As you may have heard, the world is ending this year due to misinterpretations of how the Ancient Mayan calendar worked. Some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans look at the new animated series coming out this year and see it as a sign of the end. Or at least a sign of the Turtles being RUINED FOREVER!
Reasons for being RUINED FOREVER include:
- CGI animation: As you may know, CGI has never produced anything good. This is why Pixar and Dreamworks never make money with their movies.
- Different weapons: Donatello is shown using a naginata instead of a bo. Michelangelo will wield kusarigama. As you know, true ninjas never learn to use more than one weapon, and the Turtles have never been shown using different weapons in their history.
- Nickelodeon is producing the new series: Nickelodeon has never produced anything good. That is why Avatar: The Last Airbender is widely considered to be unwatchable.
In all seriousness, so far fans have only a little to go by: a 19 second promo, the names of some of the voice actors, and some vague announcements about the series. (Michelangelo is goofy and fun-loving! Donatello is a techno geek! Raphael is hot-headed!) At this point, we don’t know if the series will be good or crap. It could go either way. It’s way too early to condemn the whole series when we don’t even have a single episode to critique yet.
Here are a few things to think about.
The Animation: The 3D animation is not going to be up to the standards of Pixar or Dreamworks. Most 3D animation isn’t. But then again, Beast Wars‘ animation was far inferior to either studios, and it managed to be a fairly intelligent show that appealed to both adults and children. Also, the first animated TMNT series did not have great animation, and it still managed to be a fun and entertaining show.
The New Weapons: Donatello’s bo comes with a retractable blade. So it’s more a weapon upgrade than a replacement. Two weapons in one. Michelangelo’s new weapons (kusarigama) are in addition to his nunchaku. It isn’t replacing them. Mikey’s just diversifying.
Nickelodeon: Like I mentioned above, Nickelodeon has produced good shows, so condemning the show simply because they made it is unfair. Heck, do you remember the hatred that resulted from the announcement that 4Kids of all people was producing a TMNT show? And that show managed to get a lot of fans in spite of this. I’m embarrassed to say that I was with the “4Kids is Satan” camp at the time. I’ve since matured into having an intense dislike of some of 4Kids products and their dubbing decisions rather than hating everything they’ve ever done.
Personally, I’m going to try to remain optimistic until the series comes out, and I’ve seen a few episodes. Then I’ll say the Turtles have been ruined forever.