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05-10-2013, 11:26 PM
Full-title reinstated:


April O'Neil in her chic yellow jacket:


TMNT CGI/Mo-Cap Suits, Actors, and Foot Clan


Hell, yeah. Looks great to ME so far!


Whisky And Speed
05-11-2013, 04:02 PM
The title reminds me of my childhood.

05-11-2013, 07:55 PM
They were apparently having trouble finding ways to try and distinguish the title from the numerous other films of the franchise AND to keep it brief enough for movie marquees. It was just TMNT for a while but they didn't think enough people would know what that was and then they went with just Ninja Turtles for a bit, since that's what most people used to call them anyway. But then Michael Bay, the film's producer, misspoke about them being "aliens" and everyone leapt to conclusions and freaked out because they thought they wouldn't be mutants or teenagers anymore.

So they scrapped Ninja Turtles and it's full-on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles again finally!

Kinda took the long way around but I'm glad they finally wound up back where they're supposed to be at least, lol.

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to this. I love that they're getting the turtles on film by basically using the same style of mo-cap and face/voice-cap that Cameron used so beautifully for the Na'vi in Avatar. That was over half-a-decade ago so it should look even more brilliant now, which is just killer. It's also really cool that you can see they've cast the turtles to reflect their character types, too. Michelangelo looks the youngest (and has ginger hair to match his bandanna, lol), Donatello is a tall and lanky geek/nerd-lookin' guy, and Leonardo looks the most serious and mature. No pix of Raphael yet but I'm sure he'll be the rough-and-tumble badass he's always been. And he doesn't appear to have been captured by the Foot in the scene they're filming in the pic above, so I guess they get separated and he goes all berserker rage and comes to their rescue, maybe?

Whatever...should be interesting.

And, personally, I think Megan Fox will be PERFECT as April O'Neil. She's grown a lot more as an actress than people give her credit for, and she honestly wasn't all that bad to start with anyway. Plus, her role is that of a news anchor. If she comes off as a bit hot-but-ditzy, well...that's pretty much how they are in real life, lol. The yellow jacket is an EXCELLENT update on her silly old day-glo jumpsuit, too. Very nice. And that's a SWEET fuckin' bike she's riding, for that matter! And I love that they've completed the look with a nice Chrome messenger bag, lol. After seeing Premium Rush I'd LOVE to see her in some kind of super-tense bike-chase scene. Not quite her old news van, but it makes sense.

I was a BIG fan of this franchise back in the day (Eastman & Laird ftw!), so I'm as protective of it as anyone.

And right now I couldn't be happier! So far so good.


05-11-2013, 10:26 PM
I always hoped to see someone go with the original comics as their stylistic approach. It seems like the 2nd movie forward almost cemented TMNT in the realm of the Saturday Morning cartoon version - but really hoping they do something cool with it. I'm also glad they switched the title back to the full title. Ninja Turtles seemed like it would separate itself too much. Being mutated it's far more interesting than just some alien species.

05-12-2013, 02:50 AM
Yeah, the original runs of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joe franchises actually have a lot in common in that respect.

The original comic books of each were both UTTERLY FANTASTIC and aimed at a waaaay more adult audience than the cutesy bullshit cartoons and toylines which became the real cash cows of the franchise (same goes for Transformers, actually). And don't get me wrong! I can still sing BOTH cartoons' theme songs verbatim and I certainly watched both with great joy. But the cartoons of each can't hold a candle to the real-deal comics. It's really not worth even TRYING to watch that shit unless you're under 10 years old or have recently suffered a massive head injury, lol.

One of the absolute masterstrokes of the original, live-action TMNT movie was that it was rooted SOLIDLY in the storyline arc of the first few original collected graphic novels from the OG comic book, where April and Casey have to take the turtles to her family farmhouse so they can lick their wounds and get their shit together before trying to tackle The Shredder and The Foot Clan again. Much like G.I. Joe, the original comics were fun but sober, straightfaced, realistically bloody and violent, introspective, and meaningful. The cartoons were just retarded fucking garbage next to that shit.

