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Seth Rogen Putting The ‘Teenage’ Back Into The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

If you’re like anything like the average Ninja Turtles fan, you have a love/hate relationship with the property’s many variations. You may love the 80s cartoon but hate the 2003 version, or love the current comic from IDW but find the original too derivative. You could also be like me and love almost everything but hate The Next MutationRise of the TMNT, and the latest live-action films. If you’re not a fan of those awful Shrek-mutated “turtles” from Michael Bay and Paramount, good news, the series is set to be rebooted… again.

Back In Their Shells

Back in June, Collider got word that a CGI movie was on the way from Nickelodeon Animation Studios. This time with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg running things. This would mark a return to animated film, last seen in 2007’s TMNT, and make this Turtle fan very happy. Not just because of the return to an animated format, but because of what Rogen had to say to the same outlet this week:

“As a lifelong fan of Ninja Turtles, weirdly the ‘Teenage’ part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was always the part that stuck out to me the most. And as someone who loves teenage movies, and who’s made a lot of teenage movies, and who literally got their start in their entire profession by writing a teenage movie, the idea of kind of honing in on that element was really exciting to us. I mean, not disregarding the rest, but really using that as kind of a jumping off point for the film.”

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Do you see why I’m excited? Let me explain! I grew up with the first three versions of the Turtles (80’s toon, 90’s films, and OG comics) and loved them all for different reasons. One of those reasons was more visible in the cartoon and films than in the comics, and that was that these Ninja Turtles were kids. They were immature and had selfish desires, but took up the fight to protect their city. Sound familiar? Spidey is just like that and I love Spider-Man.

Turtle Power

The Turtles have been “in” pretty much since the first episode of the original cartoon hit. There’s always something green going on in pop-culture and that fact proves how powerful the Turtles are. The Michael bay films traded legitimate teenage behavior for teenage farce. If you really want to see the powerful stories possible with the Turtles’ age in mind, watch the 2nd and 3rd seasons of the 2012 cartoon. From Donnie dealing with feelings for April to losing the city of NY, that series showed us teenagers dealing with their age and a huge responsibility.

There is a danger that Rogan could lose out on the responsibility/Spider-Man-like quality of the TMNT, but he is a self-described fan. His excitement about his experience with teen films is the thing putting some worry in my mind. However, I have faith that the balance will be found.

I am sure there will be more to follow on this project, and you can bet I will be talking about it on LRMornings. If you haven’t heard our daily podcast, check out today’s episode HERE.

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SOURCE: Collider

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