The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are probably one of my favorite intellectual properties, right up there with Star Wars. Unfortunately they haven’t shared in the same success as Star Wars has. The Turtle’s glory days were the early 90’s (when I was growing up), they had a super popular Saturday morning cartoon and a successful movie franchise going on. Then the cartoon ended and Turtles III bombed and that was the end of the golden age of the turtles.
Then in 2003, the cartoon came back on Fox Saturday mornings. It wasn’t as childish as the early 90’s version so I liked it a lot considering I was 13. It actually gave me a reason to wake up early on Saturday mornings again. A few years later, a fourth turtle movie was produced in complete CGI. It wasn’t bad really, though I think most fans love the live-action ones more because they seemed so much more real. 5 Years later, enter Nickelodeon.
Nickelodeon recently has purchased the rights to the turtles franchise and has begun production on both a new TV show (2012) and a reboot of the film franchise (2013). And I for one am super excited. I love that every generation of kids since I was a kid have had the privilege of being exposed to one of the turtle franchises, rather it was the original cartoon, the 2003 cartoon, or now the Nickelodeon version. Everyone has their own opinion of which generation is best (just like pokemon fans), but from an unbias fan, they are all good on their own ground.
Recently, criticism has erupted at Michael Bay (producer of the new Turtle movie) because he made the comment about the turtles being of alien origin. This remark has started what the turtle faithful has dubbed “Turtlegate”. However, I think everyone needs to take a step back and wait for more information. In the original comic, the turtles were mutated from a canister from T.C.R.I., with the “C” standing for cosmic. It could be that the new movie is taking a more true approach than any of the previous versions have. Can’t wait to see how everything turns out!!