Tuesday, March 16, 2010

RIP TMNT.

I don't know how this got past me but late last year Viacom/Nickelodeon bought all rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios.  So what does this mean?  One this effectively closes Mirage Studios. At this point their entire purpose was to be the purveyors of the TMNT franchise; additionally this breaks any link between the Eastman and Laird from the TMNT universe.   So I hope you all caught the Imagi's TMNT movie from 2007 because it's probably the closest we're ever get to a true Eastman and Laird style dark TMNT story on film.  Though Laird completely sold out, he did retain the right to publish up to 18 comics a year so Mirage Publishing will remain operative for now.

I fear what Nickelodeon will do to the property.  There is some hope, Nick isn't afraid of getting Zany, Gross or Genuinely funny.  I will admit to being a huge Fairly Odd Parents fan, and I've also been known to watch Spongebob when it's on.  Fairly Odd Parents specifically is a shows that's presented to children but is really written for everyone.  Like Animaniacs or Freakazoid it uses some pretty sophisticated humor that goes over the heads of most children.  There is nothing sophisticated about Spongebob but it is funny, stupid funny, but funny none the less.  Also when Nick Studios wants to get serious they do.  Though I've never watched it Avatar is suppose to be fairly good.  On the other side of the spectrum we have Dora the Explorer... I can only imagine Michaelangelo speaking Spanglish looking directly in the camera like a dumb-ass waiting for the kiddies to talk to the TV.

The only real hope for me is that they hire Paul Dini and/or Bruce Trimm to run the show.  Their interpretation of TMNT would be something I'd like to see.  Right now the details are slim on the new movie but 2012 is the current date.

Source:  ninjaturtles.com