Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Certificate: PG

Voices of: Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr, Nicolas Cantu, Ayo Edebiri, John Cena, Seth Rogen.

Release date: 2023

4 out of 5


The seventh movie adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic books – following on from nineties live action versions, reboots and an earlier animated one – this is arguably the best: an animated adventure that is anarchic, fun and a treat to look at.

Turtle brothers Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello – mutated thanks to a chemical that fell into New York’s sewers – have been raised by adopted rat dad Splinter, who only allows his boys to leave the sewers to steal supplies when deep down they want to live normal lives on the surface.

After defeating some criminals and crossing paths with teen wannabe journalist April O’Neil, the turtles become heroes, but their new found acceptance is threatened when they meet a criminal named Superfly (Ice Cube).

Featuring terrific scrapbook-style animation, punchy visuals and enjoyable performances from the voice cast, this is as much a teen coming of age story as it is a refreshing addition to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.

It’s witty, quirky and heaps of fun that’s well worth checking out even if you’re not a Turtle fan (and you will be by the end of the movie).

Is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

There are martial arts sequences throughout the movie but little injury is shown.

Younger viewers (under 9) may not like/be frightened by some of the mutated creatures that are in the movie, as well as baddie Superfly.

There is some slightly rude humour throughout.

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