Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
Synopsis of Movie
“Go ninja, go turtle, go!”
Break out the colored bandanas and martial arts weapons, boys, ‘cause those “heroes in a half shell” are back! Cowabunga!
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles didn’t waste much time getting back to the big screen after the enormous success of the first Ninja Turtles movie. Released only one year later, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze brought back turtles Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michaelangelo, along with rat master Splinter, news reporter April O’Neil (now played by a different actress) and even arch-nemesis Shredder, who seemed to have died in the first film.
Splinter and the Turtles are rooming with April while hunting for a new sewer hideaway, and it’s at her place that they met karate-chopping pizza delivery boy Keno. The young martial artist becomes an unofficial turtle sidekick, and they’re going to need his help. Thanks to April’s super-sleuth reporting, the boys discover that Professor Jordan Perry created the “ooze” that transformed them into their current state, and he’s got one canister left. Unfortunately, Shredder finds out, too, and he kidnaps the Professor for his own nasty plans.
Meanwhile, Keno learns that Shredder has re-started the Foot Clan, his teen crime gang, and with Raphael’s encouragement, Keno infiltrates the organization. Back in the lab, Shredder forces Professor Perry to mutate a German shepherd puppy named Rahzar and a baby snapping turtle named Tokka into mutagenic monsters. Unfortunately, they’re not too bright (think BeBop and Rocksteady, only dumber).
With Keno’s help, the Turtles find Shredder’s hideout, and you can guess what happens next. One silly, slapstick fight follows another (don’t worry, mom and dad, nobody really gets hurt), taking the Turtles into the sewers, a disco (where Vanilla Ice himself is the star attraction) and finally into battle against the mutated Supershredder (played by WCW superstar Kevin Nash). Turtle Power!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles delivered everything turtle fans wanted: cartoonish violence, funny turtle one-liners, a kid-friendly soundtrack (including Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap”) and more cartoonish violence. The Turtlemaniacs were pleased, and they rewarded the filmmakers with another box-office hit. In 1993, the boys in green returned for a final adventure, the time-traveling Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.
Movie Release History1990 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
1991 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
1993 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
Movie Sub Categorieslive-action
Movie StudioGolden Harvest Productions, New Line
CastApril O'Neil Paige Turco Professor Jordan Perry David Warner
Michaelangelo Michelan Sisti Soho Man Michelan Sisti
Raphael Kenn Scott Leonardo Mark Caso
Newsroom Staffer Mark Caso Donatello Leif Tilden
Foot #3 Leif Tilden Splinter Kevin Clash
Keno Ernie Reyes Jr. Shredder François Chau
Tatsu Toshirô Obata Chief Stems Raymond Serra
Rahzar Mark Ginther Tokka Kurt Bryant
Super Shredder Kevin Nash Parlor Owner Joseph Amodei
Parlor Assistant Nick DeMarinis Teenage Girl Kelli Rabke
Thug #1 Keith Coulouris Soho Woman Susan Essman
Foot #1 Lee Spencer Foot #2 Gianpaolo Bonaca
Freddy Mark Doerr Crew Member Tim Parati
TGRI Assistant #1 John Brady TGRI Worker Jon Thompson
TGRI Assistant #2 Bill Luhrs News Manager Michael Pressman
Teenage Thug Rick Colella Foot Recruiter Dewey Weber
Old Woman Sasha Pressman Old Man David Pressman
Audience Man Shiek Mahmud-Bey Audience Woman Lisa Chess
Vanilla Ice Himself Disc Jockey Earthquake
Dancer #1 Mark Grinage Dancer #2 John Henry Huffman IV
Dancer #3 Everett Fitzgerald Promoter Gregory Salata
Promoter's Aide Mak Wilson Michaelangelo (voice) Robbie Rist
Leonardo (voice) Brian Tochi Raphael (voice) Laurie Faso
Donatello (voice) Adam Carl Shredder (voice) David McCharen
Tatsu (voice) Michael McConnohie Rahzar (voice) Frank Welker
Tokka (voice) Frank Welker