Fan made adaptations are always enjoyable to look at. There's no doubt there are some extremely talented artists out there who use their skills to place their favorite characters into different settings, or even reimagine them in a new and interesting way.
VXIII Productions is a shining example of a fan creation that excels in both skill and creativity. They have produced a gritty and impeccably designed interpretation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
You can watch their video, Ninja Turtles - Veterans of the Night, below. Try and not be impressed, regardless of how you view the (not so much) teenage reptiles:
Let me stress this – YouTube user TheMigmeisterPro, who uploaded the video, produced this as part of his thesis. The level of skill required to do this is phenomenal! The aim was also to create a version that was truer to the original comics.
The latest portrayal makes the crew look suitably jaded and battle scarred, although they do, still, kick ass!
It'd be interesting to see the film series taken in this direction. How would Leo, Mikey, Ralph and Donny fare after years of fighting? Could they still serve a purpose after taking on Shredder and his evil Foot Clan?
Freeze! You're Under a Shell!
In the video, we see teaser shots of the turtles bracing themselves for combat. We are then taken to a warehouse, where a criminal gang plot what seems like a planned robbery, before being interrupted by the crew. Cowabuuuungaaaa!
Due to the cost of creating CGI fights with the animated turtle creations, and the fact VXIII Productions has a miniature budget compared to Hollywood blockbusters, we see the battle in a series of freeze-frames.
However, this really doesn't detract from the action in the slightest. It's enough to get a good feel for how they would like to see the TMNT portrayed. And it's also in a form that many fans would like to see; rather than the less gritty PG-13 version.
The original story is based on the comic series by Mirage Studios, which then spun a film franchise in the early '90s. In all, 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was followed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993).
The 2014 reboot movie, directed by Michael Bay, was poorly received critically. However, from a $125 million budget, it made an impressive $493 million at the box office. A sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half Shell, is due for release in June next year.
Source: VXIII Productions