If you missed the livestream of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Cast & Crew reunion on the 23rd then you’re in luck! It’s all up right now so that you can rewatch it at your convenience. April O’Neil herself Judith Hoag hosted the “TMNT” reunion, and she talked with all of the people that made the highly beloved film from our childhoods. They partnered up with Dominos Pizza so that viewers could order a pizza while they watched! It may be a day late but hey, Turtles and Pizza never get old.
31 years ago a small band of wildly creative people came together from around the globe to create a little indie wonder that blew up in theaters all around the world. However, bringing the turtles to life was no small feat. Each turtle required 4 different collaborators: “The Puppeteer”, “The Man In The Suit”, “The Stuntman” and finally “The Voice Actor”. All four played an integral part in bringing Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael to life. 30 years later the fans still crave the nostalgia of this slightly dark and sweet tale of four ass kicking turtles and their zen-master-rat-father, Splinter. Join the Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cast and crew as they celebrate 30 years.
Director Steve Barron, writer Bobby Herbeck, composer John Du Prez, chief puppeteer and second unit director Brian Henson, and producer Kim Dawson, Hip hop artist Richard Usher of Partners in Kryme, whose debut single “Turtle Power” was featured in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were all there to share stories about working on the film. They also had the in suit actors like Leif Tilden(Donatello), Michelan Sisti(Michelangelo & Pizza Delivery Boy), David Forman(Leonardo), and Josh Pais(In suit and Voice of Raphael). Kevin Clash who puppeteered Splinter and voiced him even showed up to join the fun! As well as Charles Pennington who played Judith Hoag’s boss in the movie. And while Corey Feldman(Voice of Donatello) couldn’t make the live stream he did release his own video in celebration of the Turtles 30th.
They joined up with charities for the livestream including First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund and World Turtle Day to save the turtles. So if you want to donate to a good cause in celebration of the turtles that might be a really nice thing to do.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” the movie came out in 1990 and was the entry way for many fans into the franchise. It is one that we’ve consistently supported and loved and will continue to follow as we enter our later years. Hopefully next year they will be able to meet up in person and we can all visit them IRL. But for now, just sit back and enjoy the virtual cast and crew reunion.
Cowabunga Dudes and Dudettes!