Hey there strangers. Long time no see. In Episode 42 we talk about the newly released, Michael Bay produced, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer. After the break we review Sebago Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Lake Trout Stout and catch up on the movies we’ve been watching recently.
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Alright, it’s finally here…
We are in the era of remakes and reboots and sequels(oh my), and nothing is sacred to these makers of movies. Well, let me tell you something; The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are fucking sacred.
Let me be clear; I’m not one of those people that gets all pissy and hates it when something I liked as a child gets remade. I actually quite enjoy it. I was excited when the new Nightmare on Elm Street came out(although a tad disappointed with the end result) and I actually think it’s a great time to remake a lot of these older horror movies because of how far technology has come. And, when something you love gets remade, it bring back all those memories and nostalgia.
I can’t tell you how many VHS tapes I have of the Ninja Turtles that are worn down because of how many times I’ve watched them. It’s embarrassing how many action figures(not dolls) I have of those heroes in a half shell that I absolutely refuse to throw away(yes, I’m 27 years old). I was, and always will be, a huge TMNT fan.
I remember when the most recent animated movie came out in 2007. I was in college and went to see it with my roommate. And, I must admit, I quite enjoyed it. I mean, it was nothing compared to the live action, animatronic creatures from the Jim Henson workshop or the crappily animated series I watched as a kid where sometimes the color of the bandanas were wrong on the turtles and sometimes the talking didn’t match with their mouths, but it was definitely a good movie.
When Nickelodeon started airing the new animated series, I got a bit nervous. I would probably compare the feeling I had to when Disney started making new episodes of “Doug”. It was like a small morsel of excitement covered in creamy nervousness. Because the one thing you never want to see is something that meant so much to you as a child ruined for a new generation. And then today, this gem was birthed out onto the internet…
I haven’t seen the movie yet so therefore I haven’t made up my mind, but I am severely worried. The trailer leaves a lot to be desired and it looks as though it truly will be an entirely new crime fighting foursome(ew) than the one I’m used to. Honestly, I don’t mind change when it comes to stuff like this(except for that whole alien nonsense that we all read about when the film was first discussed). It appears as though the Shredder, played by William Fichtner(whom I actually like, by the way) is somewhat responsible for the, shall we say, creation of the turtles. I don’t mind this tweak. If anything, it gives the Shredder more motive to become the bad guy. I’m still not sure how I feel about him not being Japanese, but we’ll see how it goes.
In another odd twist, the Shredder used to work with the father of April O’Neil(every time I hear this name all I can think of is the very racist sounding foot soldier from the original movie referring to her as Ms. O’Neir). This too is okay with me. These two changes I think should tie the story together nicely.
Their new look? Meh, I’m still not sure. Megan Fox as April? Meh, I’m not sold on it. Also, no Splinter in the trailer? This intrigues(yet still worries) me.
The trailer has it’s ups and downs and unfortunately I’m more worried for it now than ever. I will without question be seeing this August. I have to. I just hope Michael Bay doesn’t destroy my childhood like most of the buildings and cars in his movies.
What does everyone else think of the trailer? Comment below or e-mail me at email@example.com.
“Death comes for us all, Oroku Saki, but something much worse comes for you. For when you die, it will be…without honor.”
-Splinter in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie