Say what bad things you will about the TMNT reboot (and to be fair there were very some bad things) but to a 10 year old, it was pretty awesome (and hasn’t that always been TMNTs target audience?). It wasn’t your fathers Turtles, for sure. But… with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes 2: Out of the Shadows coming into theaters on June 3, the sequel looks to bridge the gap between old time fans and the newer younger generation. While the action and camera work still looks like something Micheal Bay crapped outta his butt, it features characters that first generation fans never to see in those 90’s live action movies (TMNT 1-3). Specifically speaking – Beebop, Rocksteady, and Krang!!! Giant Turtles with human noses and everyone loses their minds. Take a few beloved character from the original comics and animated series, and now suddenly everyone is happy.
Speaking of Krang – which by the way we really hope dropping his name didn’t spoil you (it shouldn’t cause he’s in the trailers/tv spots) – it’s just been revealed what actor will be voicing this living brain/hemorrhage from Planet X.
During the WonderCon panel for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows back in March, it was revealed that Portlandia star/creator Fred Armisen would provide the voice of the iconic villain Krang. Just as as you’re trying to picture that in your minds eye, you can go ahead and stop yourself. The Los Angeles Times reports that Fred Armisen’s casting was never officially confirmed. He’s since pulled out (stop it!) due to scheduling conflicts. So… who then is going to voice this talking anal polyp? Since you’ll never guess who it is, we’ll just tell you…
It’s Brad Garret. Yes, that big lumbering guy with the deep voice from Everybody Loves Raymond, will be voicing Krang.
Krang, is a brain-shaped alien who is most often seen flopping around in a human-shaped exosuit. He ventures from Dimension X and is kind of dick, what with wanting to rule the world and what not. The character first appeared in the 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, where he was voiced by Pat Fraley. Krang has also appeared in the comic books, video games, and newer Ninja Turtles series.
For fans who know that character, Brad Garret is the furthest thing from what one pictures Krang sounding like. A booming and commanding voice, does not one basketball sized brain make. Put it this way, if a vagina could talk, would it sound like Brad Garret? Gawd, I hope not! It would be a shrill, high pitched voice. Why would a brain be any different? Taking reinvention of the character a wee bit too far, it seems. Then again for a property built around 4 humanoid turtles who eat pizza and practice ninjtsu, since when has logic ever been a problem?
To Garret’s credit, he’s done plenty of voice work in films like Finding Nemo and Ratatouille. His voice might not be what you expect for Krang but neither was Christopher Walken as King Louie in Jungle Book and he killed it.
Original TMNT stars Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Jeremy Howard (Donatello) all return to reprise their roles as the Turtles, along with Megan Fox (April O’Neill) and Will Arnett (Vern Fenwick). The cast also includes Brian Tee as Shredder and Brittany Ishibashi as Karai and Laura Linney as a law enforcement officer