Another Movie for 2007

I'm a child, I know I'm a child, but I don't care. I like kids films, I like tacky action movies - I am a simple man.

If you're one of my generation (that is, around 30), then you probably grew up with the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. But wait - Americans are jumping here saying "Hero?! It's NINJA! Ninja Turtles!!" Yes yes, but this is England. We weren't allowed to call them Ninjas! From Wikipedia:

Censorship and Hero Turtles

Upon TMNT's first arrival in the United Kingdom, the name was changed to "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" (or TMHT, for short), since local censorship policies deemed the word ninja to have excessively violent connotations for a children's program. Consequently, everything related to the Turtles had to be renamed before being released in the UK. The lyrics were also changed, such as changing "Splinter taught them to be ninja teens" to "Splinter taught them to be fighting teens."

The policies also had other effects, such as removing Michelangelo's nunchaku (which were at the time banned from appearing in even 18-rated movies) and generally toning down the usage of all the turtles' weapons. After many seasons of never using his nunchaku, they eventually disappeared entirely, replaced by a turtle shell shaped grappling hook called the "Turtle Line".

By the time of the 2003 TV series, these censorship policies had been abolished, and no changes have occurred in the content of the show. The name "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" remained unchanged for the 2003 show. As a result, in the UK, the 1987 show is still called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and the 2003 show is called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
So anyway... Remember the movies... There were three: One, Two, Three. And they were comprised of martial artists wearing foam suits. Good times - even though I hated them.

Fast Foward. March 2007. This is how they should have done it originally. Not that digital movies were that common around during that era. Yes, a new TMNT movie, and I actually wanna see it!

Guess I need a CAT Scan!

So - are movies now scraping the bottom of the dodgy barrel, as it were? A new Turtles movie? Is it marketing gone mad, because you KNOW that this will make the Turtle toy craze kick off again next Xmas. Are they making the film for artistic purposes, or is it the Mighty Dollar ruling their minds?

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3 Responses to “Another Movie for 2007”

Minge said...

You need a CAT scan.

The Brian said...

Wha? But the fact they were ninjas is what made them cool.


I weep for the British children.

Dan said...

I know Minge, I know... I will publically apologise if I pay money to see it...

Brian, I know - they did all the HEEE-YA! stuff, but nothing was very pointy. And they had masks. But Ninja was a bad word apparently...