19Take home the web-slinging sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 or get ready for Halloween with Toy Story of Terror on disc. Hiroshima Int’l Animation Festival will present a special program on Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto this week. (hiroanim.org)
It always was the least likely of success stories: A self-published black-and-white comic book about pizza-loving, sewer-dwelling ninja warriors who happened to be Turtles becomes a huge franchise in animation, toys and live-action movies that’s going strong 30 years on.
But that is exactly what happened with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which this summer posts another milestone in its long career with a live-action feature film out Aug. 8 from Paramount that features, for the first time, allCG versions of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello.
Directing the film is Jonathan Liebesman, a South African-born filmmaker whose previous credits include such effects-heavy titles as Battle: Los Angeles and Wrath of the Titans. Taking on TMNT involves more than just using visual effects to blow things up — even with Michael Bay on the project as executive producer — as no fewer than six lead characters