But back to the alien thing for a minute!

Really, Bay just tripped over his own tongue there.

In the script he was talking about when describing them as "aliens," they were really transdimensional beings. Which IS a form of "aliens," but there was still mutation involved, plotwise. And, really, it was perfectly in keeping with the whole Dimension X thing and could have brilliantly brought the Neutrinos and the Triceratons into the movieverse fold. Plus, for that matter, even in the comics OR the cartoons, the turtles were always mutated from the ooze that was dropped down a sewer-grating by T.C.R.I., or Techno-Cosmic Research Industries...which melded their backstories with that of Krang and the Utroms.

So their origin was ALWAYS alien anyway, really.

But, yeah. The turtles of the old, black-and-white comics were truly some hardboiled, badass motherfuckers.

It's a SHAME that no one's ever really given them that full-on, kickass treatment for the masses since then.

But the semi-recent animated movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Forever did a HELL of a job giving them their due, however!

Check THIS shit out, it is fucking AWESOMELY hilarious and badass:

(first video provided for storyline context, second video's where the REAL G1 action's at)



It traces the TMNT lineage RIGHT back to old B&W comics as THE source of ALL versions of them, and even shows the originals scoffing at the inane idiocy of their latter-day incarnations and kicking their asses, lol. And then when The Shredder starts wiping out their existence it even erases them down from the color versions to the grayscale to the B&W and finally to the non-repro blue layouts of the original comic art!

Haha, it was a REAL send-up of the original TMNT awesomeness AND of all the other iterations they'd been through since then, lol. Not to mention all the FANTASTIC references to the original, first issue of the comic book!

Fucking BRILLIANT!!!

05-12-2013, 09:14 AM
I loved TMNT Forever, still pissed the DVD isn't wide screen so I didn't get it yet :-\

05-13-2013, 04:39 AM
^ Yeah, and that's not the ONLY problem. The cover art is rehashed shit from the '03 show, the sound sucks, and so far they've only released the edited-for-TV version that's almost a full TEN MINUTES shorter to allow for commercial breaks and time-slots.

What in the HOLY FUCK where they thinking doing that to a DVD release, ffs?!?


Anyway, believe me, I remember that you loved it so much...I'm pretty sure that YOU'RE the one who tipped ME off about its awesomeness back in the TMNT discussion on the 'Phant all those years ago!


05-13-2013, 07:57 PM

Halo Infinity
10-29-2013, 08:40 PM
I still have the same love for the 1987 series as a child, but I obviously appreciate it a lot more now that I can understand what's really going on.

(I was only around ages 1-5 around 1987-1990 when TMNT was on the rise, and didn't get to watch it regularly, but I always loved it when it was on.)

I also hope to get the entire 1987 series on DVD as it's one of those shows I'd be willing to collect. I also enjoyed playing TMNT games in general, and enjoyed all 3 movies, despite how out of place the third one was. And as a typical Generation Y kid, I always think of TMNT whenever I eat pizza. TMNT is also one of those things that make me think about the beginning of my life.


I also thought of throwing these videos in as well. I'm also sure that I'm going to be a TMNT fan for life. Leonardo and Donatello are also my favorite TMNTs. ^_^




11-01-2013, 06:50 PM
*Ok, majorly stupid wayback story warning* The first time I heard anything about TMNT I was working at the circulation desk in the childrens section of the library. There was a class of kids who were in a program for deaf students that visited weekly. A little boy came up to the desk for help (L sign to get our attention) and then tried finger spelling what he was looking for. None of us were quick enough to catch it, so he made a turtle shape with both hands and then did a small karate kick. Aha!, TMNT! And that's when I started reading the kids books and watched the show. I was just keeping up with modern culture (ahem, indubitably, ahem) and I always tried to sneak the artists they were named for into the kids brains too. lol Good memories.

