Friday, July 21, 2023

Over 20 Minutes of Fresh 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem' Footage Debuts at SDCC

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies revealed over 20 minutes of new footage from upcoming animated movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 20!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

The footage kicked off with a clip which debuted last week in which the Turtles suit up before preparing to stealthily go grocery shopping (available to watch here!)

From there, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael enter a bodega and try to dodge security cameras while shoplifting supplies and food. Job done, the Turtles hitch a ride back to Manhattan on a truck roof. A news report displayed on an enormous screen reveals crime is rising under a mastermind known as Superfly.

The Turtles watch an outdoor screening of 1980s coming of age classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which is live-action while the audience is animated. “Maybe one day everyone will love us like they love Ferris Bueller,” one Turtle laments. The quartet wistfully stare at the movie screen and audience before they escape into the sewers.

The Turtles try to sneak home but a wide-awake Splinter catches them. Of course, Leo owns up to their late night shenanigans. You can see a short clip of this scene in the video below:

Splinter, being Splinter, admonishes the Turtles for risking interaction with humans. Splinter recounts his origin to teach them a valuable lesson about humans. He says humans are the worst - his best friend was a cockroach who was stepped on. We then see Splinter eat his cockroach friend. What’s a rat going to do?

Splinter discovers four adorable baby turtles in the sewer in the green ooze fans know all too well. They transform. Splinter’s transformation is like body horror. Splinter raises the toddler turtles via an adorable montage. We see bath time, all the Turtles sleeping in Splinter’s bed, and their curiosity about the outside world even as kids. Enamoured, Splinter grants the Turtles a trip to the human world.

In Times Square, Splinter is carrying the kids when a woman bumps into him. Soon the whole crowd freaks out and chase Splinter and the Turtles off. They’re almost run over by vehicles as they make their escape. After the incident, Splinter swears to protect the Turtles, training them during a typical martial arts movie montage.

We shift back to the present, when Splinter grounds the Turtles for a month. They’re unhappy, as you’d expect. Donnie asks Leo if it was worth it, which saddens him. We see the Turtles lying in their bads wondering what they’d do if they were normal. They could go to the prom, they suggest, before discounting the possibility.

Now we’re out in NYC at dusk. A human “road crew” working for Superfly pulls a heist on an armored truck and steals what was inside. Police chase after the road crew’s truck. Suddenly, a winged creature seizes the truck and flies off with it to a hidden location. Turns out the creature is Superfly, who we presume eats the crew. We see what was stolen: a mysterious radioactive device.

We cut to Maya Rudolph’s character who, at a headquarters, dishes out tracking units to vehicles to try to catch up to Superfly. The Turtles, meanwhile, are on a rooftop. Donnie is holding a watermelon over his head so the brothers can enjoy a spot of target practice. The Turtles hear a crash below, caused by an errant ninja star. The crash involved a scooter belonging to… April! Someone steals the scooter - Leo insists he retrieve it for this beautiful and charming human woman. The turtles leap into action and chase the thief back to a chop shop.

The Turtles, who have never been in a real fight before, draw their weapons. Mikey gets a ninja star in his leg before the human thieves initiate a brawl. The Turtles use whatever they can to fight. “Go, Ninja, Go!” plays at one point. The fight trashes the chop shop.

Eventually, the Turtles emerge victorious and find April’s scooter. When April walks in the Turtles hide in the shadows. April says they’re “sus” for doing so. Slowly, the Turtles enter the light. April thinks they’re human crime fighters in turtle costumes. “Can we explain this over pizza?” one Turtle says. “How do you feel about pepperoni?” April replies. “I didn’t think it would get this far,” Donnie says.

That’s the end of the footage! The panel also saw TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman deliver a special announcement: Nickelodeon and Paramount have secured the rights to run the original series.

The panel ends with another clip from Mutant Mayhem. We see April and the Turtles in a stakeout of a meeting of the mutants. “I’m going to win a daytime Emmy,” April says to herself as she records the meeting on her phone.

Superfly confronts the Turtles. “I can’t believe there are other mutants like us,” Mikey says. Superfly says the same ooze that made the Turtles made Superfly and his crew, and reveals his “dad”, Baxter Stockman, is the one who dumped the ooze in the sewer. Mondo Gecko hugs the Turtles. “I’m a hugger,” he says. They go on about liking each other’s vibe.

Another clip sees the Turtles are very much not down with Superfly’s plan to kill all the humans.

That’s it for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con. The movie comes out in cinemas August 2, 2023.

Original source: IGN.

