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Flair/Playmates brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (based on the new cartoon series from Nickelodeon) are finally now available from toy stores, supermarkets and other high-street retailers across the UK. Having already reviewed Michaelangelo and Shredder (check out that review here), I take a look at the rest of the iconic heroes – Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set in present day New York City, from the glittering towers of Manhattan to the dark depths of the sewers, and follows the adventures of four humanoid turtles and a six-foot-tall rat, Master Splinter. One day, while living a life in seclusion with his four pet turtles, the once human Splinter encountered a mysterious green ooze that covered him and his pets. Overcome by the mutagen, he was transformed into a rat and his four pets became humanoid turtles. Fearing persecution from humans, he brought the Turtles underground and raised them, »
Idw are currently reprinting issues of the original Mirage Comics run, in colour! This time we have the Michaelangelo one shot, which as it turns out is very apt for this time of year. This also happens to be the first Eastman/Laird original Tmnt story that I’ve read.
The story is set at Christmas, with Mikey the only Turtle venturing out into the cold to take in some Christmas festivities. We get a really good chance to see his playful innocent personality, as he joins in some games with people in the snow. He’s funny, but not in the usual dopey way we’ve come to associate with him. He jokes about not being able to find skates that would fit him, and as he chuckles away to himself you can’t help but get carried along with it. »
With the cartoon now airing on Nickelodeon and the figures soon to be available at retailers across the UK, I take a look at two of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures from Playmates. Based on the new iteration of the franchise, this review features Shredder and Michaelangelo.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set in present day New York City, from the glittering towers of Manhattan to the dark depths of the sewers, and follows the adventures of four humanoid turtles and a six-foot-tall rat, Master Splinter. One day, while living a life in seclusion with his four pet turtles, the once human Splinter encountered a mysterious green ooze that covered him and his pets. Overcome by the mutagen, he was transformed into a rat and his four pets became humanoid turtles. Fearing persecution from humans, he brought the Turtles underground and raised them, training them to become ninjas. »
Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, This Week in Geek and the latest toy review videos from Baltmatrix, with descriptions and links to each and every podcast for your audio/visual pleasure!
Interviews – Imari Williams
In the first Roll To The Rescue Bots interview, PecanCtMichael talks with Imari Williams. TFG1Mike interjects every now and then, but this is essentially Michael Wilson’s interview. We talk about Imari’s being a slight newbie in Voice Acting, TRansformers Rescue Bots, Kevin Michael Richardson stories, Steve Blum stories, and so much more. Towards the end of the interview we just ended up talking with Imari. Tangents are good people! So check out this first Roll To The Rescue Bots interview, brought to you by All Things Transformers. »
When over-sized press kits for new TV series or video games arrive, it’s difficult not to be intrigued by the mystery of what might be inside or possibly get a little giddy – the latter depending on the receiver’s interest the TV show or game.
So, when a 1’4 x 1’5 box arrived for Nickelodeon’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG series arrived, I was intrigued – and a little giddy. After all, the Tmnt franchise – including the cartoons and the comics – was a staple of my childhood.
When I opened up the box, I was surprised to see a giant Manhole, with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles logo emblazoned on top.
Sometime giant press kits can be a little foolish. The Resident Evil: Raccoon City press kit included a massive license plate, and I’ve heard some game journalists received a giant tombstone for Darksiders 2.
Creative, yes. But what »
- Bags Hooper
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a big part of my childhood. I grew up in this sweet spot where the cartoon was incredibly popular and we got the first few movies and a slew of video games. I entered into Friday’s panel at Room 6Bcf with hesitation. A few animated films that never took off and some jittery cartoon series have since come out and I’ve grown older. I can safely say, though, that while there are some big changes afoot, I think showrunner Ciro Neili knows just what buttons to push to revitalize this franchise. During a lively panel we were shown some brief character intros, Neili’s concept art, clips of test footage, and much more. Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Sean Astin (Raphael), Greg Cipes (Michaelangelo), Mae Whitman (April O’Neil), Hoon Lee (Splinter), and Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder) were all on hand »
- Bill Graham
Who doesn’t love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Nickeleodeon’s panel for the brand new iteration of the franchise may be Friday, but the Turtles came out of their shell on Thursday at Comic-Con.
