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Teenage Mutant Ninja Shuffle! Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles gets a new release date

Feb. 28, 2013by: Paul Shirey

The Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed NINJA TURTLES has a new release date, which probably won't affect the disdain many have for the developing project, moving forward a month from May 16 to June 6, 2014, sandwiching it between two dinosaurs; Disney/Pixar's THE GOOD DINOSAUR and JURASSIC PARK IV.  That's a lot of green creatures in a three-week timespan. 

The plan is for NINJA TURTLES to have a "mo-cap" cast, who will be joined by Megan Fox, presumably as some variation of April O'Neill.  No other details on casting, location, or alien origins as of yet.  The film is rumored to begin production in April, after a hiatus to tighten the budget. I'm looking forward to seeing the Turtles on the big screen again, but am obviously cautious with the info we've heard thus far.  Still, I'll give the benefit of the doubt until I see some moving pictures.

The good news is that even if you aren't happy with the prospects of the new movie, Nick Toons has renewed the currently running animated series for a THIRD season.  Seeing as the second one hasn't even started yet, that's pretty sweet.  I've seen every episode of the first season probably 5-10 times each as my son is now obsessed, much like I was as a kid.  In my opinion it's the best animated version of the Turtles yet and completely captures the brotherly spirit and charm of the characters.  I can only hope that Liebesman will capture the same.

NINJA TURTLES is set to roll out on June 6, 2014.  You can catch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Animated Series on Nicktoons.

Extra Tidbit: Do you think you'll still see Ninja Turtles regardless of the complaints (including your own)?

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5:06PM on 03/01/2013
Still have no interest in this film, it just feels unnecessary to me, We already have 4 decent NInja Turtles films, so thats enough for me.

On a side note I still cannot believe they are still moving forward with Jurassic Park IV? Yet another pointless sequel. I can't say my childhood is ruined since I was 15 when the original came out.
Still have no interest in this film, it just feels unnecessary to me, We already have 4 decent NInja Turtles films, so thats enough for me.

On a side note I still cannot believe they are still moving forward with Jurassic Park IV? Yet another pointless sequel. I can't say my childhood is ruined since I was 15 when the original came out.
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2:11AM on 03/01/2013
oh yeah! i hope they cast justin bieber as casey jones!!!
oh yeah! i hope they cast justin bieber as casey jones!!!
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1:50AM on 03/01/2013
Not that I cared for this movie before, but this is like adding insult to injury. What's plus? The plans are for a "mo-cap cast", for the Turtles obviously, why?? The suits and animatronic masks from the original TMNT movies still hold up better today than 95% of the cgi and mo-cap crap we have in movies nowadays! If anything, just use suit and animatronic masks again, and add a little cgi here and there to augment details in facial expressions.
Not that I cared for this movie before, but this is like adding insult to injury. What's plus? The plans are for a "mo-cap cast", for the Turtles obviously, why?? The suits and animatronic masks from the original TMNT movies still hold up better today than 95% of the cgi and mo-cap crap we have in movies nowadays! If anything, just use suit and animatronic masks again, and add a little cgi here and there to augment details in facial expressions.
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8:47PM on 02/28/2013

