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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie




Age 8+

Action-packed animated tale has lots of peril, violence.

“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie” is an animated sci-fi movie. It’s based on the “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series and is part of the long-standing TMNT franchise, which is known for its action and cartoon violence. The Turtles use samurai swords and martial arts weapons. And the villains — this time, an alien species called the Krang — are creepy, brainlike creatures with tentacles that can possess others and turn them into their minions, which could be scary for some kids. Some injuries linger, such as bruising or dark spots of blood. Main characters are injured and, in one early timeline, even die. Language includes phrases such as “bada--,” “butts kicked,” and “oh, God.” The four brothers do work through their character flaws and come together to be heroes, and the movie’s themes include hope, teamwork and not giving up. (82 minutes) Available on Netflix.

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