I grew up watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I dressed as a turtle for Halloween on more than one occasion.
At one point, I owned every movie and watched them to the point where I’m sure they don’t work anymore.
I even saw the newest release, “TMNT,” which came out in 2007.
Through it all, I’ve always had a special connection to the turtles. They first appeared in 1984 — the same year I was born.
I grew up with the cartoons and played with the TMNT toys.
So, the kid in me was pretty excited to hear they were coming out with another movie. It is slated for release in 2013.
However, I’ve heard some things about the movie lately that I — and the rest of the die-hard fans — aren’t too excited about.
Director Michael Bay has said the back story may be a little different.
The turtles were transformed by ooze. That’s the original story. Now, there are rumors the turtles will be from an alien race.
Now, hold on there.
I hate when people change the story.
I’ve already concluded Hollywood has run out of original ideas, so they do re-makes or adapt books. This follows right along those lines. But if you don’t have the decency to come up with your own idea, please don’t change a classic.
I’m not the only one who was upset by the news of this change. There has been so much outrage, in fact, Bay himself released a statement on his website.
Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.
I’d like to believe everything will be OK. But we’ll have to wait and see.
All I know is if this movie turns out to be a solid film, it will make us all feel young again.
If it’s horrible, then it will ruin the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the next generation.
Here’s hoping for a new wave of turtle fanatics!