I seem to be in the minority when it comes to how much I like the look of the new computer animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon (TK’s reaction to the last trailer was, and I quote, “Nope. Nope nope nope nope nope.”), and frankly, I don’t really understand it. Sure, there’s the usual level of fanboy reverence surrounding TMNT in the same way as any nostalgic, nerdy property, but c’mon, people. This isn’t Batman or some other property with serious overtones. If you think that this new CGI cartoon is too silly, then I suggest you follow these three steps:
1. Re-read the name of the franchise. TEENAGE. MUTANT. NINJA. TURTLES. What makes this property any less silly than, say, this parody of it from Tiny Toon Adventures?
2. Go back and re-watch the old Ninja Turtles cartoon from the 80s. It’s really stupid. And I say that as a fan.
3. Watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Forever. Seriously, it’s the best Turtles property since the first live action movie. Fans will adore it, and it actually comes up with some pretty good reasons why any version of the Ninja Turtles is worthy of appreciation.
And if even that isn’t enough to convert you to my way of thinking, here’s my optional fourth suggestion: just look at that adorable gap in Donatello’s teeth! Tell me that isn’t the cutest thing ever.