The original 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is far and above the most under-rated cartoon/comic-book adaptation of all time. Fuck Christopher Nolan and his gritty Batman movies. TMNT did it first! Though the film is more in touch with the toned-down animated series, its roots are squarely in the original comics created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It sacrificed the kiddie stuff in favor of a darker, more brooding film. TMNT deserves a second look just because its tone was so different from what it could have been and eventually did become in TMNT 2 and 3. Oh dear, I’m digressing in favor of being nostalgic. What I’m really here to tell you about is a special alternative ending to the film that you never knew about, until now. Well, actually if you have/had the comic adaption for the movie this will seem a bit familiar to you as the scene is in it.
The ending was never released theatrically, and has only yet to surface on the German DVD release of the movie. It involves April O’Neil trying to pitch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle story as a potential idea for a comic book series.
Great movie, cool find, but I think they made the right decision in cutting it.
Check it out below. And, be sure to stop around the 2 minute mark at the end of the footage, unless you want to listen to some angry ginger kid (perhaps angry at being a ginger?) bitch about it for 10 minutes.