Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Attack of the Mousers |
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
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Ridley Spazer | chambersburg, pa USA | 07/24/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I always dreamed of the day a cartoon adaptation based upon the original books would come, and now that it has I must say I am not dissapointed. I want to clear up one major misconception that most seem to hold about this series: this is NOT a revamp. This cartoon has nothing to do with the 80s/90s series (outside of a few jokey references and multi-colored bandanas), it goes back to the original source comics for its stories and inspiration (some influence from the 1st live action film is evident also). That said, it seems, from reading the reviews of those who dislike this show are viewing it in a perspective colored by nostalgia for the old cartoon. While all are entitled to their own opinion, you are missing the point if you believe this to be a "revamp" or "remake" of the old show. It is like being disappointed that the 1992 Batman cartoon was not faithful to the 1968 Filmation produced series. They both share the same original source, but the similarity ends there. They can be forgiven however, b/c most would not except the original show to have ignored the comics as much as it did, hence since this one follows it much more faithfully it looks alien to those only fimilar with the 80s/90s show. However, even if you never read the books, I think, if you can view this with an open mind (and stop comparing it to the old show and griping over no Bebop, Krang, etc.) you may like it.
Anyhow this DVD contains the 1st 3 episodes (based upon TMNT #2 and has a scene paying homage to the Purple Dragon brawl from the opening of TMNT #1) of the 4kids produced show that takes an opposite approach to the characters of the TMNT comic universe: In the books there existed groupings of characters (a villan, an ally or allies) that were connected in one way or another and appeared in the same stories together with the TMNT with few exceptions. Two villians never even appeared in the same issue if my memory serves correctly, nor did a certain ally help fight a different TMNT villian than they were normally associated with, the groupings were always the same. In this new cartoon we are slowly introduced to a very tight-nit universe where eventually we find nearly everyone connected in some mysterious or shady way and team-ups abound. As such this manages to be both new and unique while being faithful to both the spirit and stories of the 1980s Mirage comics. I loved seeing some of my favorite comics being retold in a new light with twists and surprises and yet still following the stories' outline. The personalities are taken from the books but borrow from the more refined and animated (no pun intended) characterazations of the 1st film. Unlike the Fred Wolf series, these turtles are real ninjas and strike out of, and fade into the shadows. Not fighting in broad daylight like they did constantly in the former. At the core of this series is the values and virtues of the family unit: brotherhood and father-son relationships, just like the original books. A fan like myself couldn't have been more pleased.
The TMNTs and co. are big, lean and muscluar and actually look they could possibly perform the feats we see on screen, unlike the previous series' inflatable-looking puff-balls. The artwork is very cool, slighty reminiscent of Jim Lawson's work IMO (one of the most enduring of the turtles' artists), but is mostly unique within itself while still borrowing from anime (like the 1st series, or atleast it's 1st season) as has been typical for US cartoons for nearly 20 years. The coloring is the art's best attribute. Beautiful blend of light and dark, with just enough of that omni-present cartoon lighting in the shadows when they want the viewer to see what the characters can't. The bright and vibrant contrasting with the dark brings a new dimension to the turtles not seen before, since the comics were almost always in black and white and the old cartoon was not as creative artistically.
OK, enough praise. The reason why I can't give this 5 stars is the same reason so many others can't: 3 measley episodes! That's right, even with dual-layer DVD technology available (apparantly not utilized here) that is all we get. Even without dual-layer we still could have gotten 5 or 6 episodes. The price suggests we should IMO. Anyhow on the bright side we do get a few cool extras: a short interview with co-creator Peter Laird (fans will dig this, others should find it interesting as well), a behind the scenes look at the making of this series (mildly interesting) and a look at how one of the fight sequences went from storyboard to finished product (cool for anyone interested in the animation process). The other extras either pretty much amount to commercials for related products or actually are commericals. Lastly, the transfer is quite good. Sound is loud and clear and the picture is sharp and clear. Really looks and sounds "DVD."
Bottom line: At this price, for a stingy 3 episodes, as good as they are, this is not worth it. My advice would be to either find this used at a fair price or just catch them in reruns on Foxbox and Cartoon Network.
Cartoons - 10/10
DVD - 5/10"
Turtles are Back
kenneth jones | Detroit, MI USA | 09/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These episodes are really good. There is no corny stuff like the old toon. Its pretty straight forward. Its more dark and violent than the old toon but it has a funny side to it too which is good. Also in this toon, i like the personality of the turtles. Leonardo is still the good boy that is always sucking up to master splinter. but his fighting skills are succulent and hellacious.Michelangelo is the funny one in the group but he gets a little annoying at times.Donatello is like the 'geek' of the four turtles. He is smart and can fight really good. His fighting skills are also hellacious.Raphael is my favorite because he is on the egde! hes a big improvement from the old cartoon. He really has an attitude and he is seriously angry. He is a guy you don't want to talk to when hes in a bad mood. Hes also has this violent vibe that comes off of him and he get pretty angry. His fighting skills can not be forgotten and his character is just downright Emaculant! The turtles are back and I suggest everyone get this Dvd and all of the others as soon as possible. Its fabalous and you won't be disapointed!"