Check out these photos of Leonardo, Donatello and Michaelangelo. These official costumes are very close to the artistic design of the new series. The new series is goes for a much lighter tone than the 2003 animated series and the 2007 film, the last time we saw the turtles.
The Tmnt panel will be Friday at 10:15Am. On hand to promote the show will be Jason Biggs (voice of Leonardo), Sean Astin (voice of Raphael), Greg Cipes (voice of Michelangelo), Rob Paulsen (voice of Donatello), Kevin Michael Richardson (voice of Shredder), Hoon Lee (voice of Splinter), and Mae Whitman (voice of April O’Neil). Also joining will be executive producer Ciro Nieli.
- Sean B.
Rebooting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into CGI for the first time on the small screen, Nickolodeon will be bringing everyone’s favourite Turtles back to television later this year (in North America, and sometime next year internationally).
We saw an awesome set of images promoting the show at the New York Toy Fair earlier this year, and now EW have debuted the first trailer giving a look at the new season and its new take on the series.
Leonardo is voiced by Jason Biggs (American Pie); Raphael by Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings); Donatello by Rob Paulsen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987-1995); and Michaelangelo by Greg Cripes (Ultimate Spider-Man).
Executive producer Ciro Nieli (The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes) had this to »
- Kenji Lloyd
While Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay struggle to get the live-action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot off the ground, Nickelodeon is still pushing forward with their "Tmnt" animated TV series. And today, we have a trailer for it. The series will premiere in the fall and features lots of recognizable voices, including Jason Biggs (American Pie) as Leonardo, Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings) as Raphael, Rob Paulsen (voice of Raphael from the '90s series) as Donatello, and Greg Cipes ("Ben 10") as Michaelangelo. Executive producer Ciro Neili spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the new show. "I tried to boil it down and get to really what's at the core of it, which is this sense of brothers and camaraderie," he explained. "Everything grew out of that. It.s like a band. You want a Beatles thing." Trailer: »
While Paramount tries to figure out a way to save their troubled live-action “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie (or as it’s now just called, “Ninja Turtles”), the more traditional version of the characters (from what I can tell, at least) will be premiering on kid’s cable net Nickelodeon later this year. But first, check out the first ever trailer for the little rascals. I gotta admit, it doesn’t look half-bad. I’m usually not a fan of CG animated shows, but this one actually looks, well, decent. They were created by accident. They were kept a secret. They were trained for battle. And now, when their city is under siege, the fate of humanity is in the hands of these four…turtles! The voice cast is quite the all-star, including Sean Astin of “Lord of the Rings” fame as Raphael, Jason Biggs as Leonardo, Greg Cipes as Michaelangelo, »
It looks like Paramount has finally learned their lesson the very, very hard way. After scuttling three movies slated for a 2012 release into 2013 -- "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," "World War Z" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" -- it seems studio executives have decided to actually read the script of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and they don't like what they see. They really don't like it.
Even though pre-production was underway in Vancouver, with a Christmas 2013 release date planned, the studio has put "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" on indefinite hold and pushed the release date back. No word on what exactly were the issues behind the scenes, but it seems inconceivable to us that a movie about four talking turtles with martial arts skills from an alien planet (or something), with a sewer rat for a sensei, could possibly have story problems...right?
But the effects of the cancellation/hiatus on the pic have further reaching consequences. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Directed by Stuart Gillard.
The teenage mutant ninja turtles travel back in time to ancient Japan and embark on an adventure.
I owned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) on VHS, and so I had quite a strong nostalgic attachment to the movie when I recently revisited it. I was absolutely delighted that the movie was still entertaining and packed enough charm to transport me back to my childhood. It was with eagerness that I ploughed into the sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), a film which I also owned on VHS. I had vague memories of preferring this sequel over the original, but when re-watching I was struck by how average the movie is. Much to my dismay as a child, »
With Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman's plans to reboot the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" as aliens or something causing an absurd amount of shaking-and-crying among folks who should have better things to worry about, the rumor mill continues to churn, and the latest development is that rapper/actor Kid Cudi might have a role in the film.
