In a world of film where classics find there way back to the big screen we are suddenly attacked with a cheap attempt to spurn those rug-rats into begging for the oldest new toy on the shelf. The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will be re-released with previously unseen footage in hopes to boost interest in the 3rd TV incarnation of the Ninja Turtles.
The most exciting re-release in celluloid history has been announced with the news that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is to hit cinemas again in time for Christmas. The pizza-munching, butt-kicking quartet of green, mean, fighting machines are heading back to the big screen on December 19 in the wake of renewed interest in their activities among ankle-biters everywhere. Most excitingly, just like all those 1970s Bruce Lee features, the new uncut version of the film includes a previously deleted scene in which the Turtles get busy with a set of numchukas. It is not known whether the rap classic Turtlepower! by Partners in Kryme will also be rereleased to coincide with the movie’s revival.
In my early comic book collecting days I happened upon a little circulated black and white graphic novel with violence warnings and mature content by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, and was partly amused and still shocked when a number of years later the TMNT Cartoon came out with surfer dude voices and hokey dimwitted villians. Strangely I became a fan of both, but the movies didn’t do much for me.
Seeing the toys on the shelf again brings back some nostalgia, but I didn’t think it would bring back a re-release of the movie.
For the record, they made 3 live action films, and God have mercy on us all if they re-release those as well.