Wise man say: “forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.”
It has been 30 years since the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film (and really, let’s be honest, the best one) and Comic Con@Home decided to bring us, what I’m sure they thought was a cool idea, the producer Kim Dawson and writer Bobby Herbeck – and that’s it. When I saw that this panel was going to be held, I leapt at the chance to cover it.
This should have been a much cooler panel than it turned out to be. There were some cool little tidbits thrown out — such as how the director of the movie Steve Barron directed Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” music video, and because Herbeck was working at Golden Harvest, they had a slew of martial artists at their disposal. But, for the most part, the panel falls flatter than Shredder’s nose dive into the trash compactor. There were so many people that could have been involved: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais, David Forman, Corey Feldman, Robbie Rist, James Saito, anyone else involved in the movie.
The movie would absolutely not exist without Dawson and Herbeck; all respect to these two men, as they fought to get the movie made, but if Comic-Con couldn’t anyone else, they should have kept this a lot shorter. An hour of these two talking ended up feeling a little longer than it should have. A tight 30-minutes of these two would still have been pushing it, but it would have been a little better and more concise.
And that is why this is such a shame. This is Comic-Con, and it’s the Ninja Turtles. Two giant entities like this and the 30th anniversary is *cue the whomp whomp sound* a giant let down. I saw this film a few months ago here in Houston on the big screen for the anniversary, and the film still holds up.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie holds such a special place in a lot of our hearts, mine included, that something like this deserved so much more. This panel is for hard, hard, hardcore fans only, and even then it’s been tough for me to sit through it. 2.5/5 Turtle Bibles.