TMNT: Mutant Mayhem BREAKDOWN – Every Ninja Turtles Easter Egg You Missed!

TMNT: Mutant Mayhem BREAKDOWN - Every Ninja Turtles Easter Egg You Missed!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is an incredible return to form for the heroes in half shell. The film is the perfect mix of reinvention and nostalgia, containing the perfect mix of Easter Eggs and reinvention for a new generation. IN this breakdown, we tell you every Easter Egg You missed and explain that incredible post-credits scene.

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Written by Colton Ogburn
Co-Written and Hosted by Ryan Arey (
Edited by Randolf Nombrado, Brianna McLarty, Lee Mazzio, and Sofien Dami

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Not only are we going to be breaking down this movie, but we’re also going to take a closer look at the secret alien villain hiding in plain sight. That awesome post credit scene teasing the turtles next big shell-cracking baddie. Plus the heartwarming coming of age story that’s at the core of this film. [clip]

What makes this version of TMNT so unique is that they really focused on the teenage aspect of these characters. By casting actual teenagers to play the turtles and allowing the actors to riff off of one another–you really feel the genuine childlike nature of these four brothers. [clip]

You can feel their innocence and nativity. You can feel their longing to not only fit in and be a part of the bigger world, but to find out who they really are and what their purpose is. A struggle we can all relate to because we’ve all been teenagers.

Doug: I haven’t, I’m only three.

Yeah but that’s like 30 in manager years.

Doug: Oh okay okay.

So the animation of this movie is stellar, and it’s being compared to the Across the Spider-Verse films–even though they have totally different conceits. Production designer Yashar Kassi revealed to Inverse that since the movie was about teenagers–they wanted to draw it like they were teenagers.

Yashar said: We…infused every aspect of the movie with teenage energy. This wasn’t easy; trying to draw like teenagers meant drawing like someone in their first art class ever, or who’s doodling in the corner of your notebook.

And director Jeff Rowe told Movie Web, “We really commit and take these big swings towards ideas that are misshapen, flawed, and ignore the formal principles of art. It’s trying to emulate teenagers, the way they think, draw, and make art before they’ve been taught to make better art. It’s just a raw, unfiltered expression.”

And he told Gizmodo that the film;s aesthetic was greatly inspired by the patterns and colors of the late 80s and early 90s…especially the films of Spike Lee, and the underground New York Hip hop of that era. It was a way to use 8@0s nostalgia he said, without having the turtles say cowabunga over and over.

So the movie starts in 2008 and we meet Baxter Stockman, voiced by Genecarlo Esposito. [clip]

Stockman has developed a mutagen that mutates animals into talking humanoid versions of themselves.

It’s important that the movie reinvented the turtle’s origin and ties it to Baxter Stockman. Baxter is a lonely outcast, who simply wants to belong. This is just like the turtles themselves, and the other mutants.

The opening sequence, when the TCRI troops storm his lab, is filmed like a claustrophobic horror movie–almost like the movie alien.

Now in the comics and cartoons, Stockman mutates himself into the villain known as Superfly. In the comics and origin cartoon, Baxter Stockman was a ride on Dr Brumble, Jeff Goldblum’s character form the Fly that mashes up his DNA with a fly’s. This new adaptation seems to have established the rule that only animals can become mutated, and not humans–hence why stockman is not a superfly–he’s his creator.

Superfly is voiced by rapper Ice Cube–and he agreed to play the part as soon as he heard the name–because it’s an homage to a classic 1970s Blaxploitation film [trailer clip with title].

But in this turtle-universe, Stockman isn’t Superfly, he’s his creator. As well as the creator of a plethora of other mutated animals.

These include Bebop and Rocksteady, voiced by Seth Rogen and John Cena. These characters first appeared in the TMNT animated series back in 1987. Originally they were human henchmen that were turned into a mutant warthog and rhino. And yes, Seth Rogen is yet again playing a warthog. [clip]

Now in the comics and cartoon, Bebop and Rocksteady did the bidding of the turtles biggest foe, The Shredder. A little later we’ll talk about Shredder’s history, his brief cameo in the post credits scene, and what his role will be in the sequel.

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