It seems Scott Mescudi has been dropping some knowledge via social media, posting a strangely cyborg-looking Tmnt sketch (check it out below) on Tumblr, saying: "An original one of a kind sketch of a unknown Ninja Turtle by one half of the creators, Kevin Eastman. A gift given to me by my homies Andrew Form and Brad Fuller over at Platinum Dunes. Hint hint mane" So is this the direction the movie is taking? Going, essentially, in a quasi-"Transformers" mode? Lord. He also hit Twitter to assuage fans as well: "To »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Directed by Michael Pressman.
The teenage mutant ninja turtles must face their past and fight against their strongest foes yet.
Released less than a year after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), this sequel may boast a bigger budget but unfortunately it would seem that little of that money was spent on developing a decent script. Clearly aiming itself at a slightly younger audience, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is lacking in darkness and wit - two key ingredients that made the original so enjoyable. The story has been simplified so youngsters can easily follow, and much of the violence is now toned down to the point where the »
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990.
Directed by Steve Barron.
Four teenage mutant ninja turtles must face a villainous foe in order to protect their master and save New York City.
Before beginning this review of the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I must first acknowledge my strong sense of nostalgia for the movie. This was one of a select few films I owned on VHS when I was a much younger boy, and would often delight in drawing the curtains on a sunny day to sit in awe of the four heroes in a half shell. Of course, what would follow would be heroic (in my mind at least) ninja kicks leaping from the sofa, and which would inevitably end with me in pain of some form. »
Last week Michael Bay took to the stage at the 2012 Nickelodeon Upfront to discuss Platinum Dunes' plans for the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, where his comments about his version of the Turtles being "from an alien race" immediately caused uproar amongst fans of the heroes in a half-shell - including former Michaelangelo voice-actor Robbie Rist, who went as far as accusing Bay of "sodomizing" the property in a piece over at TMZ.
Well, fear not Turtles fans, for Bay has taken to the forums on his official site Shoot for the Edit to issue the following 'reassurance':
"Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. »
A few days ago, Michael Bay revealed that the upcoming live-action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie will make the turtles aliens rather than mutants. Fans reacted very negatively to this, prompting Bay to release a statement, telling everyone to "take a breath and chill." Since then, Robbie Rist, who voiced Michaelangelo in the original film trilogy, said that what Bay is doing is "the rape of our childhood memories." But now comes word that Brian Tochi, who voiced Leonardo, is not worried about Bay creating a new origin for the characters. "If Michael Bay wants to do a different take on the turtles origin story ... Mazel Tov," he said. And Judith Hoag, who played April O'Neil, just revealed to TMZ that she's excited to see what Bay comes up with, mostly because "I was in 'Armageddon' ... which Michael directed ... as well as 'Nightmare On Elm Street' and 'I Am Number Four' which he produced. »
Who would have thought such uproar could be caused by the rebooting of an old cartoon series? Well, if there is one thing all of this has proven it's that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still have a very active, and very loyal fanbase. A fanbase not too happy with a certain Mr Michael Bay right now. At a recent press event the director/producer revealed that the Mutant turtles would be retooled to have an alien origin in the 2013 reboot of the franchise. Many (most?) felt this to be a step too far in reinventing the story. One of those people was the man who voiced Michaelangelo in the first Tmnt movie. Yesterday we posted his - admittedly ridiculous - rape and sodomy analogies. But just in case you missed the update to that article, here is Bay's response to the fans.. "Fans need to take a breath, and chill. »
Michaelangelo needs to back the hell off of Michael Bay and let the guy turn the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into aliens ... this according to the guy who voiced Leonardo. TMZ broke the story ... Bay has been getting some serious flack ever since he announced he'll be changing the classic Tmnt sewer-based origin story for his upcoming live-action flick. But not every member of Tmnt-nation is hating on Bay's idea to go intergalactic with the Turtles ... in fact, »
- TMZ Staff
Michael Bay has a message for all of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" loyalists who've been hyperventilating about his upcoming "Tmnt" film: Just relax. Also read: Michael Bay on Megan Fox's "Transformers" Axing: Spielberg Ordered the Hit The internet was set ablaze with outrage Monday when the "Transformers" director suggested that he would be changing the back story of beloved nunchuck-wielding shell-dwellers Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello. Also read: Michael Bay Directing Next "Transformers" Film "These turtles are from an alien race," Bay declared at the Nickelodeon upfront presentation in New York. "And they're »
- Tim Kenneally
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