Seriously

The last animated movie wasn't so bad and I've heard the new animated series is good too. I can't imagine them risking the franchise on a bad movie.
The last animated movie wasn't so bad and I've heard the new animated series is good too. I can't imagine them risking the franchise on a bad movie.
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8:21PM on 02/28/2013
I will see it on my computer screen just to confirm how bad it is. However, I dare to predict that a very impressive and well-cut trailer showing off a good amount of CGI goodness accompanied with an epic musical piece hinting a serious tone of the film, will make many of us think twice Honestly, those first trailers of Battle Los Angeles and Wrath of The Titans (with Mansons Sweet Dreams playing behind it) was damn impressive. At least, they drawn my attention and gain my curiosity.
I will see it on my computer screen just to confirm how bad it is. However, I dare to predict that a very impressive and well-cut trailer showing off a good amount of CGI goodness accompanied with an epic musical piece hinting a serious tone of the film, will make many of us think twice Honestly, those first trailers of Battle Los Angeles and Wrath of The Titans (with Mansons Sweet Dreams playing behind it) was damn impressive. At least, they drawn my attention and gain my curiosity. Until I saw those films in their entirety and felt wasting my time. I m almost certain that this movie will be a disaster, particularly concerning the scenes between the fights (which by the way, I believe will be well choreographed and thats the only thing in this film for some reason that I am optimistic about). Otherwise, as long as they choose to go the Transformers route, having annoying and useless characters filling up the film with no-brainer gags targeting youtube-friendly audiences with mediocre sense of humor, and at the same time, displaying some First Grade ethics about adulthood and family or honor or good vs evil, then the movie will be a total fail
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8:18PM on 02/28/2013
Mo-Cap? I now hate this remake. The original TMNT movie back in the 80s, however cheesy it may seem, captured my attention because of the actual Turtle Suit that four actors had to wear in order to portray TMNT.
Mo-Cap? I now hate this remake. The original TMNT movie back in the 80s, however cheesy it may seem, captured my attention because of the actual Turtle Suit that four actors had to wear in order to portray TMNT.
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6:23PM on 02/28/2013
Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
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6:54PM on 02/28/2013
Game over man, game over.
Game over man, game over.
5:04PM on 02/28/2013
I am looking forward to seeing what happens even though I more than dislike the whole alien origin. I mean, the OOZE being alien in origin, okay. The universe filled with human-like animals from Earth, no thanks. Give me Earth Turtles mutated otherwise...what's the point? That said, I don't care for Megan Fox being April either, if that is in fact her role. (be Irma, be Irma) but I will certainly give the movie a chance. Bay and Co really need to give us something more than "Quit whining,
I am looking forward to seeing what happens even though I more than dislike the whole alien origin. I mean, the OOZE being alien in origin, okay. The universe filled with human-like animals from Earth, no thanks. Give me Earth Turtles mutated otherwise...what's the point? That said, I don't care for Megan Fox being April either, if that is in fact her role. (be Irma, be Irma) but I will certainly give the movie a chance. Bay and Co really need to give us something more than "Quit whining, you'll like it". I don't want to like, I want to love it. I still really enjoy the first original movies (third one never happened). and so far both the 2000 series and the new series have been pretty good.
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6:54PM on 02/28/2013
Gave this a thumbs up because of the Irma reference
Gave this a thumbs up because of the Irma reference
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4:19PM on 02/28/2013

Nah

as far as I'm concerned Platinum Dunes, Michael Bay and this movie can all go and fuck themselves. Anyone not expecting utter dross from this movie has clearly had the blinkers one when it comes to anything Michael Bay, Jonathan Liebesman and Platinum Dunes has made. Giving this movie the "benefit of the doubt" is fucking ridiculous, to have anything but utter disdain from this project is to be able to somehow ignore Bay's utter dross of a career, up to and including Transformers 1/2/3,
as far as I'm concerned Platinum Dunes, Michael Bay and this movie can all go and fuck themselves. Anyone not expecting utter dross from this movie has clearly had the blinkers one when it comes to anything Michael Bay, Jonathan Liebesman and Platinum Dunes has made. Giving this movie the "benefit of the doubt" is fucking ridiculous, to have anything but utter disdain from this project is to be able to somehow ignore Bay's utter dross of a career, up to and including Transformers 1/2/3, Jonathan Liebesman's awful Clash of the Titans re-make, the awful Darkness Falls movie and the awful Battle: Los Angeles. Platinum Dunes awful Texas Chainsaw Massacre re-make AND prequel, the awful Nightmare on Elm Street re-make, the awful Friday 13th re-makes....it goes on. There's just not a good film on any of their resumes, infact there are 90% genuinely offensively bad ones, and the more people give these movies the "benefit of the doubt" the more this useless company will continue to buy franchises we once enjoyed and suck all of the coherence and fun out of them. It will be your guys fault when Michael Bay is holding hostage your next Ghostbusters movie, or Masters of the Universe, or any other project you loved in your youth and hold out hope for a fun, smart re-interpretation only to receive a badly shot, badly written, badly edited brainless void of celluloid.

