Eastman and Laird first introduced the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1984. If they were introduced as the youngest of teens (13) that still would make them 43. But, Middle aged Mutant Ninja Turtles really doesn’t have a strong appeal to the pre teen market.
TMNT has great appeal and staying power. It started as a comic book and has mutated into television shows, movies (both live action and animated), role-playing games (yes, like the old school Dungeons and Dragons), video games (Turtles in Time is one of the greatest side scrolling ‘beat em ups’ ever made), toys, apparel, more comics books, food tie-ins, and yes, even a concert tour.
Sadly, Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap” was not included.
Such a franchise is constantly reinvented for new generations.
The latest reinvention is a Michael Bay film.
Michael Bay, the subtle as a punch to the throat, action movie director.
The guy who has done horrible things to my beloved Transformers.
With good reason, many were skeptical when we first heard that Bay was involved. Especially since it was originally said that Bay wanted the turtles to be aliens and not mutants.
A million internet nerds’ heads exploded.
He has since recanted and stuck with the ninja angle.
Yesterday, the first trailer released for the new movie.
…and I kind of liked it…
Sure, the turtles are a little weird looking and April O’Neil doesn’t have red hair, but those are small things compared to changing them to aliens.
So here it is, the trailer.
What do you think?