Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Comic News: Nickelodeon Buys Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

As I’m sure everyone from my generation will agree with, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a huge cult following. When the popular comic book turned into a Saturday morning cartoon show, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird quickly became legends in the comic book and cartoon world.

But now, news has hit the internet like a tornado with an attitude that Nickelodeon, the TV station most known for its re-runs of classic movies and kids cartoons shorts, has acquired full rights to the TMNT franchise. Nickelodeon has announced its plans to relaunch the Turtles as an animated cartoon show to hit TV’s everywhere by 2012.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shares a comedic sensibility with the Nickelodeon DNA, with added layers of action and fantasy that have kept this property an evergreen favorite with multiple generations of audiences," said Cyma Zarghami, president of Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group.

In addition to the cartoon show relaunching, a live action/CGI film is also in the works which is promised to go back to the “roots” of Eastman and Lairds original idea for the Turtles. It will be much darker and more mature in content. Keep your eyes out for this!

This will certainly be interesting to see develop as hard-core TMNT fan’s expectations will rise to an astronomical level. Will this live-action film meet the dark tone of the 1st film back in 1990, or even the tone of the comic book prior to the film release? If so, how will audiences be affected? With this more mature way of attacking the Turtles concept, will parents be taken aback and fear their children’s fragile minds? What happens when the Turtles are no longer a “family-friendly” bit of entertainment? What happens when we, the original turtle’s generation of kids, embrace that which we love most and cry out for more “adult content” in our Ninja Turtle needs? Will it be as if Communism and anarchy have taken over the world once again? What will the world do once we, the original TMNT generation finally reclaim the thrown that was so unjustly taken by the generation of Power Ranger, Pokémon and Yugio fans?

I’ll tell you what it means! It will be a day of reckoning for us. For we all truly know that the Turtles will always be the greatest Saturday morning cartoon show to have ever existed. This is a new day in the lives of Turtles fans where we will shout to the world our triumphant loyalty to the Turtles, and show the doubters and the unworthy little rodents whom decided Japanese animated rabbits coming out of cylinders was “cooler” than human-sized Turtles trained in Ninjitsu that they have been wrong all these years, by using the most popular word in the history of cartoon shows to show how exciting this new adventure in the TMNT world will be.…


1 comment:

  1. That is super awesome. I would love to the see the turtles of my childhood return...I'm going to have to go rent the original movie now.