Written by Shiggins
So it has come to this. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have, for the first time ever, become 2-dimensional cartoons. What has science wrought?! At any rate, I watched the first episode and I have some thoughts to share. So what the hell, right? Here's a review/impression of the first episode, starring John Cena! (In the episode, not this review.) If you wish to watch it for yourself, check it out on Nickelodeon's official YouTube channel!
|I'd like to take this moment to point out I'd love to see the original gory comic getting a cartoon one day.|
I'll be frank and say right now that my expectations were absolutely dreadful. I had no hope for this series after seeing the preview images, especially since I absolutely adored the 2012 adaptation that mixed 3D animation with Kevin Michael Richardson's handsome voice together in a beautiful package of drama and comedy, but I can confirm it isn't as bad as I was expecting. Does that make it good though?
For starters, the animation is surprisingly great. Characters are bright, colourful and move at fast speeds with plenty of fun expressions to entertain the kids. And unlike a lot of cartoon comedies out there, the story doesn't stick to one or two locations to save money. It moved all over the place, although time will tell if that keeps happening.
|I.... I don't want to know what this is.|
Less fun however are the turtles themselves. In almost every incarnation of the series, the four turtles have their own distinct personalities and tempers. Michelangelo is the funny one with the 90s catchphrases, Leonardo is the serious leader, Raphael is the grouch with sarcasm, and Donatello is the cautious geek. Here however, everyone says "rad" and everyone is clumsy. It's as if we're just dealing with four Michelangelos, with Donatello being the only one who ever displays any sign that he is unique. He is a complete buzzkill half the time, but at least he's different during that half.
|They do not approve of Raphael's McGuffin!|
The other major protagonist is of course, April O'Neil. Due to the popular decision to make her a teenager in 2012, Rise has wisely chosen to do so again... but this one is very annoying. She is loud, obnoxious, smug, and is a member of this group with no rhyme or reason. When you have a character that is meant to be the "grounded" one that the viewers can relate to, and she is louder than the mutant turtles that run around in sewers, something has gone wrong.
|Why is Raph so overly muscled/fat?!|
The story itself, involving the turtles having a laugh until they come across magical foes and trying to save an animal-mutant, is nothing special. It's a cute excuse to show off some new moves, introduce us to a villain, and get the turtles their new magical weapons. There is no weight or drama to it, which is fine since the target audience is obviously for little kids, but there's no peace either. Everything is constantly moving, talking or fighting. Nobody gets to sit down for a second. Kids love nothing but noise, right?!
|Nobody likes a smug teenager, April.|
|Mutant Dogs? Could work actually.|
Born under the stars of the Dark Gods, Shiggins owns the power of the Great Eye and is utterly magnificent in his omniscience. If you dare to discover more about someone as great as him, then go ahead. And to all my friends and family members, YOU are wrong and I should be disappointed! Not the other way round!,. You can find out about him or ask him stuff on ask.fm/shigginsishere or go to his tumblr page http://otakugajeel.tumblr.com/