Booyakasha!!! TMNT on Nickelodeon are a hit!!
Sean Astin, Jason Biggs, Rob Paulsen, Greg Cipes, Mae Whitman
overall a good revamp taking from every Turtles saga and trimming the fat
For anyone that shouldn’t be reading this article, I’m looking at you Micheal Bay, here is the short of the heroes in a half shell’s origin story. On a bright sunny day in New York City, a lowly ninjitsu expert was wandering the streets with a tank holding his beloved pet turtles. He bumps into a scientist holding a mysterious canister holding a green ooze. A fight ensues…the ninjitsu master and his per turtle are covered in the green ooze. Which mutates his turtle into giant turtles with attitude and himself into a giant zen like rat,why? Because science, that’s why. The rest is history.
Actually, history is yet to be made in this revamp by the good folks at Nickelodeon. We pick up fifteen years after the incident with the ooze. The turtles 15th B-day is when Master Splinter decides it is time for his sons to go out into the world above. They discover pizza, the first food they have ever tasted besides algae and worms. They then stumble upon the kidnapping of a scientist and his young teenage daughter April O’Neil. They rescue them from the clutches of the evil alien robot race known only as the Krang and discover that they have something to do with the ooze that created them. After the rescue, police find a throwing star at the scene, which gets on the evening news. All the way in a High rise in Japan, an Ominous figure , (who apparently keeps up with New York local news) takes notice of the ninja star and recognizes it is from his old enemy, Master Splinter. He then puts on the Shredder helmet(cue Dramatic music).
I must admit, I was very reluctant to watch this latest revamp. I was fooled more than once, the biggest offender being Saban’s Next Mutation. We trusted you Saban*tears up*….but i digress. I came in with tons of skepticism. Luckily, I was wrong, they had a enough nods to the old series to keep it true to fanboys expectations and enough new things to keep it fresh and justified even making a remake. The intro is a remix of the original theme, but with a very hip-hop flavor that will make “Go Ninja” look like Kidz Bop, and some of the scenes will look very familiar for those of us who grew up in the 80′s. To keep it fresh they made Krang a whole race of beings that all kind of have a collective memory and are over all more serious than the old counterpart , which is an excellent balance to the whole cheesy one liner thing that the turtles are famous for. On a creepy note, *spoilers* Donatello falls in love with the young impressionable April O’Neil , which kind of grossed me out. I doesn’t hurt the story or the likeability …its just kind of weird. Over all a very good experience for viewers, old schoolers and the stupid youth will both enjoy this. So next Saturday get an early start on that hang over and tune in to the new and improved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.