‘TMNT’ 2014: Ninja Rap Theme Song ‘Shell Shocked’; New TV Spots

Published 9 months ago by , Updated July 24th, 2014 at 9:42 am,

For over two years, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has been a contentious project – especially when it was first revealed that former Transformers-lead Megan Fox had been cast as beloved Turtle ally April O’Neil. In the months since, skeptics have reacted with equal outrage to a host of other revelations from the Turtles’ visual makeover (now with nostrils) to the addition of Johnny Knoxville (voicing Leonardo), as well as long-rumored changes to the heroes’ origin story, among others. As a result, frustration has routinely been directed toward producer Michael Bay (a man regularly blamed for “ruining childhoods” via his Transformers franchise) – while the film’s actual director, Jonathan Liebesman (Clash of the Titans) has mostly flown under vitriolic fan radar.

Much of the anger comes from a perceived failure on the part of filmmakers to deliver the type of TMNT movie that longtime fans want – as opposed to the TMNT movie that Paramount Pictures believes new (read: younger) fans will love. Now, in a move that will, without question, be an affront to returning Ninja Turtles (and Vanilla Ice) enthusiasts, the studio has unveiled an updated Ninja Rap for this new generation of moviegoers.

In addition to the film score by Brian Tyler, Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features a new Turtle-powered theme song, “Shell Shocked” from Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign (and featuring Kill The Noise & Madsonik).

Listen to the full song in the video at the top of this page (updated with lyrics).

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Despite some eye-rolling lyrics, the song should serve as a catchy credits track – as well as background music in the final run of TMNT trailers. Understandably, moviegoers who have already written-off the TMNT reboot will find “Shell Shocked” to be another soul-crushing affront to the Ninja Turtles brand (even more so than the “Coming Out of Their Shells” tour). Still, it’s hard to argue that the new song is any more audacious than Vanilla Ice’s campy appearance, and the subsequent “Ninja Rap” dance-battle, that was featured in the final act of 1991′s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Original fans remember the sequence with heartwarming nostalgia (for good reason) but, looking back, there’s no question the scene was mostly ham-fisted branding – and, given that the song still produces a guilty pleasure smile for many fans, that branding worked.

Don’t remember the 1991 song? Check out Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap (Go Ninja Go!)” music video below.

Once “Shell Shocked” was unveiled to the masses, Paramount released a new poster and pair of extended TV spots for the film backed with the new track. The videos are composed of mostly old footage but there are a handful of fresh shots for fans to pore over.

Have a look at the new poster as well as TV spots “Justice” and “Knock, Knock” below:

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The new teasers once again reinforce what we stated in our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles footage preview – specifically that Liebesman’s film might surprise viewers with an entertaining blend of over-the-top action and the same cheeky humor that made the original cartoon series (and live-action movies) 1990s pop culture phenomenons. While certain fans will continue to long for a grounded and gritty adaptation of the original graphic novel series (as well as select print spin-offs), TMNT 2014 is shaping up to provide today’s kids similarly campy Turtle fun with modern blockbuster visuals.

We’ll know soon (from the time of this writing) if the final film succeeds in that goal – and whether this generation of young moviegoers will respond with the same enthusiasm for Turtle Power as the last.

MORE: TMNT Preview Footage Description


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will open in theaters on August 8th, 2014.

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  1. Lol TMNT will probably do better than Transformers due to all the hate. Micheal Bay haters always go see the movie because then what would they complain about ? And of course the idiots who still think he directed

    • Said the unqualified expert on Michael Bay haters. ;)

      • +1

        I mean, bit of a weird generalisation there. I don’t like Michael Bay, I complain about his crappy films but I learned after Transformers 3 was the final straw not to watch and so far, I’ve been pretty successful and hope to be for even longer. I don’t want to become dumb for having seen any more of his crap, hence my avoidance.

        I saw a Russell Brand standup show on TV once, hated it, thought he was crap and painfully unfunny so I’ve avoided anything he’s appeared in since. That’s how I am with Michael Bay too, except from the mid 90s up until a few years ago, I gave him chance after chance and he let me down on a consistent basis.

        I just find it odd that people who actually like him and the films he’s associated with feel the need to call out those who don’t instead of just talking about the film in question. It’s almost like you’re obsessed with those who don’t like the man’s work and have to somehow feel better about yourselves by putting others down for having a differing opinion.

  2. that song is terrible

  3. TMNT: Battle of the Sewers set for December 2017!!!! Can’t wait

  4. My favorite is still the one by Partners in Kryme http://youtu.be/YceSXH9kRrE

    • Definitely! The new one doesn’t even compare at all!

  5. 1. That song is awful. The artists are a bunch of thugs and its insulting to what TMNT is.

    2. Humor looks good and I really like that shot of them falling with the moon behind them which was taken straight from the cartoon opening.

    3. Bulletproof? I sincerely hope not.

  6. The song isn’t too bad IMO. I thought it was going to be god awful, but it has a nice beat to it!

  7. so instead of surfer dudes, they’re wannabe inner city thugs ?

    • They live in the NYC sewers! They couldn’t get more “inner city” if they tried.

    • I’m guessing your not a true fan of teenage mutant ninja turtles because the ovie is way better then whatever your talking abou!

  8. Should of got wu-tang involved!

    • For real. Just listen to the work they did with Afro samurai or Ghost dog. They would’ve made this film look and sound more epic.

