The “look away” moment in question occurred approximately 74 minutes into the film TMNT 2: The Secret of the Ooze. I’m sure you can guess what it is, but I’m not going to reveal the scene just yet.
I’d like to take you back to 1990. A time when the first turtle movie had reigned supreme at the box office with a final take of $135,265,915. Considering it was made on a shoestring budget of 13.5 million, New Line cinema was a very happy studio. So happy in fact that it had zero problems green lighting the sequel for spring of 1991. Though this time around they upped the budget to 25 million, and got hot director Michael Pressman (of CBS Summer Playhouse fame) to helm the project.
The producers also followed the formula of every sequel of the late 80s, early 90s. Create a quality soundtrack to help build on the excitement of the release. So they signed some of the hottest acts of that time – Ta Kid K, Cathy Dennis, Tribal House and the crowning jewel of white rappers, Vanilla Ice. Sure the producers could’ve been satisfied with the V-man just doing his thang in the studio, but they knew VI was the real deal. A double threat. He could sing...and act. In fact, V’s movie COOL AS ICE was due out later that year.
It seemed like a no-brainer to include him in the film. But what role would be Ice appropriate, yet still maintain the integrity of the movie? In the end the producers decided the best approach would be to have ice play himself performing his hot new single GO NINJA, GO NINJA, GO in a nightclub. Then suddenly the turtles burst in fighting this dragon like…hey I think I’ll let the screencaps and video do the cringe-talking for themselves.
FYI…by the time the sequel rolled into release mode TURTLE merchandising was at an all time high. Action figures, board games, cereal and the cartoon were all over the place. Not to mention the first movie was doing gangbusters in video sales. So no, the sequel didn’t do bad. It just wasn’t a success like the first one (only $78 million). Still, TMNT 2: The Secret of the Ooze did produce perhaps the cringiest worthy moment that the world will ever know. As Mr. Ice so eloquently rapped it in the movie…
“Choose your weapon but don’t slip – Vanilla’s in control with the flex of the mic grip!”
Word to ya mutha.
What could be better than the Go Ninja video? The making of the Go Ninja video.