Cowabunga, dudes! Preview of new Turtle film benefits ailing children


"Hey, dudes, they're here!"

That's what the 600 boys and girls who recently saw a preview of the movie "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of Ooze" are saying to their envious friends.

Although the 88-minute motion picture starring the agile, pizza-loving turtles opens Friday in area theaters, last week's single screening at Loew's Yorkridge Cinema was held for the benefit of the Grant-A-Wish Foundation and the Children's House at Johns Hopkins Hospital, which the foundation is building.

Following a boisterous shout of Cowabunga! from the kids in the audience, the tale of good vs. evil unfolded on the screen.

Of course, Teen-age Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello are in the cast with other familiar faces -- Splinter, the fatherly rat with the scruffy coat and words of wisdom; April O'Neil, the spunky TV reporter; and the evil Shredder.

But get ready for these new additions:

* Keno, a wide-eyed pizza delivery boy, played by 19-year-old Ernie Reyes Jr. (in real life a third-degree black belt martial arts expert), who joins forces with the good guys.

* Singer Vanilla Ice in a rap scene.

* Tokka and Rahzar, a pair of grotesque, hulking mutants, who are the new bad guys in town.

For 11-year-old Jason Stinen, who was absorbed by the film, the two mutants "are probably the best special effects of any."

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