Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Turtles Forever" Theatrical Screenings CANCELED




Less than a week after the event appeared on the Fathom Events Web site, the "Turtles Forever" one-night-only screenings have all been canceled.

The following message was posted on TMNT25.com today:

Unfortunately, 4Kids Entertainment and Mirage Studios were unable to reach an agreement with Fathom Entertainment to present the “Turtles Forever” special event.
We will keep our Turtles fan base informed as we work on a new distribution plan for this exciting project.
As always, we thank you for your support.
-4Kids Entertainment & Mirage Studios


While the event was still listed on the Fathom Events site this morning, it has since been revised and now simply states, "Due to unforseen circumstances this event will not be shown in theatres."

The TMNT25.com message, which refers to being unable to reach an agreement with Fathom Entertainment, is quite curious, as one usually assumes those kinds of details are already in place before the event gets listed on the site.

Further details about why the event was canceled are scarce, although a 4Kids employee made this slightly cryptic comment on the Technodrome fan forum:

On the bright side - without going into details - if there is any possibility of seeing this anywhere else this year this is the way it has to be.

Lets hope 4Kids and Mirage have a kickass backup plan in mind, because missing out on the national exposure even a one-night-only event would give to the project for anything less than awesome would not only be a disappointment for fans, but a huge missed opportunity for the franchise as a whole.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Complete Listing of "Turtles Forever" Screening Theaters



Reira on The Technodrome forums found the complete listing of participating theaters for the "Turtles Forever" screening event.

You can see the entire list of theaters here (and this list is HUGE, so there's probably a location near you!):

Participating TMNT Theaters


"Turtles Forever" Theater Screening Confirmed!



The rumored theater screening of "Turtles Forever," reported yesterday, has now been confirmed.

A 4Kids employee on The Technodrome fan forums gave the report a thumbs up, and forum member tone-master21 found this link:

Date: Thursday October 29, 2009; 7:00 pm
Cost: $10
Type: Film

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the 1980s meet the Turtles of the 21st Century in a dimension-hopping, action-packed, knee-slapping movie extravaganza! When the gigantic, evil, and terrifying Technodrome (a giant mobile battle station from the original 1988 TMNT animated series) suddenly appears in our world, carrying with it the original 1988 series Ninja Turtles, our world’s Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo find themselves with a huge mystery to solve and four crazy Turtles to babysit! Can the Turtles of the past and the Turtles of the present stop annoying each other long enough to stop all of time and space from unraveling?

It’s a ninja tag-team extraordinaire across multiple dimensions, full of twists, turns and more Ninja Turtles than you have ever seen anywhere before. It is a must-see special event for the millions of Turtles fans everywhere and the perfect 25th anniversary celebration for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The feature will be followed by a rare look behind the scenes with Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird, created exclusively for this very special event. Learn how the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came to be – their Secret Origin. Through rare original comic book art, archival pictures and all-new interviews, Pete tells how he and co-creator Kevin Eastman came up with this crazy idea in the first place as well as highlights over the past 25 years of the biggest Turtle moments of all time.

tone-master21 also found this link with participating theaters. The date for these showings is listed as October 22nd, so it seems that not all showings will be on the same day.

Better start checking your local listings!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"Turtles Forever" to Possibly Screen in US Theaters for 1 Night Only



A little birdie has suggested to me that "Turtles Forever" may be screening in US theaters for 1 night only in October, possibly October 29th. This would be an event similar to the 1 night only anime events that occasionally pop up in theaters.

Watch here for more details when/if this gets confirmed.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"Turtles Forever" to Screen at MIPCOM Film Festival in Cannes, France



C21Media.net is reporting that "Turtles Forever," the animated movie from 4Kids Entertainment where the different multi-verses of TMNT history team-up to battle the One True Shredder, will screen at the MIPCOM film festival in Cannes, France. No further details are currently available, although the festival runs October 5-9, 2009.

As "Turtles Forever" currently has no distribution deal in place, it's likely that the producers are hoping to land one as a result of participating in the festival.

If you missed it, you can catch the entire audio of the live screening of "Turtles Forever" at San Diego Comic-Con here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sideshow Collectibles' Donatello Comiquette Now Available For Preorder!!




It's here! Sideshow Collectibles' first TMNT comiquette statue, Donatello, is now available for pre-order. If you are at all interested in owning this piece pre-order NOW! Why should you pre-order RIGHT NOW, even if you're not sure that you want it and/or you're not sure that you have the money for it? Let us count the ways...

  1. The item isn't due to ship until the 2nd quarter of 2010 at the soonest. That gives you at least 6 months to save the money, since you won't be charged for it until it ships.
  2. It is likely to sell completely out. The exclusive edition was sold out within an hour of being available on the site, so the regular edition isn't likely to stick around for too long either.
  3. Um, seriously, what reason do you have to not pre-order?
Going back to bullet #2, let's discuss the exclusive edition vs. the regular edition. The exclusive edition of any Sideshow product is more limited in production size and also includes an exclusive feature (hense the name) not available with the regular edition. In the case of Donatello here, you get the option of either swapping out his mask to be red like in the comics, or purple like in... well, everything else. If you want purple, you'll have to get an exclusive edition.


