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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Trailer Promises Retro Turtle Power this Summer

The pizza gobbling, joke slinging, crime fighting heroes in a half shell will be back on the big screen early on in the summer of 2016 in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The trailer for this upcoming film debuted on December 10th, which was a day earlier than anticipated, and offered fans a peak into a decidedly more retro rendition of TMNT lore that shows much promise for the upcoming movie.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows trailer is largely reminiscent of the original cartoon as it sets the scene in New York City, where Donatello (Jeremy Howard), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), and Leonardo (Pete Ploszek – Motion Capture/Johnny Knoxville – Voice) have returned in order to stop the sure demise threatening the world at the hands of their old nemesis Shredder (Brian Tee). Shredder and Dr. Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) have conjured up mutants Bebop and Rocksteady with the intent to end the world. The Turtles, along with human comrades April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) endeavor to stop them and keep the city, and the world safe. The trailer is fast paced, with quintessential Turtle humor, and is all played out with Run DMC’s “Tricky” as the background music.

In addition to the star studded cast previewed in the trailer, there are also going to be some impressive cameos including the current WWE World Heavyweight champion Sheamus, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, as well as three players from the LA Clippers; J.J. Reddick, Austin Rivers, and DeAndre Jordan. Judith Hoag, who played April O’Neil in the 1990 live action series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will also be making an appearance.

This turtle power packed sequel already seems to show more blockbuster promise than the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles major motion picture, which wasn’t as well received as was anticipated.

André Nemec, who was a screenwriter on both the 2014 and 2016 TMNT films, spoke during an interview of the challenges the first movie faced, saying “There were so many unknowns in the first movie, the biggest unknown really being how were the turtles going to play out real, were we going to be able to make the turtles feel in the world we were shooting in,” With regard to building any franchise he added, “You’re sort of getting your bearings and trying to figure out, who are we and what’s our tone, what’s our feel, what’s our storytelling, and what are our visuals and the cinema behind all of it.”

 - Bebop and rocksteady

Producer Andrew Form also echoed this line of thought and stated, “Coming into this movie we learned a lot from the making of movie one.”

Alan Ritchson, who plays Raphael in the upcoming film this summer, also expressed positive hopes for the sequel, and perhaps more movies to come. “We made several different versions of this movie last time, tonally trying to find what this was,” he said. “We all saw it and it was like, ‘Oh! This is a comedy. There’s a whole other movie on the cutting room floor. A couple.”

The sequel stands to not only vanquish those doubts surrounding the making and subsequent success of the first film but foreshadows to do so with old school turtle style and flair that is meant to be fun and make audiences laugh and feel heart warmed about the teenage aspect of the turtles. The cast expressed warmth and excitement about the underlying themes of family, growing up, and laughter.

Pete Ploszek, who plays the motion capture role for Leonardo said, “You’re really going to see four brothers being brothers, and fighting and trying to make up and telling each other how they feel.” Ritchson spoke about the turtle interactions and interplay off one another as well, and said, “I think the comedy and the chemistry of the turtles was what seemed to work the best the first time, and what is the emphasis this time.”
Screenwriter Andre Nemec also focused on these themes when interviewed by slashfilm.com about the upcoming film, and said, “I think the movie leans into a very strong theme of what it means to grow up, and leaning into the notion of the teenager part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For this movie, humor is the thing we gravitate most towards, finding the humor and the irreverence of the movie.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of ShadowsThe impending success of the summer Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of ShadowsTMNT2 movie might also stem from the devout fandom of those responsible for the creation of the movie. Andrew Form, a producer on the movie, revealed in an interview that director “Dave Green loves the turtles so much. He used to dress up as Donatello as a kid.”

Ritchson also admitted in an interview that although he plays Raphael in the movie, his favorite turtle was always Michelangelo. Howard (Donatello) and Plosznek (Leonardo) both also claimed that the characters they play in the movie are their favorite turtles.
Fans were also won over bythe trailer, and upon the debut, Twitter was abuzz with excitement and childhood nostalgia anticipating TMNT2.

One tweeted, “My inner child just exploded w/ excitement! Who’s else is stoked? #Bebop #Rocksteady #TMNT2 #TMNTMovie”

Another said, “@CW_Arrow STEPHEN AMELL IS #CaseyJones!!!! Best decision ever made in the history of movie casting @TMNTMaster @TMNTMovie #childhoodcomplete”.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of Shadows

There was also great support and anticipation for the resurrection of retro characters Bebop and Rocksteady peppering tweets after the trailer was released.

A TMNT fan tweeted, “New #TMNT2 #trailer bings me back to my childhood with #Bebop & #Rocksteady! #Nostalgia #Pumped @amellywood as #CaseyJones is gonna #KickAss”

“Are we seriously getting a real #TMNT2 movie? With actual TMNt characters in it? Bebop and rocksteady and krang and shredder and holyshi*?!?” tweeted another fan.

Yet another said, “Bebop and Rocksteady. The Party Wagon. Shredder in his original costume. Casey Jones. Portal opening to Dimension X. #TMNT2 looks promising.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will be released in theaters on June 3, 2016.

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