying to do will destroy them all, including him. Ch'rell briefly wavers, but resumes his assault, declaring that he will gladly sacrifice himself to wipe out all Turtles across the multiverse. At the last minute, the 1987 Turtles throw explosive throwing stars at Ch'rell's leg, causing him to trip and drop the 1984 Turtles. Undeterred, Ch'rell prepares to finish the job — until Bebop plugs the beam power cable back in and thus inadvertently obliterates Ch'rell.

With their foe defeated, the Turtles watch as their respective realities restore themselves. Splinter and Karai note that Ch'rell always returns no matter how he is defeated, but the various characters decide they'll be there to stop him whenever he may rise again. The 1987 characters take the Technodrome and return to their homeworld, while the 2003 characters use the portal stick to return to theirs. The 1984 Turtles decide to go get some pizza to eat, as somewhere else, across time and space, Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman put the finishing touches on the first issue of Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, expressing the hope that the book will sell.

Voice cast[edit]

All three sets of Turtles prepare to fight the 2003 Shredder. From left - right: 2003 Michelangelo, Raphael (far back), Donatello, center - original 1984 Turtles ("Turtles Prime"), 1987 Turtles, and far back 2003 Leonardo.

All 1987 characters are listed as '88 in the film's credits.

The original actors from the '87 series were originally going to reprise their roles but because 4Kids is a non-union corporation in New York and the actors are Los Angeles union actors, they could not be hired due to it being a non-union project and hiring costs.


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