Top 10 Lessons Learned About TMNT From SDCC 2014
San Diego Comic-con is one of the biggest events in the geek world, and you know that the turtles are going to make their presence felt in a big way at a convention like this. With that in mind, we’ve decided to share some of the most awesome revelations that we discovered about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles over the weekend at SDCC.
1. Freddy Kreuger and The Crypt Keeper Will be on Nickelodeon’s TMNT
…well, maybe not their characters, but the famous actors who portrayed these characters will also be doing some voice acting for the hit show during Season 3. Robert Englund (Freddy) and John Kassir (Crypt Keeper) both have unforgettably amazing voice acting skills, so it will be interesting to see and hear their characters on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Apparently they are set to play two oversized beavers known as “The Dream Beavers.” I wouldn’t expect anything less crazy from the Ninja Turtles!
2. The Shredder Looks Even More Menacing in Lego Form
Lego set up this amazing display of a life sized Shredder built from Legos!
3. Michael Bay Isn’t the Only One Making Lifelike Turtles
The guys at Figment Foundry created some pretty awesome TMNT costumes that actually look a lot like real turtles!
4. Jon Heder Will Also Voice a Character in Nickelodeon’s TMNT
Well known for his role as Napoleon in the cult classic Napoleon Dynamite, Heder will be playing a mutant frog (perhaps a reference to the Punk Frogs?) known as Napoleon Dyna-frog. We’re not sure where this one is going, but it definitely sounds interesting.
5. Robbie Rist is Making a Comeback in Nick’s Series as Mondo Gecko
That’s right, not only is Mondo Gecko making a comeback, but so is the voice actor who played Michelangelo in the all three live action films from the 90’s! Welcome back to the show, Robbie! We can’t wait to see what you do with everyone’s favorite Gecko.
6. Muckman is Also Returning to the Show
Yet another popular villain from the original animated series, Muckman will also be making an appearance once more in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles very soon.
7. The Turtles of the New Movie Won’t Be Speaking in Hashtags
When asked whether or not the latest iteration of the turtles would still be using surfer speak in their dialogue, director CraveOnline’s William Bibbiani asked director Jonathan Liebesman whether or not they would be speaking in hashtags. The director emphatically answered thus:
“No. No hashtags. No, there’s definitely still surfer speak. Maybe there should have been hashtags, but I don’t want hashtags.”
Well, that’s definitely nice to know.
8. Liebesman Also Confirmed (once more) the Turtles Are Not Aliens
During the same interview with CraveOnline, Liebesman said “I’m not sure they were ever really aliens, but they’re mutants.” He also expressed that making them mutants was important to him.
9. April O’Neil’s Fight Scene Was Cut From the New Movie
This is actually kind of sad news, given how little we actually see strong female characters in pop culture nowadays and given that April is typically thought of as a pretty strong female character (especially by those who have played her in the past). Megan Fox had this to say about the issue:
“I had a really awesome scene where I was fighting The Foot Clan,” Fox said,”but I think they were like, ‘Why would a tiny journalist be able to kick so much ass? A lot of girl power ended up on the cutting room floor, unfortunately.’”
10. Mondo is Making TMNT Toys
Taking a break from making some of the most awesome posters and artwork that any pop culture aficionado has ever seen, Mondo will soon start making toys for a variety of properties, one of them being Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The one toy they did show off is an awesomely kid-like interpretation of Michelangelo holding an original Michelangelo Ice Cream Bar. Get ready to put this one on your wishlist, guys – it looks totally awesome.
What do all my shellhead brethren think? Thankfully there was more good news than bad news, but what was your favorite lesson learned from SDCC 2014? Let us know in the comments below or sound off in the forums!