I recently had the pleasure of viewing Turtle Power the definitive history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. and I strongly suggest it to anyone who is/was a fan of the Turtles at any point in your life. This documentary covers everything one might want/need to know about our beloved Turtles, from how Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird first met to the moment they got picked up by Playmate Toys. There are so many thing that I had never known about with the story/development of this series. For instance, I had no idea that originally the cartoon was meant to only be 5 episodes but the animators on the project fought to keep it going. Or that the original comic book was only meant to be 1 issue only, which is why they killed off there lead villain in the first issue.
We had the pleasure of talking to Randall Lobb (Writer, Director and Producer on the project). He let us know that.
It has always been amazing the draw that the turtles have had on pop culture. Considering most including myself never thought it would really develop.
Lobb continued to tell of his first encounter with the original comic
I first saw the comic at the ground zero location Silver Snail when he was talking to his friends about the Avengers when the topic of independent comics came up and someone put Ninja Turtles in front of me… I have to say I could see the influence of it being a parody of how comic books were being written but I could never have predicted what was to follow with the success of these characters.
We couldn’t help but ask him who his favorite character is and what his favorite moment was in the making of the film:
My favorite character is Splinter because he is a teacher much like myself. In addition to that he always seems to remain calm in the face of adversity and seems to handle it with this extreme calm. The best moment of making this film was in 2009 when we meet up with Kevin Eastman at his home. I will never forget just standing on his porch and just talking about this project. That moment was everything for me.
As I said before there really are no words for how great this film was. I am sure many people will not be seeing the Ninja Turtle movie that just came out but if you are avoiding that film then at least do yourself the service of watching this documentary. It covers so much and it really gives you such an inside look at everything that went into the development of the four baby turtles that walks through some green mutagen in the sewers of New York City.
Turtle Power the definitive history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes out on August 12th so be sure to buy a pizza get your best buds and pick up a copy of this amazing documentary!