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I don’t know if I care if Michael Bay fucks up the Ninja Turtles by making them aliens instead of mutants. Sure, that would basically shift the entire original purpose of characters (regular, ordinary creatures are elevated to extraordinary status through an accident of science), but that doesn’t really have any effect on how much I enjoyed them as a child or how fondly I remember them today. You might call fowl, but this is different them George Lucas going back and altering/invalidating my memories through meddling with existing films. And it’s different than Michael Bay taking a steaming cyber-crap all over Transformers since that franchise has never payed any real attention to it’s own continuity (SHUT UP WILLIS! I’VE DONE MY HOMEWORK!) to begin with. I think the only reason people my age were mad at him forTransformers is because he was making the first official live action version of the series. Ninja Turtles already had two great live action movies (we do not speak of the third one… what third one?), which almost perfectly encapsulated the spirit of the franchise in the 80′s and early 90′s and brought to life the version of the Turtles that I grew up with. Sure they were cheesy, but so was everything else back then. And if you’re still upset, remember that the movies strayed pretty far from the cartoon origin story by making Splinter and Hamato Yoshi two different beings. Do you remember the scene where the rat learns kung fu? That shit was ridiculous.
The thing about Ninja Turtules is that unlike almost every other franchise from the 80′s, it never went away. It would go off the air for a year or two at most before it came back with a new incarnation. There were multiple cartoon shows, some continuations, some reboots. There was a live action show, For a while it was about alien Triceratopses, and one of the most recent cartoons took place over 100 years in the future. The only thing Bay talking about changing is literally THE ONLY THING that hasn’t already been changed. The weird thing about Ninja Turtles is every kid who was 8 years old at any point between 1987 and 2012 could have grown up with them, but not necessarily the same ones you did. Hell, I haven’t even mentioned the comics. I say let Bay do his worst. My bandanna is still blue, my katana is still plastic and my memories are in tact. Cowabunga, you Fancy Bastards.
The thing to understand about Michael Bay’s pre-movie hype machine is he likes to lie a lot. For funsies. He swore up and down that Megatron was absolutely not in Revenge of the Fallen, even though you could see him in the damn trailers.
And so I choose to wait and see.
I think the only reason people my age were mad at him forTransformers is because he was making the first official live action version of the series.
I’m pretty sure people who don’t like crass humour, logic that couldn’t make it through the entire movie before realizing something was up, gaping plot holes, black stereotypes, gay jokes and the hyper-objectification of women is an all-ages thing, OP.
And you’re also aware that Krang, the cheesiness, Hamato Yoshi and Splinter being the same person, the blue bandanna AND plastic katanas (along with pretty much all the other merch) were products of the adaptation, and none of it was present in the original 1984 comic? But those wacky alien Triceratops that were so different, those were in the original comic?
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