The Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman reboot of the much beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise for the bigscreen has long be a hot topic (and more often a nexus for nerd rage). Well, an image hit the ‘net earlier today that will only serve to fuel that. Reportedly a snap of the earlier rumored toys from the movie, one that also serves to reinforce that abysmal Halloween costume that leaked a few days back.
Are they turtles? Check. Still mutants? Check. How about teenagers? Apparently so! EW dropped the full trailer for Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated update and so far everything looks kosher for TMNT purists. Oh sure the heroes in a half shell are not without a few tweaks here and there. Gone is Donatello’s bo staff, replaced with a naginata. The animation seems a bit more chunky and cartoony than the more recent iterations as well, but it’s not without it’s charm. Hell, the only thing that really seems to stick out is the new catch phrase. I think it is safe to say ‘Booyashaka’ isn’t going to spur anything we could/would call ‘Cowabunga-gate’
Set to hit TV screens across the nation this fall, staring the voices of Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello) and Greg Cipes (Michaelangelo). Check out the trailer after the jump.
Ok, I am going to come out right now and say this is a parody, an internet funny, and I am not trying to trick anyone into clicking ‘play’ expecting to hear anything even remotely real. Ok? I don’t need the combined rage of the TMNT purest contingent that populates the internet threatening to fire bomb my house.
YouTuber’s TheWarpZone have released their rendition of a possible theme for Micheal Bay‘s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle reboot.
For your consideration, Grown Up Alien Ninja Turtles:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Fans, prepare to feel a touch more at ease with the upcoming reboot. After the grand ruiner of nice things, Michael Bay, started this whole alien/mutant nonsense and everyone and anyone came out of the wood work with an opinion, we might be close to closing this whole thing off. Jonathan Liebesman, the dude that will direct the damn movie has come out with some new info.
“I think fans are going to be very happy. Kevin Eastman, one of the co-creators, and I have been stuck in a room for a few weeks with the writers. That’s how we’re doing it —with the co-creator. Anything is always going to tie back into the mythology. I think fans are going to be really excited when they see what’s going on. Because a fan of TMNT, myself, I’m super excited about this stuff.”
Really that is very similar to what we have heard from a few different places will do nothing to silence the nerd outcry. It’s what he said over on Collider that really could be a game changer.
“Look, it’s so funny—if everyone was such a die-hard fan, they would know that the TCRI canisters where the ooze comes from. That is alien ooze. Now I’m not saying what Michael said is exactly what the movie is, because we’re sitting in a room now figuring everything out. So we don’t know, but we are like Michael said: we’re expanding it, and the expansion will be true to the mythology.”
So, it they are obviously still really early in the creative process and Liebesman seems rather insistent that they are doing right by the mythology of the property. Hmmmm, could be just be back peddling? Maybe Micheal Bay was just shooting is mouth off? Who knows.
Oh, and he also mentions that filming could start as early as this fall and when asked about how the turtles (alien or otherwise) would be brought to life, he responded “All I’ll say is that I love how they did [The Rise of the Planet of the Apes]. That was exceptional.”
Mo-cap the hell out of the turtles if you want, man. Keep them mutant and we’re all good. You can watch the full video of his interview with Collider after the jump.
As we continue to spiral down this nightmare that began with Michael Bay dropping that his mutant ninja turtles are aliens, we have a few updates. Firstly, as previously reported Peter Lairds opinion and casual support of the change was misreported. Apparently he was being Sarcastic. In the comment section of his blog post his real opinion comes across rather bluntly.
After the jump we see what Peter Laird really meant, what Kevin Eastman has to say, and what could possibly be the most logical case and explanation for Michael Bay actions.
Since the flames don’t seem to be dying down anytime soon, we’ve rounded up some more, including some amusing sketches from TMNT comic book artist Jim Lawsonso buckle in ’cause it’s going to get a bit rough. Hit the jump for more.
Future generations will mark the passing era as when our turtles were mutants and the coming one as when they became aliens.
Just days ago Micheal Bay announced that his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be aliens, sparking the internets equivalent of a riot (snarky messages on boards, repetitive memes and, misplaced references to inner child interference.) Voice actor Rob Rist even chimed in with a sodomy reference. Rallying behind Bay’s vision, actress Judith Hoag and Asian stereotype Brian Tochi both managed to get their names printed on at least five websites when they voiced their support for contradicting the second word in the properties title. Boy, this is really starting to get heated, and by heated mean redundant.
Don’t get me wrong, I still think it is a terrible idea. I know that because it is a Micheal Bay idea, those are always bad (and soul crushingly always end up making butt tonnes of money.) With all do respect to the above mentioned actors, if this really is that big of a deal where are the big names attached to the heroes in a half shell, why haven’t they spoke up yet?
Well, co-creator Peter Laird has with a rather lengthy and rather interesting post on his blog. Hit the jump for more.
So, way back in the day (yesterday) we were talking about the dude that voiced Michelangelo in the first live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie equating Michael Bay‘s alien reboot of the franchise akin to the sodomization of our inner child? Well, turns out some his former cast are totally into that.
TMZ, being the bastions of good taste and fine journalism are, all over this breaking story, digging up soundbites from anyone they can find, here’s the two they’ve dug up so far.
Remember Judith Hoag? (it’s ok if you don’t) She played ace reporter and yellow jumpsuit enthusiast April O’Neil and is a firm supporter of Bay’s vision. Granted, she does admit she’s might be a little bias. “I was in ‘Armageddon’ … which Michael directed … as well as ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ and ‘I Am Number Four’ which he produced.” — Translation, I want to be in Bay’s new TMNT movie.
TMZ also grabbed Brian Tochi for comment. His resume includes not only being the voice of Leonardo in the first movie, but he also played there very non-stereotypical Asian nerd Takashi in Revenge of the Nerds. His opinion? “If Michael Bay wants to do a different take on the turtles origin story … Mazel Tov!”
While we patiently wait for TMZ to dig up the voice of splinter and a handful of stuntmen who played Foot Ninja’s, I do want to quietly put something out there that I saw on Facebook or in the comments from yesterday. What if what he meant by the whole alien thing is that the ooze is of alien origin and not the turtles themselves? (kudos to the commenter on that idea, btw).
Am I digging for something to cling to there? Yes, but so is TMZ.
Anyone got know Elias Koteas’ phone number? I’ve got something I want to ask him.
The award for this week in nerd rage has to go to Michael Bay, again. The internet still hasn’t cooled down after he recently announced his plans for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. The wound is still fresh from his words, “These turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable” …
Just typing that made me throw-up in my mouth a little. All across the internet the flames rage and the declaration that he is diddling our childhood again have been made over and over. Through all of this one very recognizable voice has cried out.