Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Mall Fight Storyboards

original production artwork

Director-approved storyboards of the mall fight in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. The 88 storyboard pages are illustrated by Michael Davis. This is marked #1 of 4, meaning that it is the first of the four major fight scenes in the film. In this fight scene, the Turtles have ordered pizza delivery and wind up fighting burglars in a mall. The violence was scaled back in the sequel and made more humorous and less scary for children audiences. A good example is during this fight when Michaelangelo picks up sausage and chooses it as a comical weapon over his nunchuks. However, these early storyboards show the thugs carrying knives, while others wield a cue stick and bowling pins. Michaelangelo uses a yo-yo's string to trip a bad guy. Then, like a scene out of Home Alone, he breaks a gumball machine with the yo-yo to send the candy tumbling towards more foes. When a robber jumps him from behind, Michaelangelo chews some of the gumballs and blows a bubble until it pops in the crook's face, blinding him. Elsewhere, Leonardo tosses his katana up at the ceiling, and one of the blades falls on a criminal's head. Another guy approaches, but the other sword doesn't fall right away. Leonardo gets impatient waiting, and flips him in time for the second katana to drop down on the cocky Turtle's head as he's celebrating. Meanwhile one of the other Turtles waves tennis rackets like swords, while another throws a ball at a burglar, who then bounces off a trampoline and ends up going through a basketball net. Michaelangelo breaks from the action to take a big bite out of his “combat cold cuts.” One Turtle uses a belt to flip a robber. A second Turtle is inspired to do the same but picks up a bra by mistake; he subsequently uses his shell as a quick shield to block an incoming knife. A Turtle rides on a pogo stick and a showdown with a thug on another pogo ensues. He chases the Turtle with a trash can lid before reaching a doorway, where he hits his head. One particularly devilish Turtle squeezes pee from a baby doll onto a bad guy to distract him while another Turtle takes him down. A Turtle is hurled into a display of high heels. This Turtle flings the shoes at his assailant, and the heels act like ninja stars, pinning him to the wall. The last sequence has Donatello mimicking a kid's punching bag and dodging a bad guy's punches before headbutting him. Obtained from a private collector. (Not for sale)

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category: original / screen-used
type: production artwork
movie: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (1991)
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