Through contact with a mysterious substance, called Ooze, 4 little turtles in the canalization of New York mutate to giant turtles. They can speak, walk upright and love pizza. The wise rat Splinter becomes their mentor and educates them to Ninja fighters. Their arch-enemy is the bad, bad guy Shredder, who struggles to gain power over the world. Of course the ninja turtles will do everything to stop him. —IMDb
Steven “Steve” Barron (born 4 May 1956) is a director and producer, best known for directing the films Coneheads (1993), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) and the innovative music videos for a-ha’s “Take on Me” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”.
He was born in Dublin, Ireland, the son of filmmaker Zelda Barron. He attended St Marylebone Grammar School. He appeared in the film if…. very briefly. He made his directorial debut in 1979 and directed many of the 1980s’ most memorable music videos, including “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits, and “Take on Me” by a-ha. Barron only made eight music videos in the early 90s and made his last music video in 1993 for David Bowie’s “As the World Falls Down”. In 1984, he directed the science fiction comedy Electric Dreams, and then went on to direct several episodes of the television series The Storyteller before returning to the big screen, directing films such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1990… read more
A guilty pleasure and undeniably a product of the 90s this film has a weird balance of seriousness and humor.
Ah, nostalgia, how I love thee. This is a movie I saw in theatres when it came out in 1990 and have watched dozens of times since. It's a lot of fun and a little on the dark side in some places. I just discovered that Kevin Clash was the voice of Splinter, the guy who does the voice of Elmo, so surprised. I think the film holds up pretty well.