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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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After the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise got a reboot in 2014, a line in the sand was quickly drawn. On one side were fans that embraced the new style and direction that the property was going in under the direction of Michael Bay, and the other side was just too uncomfortable with how far it strayed from the original 80’s comic. With the reboot’s sequel nearing its theatrical release next Friday, a pretty smart move was made at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows premiere. In a clever throwback to the OG versions of the heroes in a half-shell, 90’s rapper Vanilla Ice and the vintage Jim Henson Creature Shop-looking ninja brothers stormed the stage. (more…)

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Ready for more Bayturtles? Paramount Pictures has released a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows trailer (which you can check out below,) the 2nd in the Nth iteration of this roller coaster of a franchise. Packed with brand spankin new footage of Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady, Casey Jones, April O’Neil and, of course, the Heroes in a Halfshell (Turtle Power!) (more…)

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been around for 30+ years (since 1984. And, yes, if you are an original fan from back in the day… you are old). Every decade or so, the property reinvents itself to a new generation of fans with a newly revised cartoon series and toy/merchandise lines.  Currently, the turtles are still giving some shell to today’s youngsters in the wildly popular TMNT animated series on Nickelodeon. Fans of the original 80s/90s cartoon either like it, hate it, or hate that they like it. While the modern series looks a heck of a lot different from the original cartoon (and maybe for the better, classic 2D animation doesn’t quite hold up in retrospect) , it’s still pretty much the exact same product. Of, course, every generation is going to say their generation was the best, but hey, why not both?

In a move to bridge fans of the past and present together (or maybe just praying on nostalgia?) , Nickelodeon is doing something really fun – they’re crossing over the original animated series with the new one. (more…)

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While unfortunately there hasn’t been a truly great Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie released for at least 25 years, nine months, and 27 days (but who’s counting?), Ninja Turtles video games have been a mostly consistent source of some of the most fun and satisfying gaming available. That’s why video game enthusiasts are so looking forward to the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, which is being developed by Platinum Games. It has been a few years since another game developer, WayForward, released Danger of the Ooze, which received mixed reviews at best and gamers are looking for Mutants in Manhattan to deliver the goods. Check out the brand spankin’ new trailer below!

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Cereal is an important part of childhood. Together with certain television shows, music, and movies, cereal helps to form a very specific backdrop to your formative years. This backdrop is unique to you, but connects you to nearly every other person of your generation, no matter the other details of your lives. Yes, cereal binds us, connects us, shows us that we are all one. But it also has an almost magical ability to transport. When you’re eating cereal with your favorite characters on the box, you hold palaver with them for a time. These characters become real as you share a meal with them. Some cereals not only understood the light-hearted whimsy of our youth, but also understand that now we have grown-up responsibilities and obligations. We’ve seen things, man. We have bills to pay. We wear underwear without cartoons characters on them sometimes, probably. These cereals know that and have increased in value accordingly, so that they can continue to be there for us as we sell them for money. Our modern Giving Tree was ground up and pressed into cardboard to make cereal boxes. And the tree was happy. It was happy because it knew that cash rules everything around us and it’s going to help us get the money. Dolla, dolla bill, y’all!

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The staff at NerdBastards is very much divided on the Michael Bay-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies. Half of us watched the first film and secretly acknowledged that it at was at least a good way to waste two hours of our time. The other half bayed at the heavens as soon as they caught wind of the new CGI Turtles, cringed as they watched the first teasers roll in and slowly curled themselves into the fetal position all the way up to Act 3. With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of The Shadows recently announced, most of us feared a repeat of the oh-so-gradual lapse in quality that began with Secret Of The Ooze. What we didn’t expect however, was that the movies would be as bold as to introduce one of the TMNT’s cartoon series most iconic villains. (more…)

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We’ve known about The Shannara Chronicles as an upcoming TV series  for a while, and now we’re getting our first good look at the opening sequence of the show. Based on the Shannara novels by Terry Brooks, television-producer and host channel MTV is hoping the series will be their Game Of Thrones. If the newly-released opening credits scene is any indication, I would say they’ve got a good chance at it. (more…)


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What was one of the best parts about growing up in the late 80s/early 90s? If you said Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle video games, then you should either go help people with your freaky powers of clairvoyance or you read the title very well before clicking on this article. Either way, we’re here now together to reminisce about the immersive anthropomorphic reptilian adventures that shaped our childhoods and revel in news about a new forthcoming game. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arguably had some of the most enjoyable games during that era, the original NES game, Turtles in Time, The Hyper Stone Heist, The Manhattan Project, where the Turtles aided in the development of the first atomic bombs. Today, there is some fantastic news for fans of Turtle games.

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Hearing that The Walking Dead and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles share a common thread isn’t that far-fetched when you really think about it.  Your first assumption for their connection would probably be that they both started out as comic books before getting television adaptations.  But, while true, that’s not all.  When we say they share a common thread, we mean it almost literally, as one person has woven himself into the production of both The Walking Dead and TMNT– and we’ve never even seen his face.  His name is Steven Ho, and he’s the man responsible for both Lennie James’ (who plays Morgan on The Walking Dead) flawless stick work, and Donatello’s. (more…)

What If ‘TMNT’ Was Told From Casey Jones’ POV?

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Michael Bay’s 2014 reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles achieved many things. Earning over $484 million world wide, albeit opening to largely negative reviews, the film generated enough to get green lighted for a sequel (to be directed by Dave Green and arrive in 2016). What the movie also did, intentionally or not, what split the TMNT fanbase in two. One side was fully accepting of the direction Bay was taking with the Turtles, and were happy to follow along for the ride. The other side remained loyal to the vision of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its sequel, Secret of the Ooze. It is of course possible to be on both sides, but it seems that true Turtle fans can’t seem to shake their affinity for the dark, gritty filming style of the originals. Enter Eric England, and his idea for a TMNT film told from the POV of Casey Jones. (more…)