March 28, 2012

Alien Turtles

Art by Jim Lawson

It’s been known for a while now that Paramount is planning a new Ninja Turtles movie, and that Michael Bay’s company would be producing. Now things are gearing up and we’re getting closer to it becoming a reality, so little bits of news have dripped out recently. The whole Internet has gone bonkers over a brief speech that Michael Bay gave at a press even where he said that the Turtles would be “from an alien race”. People are spreading their nerd rage all over the place saying how Michael Bay is changing the origins, that he’s going to ruin Turtles like he did with Transformers, and other such nonsense.

It’s pretty clear, to me at least, that this is being blown way out of proportion and most of these complaints are totally unwarranted. But beyond that, I have to wonder how many of these complaining people have actually read the original TMNT comics? How many of them are actually, you know, fans? I’d wager to say that the majority of these people have not done so, and are, for the most part, only familiar with the original cartoon. You know, the one that changed the origins, changed the characters and added new ones, and changed the entire tone of the story. So it’s funny to me that these people are complaining when they really don’t know what they are talking about. These aren’t TMNT fans, they’re just people who watched a popular cartoon when they were kids.

At any rate, when I first heard the “alien” news, I was puzzled for a moment, but I figured that perhaps this is a roundabout way of explaining that the ooze which mutated the Turtles was created by aliens, because that’s how the story is supposed to go! That was the story from the original comics, and those aspects of the story have never been used in a movie yet. The director of this new film, Jonathan Liebesman (Michael Bay is not directing this film, another fact some idiots have missed), has basically come out and said that the canister of ooze originates from aliens. So, there it is! I’m sure there are other details that can’t be revealed yet and others that are still being worked out, but it all seems plain as day to me. And yet the alien talk continues.

Finally, as far as the comment that Transformers have been ruined and Turtles will be as well, give me a break. Transformers is more popular now than it ever has been. Those Micheal Bay movies might not be to everyone’s taste, but if they were so bad, and if everyone thinks that they are so bad, then why did they make so much money? Why did they keep making money? I understand that just because something is popular, that doesn’t make is any good, but box office numbers don’t lie, and the numbers we’re talking about are way too big to outright dismiss. And even if you don’t like those movies, we’ve still got an awesome cartoon on TV, we’ve got plenty of incredible toys on the shelves and more on the way, and there is still an active fandom that continues to grow. Plus, all of the old stuff you love is still there and hasn’t changed a bit, and nothing that happens in the future will ever change that. All of these points are going to apply to TMNT as well when the new Nickelodeon stuff is released by the end of the year.

But, hey, maybe I am wrong. Maybe this new movie will be all about racist exploding alien turtles. In that case, what would the outcome be? I suppose it would be so bad that it will offend everyone, make no money, and force the cartoon and toy line to be cancelled out of shame. Then, all of your childhood memories will be tainted, and everything that had previously made TMNT so great in the first place will be retroactively erased from history. Though, I suppose if you let all that bad stuff happen then you weren’t actually that big of a fan in the first place, so no big loss for you, right?

I’m hoping for a good movie as much as the next person, and I know that whatever happens will result in more visibility to the franchise, which is ultimately a good thing. But I’ll still be hanging on to all on my cool stuff and good memories, so even if there is a bad movie, it won’t change much for me.



4 Responses to “Alien Turtles”

  1. Hey tron. Can I just say I was disappointed when I noticed that the drawing in this post wasn't made by you? You used to make so much stuff, and now you barely put any art on here at all. What are you doing all this time that keeps you from posting art on what used to be an art blog?

    • Kendall, I very well could have drawn something for this blog post but including a drawing by an actual TMNT artist in response to this topic seemed much more appropriate.

      There are a few things on my deviantArt that are not on my site as of yet but I'll post here eventually. Other than that I am working on a separate project which I will announce here when I feel it's ready. I think it will be very cool and kind of crazy.

      By the way, this blog is not an art blog. It's just a blog. I'm an artist but I'm not just going to blog about the art I do. I'll blog about anything I feel like.


    • GTron,
      I get that posting art from an actual TMNT artist makes it cooler, but still dude, you're an artist right? It almost seems wrong for you to only stick to writing about something so art-driven and not do any fanart yourself about the topic.
      I guess I can understand that this isn't an "art blog" per se, but you're an artist and you have art posted here, so I assumed that I'd see more of your own work, which was why I was bummed that you haven't posted any. I just think it'd be cool, like you're own little personal stamp on each post; not just writing what you feel like, but putting it in your own visual terms? That's what animation's all about right?

    • A personal stamp on each post is a good idea. Something that would set my site apart from others. I've been wanting to do something like that for awhile, but I don't really want to spend a lot of time on a single blog post, as they can east up a lot of time and I want to blog more often and faster. So they would probably wind up being really stupid quick drawings. I can't promise I'd do that every time, but I'll see what I can do. Thanks for your input.

      I did not used to have many images at all since it was more of a hassle to include them back when I first started blogging than it is now. So I at least want to put something every time just to break up the wall of text, whether it's my art or something else.

      Right now, my art computer is going through some trouble so I won't be blogging much till that's fixed.


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