HEAVY MIDNITES: Turtle Power Pizza Party (feat. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & The Secret of The Ooze)

It’s time to get totally tubular with our favorite turtles: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo. Aside from a blissful mutual affection for nunchucks and sewer grates, we’ve got something else in common with the world’s most fearless fighting teens — for the heroes in a half-shell share our insatiable love for the food of the gods: PIZZA! Prepare to get blazingly radical with two big-screen slices of ‘90s nostalgia, plus a nearly endless celebration of our favorite food group.

By 1990, the legend of these subterranean vigilantes could no longer be contained in comic books, cartoon shows or action figures. These masked crime fighters were headed for the big screen to kick some serious butt, in turtle suits designed by the magicians at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. When four sewer-discarded turtles are exposed to a mysterious mutagen, they grow into lean, green, pizza-eating machines, tutored in the ancient art of Ninjitsu and set loose on the mean streets of New York City. Partnering with news reporter/fashion icon April O’Neil and badass Casey Jones (Atom Egoyan favorite Elias Koteas!), our lovable heroes must stop a city-wide crime wave to rescue their mentor from the evil grasps of the villainous Master Shredder and his lethal Foot Clan.
Dir. Steve Barron, 1990, 35mm, 93 min.

Go ninja, go ninja, go! The pepperoni-scarfing foursome returns in an even more pizza-obsessed adventure — and this time they’re after the glowing canister that started it all. Aided by their bodacious new bud Keno (Surf Ninjas’ Ernie Reyes, Jr.), the turtles must dive into action to defeat the evil Shredder and his devious Foot Clan once and for all. Powered by a pulse-pounding soundtrack (preaching world peace, staying in school, environmentalism and other hot-button subjects of the era), the green guys are coming out of their shells, cracking heads while cranking up the comedic banter (and their dance moves) as the film quickly propels our heroes to an all-out battle for mutant supremacy. Prepare to be shell-shocked; this is the one with Vanilla Ice freestyling his classic Ninja Rap!
Dir. Michael Pressman, 1991, 88 min.