Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Heroes in a Halfshell

The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book premiered in 1984. Originally intended by the creators, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, as a parody of the two most popular comics of the time; The New Mutants and Daredevil. Little did they know the phenomena they were about to create. In the past 22 years the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have emerged as true American icons, since then they have been the subject of three TV series, four movies (one due out in 2007) as well as multiple video games.
For me, neither of the other TV series will ever live up to the first. The Next Mutation, 1997-98, was a live action spin-off of the movie series which never lived up to the hype and never really seemed to be 'the Turtles,' and I have never been a fan of the new look of the recent Turtles series.
As for the new movie due out next year, I could not be more excited! Here's what you can expect; "the PG-rated movie will derive its tone from the original comic-book series and will be slightly grittier than the previous live-action pictures. The animation will be created in Imagi’s state-of-the-art facility in Hong Kong."
Take a look at the trailer:

Just another note, I have passed on a love of the Turtles to a new generation. My nephew, who is 6, used to spend a lot of time at our house including spending the night at least a couple of nights a week. I remember on multiple occasions being asked to sing "Ninja Turtles Song" before he would finally settle down and go to sleep.

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