9 items from 2012
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, »
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. »
You'll notice that in today's cinematic landscape, most major characters needing a voice in a CGI or motion capture family film are supplied by an established A-list actor (see Johnny Depp in Rango) or a known celebrity (Taylor Swift is fourth billed in Dr. Seuss' the Lorax). Twenty-two years ago, way back in 1990, that wasn't the case. Take Beauty and the Beast for instance. In 1991, Robby Benson, the lead voice actor in the film, had been absent from the spotlight for many years and was cast primarily for his talents on the microphone, not any sort of marquee value. Angela Lansbury served as the only real stunt casting. If the film was made today, we'd see Anne Hathaway serving as Beauty, with Hugh Jackman stepping in as the Beast. Even a smaller part, like Chip or Stove, would be supplied by any given member of the Apatow repertoire.
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Transformers must seem like a cakewalk right about now. The saga of Michael Bay’s vilified Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot — which will feature an “alien race” origin story for the heroes — continues to mutate, with two people involved in early iterations of the franchise now lending their support to Bay.
Peter Laird, one of the comic book’s co-creators, posted a statement on his blog addressing the fan uproar about the story change, which was only exacerbated after Michael Bay instructed Turtles fans to “chill” and “relax.” In a post, Laird encouraged fans to “swallow the ‘chill pill’ Mr. »
- Marc Snetiker
It's shaping up to be the celluloid debate of the year: should Michael Bay be taken to task for "sodomising" the memory of millions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans by reimagining the much-loved "heroes in a half shell" as "lovable aliens"?
The original Michelangelo voice actor, Robbie Rist, earlier this week laid into Bay's plans to reboot the series. Today, the battle for the soul of the pugilistic amphibians continues with news that Brian Tochi, who played Leonardo in the "classic" 1990 film, is backing the Transformers director. "If Michael Bay wants to do a different take on the turtles origin story ... mazel tov!" he told TMZ.
Fans took to Twitter and Facebook in anger after Bay unveiled proposals to change the turtles to extraterrestrials (as opposed to mutants who gain »
- Ben Child
Co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Peter Laird, has weighed in on Michael Bay's comments relating to the new Tmnt film on his personal blog. Bay spoke at a Nickelodeon event where he said that the Turtles would now be aliens or interdimensional beings and launched a massive firestorm of hatred from fanboys. Laird reiterates that he no longer has any control regarding the Turtles because Nickelodeon bought out his rights to the property. He writes,
...I would actually encourage Tmnt fans to swallow the 'chill pill' Mr. Bay recently suggested they take, and wait and see what might come out of this seemingly ill-conceived plan. It's possible that with enough truly creative brainpower applied to this idea, it might actually work. I'm not saying it's probable, or even somewhat likely… but it Is possible.
Bay claimed in an update on his website's forums that one of the »
- Zack Parks
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. »
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
9 items from 2012
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