2009 is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ 25th anniversary, and it’s being celebrated in all the normal ways. Playmates is re-issuing the old ’80s figures, the live-action movies are coming to Blu-ray, and 4Kids is making a direct-to-DVD movie where the 2003 cartoon Ninja Turtles somehow meet the Ninja Turtles from the 1987. So you can see– the hell?
Seriously, 4Kids is making a cartoon Ninja Turtle crossover cartoon movie for reasons I cannot understand. 4Kids is teasing the project with “intercepted” images like of old-school April O’Neil above; and you can see a tiny clip of the movie somewhere in this otherwise boring promo video. I don’t even think the two groups of Turtles are different enough to actually generate any conflict, although if you check out this pic of old-school Rocksteady and Bebop, which is you click on it gives you an MP3 of new Shredder getting kind of irked that another Shredder is running around his turf, which could be interesting.
Still, I don’t get it. Now, if they had paired up the cartoon Turtles with their original comic brethern? That would be something. Something violent, probably, and thus I would have been very interested. anyways, 4Kids is supposedly debuting this thing at SDCC, so if I can attend the panel, I’ll let you guys know what’s up. Thanks to Mark P. for the tip.