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Paramount Sole Hollywood Studio Stoking Hall H With ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’, Shows Off 20 Minutes Of New Pic – Comic-Con – Watch

The sole motion picture studio to brave an actor-less Comic-Con this year was Paramount, which opted to show off fresh footage from its upcoming Point Grey-produced Nickelodeon animated feature Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem before fanboys and fangirls in a very packed Hall H. The Melrose lot is one of the dominant streamers as well, splashing outdoor wraparound building ads in the Gaslamp Quarter.

The session kicked off with a hysterical animated piece of the turtles spying on Barbie, Ken and friends.

“What do these people do all day? How can they afford this?” one of the turtles asks. This was followed up by poignant sizzle reel featuring TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman talking about how he sparked to the zany conceit that sparked a global franchise. He’s been approached by fans over the years “who said they had a tough childhood and the turtles helped get them through, or they wore the same Halloween costume for three years in a row.”

The film opens August 2 in theaters.

“I’m 61 years old and still drawing turtles every day,” said Eastman in the footage. Co-writer and producer Seth Rogen mentioned he was 5 years old when he first discovered TMNT and that it’s the reason he “started taking karate” and why his dad “bought him nunchucks.”

At the aorta of the session was a 20-minute clip of the movie; you can watch some of it above.

The turtles initially set out on a quest to “stealthily” shop for groceries for Master Splinter (Jackie Chan). On their way back home, they see breaking news of a heist being conducted by the villain Superfly (Ice Cube) and decide to stop off in Brooklyn to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. After returning home to an irate father, Splinter tells the story of how he met the turtles in a puddle of glowing ooze.

Master Splinter advises them to avoid contact with the human world. Why? There’s a flashback when the big rat Splinter with his baby turtles in tow are attacked by a Times Square crowd for being different. He then decides to teach the boys self-defense through kung fu movies.

Later on, the turtles are fooling around on a rooftop with ninja stars and accidentally hit April O’Neil’s helmet. As she is distracted by the yelling at the turtles, her scooter is stolen. The turtles rush to get the scooter back and defeat a group of thugs. April catches up to find her scooter safe, and the entire gang defeated. She sees the turtles hiding in a huddle and agrees to hear them out over pizza.

Filmmaker Jeff Rowe also showing up today along with Eastman, who said the original 1987 animated series just had its rights snapped up by Nick and Paramount.


‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Kicks Off Comic-Con With 20 Minutes of Footage

'Mutants of Mayhem' director Jeff Rowe anchored the panel, which featured no stars due to the actor's strike.

It may have not have had the star power fans nor the studio hope for, but Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem kicked off the movie panels at San Diego Comic-Con in fine style.

Due to the writers and actors strikes, the studio didn’t have Seth Rogen, who is both one of the movie’s producers and actors, nor any other voice stars. But it did bring out director Jeff Rowe and plenty of footage from the movie.

Twenty minutes of footage, to be precise. Rowe showed off a chunk from the beginning of the movie and, judging by the reaction, it went over gangbusters. The hall, while not packed in the usual way due, still had thousands in their seats, and the audience was howling for the film, which opens Aug. 2 in theaters.

Unspooling was an introduction to the four turtle heroes, making a night run for groceries around town, deciding to catch a movie in the park (Ferris Buller’s Day Off, a Paramount movie, naturally), and thinking how great life would be if only they could be liked by humans and have normal lives. What follows is getting grounded by their father, Splinter, a recap of their origin, an intro to the bad guy, and then their meeting with human girl April O’Neil, which leaves a bunch of crooks messed up.

And while Rogen wasn’t in attendance, he did make his presence felt via two videos, one which detailed a quick history of the Turtles phenomenon, and another which, paired with Ice Cube (and said to have been made a month ago, before the SAG-AFTRA strike) talked about the movie in general.

Rowe, meanwhile, talked up how much the Turtles meant to him as a child. “It’s what taught me to be a fan,” he said. 

And he said Rogen who pushed for the angle of focusing on the “teenage” aspect of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, something he thought was underserved.

The style and art of the animation is scatchy and a break from the shiny and polished style of many other animated movies, with the filmmakers making the choice to emulate an underground comic vibe.

“We looked at how we used to draw in high school, when you’re so passionate but you don’t know how to draw but you don’t know that you don’t know how to draw yet,” said Rowe. “So you’ll lovingly draw a hand, drawing every finger nail, every wrinkle, but the hand is horribly misshapen. There is no formal art training to encumber your pure expression. And we said, let’s do that.” 

The panel wrapped with a surprise appearance by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, who announced that Nickelodeon and Paramount have secured the rights to the original TMNT animated series that aired in the late 1980s. He did not give details as to when and on what platform the series would appear. 

“It’s been almost 40 years and I’m still drawing Turtles thanks to you guys,” he said, nodding to the power of fandom. 


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