What happens when you put four mutated talking turtles into a crammed elevator, armed to the teeth and on their way for a showdown to save the city? A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beatbox clip, of course.
This new look at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot film makes two homages to its source material in hopes of attracting the crowd with a soft spot for nostalgia. The first is the beatbox, a recollection of the Vanilla Ice ‘Ninja Rap’ from the 1991 sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. The ninjas didn’t discover their taste for rap until that sequel, and that’s probably part of the reason why the sequel wasn’t as well received as the original film.
The second is the use of the term “Cowabunga,” the ninja’s battle cry. From the sounds of the clip, the ninjas haven’t used this word since their childhood and bust it out as their final confrontation with Shredder is about to commence.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its Michael Bay producer tag faces stiff competition at the box office this weekend in the form of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a tough call as to who will win considering a 50 percent drop would lower Guardians down to $47 million and TMNT is currently tracking in the $40-45 million range.