Only someone with a brain made of yoghurt would come up with an idea for a comic book about four turtles that genetically mutate after coming in contact with radioactive ooze, learn ninja skills from a giant friendly rat, and eat pizza whilst fighting crime in New York. Animators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird clearly had heads full of Muller Fruit Corners, as they created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, that went on to spawn a stupidly popular TV cartoon series which began in 1987, and three feature films, the first of which was made in 1990.
Cut to 2014, and the era of remakes is once again upon us, with the first trailer for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of The Titans) and produced by Michael Bay, the film once again sees the turtles protecting New York from the evil Shredder (not to be confused with a paper shredder) and his evil gang of foot soldiers. Michael Bay’s own production style can be clearly seen in the trailer, with the film heavily reliant on CGI. Even the Turtles are CGI this time round, and also, by the look of it, about ten feet tall.
Unlike the original Turtle storyline, these turtles have not mutated after coming into contact with radioactive liquid, but have instead been artificially created in a lab specifically for the purpose of fighting crime. New York is over run with crime, violence and fear, and it’s up to the Ninja Turtles to restore order. Also starring Megan Fox as hapless news reporter and friend to the turtles April O’ Neil and William Fichtner as the evil Shredder (again, not to be confused with an ordinary under the desk paper shredder), the film is due for release on the 8th of August this year.