The film spawned two sequels — 1991’s Secret of the Ooze and 1993’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III — both of which performed to diminishing returns at the box office, earning $78 million and $42 million, respectively.
The Turtles came under fire from the American Farm Bureau (AFB) in 1991, when they starred in the Random House book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ABCs for a Better Planet. The book covered environmental issues, including a statement saying some animals are injected with cancer-causing artificial growth hormones, and that much of the world’s grain goes to feeding cattle, rather than to starving people. In addition, there was mention of pesticides that can remain in fruits and vegetables even after they get to the supermarket. The Farm Bureau responded by saying they were concerned that the publisher “would stoop to using a children’s publication to advance such a biased and incorrect view of American agriculture.” It’s unclear if pressure from the AFB was the cause, but the book was never reprinted.
In 1990, the Turtles hit the big screen with the live-action film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. With a budget of $13.5 million, the film raked in over $200 million at the worldwide box office.
With the release of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film hitting the box office the RSPCA have voiced concerns about Baby Terrapins being the next novelty pet for children!