Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: heroes in half shell, fully reloaded

March 07, 2012 | 5:45 p.m.
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A still shot from the stop-motion re-creation of the 1987 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon introduction. (Kyle Roberts)

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A still shot from the stop-motion re-creation of the 1987 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon introduction. (Kyle Roberts)

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A still shot from the stop-motion re-creation of the 1987 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon introduction. (Kyle Roberts)

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A still shot from the stop-motion re-creation of the 1987 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon introduction. (Kyle Roberts)

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A still shot from the stop-motion re-creation of the 1987 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon introduction. (Kyle Roberts)

This post has been corrected, as detailed below.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming back out of their shells.

Though far from their heyday in the 1980s and early ’90s, when the Turtles were one of the most well-recognized and most marketed brands in the toy and animation worlds, Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael are poised for a renaissance of sorts.

Their upcoming animated TV series on Nickelodeon is full of recognizable voice talent, with Jason Biggs as Leonardo, Rob Paulsen as Donatello, Greg Cipes as Michelangelo and Sean Astin — yes, Samwise of “The Lord of the Rings” — taking the role of Raphael. The CG show has no set release date, but it is due to hit screens in the fall. There will also be a pre-screening held at Comic-Con in July.

Along with the show, an interactive ride, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shell Shock, is opening at Minnesota’s Nickelodeon Universe on March 17; a new toy line just debuted at this year’s Toy Fair in New York; a movie by Michael Bay and “Wrath of the Titans” director Jonathan Liebesman appears to be in the works; and Kyle Roberts, along with the crew at Reckless Abandonment Pictures, has made a new stop-motion video that re-creates the TMNT cartoon intro using action figures.

“Mainly we were all just huge TMNT fans growing up. My first concert (I was 5) and it was a TMNT Rock tour show called ‘Coming Out of Their Shells,’ I believe! Ridiculous, I know… but pretty awesome at the time,” said Roberts, director of the video.

Enlisted to create the piece by the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Okla., the producers also roped in the suburban Oklahoma “garage surf punk” group Boom Bang to remake the theme song for the video. And though it took a swig of coffee and a packet of an unknown substance (Pop Rocks, perhaps?) to dream up the project, according to the main character in the video, there was a lot more that went into the actual production.

“In general a very difficult part of this project is the fact that we really wanted to copy the TMNT intro frame by frame. It’s much easier to see how your subject articulated and then create your own story from there, than to emulate frame by frame 4,000 photos!” said Roberts. Watch the video above to see just how difficult, and after it plays, you can see a “making of” presentation and even download the song.

[For the Record, 10:05 a.m. March 8: An earlier version of this post misspelled the name of Pauls Valley, Okla. as Palls Valley, Okla.]

– Jevon Phillips

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5 Responses to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: heroes in half shell, fully reloaded

  1. Adam says:

    For future reference it is Pauls Valley, not "Palls"…

  2. PRod says:

    Wow, that sucked.

  3. rick says:

    that video was horrible the only thing that was good were the action figures everything else sucked

  4. Lisa says:

    The video didn’t suck, the stop motion was good….and it looked like splenda or w/e, not pop rocks. The only thing is I want the original music! The stop motion of the dancing was awesome too….

  5. unknown says:

    If it sucked so bad why dont you make a better one and stop complaining! Awesome job!

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