Fans have been largely divided over the look and feel of Michael Bay’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake, and even the series’ original co-creator has a few reservations.
Peter Laird, who co-created the Turtles back in the early 1980s with Kevin Eastman, recently opened up about that first trailer in an interview with Comic Book Movie — and it sounds like he has some mixed feelings on the new look.
Fans have been barking about the redesigned look of the Turtles, and Laird admitted he’s not a huge fan, either (heck, one fan actually used Photoshop to fix it himself). But he did admit the production values look top-notch for the big-budget sci-fi flick:
“I was impressed with what I saw of the production values -- if nothing else, it looks like the new TMNT movie will have a lot of stuff going on and looking good (that toppling tower, for example) -- but the changes to the basic design of the Turtles seemed to me to fall into the ‘fixing what is not broken’ category. It's altogether possible that, in the context of this new movie, these designs will work well and not seem so odd, but I still point to what Jim Henson's Creature Shop team did with their rendering of the Turtles in rubber and paint as the best translation (in live action, anyway) of the Turtles as Kevin Eastman and I created them.”
Honestly, we’d have to agree. There’s no shame in trying to add some new flash to a classic story, but the odd redesign of the classic Turtle faces is just disconcerting. Laird said the new faces come across as “too human” but added that it could all still work within the context of the film.
The full interview is well worth a read and includes some nice little nods to Laird’s history with the franchise and how he’d like to see it remembered.
What do you think? Do the Turtles need noses and human-esque lips?
(Via Comic Book Movie)