19 ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Gifs
Nerds around the globe have been thrown into panic mode by the news that Michael Bay is tinkering with the back story of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Traditionally, the origin of the reptilian crime fighters involves terrestrial turtles falling into a toxic sludge known as “Ooze” and mutating into a humanoid form. But while speaking at a Nickelodeon upfront presentation in New York, Bay revealed that in his TMNT reboot, the beloved foursome will be an “an alien race.” Never mind the fact that the word “mutant” is right in the title. After all, The Karate Kid remake featured zero karate, and that made a boatload of cash.
At first, I was pissed off to hear that yet another beloved childhood memory was being tarnished. But then I remembered that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were never a beloved childhood memory. Sure, I watched TMNT, but I also watched reruns of Small Wonder. I watched anything that was on. We’re not talking about Star Wars here, people. We’re talking about a movie franchise loosely based on a crappy kids’ cartoon that was loosely based on various comic books. And with each transition, the story has changed. The violence and bloodshed of the comics was completely whitewashed for the cartoon. When the movies were made, the back story of Master Splinter from the cartoons (not to mention Rocksteady and Bebop) was drastically altered. For all the talk of “sodomizing” a cherished childhood memory, is it even possible to cheapen something that involved Vanilla Ice?
Long story short, while we might enjoy the Ninja Turtles, here are 19 gifs to remind us that we probably shouldn’t get too bent out of shape since the franchise wasn’t a masterpiece to begin with. Cowabunga, dudes.
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