Saturday, August 6, 2016

San Diego Comic-Con 2016 TMNT short films, REVIEWED!


Got around to reviewing the trio of TMNT animated short films made for the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con over at AIPT!

While my favorite was the Jhonen Vasquez short, I thought all three were very enjoyable.  Each short was distinct from the others and celebrated different aspects of the franchise, so there was plenty of variety.  Maybe one day Nickelodeon will do some more.


4 comments:

Killer Moth said...

"Heck, I think more companies with legacy franchises should branch out and invite guest animators to produce short films featuring the characters. It’ll never happen since there isn’t much profit in it (none of these shorts promote a single action figure!), but it’d be cool all the same."

So far to my knowledge, the only other Western franchise that's closest to doing this is the Simpsons. Recent seasons have had the occasional couch gag opening being done by various guest animators like Bill Plympton and John Kricfalusi. I don't know if it's the same as these full-running shorts, but the thought counts, no?

I enjoyed them all, though, I like "Turtles Take Time (and Space)" most, between the pretty animation and the continuity porn. And while Pizza Friday had its flaws, I did appreciate its extensive use of the high school setting, especially as the Nick series hasn't used it all that often. It was also a nice callback to Matt Howarth's Turtle Dreams where Leo dreamed about being the BMOC. I don't know if that was intentional on the producers' part, but it was a nice coincidence that enhanced the short for me.

As for the Vasquez short, can't say much beyond what Mark said. I totally love the Shredder and Foot Soldier designs (plus April's, as she borrowed a few visual cues from Tak's human form before vomiting all sparkly), plus I personally thought Vasquez employed Mikey's motor-mouth quite effectively in the usual Vasquez character wild tangent monologue. Nicktoon Mikey should take notes.

Chris Arndt said...

Oddly enough every time I ever jotted a story idea for TMNT or Transformers it was for a toy I never saw make it to fiction...

Not necessarily a new toy.

But usually...

Anonymous said...

Oof, gotta school you on Workaholics real quick. It's a hilarious show rife with 80' and 90's pop culture references. I'd recommend it to you, there are Turtles references sprinkled throughout each season, but you HAVE to watch the episode "Teenage Mutant Ninja Roommates", it'd make for a great TMNTEntity review.

Also, if you remember the villain from IDW'S Casey micro, his name was a Workaholics reference: Blake Anders. So the symbiosis has been going on for a little while. Oh, and Holm is a huge comic book nerd, a big fan of the Eastman and Laird days.

Chet said...

I'd love to see John K. do a take on the Turtles.