Tuesday, October 23, 2007

-->> ..imperative TMNT tip offs,news and gossip from the past week or so,movie bits,Toon spots and Bigfoot sightings,some more crap ya already knew,and the usual buttload of Tricks n' treats Turtle style .. Round-up time !! Sorry i'm late..

Turtle tabs with **Murph::

- Movie sequel status..

"The upshot of yesterday's (last Thursday ~t )meeting with Imagi is that while Imagi remains interested in doing a sequel, certain bugs in the distribution and marketing system have to be worked out with Warner Brothers before a green light can be given. Mirage has therefore granted Imagi an extension of several more months to arrive at a conclusive decision, and a follow-up meeting has been scheduled for a month from now...."

- TMNT toon 2008 stats..

Mirage, 4Kids and Playmates Toys have agreed upon a new direction for the 2008 post-Fast Forward television series (Season 8), one that takes some of the more realistic (and less humorous) elements of the "Overload" concept (blogged below somewhere) and marries it to the 2K3 and FF continuity. While I'm not allowed to divulge too much just yet, I can quote this from the actual pitch:

"The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in New York, ready to race across the rooftops and take on all challengers!

"Not only are Casey and April back and ready to bust some bad guy butt, but a brand new, super advanced Turtle Lair is under construction (thanks to some hi-tech know-how Donatello garnered from the future), and, of course, there are all sorts of new heavy duty Turtle vehicles gearing up to roar down the streets of NYC and give the Foot a taste of some serious Turtle firepower!

"The stakes have never been higher, their enemies have never been stronger... and if the Turtles are going to be triumphant they’ll need to work together in ways they never have before."

The animation style will also be a bit more streamlined or stylized (depending on your point of view) in order to bring the per episode budget down a bit...

- Our UK licensee Titan has been publshing a monthly TMNT magazine, coloring and serializing Mirage's 5 movie prequel comics in each issue. At left are two pages from the Leo book, wonderfully colored by Kristy Miller. **Click here

- Here's the front and back CD sleeve art to a Japanese disc featuring several versions of a cover of the TMNT 2K3 theme song. .. **Click, Front.. & **Back

- Dan B. & Official TMNT site::

- **Posted the preview for "Raphael Bad Moon Rising" #4. It's finally at the printer now!

- **Added TMNT Season 1 Part 2 of 2 to the current cartoon DVDs page.

- **Added TMNT Season Five to the classic cartoon DVDs page. We do not have a copy of this set, so if some kind-hearted folks can shoot me the list of episodes contained on the discs, I'd be much obliged.

-Work on the Tales of the TMNT Original Volume One Series Treasury Edition is almost completed and the book will hopefully be out at the end of November.

Lots of news today!

* 13 new episodes of the TMNT cartoon are now in production for broadcast in the fall of 2008! After months of back-n-forth, all partners agreed on a new direction and the Turtles toon is back on the hot track! We can't reveal any specifics yet, but everyone's favorite Gang Green will be returning to present-day NYC and battling the baddies with their buddies Casey Jones and April O'Neil! This next phase of the show will feature new art direction that will tie the 2003 toon designs into the animated movie style by Imagi!

* 4Kids Home Video currently plans to release the "Ninja Tribunal" cartoon episodes on DVD in North America sometime in the "first half of 2008"!

* Ubisoft will begin production on the next TMNT video game soon! At the moment, the plan is for an all-new adventure that's not based on any other project, but the same models will be used that were featured in their movie game. More details to follow as things shift into high gear.

* Plans for the Turtles' 25th Anniversary celebration (taking place in 2009) are underway. A logo for the event is in development as are other special projects. At the moment it looks pretty certain that there will be a special edition reprint of the original Eastman and Laird volume one #1 comic book. More info on the other projects as things become clearer.

* This holiday season, Hot Topic will unveil boutiques dedicated to the TMNT retro merchandise and apparel. Hot Topic will have some exclusive items that feature artwork of Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady and will be an ideal place to find the retro merch!

* BioWorld has just signed on as the TMNT licensor for men's and women's head gear, bags, wallets, wristbands, belts and buckles. Look for their debut items this holiday season with new products being released on into the new year!

* Edible Arrangements just signed a deal to produce TMNT-themed fresh fruit bouquets! The next time you want to express your love to someone, send 'em a kick-butt (and highly nutritious) Ninja Turtles fruit basket - and everyone wins!

* Good Stuff signed on as the licensee to produce TMNT soft toys for amusement vending and redemption centers. Look for their Turtle items at amusement parks, game arcades and participating retail chains all across the US!

* Kurt Adler will be producing Christmas ornaments that will be available at Wal-Mart this holiday season!

* Kohl's will be hyping the Season One Part 1 DVD set of the current toon this holiday season with front-of-store displays, an ad campaign and more!

-**Posted the preview for "Tales of the TMNT" #39

-"Raphael: Bad Moon Rising" #4 is currently on schedule to ship in mid-late November. The artwork is finished, but it still needs to be lettered, packaged and sent to the printer.

-"Tales of the TMNT" #40 is at the printer now (hallelujah) and will be out in mid-November!

-We're scrambling to get the Tales of the TMNT Volume One collected book ready to go to the printer in the first week of November, so with any luck it will be out at the end of that month. Unfortunately I discovered in the eleventh hour that we did not have images of the toned artwork, so it's been a mad dash to get the original comics scanned and cleaned up. Peter Laird is pitching in to help with this time-consuming task, so we're doing our best to see that it's out on time.


4Kids TV On Demand celebrates Halloween as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles take on the spookiest mutants and monsters in five of the most chilling TMNT adventures ever. TMNT Mutants & Monsters can be seen exclusively on 4Kids TV On Demand now through November 5. 4Kids TV On Demand is available in 13.5 million homes through Comcast Cable, Cox Communications and Bresnan Communications.

TMNT Mutants & Monsters will feature the following episodes:

All Hallows Thieves - It’s Halloween and all the freaks are out… especially the King of Thieves. He manages to bring to life an old idol, which wreaks havoc upon the town with its legion of gremlins.

I, Monster - On a training exercise in an abandoned brick works in the boroughs, Casey Jones and our four Turtle friends run afoul of a strange “man.” This is the
Rat King … and even though they don’t know it, the Turtles have met him before.

The Darkness Within - When Angel’s brother disappears in the Wall Street area, the Turtles jump to help her. Turns out that, as a result of all the destruction from the Triceraton invasion, an ancient horror has been stirred.

Bishop's Gambit - Bishop is back and making his move. His research demands a mutated specimen closer to human … a rat: Master Splinter. Bishop kidnaps Splinter and moves to finish the creation of his genetically enhanced super soldiers.

The Entity Below - The Entity and his kind are awakened through a rare planetary alignment. Harnessing great power, they proceed to start shifting the tectonic plates in order to bring back their world.

- **The TMNT will be making an appearance at Boston Medical Center's "Halloween Town" - hit their site for more info!

-Dan sent in the following info:

Just a heads up to spread to other fans, the Big Foot figures are shipping. I received the two that I ordered earlier this week:

-Dario Brizuela has posted some art from Tales of the TMNT #38 on his blog.

**You can checkout the making of the cover and some **sample grey-tone pages.

Tales of the TMNT #38 is currently available in comic shops, or directly from Mirage Studios at NinjaTurtles.com.

- .. **some colored pages from the Leonardo movie prequel comic, which was previously published in black and white.

I'm guessing this is for the UK TMNT Comic magazine publication that has been printing segments of the prequel comics in color for each issue.


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