Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles VS Mutant Mayhem Turtles (feat. Mr. Worldwide)
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles VS Mutant Mayhem Turtles (feat. Mr. Worldwide)



Today, I’ll be exploring the pros and cons of two movies circulating around the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Movie (which I will be referring to as Rise) and Mutant Mayhem. SPOILERS AHEAD.


I won’t be taking one stance or another, but feel free to let me know your favorite and why!


Rise is a 2022 movie following a animated show of the same name in a 2d style. The film was released by Nickelodeon and Netflix on the Netflix streaming platform. In the movie, the turtles and their friends go up against their strongest enemy yet — the Krang.



  • Interesting character design compared to other iterations of the turtles
  • Return of classic characters, like the male version of Casey Jones (Jr.)
  • Compelling story line
  • Peril!!!!
  • Frightening villains
  • Stellar animation
  • Good symbolism
  • Cute ending
  • New outfits/ setting from the 2018 show



  • A LOT of violence, especially compared to other TMNT movies
  • Heart-wrenching angst that gets solved almost immediately



  • Some of the dialogue is a little cringe
  • It makes more sense if the show is watched before the movie, but the show is split onto two different steaming platforms
  • Time travel arc is filled with paradoxes
  • Magic (again, the show needs to be watched first)
  • Death in the first two minutes
  • Light eye trauma


I liked this movie a lot, but I also watched the show in it’s entirety, including a series of mini-episodes on YouTube, and without the show, the movie from the beginning doesn’t make a lot of sense.


Mutant Mayhem is a 2023 movie released in theaters by Paramount. It’s animated in a comic-book style meant to be reminiscent of drawings in a lined notebook. Currently it resides on the Paramount+ streaming platform. In this movie, the turtles fight to be accepted by society.



  • The theme is about racism spoken through the mouth of mutants
  • The animation is pretty awesome
  • The turtles happen to be losers, therefore relatable compared to other iterations
  • Impressive soundtrack
  • Compelling story
  • Follows a similar format to most of the TMNT animated series plot order, but in shorter form
  • The fight scenes are really well choreographed
  • New backstory for Splinter and why he doesn’t trust humans
  • Interesting non-turtle characters
  • Violence, but not very graphic



  • Not necessarily new character designs compared to older iterations, just small differences
  • The movies very dark in lighting, making it hard to see sometimes



  • A bit too fast-paced
  • The cast has more higher-level celebrities for no reason
  • Milking


I also really liked this movie and I’m gonna give it a rewatch soon.


Which movie is your favorite?

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Ollie Warren is a senior writing and publishing major. They write the Flip Feature column, review Lincoln Park shows, and work as the managing editor of The SIREN. They love to watch movies, swim, and learn about history and science. After high school, they plan to go to college and get a degree in History Ed.
Lily Fortier is currently a sophomore in writing and publishing. She enjoys anything art related which inspired her to write for the column Outside the Lines. Other interests include makeup, history, playing guitar, and tattooing.

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