Friday, October 23, 2009

This news pleases me

Bust out your Technodromes, gang, because the World's Most Fearsome Fighting Team is poised for a major reemergence. (Don't call it a comeback, of course, as they've been here for years.) Nickelodeon acquired the rights to the Ninja Turtles this week for $60 million, and have plans to develop a new CGI TV series - in the vein of 2007's decent TMNT - as well as a new, live action/CGI movie.

The replacement of
Jim Henson's Creature Shop's puppets, used in 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie - still the gold standard among Turtle adaptations - with computer animation is regrettable, but The Hollywood Reporter's assertion that the planned film will "return to the franchise's roots" is encouraging. "In addition to the action and humor of the first film, it would have the darker tone of the original comics," reports THR. Cowabunga! (Vanilla Ice is reported not to be involved.)

In celebration, here's the dudes' not-hit song, "Pizza Power," from the Coming Out of Their Shells '90 live tour...I may or may not have been in attendance:

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Unknown said...

Do you think Cory Feldman will still be the voice of Donatello?

John G. Potter said...

I can only hope.

L.C. Hennig said...

I can distinctly remember be about seven, sitting on the couch by myself, having just finished watching an episode of TMNT, pausing for a second, intensely pondering the question "Are the Ninja Turtles... y'know... real?", then shrugging it off and telling myself "Nah, they're not, like, real-real. It's just a TV show", then quickly switching back to possibly believing it again, then ending the moment just agreeing to disagree with myself, letting the issue go completely unresolved.

John G. Potter said...

At roughly that same age, I would yell things into the sewer when I would pass by manhole covers or drain openings, hoping to catch the Turtles' ears.

Nevermind the fact that, were they doing any subterranean partying, it was likely not in the sewers of the Twin Cities...