Monday, July 29, 2013

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Operation Break Out

In an attempt to prove himself to both April (Mae Whitman) and Raphael (Sean Astin), Donatello (Rob Paulsen) goes out on a rescue mission of his own when he discovers the location of April's father (Keith Silverstein). After discovering their brother has chosen to break into a secret Kraang lab and detention facility, Raphael, Leonardo (Jason Biggs), and Michelangelo (Greg Cipes) head after Donatello to save him from his own lovesick attempt to prove himself a hero.

Donatello is able to fight off several Kraang and rescue Mr. O'Neil, but he also unintentionally fees one of the Kraang's genetic experiments as well in the Newtralizer. With the timely arrival of his brothers everyone manages to get out alive, but that may be just what the Kraang and the Shredder (Kevin Michael Richardson) planned all along.

"Operation Break Out" works because it plays on several well-established themes including Donatello's inferiority complex to his brother and his crush on April which continually leads the smartest of the Turtles make stupid decisions. The Newtralizer worked as a wild card to throw into the mix, but I enjoyed Michelangelo's tantrum of Donatello naming a villain without him more than the mute mutant bad guy.

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