The internet loves ’90s offspring.
A glut of blogs have cashed in with kitschy retrospectives on the toys, snacks and school supplies from the golden age of Saturday morning cartoon programming.
Michael Bay gets it. The director, producer and inspiration for “Team America: World Police” already turned the Transformers from benevolent toons into GGI renditions of undulating Dolby sounds. Now he’s coming for your turtles.
Paramount and Nickelodeon released the first trailer for the latest addition to the TMNT canon, which fell right in the wheelhouse of a couple of twenty-something Redskins.
Tight end Niles Paul wrote on Twitter the trailer gave him chills. We caught up with him at Redskins Park on Friday to get his thoughts.
“I am amped,” Paul said. “It looks mean. It looks aggressive.
“The Vanilla Ice dance… Master Splinter. That’s how I was raised, so I’m very curious to see how Michael Bay flips this and makes it more dark. And they got Megan Fox in it as April, so I think it’s going to be good — I hope it’s going to be good.”
The teaser was more about nostalgia pangs for defensive lineman Chris Neild.
I found myself reading that Tweet and nodding.
So let’s revist the trailers for the 90s versions to see how they stack up to the Bay version, which looks like it will carry a more serious tone. Paul would be down for moving in that direction with one stipulation.
“I hope, though, that they don’t make them mean,” he said. “Because they’re not mean guys.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Hallmarks of the era include skateboarding and and action whooshes set to bass chords.
TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
NEW YORK. Pizza. Synth music. Zany sound effects. Newspaper real estate appraisals. The ooze. Vanilla Ice at the height of his iciness. This one had it all.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
Went full Hollywood with galloping silhouettes, that movie trailer voice guy, “their only hope” and “their darkest hour” and Corey Feldman.
We would love to hear from Robert Griffin III on this subject. The quarterback has mentioned the turtles as both childhood heroes and the only Halloween costume he can remember.
But he’s busy in Arizona.
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