In 1990, the Heroes in a Half Shell© transitioned from an outstanding animated television series to theaters with their motion picture debut-a dark, gritty, action-packed romp with loads of humor and some of the late Jim Henson’s finest work in the actual creation of the Turtle suits. Two sequels soon followed, both successively diminishing in terms of quality, with a variety of cartoon reboots occupying the airwaves throughout the subsequent two decades. For those of us that grew up loving the original series and film, a new theatrical release seemed inevitable, and while 2007’s TMNT gave us a decent CGI entry into the Turtle saga, it truly was a mere appetizer, and all but ensured a live-action follow-up was soon to come.
It would take several more years and the involvement of director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) to make this project a reality, with Michael Bay stepping in as producer. Though the latter choice would be met with severe criticism from die-hard fans over the fear that the film would turn into nothing more than another mindless action picture, a fear that was only escalated when a now-infamous early draft of the script was leaked online in which the Turtles were revealed to be aliens, Bay and Liebesman assured us these changes wouldn’t affect the characters we’ve grown to know and love, with the final product containing the trademark comedy and fight sequences that defined our childhood’s version of this classic franchise. Never mind the fact that Megan Fox would be playing April O’Neil and the Turtles themselves would now be brought to life through motion capture this time around-the film will still be OK, right? Right?
At long last, we finally have our first real look at the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with William Fichtner taking forefront with an ominous voiceover, seemingly setting up his eventual transformation into the Shredder. Megan Fox does little more than look surprised throughout this clip, as I’m sure we all are by the HIGHLY UNUSUAL reveal of the Turtles’ origin, in addition to the Turtles themselves. Do their heads look odd to you as well? Does the humor work? Does the CG/motion capture seamlessly work in comparison to the classic Turtle suits of yesteryear? Does the whole thing play almost exactly like the recently released teaser for Transformers: Age of Extinction?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles oozes into theaters August 8th.