This is one of the more strange cross-overs I’ve seen, but it makes sense and the animated DC folks really do go wild. That’s a good thing, as we’ve seen some really unique styles from them in terms of the artistic looks, and their premises. Moving past that, I did learn the two franchises have had a long history comics wise, you get to see that in a really neat credits setup afterwards.
To get to the actual story, we get a sort of versus situation. These mysterious ninjas have appeared in Gotham, and obviously Batman (Troy Baker) isn’t a fan of that. This special ninja group is stealing technology and it’ll take a bat crew team-up to deal with it. This brings in Batgirl (Rachel Bloom) and Robin (Ben Giroux) for assistance to the Batman.
While trying to understand what’s happening, another strange group comes into the mix and that is of course the Ninja Turtles. This creates a mix situation where three factions are going at it, with a bit of a mystery there in the background.
For the most part I was very pleased with the animation quality here. I felt that the Ninja Turtles could have had more detail to in their design, seemed somewhat basic. The Batman characters felt like they were taken right out of their well loved animated series run. Fans will like that.
The voice over work was excellent, the characters all felt right in this. It was a generally easy going film in terms of the narrative. A tad predictable for sure, but still interesting to watch and just enjoy if you’ve wanted to see a mash-up like this in terms of being an animated film. I enjoyed it for sure, I like the roster of characters and their interactions were fun to see on the screen.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brings a fun animated adventure with solid voice performances and a little bit of mystery. It was well handled, and something that both sides of this mash-up will appreciate. I thought it presented the Ninja Turtles in a fine way, while also giving us a solid Batman.
You get to see both factions, their perspectives and their methods for dealing with situations. It feels natural to either franchises, or at least in regards to how I view them. You get to see the iconic characters, tools and other things as well which I won’t spoil as they’re fun to see pop-in.
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