The road to the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is weird. The comic that originally “hatched” the turtles (holding for applause) began as a black-and-white series of limited distribution and appeal,
The road to the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is weird. The comic that originally “hatched” the turtles (holding for applause) began as a black-and-white series of limited distribution and appeal, violent and adult at a time when very few mainstream comics were, intended to parody some of the popular properties of the time: Daredevil, the Punisher, X-Men, the gritty and ninja-redolent work of Frank Miller. A lot of kids’ brands of the 1980s and ‘90s were turned into hits to sell toys, and TMNT is no different: a licenser was looking for a toy brand, they created the show to sell the toys, the cartoon show and the toys both became wildly popular, everybody forgot the comic, by then the Turtles had entirely lost their satirical or dark trappings, and here we are.
REWIND’s love for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is entirely nostalgic. Don’t come to this movie expecting a cinematic masterpiece — this isn’t even the one with Vanilla Ice in it. But Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the highest-grossing independent movie of all time (and keep an eye out for a Sam Rockwell bit part), so let’s not get too high on our horses here. And as a fun, goofy kids vehicle that feeds into the martial arts craze of the era, TMNT captures that zeitgeist as perfectly as an work ever did. Ideally suited to confuse parents, it soon spawned dozens of parodies itself, and it broke ground in the field of crazy rubber suits. Experience Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with REWIND: you will believe a turtle can be a California surfer bro.
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