04-06-2014, 07:43 AM

Angel of Sorrow
04-06-2014, 08:07 PM
My 10-year-old daughter sure loves them... she's a little more tomboyish when is comes to certain things and this is one of them. She would love those two Koopa vids up there... I'll show them to her. :)

08-07-2014, 11:13 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/t31.0-8/s960x960/10467018_10152278723526918_2489855425569513836_o.j pg\m/ -_- \m/

08-13-2014, 04:53 PM
I don't care what anyone says but hearing Raphael stealing Mikey's Cowabunga! one liner just made my nerdgasm explode in joy!

I just love how Shredder's face isn't completely revealed.. Other than a shadowy Japanese bald dude with a Shao Khan/Shang Tsung Mortal Kombat vibe to his tone. He's like a demon in the background.

And since when did Splinter looked like a b-movie Kung Fu final boss master in some old kung fu movies where they face off with a white haired long stached old sensei? I like the new look. He looks like a ratty Heihachi Mishima. lol.

Halo Infinity
09-11-2014, 01:40 PM
Does anybody else feel like Leonardo and Donatello were underrated in comparison to Michelangelo and Raphael?

This random observance just kept occurring to me for about as long as I've been a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Perhaps it's just me, but every other TMNT fan I've met and spoken to in real life, regardless as to how old or new they are, or how much of a casual fan or super-fan they are, I've always seemed to notice that the majority of them preferred Michelangelo and/or Raphael.

09-12-2014, 02:57 AM
I think the movie was pretty entertaining and funny. But the biggest reason why I went to see it was to see William Fichtner on big screen again. My friend is a big fan of the Ninja turtles, and I also like them, but... William Fichtner. <3 I was so happily surprised when I first heard he's in it too, and had been waiting it since. Don't know was I the only one there who was drooling over him. Everytime I saw him my heart just started pounding harder than usual... I may go to see it again, my friend said she would go with me if I want to go. :p

The Empirical Guy
09-12-2014, 02:59 AM
It's because they're the cool ones. Leonardo is the serious leader and Donatello is the nerdy inventor. Unless you happen to identify with those characters, most kids/ teenagers would identify with the sarcastic rebel or the cool party guy.

09-12-2014, 08:27 AM
Heh, I was always a Donatello fan.

09-12-2014, 03:21 PM
Technodrome, end of story.

Halo Infinity
08-11-2015, 07:49 PM


08-12-2015, 05:40 AM
I watched this movie and realized I had grown because I cared more about April not being like the April of my childhood instead of getting angry about the turtles having noses or something.

Halo Infinity
08-20-2015, 10:49 PM
I just found this verified YouTube channel recently again. I actually forgot that it even existed. In spite of the name, you can watch full episodes of the 2003 series on it. On the videos' URLs, it actually shows up as "Ninja Turtles" instead as I couldn't really believe it when I first saw it, but it really is a legit and official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles channel on YouTube.


It's also highly likely that I saw this before, but simply forgot about it. It was only around since last year, and it seems to be a very befitting tribute to the 1987 series. I've also been on a bit of a TMNT kick on Nickelodeon as they've been having Turtle Nation on it. It turns out that I ended up enjoying the 2003 series a lot more than I remembered it. I also felt the same exact way about the 1987 series, but I seem to enjoy its earlier seasons a bit more. However, it seems to still be just as a good as I've remembered it.


08-21-2015, 05:32 AM
I still think the Technodrome is one of the coolest things ever created.

And the part where splinter breaks all the wooden planks still confuses me.

Halo Infinity
08-21-2015, 09:29 AM
Speaking of the Technodrome, it's actually also one of the biggest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles websites ever. I also found it to be one of the coolest names ever created too. As for the website itself, it also has a forum, and it's just known as "The Technodrome", and the administrator is actually named Krang.

Splinter breaking the wooden planks was probably also a play on words with his name. That's how I've taken it for a while, that is, aside from him just demonstrating his martial arts skills.

http://www.thetechnodrome.com/ - The home page.

http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/ - The forum.

08-24-2015, 07:30 AM
Splinter breaking the wooden planks was probably also a play on words with his name. That's how I've taken it for a while, that is, aside from him just demonstrating his martial arts skills.

... how the fuck did I never ever made the connection

05-09-2016, 10:58 AM