Friday, May 2, 2014

It's Just a Mask by Richie Williams

Hey all! It’s Richie your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle blogger. I have got to say that it is amazing how seemingly innocent things become viral and start a snowball effect on the Internet. In March the trailer for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was released. At the end of the trailer Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) bumps into April (Megan Fox) and says “don’t freak out, it’s just a mask” and then takes off his orange bandana, holds it up and then April proceeds to faint in classic TMNT fashion. This particular scene is humorous and entertaining and gives a good look on how the turtles will appear and interact with April. What happened next throughout the Youtube community is equally funny.

Several animators have recreated the “It’s just a mask” scene using flash animation and other techniques to add some parody to the joke. In some videos Sloth from the Goonies appears, in another you can find Shrek. Mabel from Gravity falls appears in one with Dipper behind the mask. If you search Youtube for “It’s just a mask” you will find a lot more parodies from the TMNT trailer, some are better than others, but they are all great in their own regard. I have to give major credit to all of the animators who went out of their way to create some great material. Below you can check out some of my favorites. Comment and let us know which one you liked and be sure to share any that we did not include!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is due in theaters August 8th, 2014. It is directed by Jonathan Liebesman and stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett.

Finally, I leave you with some recently leaked Playmates concept designs for none other than Bebop and Rocksteady who are slated to appear in the Nickelodeon TMNT series sometime in season 3! Hopefully we will also get some cool toys based on these designs. Let us know what you think!


-Richie (@83rw)

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