Hey, who out there is as old as me and remembers when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in the black and white underground comic book series from Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird? I do and I remember the day I walked into my local comic book shop and picked up the first issue and saw four turtles who were Ninjas as they battled a secret organization called The Foot. It was the craziest thing I had ever seen since I started collecting and I was sold from issue one.
One important thing to remember is that when they first came on the scene, they were not kid friendly and in fact the series was very violent with blood and your random slicing and dicing. Unfortunately, the series creators sold out and then they were turned into what we know today. Kid fair that is only a former shell of what they used to be.
I did enjoy the first live action movie buts subsequent sequels and cartoon series was never my thing. The reboot movies that CGI’d them up were OK but again, I missed the adult version.
Now, from Seth Rogan, we have a brand-new animated film coming out titled TMNT: MUTANT MAYHEM and once again, this is geared towards a younger crowd. As a fan, I will check it out but judging from thje trailer, it will be more of the same. I’m also not a fan of how the turtles are drawn as I would like to see a return to the original concept Vs k in the day. See for yourself below!
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: After years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts,” reads the official synopsis for the film. “Their new friend April O’Neil helps them take on a notorious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them.”Voice talent for the movie is pretty top notch as it includes Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Hannibal Buress, Rose Byrne, Nicolas Cantu, John Cena, Jackie Chan, Ice Cube, Natasia Demetriou, Ayo Edebiri, Giancarlo Esposito, Post Malone, Brady Noon, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Maya Rudolph.
August 8th is the date when the film hits theaters so if this version of the Heroes in a Half Shell is your thing, check it out. I’m not holding my breath unfortunately.