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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

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