"But how can I get purple if it's already sold out?" you ask? Get on the wait list! NOW! Orders get canceled and Sideshow has a fantastic system in place to fill those orders for people who indicate that they want a particular sold out item. This list works! In fact, I don't think I've ever not gotten an item I went on a wait list for. But the sooner you do it, the better your chances.

So that's it! Click any of the pretty pictures to be taken to the corresponding order page.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Preview of Sideshow Collectibles' Donatello Comiquette



With Thursday night's weekly newsletter, Sideshow Collectibles revealed the preview for the upcoming Donatello comiquette statue, the first in what is sure to be a series of at least four statues.

As stated on the graphic, Donatello will go up for pre-order when the newsletter is released on September 17. If you're not already a subscriber to Sideshow's newsletter, you can easily do so on their Web site. And if you're not familiar with Sideshow and/or have never ordered from them before, I definitely recommend that you get your pre-order in ASAP once you can. Better safe than sorry, even if you have to cancel the pre-order for whatever reason before the item ships, which will be at least several months from now.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

TMNT on FAIL Blog



This picture has been circulating for over a week, but it hit FAIL Blog today, so I decided I'd post it. You can also Digg it.


Hopefully we can all use this as a lesson for why unnecessary text should be kept off of merchandise (all of the recent T-shirts suffer from this, too).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Jake Black Fundraiser This Saturday in Provo, UT



By now you know that our buddy Jake Black is fighting the fight and winning the battle against the big Cancer monster (you can read the latest updates on Jake's health over on his blog/Web site). Those medical bills are still piling up, and this time it's his hometown comic shop, teamed with other local comic creators, that's stepping up to the plate for Jake's cause.

Dragon's Keep comic shop is holding a 2-for-1 party this Saturday, September 12, that celebrates the store's 22nd anniversary while also raising funds for Jake. There are a slew of activities and guests planning to attend, so if you live anywhere near the shop's Provo, Utah location, you'll definitely want to be there on Saturday. Activities are from 10am-5pm.

Guests of special interest for TMNT fans are Quinn Johnson, who wrote Tales of the TMNT #31, and Travis Walton, who colored some of the comics that appeared in the TMNT Comics magazine over in the UK (see a sample page here).

Jake is also planning on attending, but whether or not he's able to will depend on if he has any adverse reactions to his chemo treatment scheduled for Thursday (tomorrow).

Here's a spiffy flyer with more information (although Spider-Man decided to be a ninja).

"TMNT: Arcade Attack" Announced for Nintendo DS



No, this isn't a breaking news flash, but Ubisoft has recently (and officially) announced the upcoming release of "TMNT: Arcade Attack" on the Nintendo DS, scheduled for later this fall. And Ubisoft has been kind enough to send along the following art and screen shots. Thanks, Ubisoft!

Cutscenes
   

Screen shots
   

Hun 1: Inked/Stroked
   

Hun 2: Inked/Stroked
   

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Tales of the TMNT" #62 Preview



Ryan Brown sent in this fantastic preview image from Tales of the TMNT #62, to be released later this month. I'm all overwhelmed by the adorableness of it all.

Pencils and colors: Fernando Leon Gonzalez, Inks: Ryan Brown

From NinjaTurtles.com:
"Adventures in Bunnysitting" - Michelangelo's Utrom friend, Klag, asks the good-natured ninja to take care of his pet bunny while he's away. Unfortunately for Raphael and Mikey, Klag was unaware that the rabbit was a test subject for mutagenetic studies - and once the little critter gets agitated, things go from bad to worse - much, much worse! Based on a true story... well, kinda...


You can read one side of the true story over here.

And now for a public service announcement, because this seems like a good opportunity to give a spiel on something rather important to me.

Rabbits make for the MOST awesome house pets!

Note the special emphasis on "house." Rabbits have a reputation for being animals that you keep in a hutch in the backyard where they stand all day on a floor of wire, but there really is no good reason for this and if you bring the rabbit into the house to live with the family you will discover a companion pet as fantastic as any dog or cat. Like cats, rabbits can be litter box trained, making the stereotypical wire floor cages completely unnecessary.

Like cats and dogs, it is essential that rabbits be spayed/neutered to not only help control the pet population, but also to increase the animal's overall quality of life. And it is also extremely important to adopt a rabbit from a shelter or rescue organization rather than buy one from a breeder or pet store or a farmers' market or flea market or any other questionable place. For a bargain adoption fee you'll get an already fixed animal and you'll save a life rather than support the unethical selling of animals for profit.

When I was looking for a companion pet last year and my living situation didn't allow for a dog and allergies keep me away from cats, I learned about house rabbits and ended up adopting a rabbit from a local rescue organization. Owen was overlooked for a long time because of his "plain" looks, but now everyone who meets him falls in love because he's one of the sweetest, friendliest bunnies you'll find. He is totally and completely the bestest thing I could have brought into my home.


For more information on house rabbits, you can visit the House Rabbit Society at rabbit.org.

There is also a good introduction to house rabbits video on YouTube: