It turns out there was a secret Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Easter egg in the latest film, and we all missed it.
Earlier this year, Donatello, Michaelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael hit the streets of New York in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, before they found themselves going up against a mysterious crime syndicate.
The movie, released on DVD and Blu-Ray today, saw the foursome being voiced by actual teenagers for the first time, leading an all-star cast of Hollywood heavyweights, while Jeff Rowe served as director and writer, alongside Seth Rogen.
However, speaking to Metro.co.uk about tackling the Turtles, the filmmaker revealed there were some personal moments nestled in the action that many may not have picked up on.
‘There’s so many there’s so many things that I love,’ he recalled. ‘The No Diggity scene is a personal favorite.
‘That song, the way it’s edited and the filmmaking there, which all came from our storyboard artist, John Jackson, is such a wonderful culmination of everything we were trying out on the film, and I love that.
There was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem cameo we all missed (Picture: Paramount)
‘My favorite Easter egg, we had Kevin Eastman – co-creator of the Ninja Turtles – do a voice in the film. He’s the human who helps Splinter up at the end of the movie, when he’s been thrown into Times Square.
‘As a lifelong Turtles fan, it was really meaningful to meet him and show him some stuff from the film. He was so nice and receptive, and that one was a meaningful Easter egg to me.’
Mutant Mayhem boasted a packed cast full of the biggest names that the industry could muster, including Jackie Chan, Rose Byrne, John Cena and Ice Cube.
Jeff joked that the star-studded line-up was mostly thanks to having Seth on board, as people ‘will return your phone calls’ when you have the Superbad icon’s backing.
The animated flick hit the big screen in August (Picture: Paramount)
However, things did get a little X-rated in the sound booth at points, and Ice Cube, we’re looking directly at you…
‘Obviously 95% of what Ice Cube said, we couldn’t use, which is a tragedy because they were the funniest things I’ve ever heard in my life,’ the director continued. ‘Maybe one day we’ll do a director’s cut, the rated R version.
‘The entire cast was so funny and the thing that really impressed me is they’re also really good actors. They’re funny comedians, but they’re also very good at the craft of acting. They were able to be emotional and scary, and serious, and have weight to what they were saying when they needed to.
‘Ice Cube could also be very, very credibly frightening when he had to be, and it was a marvel to watch.’
Ice Cube got very X-rated with his commentary (Picture: Getty)
We’re going to need the R-rated Ninja Turtles cut immediately.
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