Documentary Review: Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Directed by: Randall Lobb
Music by: Matthew Hussey

FauxPop Media, iProductions, Paramount Home Media Distribution, 98 Minutes


*Written in 2014.

With the recent release of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, someone was awesome enough to do a documentary about the entire franchise from its beginning up until now.

This was a really enjoyable and engaging film. It went back and showed how Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird met each other and how they came up with the idea for the Ninja Turtles. That alone is an interesting story in and of itself.

The film then goes into how they created and distributed the first comic and how it quickly became a hit, as they had to keep making more to supply the fans. Within a few short years, there was a toy deal, a television deal and a movie deal. All of these things proved to be successful and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became one of the biggest franchises in history, which is still incredibly loved and profitable today.

The movie interviews almost everyone who was ever involved with the Turtles. It was cool seeing Judith Hoag now, talking about her role as April O’Neil in the 1990 film. I kind of wish they would have interviewed Elias Koteas too. Who knows, maybe he wasn’t available.

The coolest interviews section of the film though, was when they talked to the cast of the original cartoon. James Avery a.k.a. Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, who played Shredder in the cartoon, still showed so much passion and love for the Turtles franchise. Being that he recently passed away, it was nice seeing this and knowing that he didn’t just see Turtles as some gig to pay his bills but as a really awesome project that he was delighted to work on that he felt was comparable to Shakespeare.

If you are or have ever been a Turtles fan, this is definitely a documentary that you should check out.

Rating: 7/10