APRIL MOVIE THON DAY 4: Our Friend Power 5 (1989)

Five humanoid turtles from the planet Battlestar and Princess Yesular have crash landed on Earth after a battle with the dreaded Shark Gang, who are all rats, but it’s a cool name. So yes, this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remix asks us to imagine an alternate universe where Master Splinter is the bad guy, that there are five turtles that can transform into human beings and that Go-Bots is in the same time and space as our heroes in the halfshell.

This was not the first time that Shin Hyun-hwan had teamed with Popeye Science, a toy company in South Korea, to make a movie directly based on toys. Of course, none of the toys he made movies about were unique. According to How the World Remade Hollywood, he started by reverse engineering Japanese mech toys to look close to other films that were coming out, including Space Gundam V, which has nothing to do with Gundam and instead a remix of Space Dimension Fortress Macross.

This time, the turtles are using a Bandai Machine Robo design while the Sharks have Galactic Gale Baxingar as their weapon. You have to love that level of sheer bul-al, right?

Also, this movie does not care at all about giving kids nightmares, as the moment the Sharks hit Earth, they go to the woods and outright murder some children.

Not only does this movie jump between live action and traditional animation, it has a robot to shoots lasers out of its pelvic area, which is also a good power to have.

Imagine how strange it would be to grow up with Our Friend Power 5 and then learn that it’s all a lie. Kind of like how we played with Transformers without realizing that they were multiple lines of mechs all remixed for Western sensibilities. Kind of like Robotech, which took the aforementioned Macross and mixed that show with Southern Cross and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA, two entirely unrelated shows, to make a new narrative for U.S. audiences. Or how Voltron combined Beast King GoLion and Armoured Fleet Dairugger XV to create one Americanized cartoon continuity. 

You can watch this on YouTube.

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