Trailer Thursday: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found them to be fascinating.

Here’s the thing, I absolutely love the 1990 film version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I watched the VHS obsessively and it was one of the first films I completely memorized.  I had all of the action figures, watched the cartoon every day, and was a Ninja Turtle twice for Halloween (Michelangelo and Donatello).  But above all the other Turtle-related things, the film was what cemented my attachment to the characters.  It was dark and unique, funny and emotional, with a great cast and some truly impressive design work.  It was also very New York.  The Jim Henson-created Turtles will always be the perfect incarnation of the four brothers, and are what I immediately picture whenever they’re mentioned.

So it’s more than a little understandable that when Michael Bay announced that he was rebooting the series I was not happy.  Michael Bay has had a wildly successful career, and has actually made some genuinely good movies, but he is in no way the person I want involved with the Ninja Turtles.  Add in his comments that the Turtles would be aliens (a statement he has since retracted) and his casting of Megan Fox as April O’Neil and things started to look pretty grim.  So I was prepared to hate the new trailer that debuted today.  Imagine my surprise when I came away with some mixed feelings after all.  Take a look below and read on for my thoughts:

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