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Where’s the Ninjitsu with These Mutant Turtles?

9 Aug

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are comic book heroes who had a lot of soul back when it first saw print. When creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird spent time working on their property, interest in their heroes in the half shell was high. The cartoon that evolved from it had a lot of spunk for kids to love, but it was its own beast since its light-hearted humour helped make the turtles pop culture icons. But for the original comics that was darker in tone, fatigue, creative differences and the need to move on by one of the artists caused the two to part ways.

Laird eventually sold the franchise rights to Nickelodeon, and what has evolved from it has become contentions between those who loved either the original comic book, one of the many cartoon series, role-playing games or live action films. The series changed from its gritty world to that of adventure and campy humour.

The current computer animated series successfully blends the two together. But with a film to reboot the theatrical series by producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman, the latter pairing is the prerequisite choice. Their method of madness is to reinvigorate this realm with high-octane action in only a style Bay can emphasize — let’s slow down the fast-moving sequences with hang time moments, include a villain who belongs more in a Transformers movie and toss all logic aside.

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The Legend of Korra’s Trailer for Book 3: Change

12 Jun

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The next season of The Legend of Korra is most likely going to get a September release on Nickelodeon if the past year’s schedule and yesterday’s debut trailer is any indication.

The first trailer for Book 3: Change teases at what may be a blending of themes that the previous two seasons have focussed on. This time around, the adventure may rest upon a tale of two cities. One set looks heavily inspired with its massive bridge that may well mirror that of San Francisco’s own Golden Gate, and the other seems to be taking its cue from Sazan Eyes, especially with a mysterious three-eyed vixen casting her spell upon someone. And this time around, the Air Benders may be more involved in a plot that will send Korra to different ends of the earth to prevent a new war from happening. More can be seen from the trailer below:


 
Fans can get caught up in the Legend of Korra by ordering The Legend of Korra – Book One: Air and pre-ordering Book Two: Spirits (due July 1st) on Amazon.

 

Toy Reviews: TMNT Talking Bag Buddies

7 Aug

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind Up Geek)

A great little toy for your child’s back to school bag (or for your bag if you so wish), it’s the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Talking Bag Buddies from Underground Toys. Toy Review TV takes a look at Donatello and Leonardo.

What’s Next for the Penguins of Madagascar?

9 Jul

By Ed Sum

The Penguins

Skipper has a secret, and it involves some kind of covert operation that has him in trouble with Danish authorities. Throughout the series, references to this mysterious past of the leader of the Penguins has been made. He was declared Public Enemy Number One in Denmark. This tease is not the only reason to keep viewers coming back for more, but instead, its their crazy slapstick antics that keeps this series fresh. This style of storytelling has managed to keep this Nickelodeon series going for three seasons, and as for whether or not a fourth will happen, that may be stalled whilst a theatrical movie is being developed by Dreamworks Animation.

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