Nick or Not – Another TMNT Trailer Released
Another trailer for Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has hit Youtube, giving TMNT fans a broader picture of what we’ll be in for when the new series debuts at the end of September. (TMNT trailer below)
There’s no doubt that this production is targeted for kids – the animation is “Cartoonier” than the 2003 series or the 2007 TMNT movie, making it more in line with the 1980s TV series. The character’s mug for the camera, move with exaggerated squash-and-stretch, and come with a full complement of puns, wise-cracks, and catch phrases (it appears that Ali G’s “Booyakasha” will replace “Cowabunga” for the Turtles of the 21st century) that were defining distinctions of the old cartoon.
This second trailer reveals a few familiar faces: the Shredder is here (but we knew that from the first trailer, released back in June) and his Foot clan with him. It’s hard to be certain as to whether or not the Foot will be robots, as they were in the 1980s cartoon, or regular ninjas as they are in most other incarnations as it’s hard to get a good look at any individual foot clan soldier, and there are roughly humanoid robots battling the turtles during several snippets of the trailer. At about the 12 second mark, there’s a tentacled pink figure, but without any context or dialogue it’s impossible to know if it’s Krang or an Utrom. Unsurprisingly, April O’Neill makes a significant appearance, but there’s no sign of Casey Jones just yet.
The remainder of the villains seem to be the sort of interdimensional mutants and monsters that littered the 1980s series – there’s a giant plant thing, a clawed little ball type thing, and a giant mutant gorilla: stuff that’s rather hard to trace back to one of the hundreds of original villains and sub-villains from earlier productions, especially given the frenetic pace of the trailer.
It looks like 2012’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles should be a solid offering of action-packed kid’s fare. Fans of the series looking for the introspection and depth of the original comics, or the comparatively tense melodrama of the 2007 movie, are probably better off re-watching or re-reading those old favorites. Comments on the second trailer have been overwhelmingly negative, and as of July 23, “dislikes” outnumbered “likes” by about five to one as opposed to the more balanced like-to-dislike count for the first trailer. It appears that most of the vitriol is coming from fans of older versions who don’t want their Turtles tampered with (a familiar sentiment to most fans, to be sure), and it’s also possible that this one trailer does not wholly embody the direction and style of this new series. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles debuts on September 29.