"Retreat!" Is Totally Tubular Review

Why does he sound different?

At the end of the second season--why don't they release these as full seasons again?--the Kraag invasion has left the team in pieces. Splinter is gone, Leo is hurt, and they're running upstate to leave the weird aliens to do their weirdness in New York City. But upstate holds its own trouble, including an endless retinue of mutant creatures the gang has to beat, slice, and dice up, Kraags, and Big Foot (who, it turns out, is a girl). They also have to deal with, shall we say, non-canon issues like April's psychic powers and the Ice Cream Kitty that Michelangelo has a hot and cold relationship with. To my surprise, however, this show is highly watchable by the 12-year-old boy inside of me with an aesthetic that the slightly older boy on the outside can also appreciate.

This set, the first seven episodes of the third season, begins with a little call-back to the original 1990 film with April's voice over/journaling describing the state of affairs that brought the turtles up to her family farm. From there, it veers directly into the monster-of-the-week motif. Inside, there are some nice morality tales on sympathy, perseverance, grief, and hitting things until they fall down. Somehow, the charm of the writing completely won me over, especially Michelangelo's non sequitor and anime emoting. The animation is also interesting--and I believe I pointed this out before--in that the central characters are very basic and boxy in their design while the settings are often highly detailed and the "camera" is very dynamic. Oh, and now they have Seth Green as the voice for Leonardo. That's pretty cool. So guilty in my pleasure at this.

Bonus features

There is a short "Mutation of a scene" featurette for each of the episodes.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Retreat!" is on sale March 10, 2015 and is rated tv-pg. Action. Starring Greg Cipes, Mae Whitman, Sean Astin, Seth Green.

Jason Ratigan • Staff Writer

A lawyer-turned-something-else with a strong appreciation for film and television.  He knows he can't read every great book ever written, but seeing every good movie ever made is absolutely doable.  Check out his other stuff on Wordpress.


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