TMNT (film)

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TMNT is a 2007 computer-animated superhero film written and directed by Kevin Munroe (in his feature directorial debut) and based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. It is a standalone sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993).[5] The first animated film in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, it also served as the first of two films produced by Imagi Animation Studios. The film features an ensemble voice cast including Chris Evans, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mako, Kevin Smith, Patrick Stewart, and Ziyi Zhang with narration by Laurence Fishburne. The story sees the four Turtles —— Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo (voiced respectively by James Arnold Taylor, Nolan North, Mitchell Whitfield, and Mikey Kelley) —— having grown apart after their final defeat of their arch-enemy, the Shredder, but are set to reunite and overcome their faults to save the world from evil ancient creatures.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byKevin Munroe
Written byKevin Munroe
Based on
Produced by
  • Thomas K. Gray
  • Galen Walker
  • Paul Wang
CinematographySteve Lumley
Edited byJohn Damien Ryan
Music byKlaus Badelt
Distributed by
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (United States)
  • Golden Scene (Hong Kong)
Release dates
  • March 17, 2007 (2007-03-17) (Grauman's Chinese Theatre)[1]
  • March 23, 2007 (2007-03-23) (United States)
  • March 29, 2007 (2007-03-29) (Hong Kong)
Running time
87 minutes
  • United States
  • Hong Kong
Budget$34 million[2][3]
Box office$95.6 million[4]

A computer-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film was first announced in 2000, with John Woo supposedly at the helm, but the project languished in development hell, and Woo ultimately moved on to other projects. The choice to do the film in CGI instead of live action like the prior Turtles films was to have audiences suspend their beliefs easier as well as to save budget. When writing TMNT, Munroe wanted to divert away from the lighthearted elements of the franchise and put a heavier emphasis on the darker tone of the original comics. The animators that worked on the fight sequences were inspired by Hong Kong action films.

TMNT was released theatrically in the United States on March 23, 2007, by Warner Bros. Pictures and The Weinstein Company, and in Hong Kong, on March 29 by Gold Scene. The film received mixed reviews from critics with some praising the voice performances, action sequences and Badelt's musical score though criticism was aimed for its story and plot. It was also a small commercial success, grossing $95 million worldwide against a budget of $34 million. Planned sequels were cancelled after Viacom acquired the franchise in 2009, rebooting the film series with the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2014.