I'd have to say for me it was the original live action movie, definately the best written of the TMNT movies anyway
Favorite TMNT movie
I wouldnt call TMNT II bad at all, surprised they didnt have Bebop and Rocksteady in it, though I did like Tokka and Rahzar, and maybe Vanilla Ice's cameo was a bit... unnecessary,but I'd say it was all in all good. Krang should have been in III rather then the time travel scenario, and I havent seen the animated movie yet... But I'm sticking with the original as my fav, so agreed
The gameplan for the Live Action movies is that it would follow the storyline of the original black and white Mirage comics while borrowing elements from cartoon like the surfer slang and an obsession with pizza but mainly kept in check. For various reasons the suits wanted the sequel to follow the cartoon more including adding Bebop and Rocksteady. Eastman and Laird both disagreed with this, they created the characters for specificaly for the cartoon and toyline the felt that the they were and as bufoons and used what little creative leverage they had to keep them out. So two new mutants were created to take their place. After many rewrites, the film become more comedy based and Tokka and Rahzar turned out just as dumb as Bebop and Rocksteady.
Secret of the Ooze did use elements from the comic such as the TCRI (renamed TGRI) part of the story. It was going to be revealed that Professor Perry was an Utrom but it written out for fear that kids would jump to the conclusion that he was Krang, another character that would never be in a film.
The third film was based on a comic storyline "Masks". I kinda feel that it was a bad choice to adapt as the comic storyline used a time travelling villain which the turtles had faced many times before, the movie had to give them a contrived rescue plot to get them back to feudal Japan. The biggest hit though is that Henson wouldn't do the costumes due not wanting to ascociated with TMNT. I do think the film gets judged harshly but I guess fans wanted more along the lines of the mainstream version with Shredder etc.
The 2007 film is pastiche of all the different TMNT universes taking inspiration from both of the cartoons, the original comics and even the Archie version. I was a bit disapointed as the first season of the new cartoon proved you could adapt the comics for kid audience without losing too much but there's a lot there to like if you're a fan of TMNT in general. The characters are spot on and the Leo and Raph fight is a definite highlight of all the films. Even if you're bothered by no Shredder he's mentioned and alluded to being in a sequel. Probably the second best film of the series.
Mirage and Imagi arn't seeing eye to eye on a sequel direction though. The rumours are that they go elsewhere and it may be a complete retooling from the beginning, possibly a live action with cgi turtles.
"The first is still better than half of the comic movies that have come out in the last ten years.I remember the first TMNT movie and watching it as a kid in the theatre. It was so insanely cool, and as a bonus Casey Jones said the "S word" which made every kid in the theatre feel like they were watching the coolest movie ever. TMNT 2 marked a great moment in my life too though, I won the movie choice over my big sister for the first time, who wanted to see White Men Can't Jump
But even with that fond memory attached to TMNT 2 (and the BA mutant villains in 2) the first still is my more nostalgic memory
The first is still better than half of the comic movies that have come out in the last ten years."COWA-BUNGA!" [more]
I'll run down the list LOL:
Batman & Robin
Hellboy II (sorry it was dull to me)
Fantastic Four 2
The Incredible Hulk
Need I go on?
I Know it won't happen but I'd like to see a classic ultra violent TMNT film, a man can dream I guess, but a lot of people want to see Slash, Leatherhead, or Rat King in the new movie, if any of them are in it I'm happy
LOL, Tokka and Rahzar were great mutants, wish they had more then 2 comic book appearances, would have liked seeing more of them (they only appeared in the Mirage and Archie Secret of the Ooze adaptations) I'd like to see Slash and Leatherhead in the next one
the first, it was really close to the original story, with minor changes. also had hat-tips like featuring the original art.
the message was great, one that should be thrown out there more often. Hensons work was awesome. martial
artists committing to high level stunts and choreography while on skateboards even that couldnt even see out of
their radio controlled heads and were giving their directions and what they were seeing by radio. fantastic. and
what fight scenes they were! honorable mention next to Secret Of The Ooze, Hensons very last work. points lost
on Vanilla Ice however, and the martial arts and action werent as big. Turtles 3 was garbage. no NY, no pizza,
no Cowabunga, bare to none fighting. just made to stretch the franchise, and the movie that put it to sleep
all the way untill the CGI. props to that as well, for being a rich interesting story, as well a direct extension of the FOX series.
"Slash and Leatherhead would have been pretty cool...Kurrent said:LOL, Tokka and Rahzar were great mutants, wish they had more then 2 comic book appearances, would have liked seeing more of them (they only appeared in the Mirage and Archie Secret of the Ooze adaptations) I'd like to see Slash and Leatherhead in the next one "
everyone was praying for Bebop and Rocksteady, you now it!
" @eganthevile1 said:" Kurrent said:Slash and Leatherhead would have been pretty cool... "
LOL, Tokka and Rahzar were great mutants, wish they had more then 2 comic book appearances, would have liked seeing more of them (they only appeared in the Mirage and Archie Secret of the Ooze adaptations) I'd like to see Slash and Leatherhead in the next one "
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