    • I second that wu tang would def have been a smart move. Song sounds cool though but it’s kind of sad that Wiz Khalifa is singing a song for a kids movie – he is such a bad example. The trailers I see keep getting me hyped for the movie.

  9. pressed play on the original Vanilla Ice video, “go ninja go ninja go” then scrolled down and pressed play on the latest trailer for TMNT, they synched up PERFECTLY, I wish they could’ve just done that, blended a lil new w/ a lil old. Try it, listen to “go ninja” whilst watching the trailer.

    • Cosign.
      It fit perfectly.

  10. Haha this is so laughable, who the hell ARE these clowns!? At this point, I’d rather take Vanilla Ice any day and THAT says something.

  11. I’ll admit there’s some flaws in the movie. But what you have to understand is that it’s 2014 they’re giveing TMNT that PG-13 outlook it should’ve have. Yeah I know we grew up watching the kids show and all that but at the same time as we grew up they also changed as well. Don’t see t as a “childhood killer” but as an evolution that is happening to he show. That and most of us are in our late teens or early 20′s do you really think that it wouldn’t be weird seeing grown men watching PG movie with little kids

    • “That and most of us are in our late teens or early 20′s do you really think that it wouldn’t be weird seeing grown men watching PG movie with little kids.”

      The LEGO Movie says hi. And every other animated feature that adults have loved and paid to see alongside children.

      Hell, last week’s Apes film was a 12A and most of the audience were aged between 12 and 15.

      Lets hope my comment shows up this time, the one I spent ages on to make a point at the top of the comments didn’t appear for some reason.

    • No asked for change but change is ok but this isnt change its a destruction of icons and i will not be apart of it. Bad enough that they change the turtles once and now again this time its to much next the turtles will be slinging dope on a corner and pimping april nothing but thugs now anyways sure thats what i want my kids heros to be teenage alien thugs. Go go future atleast the turtles i grew up with tuaght you some morales.what do they teach our kids now

  12. Just bring back Vanilla Ice. Hell he can even do it as his one off rap rock thing. (Never thought Id be saying that in a “really mean it ” kinda way…)

    • But I will take this over Skrillex dub step.

  13. The new song is catchy. I don’t understand why this movie gets so much hate. Would you rather see people in turtle costumes eating pizza? C’mon people it’s a new generation. If you like the old turtles, the movies still exist. Not like they just magically disappear from existence

    • What?!

      You think THAT’S the reason people are negative towards this film?

      Speaking strictly for myself, I don’t like this film because so far, none of the trailers have excited me. It’s like Agents Of SHIELD, I’d sit watching the whole way through and at the end, I’d feel nothing for it because it felt so empty and devoid of anything that would interest me. Then they come out with horrible songs like this one by rappers with ridiculous names as a tie-in to the film.

      No thanks, I’ll spend my August cinema money on The Expendables 3 instead, at least I know I’ll be getting a good film that I’m guaranteed to enjoy.

      • Whatever dude. You don’t have to be a party pooper to everyone about it.

        Go watch a bunch of has-been action stars obviously past their prime, playing cops and robbers. If that’s your kind of thing, more power to ya.

        I’d much rather go see a reimagining of Ninja Turtles. Cowabunga!

        • If the movie doesn’t look interesting to you, that’s perfectly fine. There are a lot of people out there online that hate this movie because it’s not the turtles they know. I’m liking what I see from it, and have high hopes. I just hope more people start giving this movie a shot

  14. hahahaha.. oh man, this song is garbage. It’s good to see the Studio didn’t waste anytime to make sure this movie will be as dated as possible.

  15. Come on guys i am a huge tmnt fan i have watched the original series as a kid too that was the one hooked me to tmnt , and i even watched the original movie series which are awesome in their own way .i was to angry with bay when the first details of the movie came and i to was bitching about in internet (it was a pretty bad year it was around the same time of superior spiderman). But after that bay considering the fans decided to keep some basic details unchanged in the movie .like making them mutants come on they where supposed to be aliens making them teenagers .making april a reporter again (i don’t hate megan but they sgould have gone with anna kendrick and isla fischer ). I think the real reason you hate this movie is because of what bay did with transformers. As far as all the trailers i have seen the movie looks nothing like transformers .

  16. Why so many people have a problem with what the turtles looks, they look badass and when it come to there nostrils, turtles do have nostrils

  17. I listened to some of this song, but not all of it. I don’t understand how money, Rolexes, and that kind of stuff has anything to do with the Ninja Turtles.

  18. so yeah the songs lyrics are terrible and uninspired. The beat is good enough to get the point across but it is also forgettable. it won’t last nearly as long as Turtle Power or Ninja Rap. I wish they weren’t bullet proof since they went through the trouble of completely changing the Foot from ninjas to guys with guns. I initially hated this movie and have started look forward to it more than Guardians of the Galaxy. Only because Guardians is going to be great. no question. this has more to prove. and even though Bay didn’t direct it if you watch the earlier trailers what do you see? Transformers with turtles in it. it “feels” like one of his movies. But who knows. hopefully it will surprise people. Megan Fox won’t cause she’s horrible and shouldn’t be in a leading role because she couldn’t act wet in a swimming pool but the rest doesn’t look bad.

    • Uh

  19. This movie is Awesome sweet job Michael Bay! Can’t wait for the next one!