After their first outing, the guys return to Splinter and take all the advice and criticism he offers. He saves the last “important lesson” for when they have matured more. They are not ready to learn what it is like without him.
Even Donatello (Leif Tilden) mentions what Splinter says “about what it would be like if, ya know, not havin him”… The thought of losing their mentor is difficult to process.
They even leave April (Judith Hoag), one of their favorite people, because “he [Splinter] worries”. And when they find him gone, Raphael (Josh Pais) freaks out. He screams and scares a guy walking above the sewer.
Then they all escape to April’s house because they cannot believe their master is gone.
After Raphael gets hurt, Splinter is taken, and they “suffered their first real defeat”, the Turtles react in different ways. “Each of them deals with this new confusion in his own way.” They go through stages of grief.
Donatello is in denial: he establishes himself with Casey Jones (Elias Koteas) for a distraction.
Leonardo (Brian Tochi) is the depressed one, constantly staying with Raphael. He focuses on his brother as something else to worry over.
Michaelangelo (Robbie Rist) would be the one bargaining in this kind of movie. Because he is more child-like, I think he would be more likely to blame this occurrence on uncontrollable factors and unattained options. They could not have prevented what happened. (This is pure speculation.)
The turtles come to acceptance as a team with meditation in the woods. They meet as a team and “concentrate hard” on Splinter.
Also, they experience Splinter’s fire message in a few different ways: the serious two are inspired and united while the silly pair are touched emotionally. Different emotions than expected arise based on their characteristics in the group.
After fighting diligently, they realize Splinter is alive and happy with them.
Splinter is the turtle’s father figure. He raised them like they were his own “kids” and created their ninja identities. He is everything to them, even over April.
New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming out and everyone should be open to the new ideas.
Link between these Turtles and other groups are pretty cool and interesting.
Thanks for reading!