I'm glad your boy loves the new Nickelodeon show as it is awesome, and hopefully you'll show him the first two Ninja Turtles movie, perhaps even Turtles Forever, but keep him the hell away from this obvious mess of a project. Now I know what you're thinking, that "It's not made for our generation, it's for a difference audience", well I call bullshit on that, as it may be made for a different audience, but just because a movie is popcorn and kiddie friendly doesn't mean it's OK to be an awful brainless pile of shite. They might lap it up simply because it exists but frankly this new, younger audience deserves much better than the shit that they're going to get and quite frankly so do any fans of these characters.

And whilst I do enjoy the Turtles, I wouldn't say I'm a MASSIVE fan. I'm just sick of shit companies like these constantly getting "the benefit of the doubt", without earning it, simply because they're bought the right franchise logo to stick on one of their cinematic turds.
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3:03PM on 02/28/2013
Everything about this stinks to me, from Michael Bay's involvement to the new origin story to the casting of Megan Fox as April O'Neill. I grew up with the Turtles, I've enjoyed every movie (yes, even TMNT), and love that they've taken new iterations of the franchise into darker territory that has put more weight in the turtles as characters rather than caricatures. But I get the feeling this new film will focus on those very same shallow elements that the original cartoon had. Don't get me
Everything about this stinks to me, from Michael Bay's involvement to the new origin story to the casting of Megan Fox as April O'Neill. I grew up with the Turtles, I've enjoyed every movie (yes, even TMNT), and love that they've taken new iterations of the franchise into darker territory that has put more weight in the turtles as characters rather than caricatures. But I get the feeling this new film will focus on those very same shallow elements that the original cartoon had. Don't get me wrong, I loved it as a kid and it was great entertainment, but it didn't have nearly the same quality, tone, and weight that the they've put into the franchise today. Basically, it's matured to match it's comic book counterpart, and I am afraid the movie won't match it. I'll wait for a trailer, and I am a big enough fan of the turtles that I will probably see the film, but so far, I am not pleased with what I've been reading and hearing.
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2:38PM on 02/28/2013

I'll let a trailer sway my judgement...

but until then I will enjoy the shit out of that new Nickelodeon Cartoon series, because as you stated above, it is the best animated incarnation of these characters EVER. That's right I said it. It captures all the tone and fun of the original series but uses new technologies to make their ninja fight scenes some of the best animated fights I've ever seen on TV and I love it. I feel like I'm 8 years old again when I watch it. That's high praise.
but until then I will enjoy the shit out of that new Nickelodeon Cartoon series, because as you stated above, it is the best animated incarnation of these characters EVER. That's right I said it. It captures all the tone and fun of the original series but uses new technologies to make their ninja fight scenes some of the best animated fights I've ever seen on TV and I love it. I feel like I'm 8 years old again when I watch it. That's high praise.
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2:25PM on 02/28/2013
I hate Michael Bay.. that is all
I hate Michael Bay.. that is all
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2:16PM on 02/28/2013
I don't really care about this movie for now, but damn Megan Fox is fucking sexy.
I don't really care about this movie for now, but damn Megan Fox is fucking sexy.
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1:41PM on 02/28/2013

First movie rules

The first ninja turtles movie was the best, it was dark and gritty but had alot of fun factor to it, though I just watched part 1&2 recently and forgot how cheesy it is the second one was.
The first ninja turtles movie was the best, it was dark and gritty but had alot of fun factor to it, though I just watched part 1&2 recently and forgot how cheesy it is the second one was.
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12:44PM on 02/28/2013
Everything that has happened in the preproduction has alienated (get it???) the original fans. I want my Turtles to be Mutants and trained by Splinter!!! I wonder what they have in store for splinter.gulp.
Everything that has happened in the preproduction has alienated (get it???) the original fans. I want my Turtles to be Mutants and trained by Splinter!!! I wonder what they have in store for splinter.gulp.
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12:40PM on 02/28/2013
I really hope Michael Bay decides to surprise us and actually delivers a really good Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, but until we see some footage I have to keep my expectations low.

Having Megan Fox as April does not represent a serious tone so far.
I really hope Michael Bay decides to surprise us and actually delivers a really good Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, but until we see some footage I have to keep my expectations low.

Having Megan Fox as April does not represent a serious tone so far.
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