This "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" tribute just might be the most totally radical thing you watch all day. You've never seen Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo quite like this before.
Created by Malcolm Sutherland, a self-proclaimed "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" superfan, the animated video was a passion project for the Canadian animator.
"Ever since I read the original black and white comics as a kid I have been a fan," he explained on his Vimeo account. "In 'TMNT' Vol. 1 by Mirage Studios they frequently had guest artists and almost every comic was a totally different style. In particular, when I read #37 and #42 By Rick McCollum & Bill Anderson it totally changed my life ... Those books are so beautiful, and are so intense and full of magic that they left a deep mark on me. Anyway, I always wanted to do a 'TMNT' comic myself, but in the meantime here is a fan animation instead. I know its super nerdy to make fan videos but I don't care, making this was like my 10 year old dreams come true."
In June, Michael Bay's controversial reboot of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was put on indefinite hold due to script issues. The film will miss its scheduled release date in December of 2013, much to the delight of "TMNT" fans who were growing unhappy with Bay's edits.
Not only did Bay decide to give the beloved franchise a name change, but the live action film was also going to change up the sewer-dwelling masked heros' origins. Bay stopped by Nickelodeon Upfront in March and dropped a bombshel on fans: Instead of mutants, the turtles would be aliens.
The news was received with much outrage by fans of the original series, along with Turtle alums, including Robbie Rist, who voiced Michelangelo in the 1990 film. Bay responded on his website, telling fans to "take a breath, and chill," explaining that the film's team is "building a richer world."
Now that Bay's project is put on hold, "TMNT" fans can breath a sigh of relief. So sit back, grab some pizza and watch a "TMNT" tribute that reminds you of why you fell in love with the franchise in the first place. Cowabunga, dude!
Check out some of the angry Twitter reactions to Bay's "Ninja Turtles" movie in the gallery below.
James Q Jefferson
Stephen C. Webster