Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles provides us with the colorful, vibrant heroes we all know and love, yet the film is determined to stay loyal to the comic’s gritty, stylistic origins. This divide filters throughout the picture, trying to maintain the lighthearted personalities of the turtles without losing the integrity of its original dark pages. Raphael carries the darkness on his own, screaming across the city in frustration. He loses his weapon and a fight with Casey Jones in the first 10 minutes, then rolls over the hood of a cab on the chase. Raph’s brothers help keep his anger to a minimum and learn to celebrate the ongoing joke of the gloomy streets, all the while saving Splinter and teaching the misguided youth of the city not to be corrupted by Shredder’s evil deeds. The need to remain hidden from the public keeps the turtles underground and only out at night, but their goofy resolve, cultural references and addiction to pizza are familiar to any New Yorker. A child-like perspective on the dangers known to walk the streets of the city could be the greatest theme found in the TMNT movie: the organized crime, pick-pockets and mutants that come out at night are undoubtedly cliché. However, the turtles are the glimmer of light that comes from darkness, turning the joke in on itself as the public continues to wonder in fear about what could be lurking in the sewers.