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Old 01-08-2021, 02:01 PM   #1
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Old 01-08-2021, 02:11 PM   #2
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I love how so much of the time, when someone wants to "get creative" with the TMNT concept, their go-to is: "What if... (dramatic pause) ...there were FIVE of them?"

Also: "Dark Turtle", covered in armor... how very early-00s indeed.

All we'd need is a scene where one of the Turtles throws a match on the ground to reveal a giant flaming "TMNT" logo written in gasoline, along with Finger Eleven and a bunch of NuMetal bands on the soundtrack, and we've got f*cking Bingo.

We've dodged so many bullets with this franchise, I swear. The stuff that comes out is mostly-crap, but then you see the stuff we DIDN'T get, and it's like... Yikes. Does ANYONE understand this f*cking franchise? Guess not.
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Old 01-08-2021, 02:17 PM   #3
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I've never been sold on a fifth turtle, so I can't disagree there. The movie probably would have been yet another TMNT log to throw on the fire.

That said, I love McCarthy's designs. He also worked on the first film and I think he does a great job. It's like what Platinum Dunes was going for, but done well. Imo, at least. I know some people don't like the clothing and I get that, but I think it works when done tastefully. For one thing, it makes a better disguise than a mask, and for another, it's an effective way to showcase character - just don't go overboard. Like, Donatello doesn't need to always be the nerd wearing goggles. It's more about the turtles making an attempt to belong or fit in, the way I see it.
Also, the description on the first page about mixing elements of Men in Black, The Matrix, and Crouching Tiger sounds much more interesting than what we got in most of the other films. I think, even with the fifth turtle, this had some potential.
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Old 01-08-2021, 02:27 PM   #4
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I love how so much of the time, when someone wants to "get creative" with the TMNT concept, their go-to is: "What if... (dramatic pause) ...there were FIVE of them?"
I know, right? I hate the idea of a fifth turtle.

It's one of the reasons I dislike the likes of Venus, and Jennika.

This guy on Reddit basically sums it up for me perfectly:

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Right? I've never been a fan of it either. The four personalities bring the balance and symmetry as brothers. They are the same, but different. That added element of the "fifth turtle" is totally not needed. Like them pushing Jennika in the current IDW comics. My theory is this is a total Kevin Eastman thing. I think it's one of the reasons that really push him and Laird apart. Laird never liked the idea of Venus back in the day. I'm guessing this concept is the idea of Kirby and Slash mixed.
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Old 01-08-2021, 02:34 PM   #5
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I like the designs a lot.... but the 5th turtle thing. never liked it. IDW handled the 5th turtle the best, but still was never a fan. Still, my teenage self would have loved this.

This is... a far better concept than what eventually ended up on screen. Had this been made instead... in all of its cheesy glory, I would be defending it probably... while still pointing out its flaws. It reminds me of a very late 90's thing. it's almost reminiscent of Image's (Vol. 3) turtles.
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Old 01-08-2021, 03:39 PM   #6
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I've seen a number of those McCarthy pieces before but there are a few that are new to me!

Since it seems that every concept that does make it into a movie is a recycled concept from a movie that never got made, I think the "Dark Turtle" costume probably inspired Raphael's "Nightwatcher" getup from the Imagi 2007 film.

I liked the original concept so much, I worked it into the only TMNT fan comic I ever completed!
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Old 01-08-2021, 04:12 PM   #7
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I've seen a number of those McCarthy pieces before but there are a few that are new to me!

Since it seems that every concept that does make it into a movie is a recycled concept from a movie that never got made, I think the "Dark Turtle" costume probably inspired Raphael's "Nightwatcher" getup from the Imagi 2007 film.

I liked the original concept so much, I worked it into the only TMNT fan comic I ever completed!
Winters, I adore Nothing To Fear... It's short but I really love the way you laid it out. one of the better fan comics I have seen.
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Old 01-08-2021, 04:34 PM   #8
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Winters, I adore Nothing To Fear... It's short but I really love the way you laid it out. one of the better fan comics I have seen.
Thanks so much! I started the project before I knew anything about digital color/editing projects like Gimp, so I'd like to think if I had known some things, my linework and paneling could be a bit cleaner. I actually did the ink work with a standard pen, which doesn't always mesh well with the scanning/digital color process. That said, there is some artistic charm in those drawings that I have a hard time recapturing these days.
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Old 01-08-2021, 05:46 PM   #9
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Another movie idea about a "5th turtle?"

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Old 01-08-2021, 06:07 PM   #10
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Another movie idea about a "5th turtle?"

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Yup. I mean, again, Jennika kinda worked in IDW... I loved her as Splinter's apprentice BUT... when Eastman and Sophie rolled with the idea of turning her into #5, I dunno... part of the reason I dropped out at #100. I miss talking to CKD and others about the comic, but yeah...

The TMNT has so much potential for so many stories in comics and film... if you're just gonna resort to a 5th turtle, I mean... it's kinda lazy. And boring!
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Yup. I mean, again, Jennika kinda worked in IDW... I loved her as Splinter's apprentice BUT... when Eastman and Sophie rolled with the idea of turning her into #5, I dunno... part of the reason I dropped out at #100. I miss talking to CKD and others about the comic, but yeah...

The TMNT has so much potential for so many stories in comics and film... if you're just gonna resort to a 5th turtle, I mean... it's kinda lazy. And boring!
All the McCarthy artwork is inspired by mid-1990s 4th movie concepts when the 5th Mutant Ninja Turtle hadn't yet been done (if you don't count Slash or Tokka). It was one possible direction from Eastman's "Kirby" Turtle concepts.

If you want to see a fan imagining of how Kirby might have been incorporated into 1990s tie-in media, check out the free and fully built MUGEN fighter "TMNTxJustice League"... with major update forthcoming in 2021!
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All the McCarthy artwork is inspired by mid-1990s 4th movie concepts when the 5th Mutant Ninja Turtle hadn't yet been done (if you don't count Slash or Tokka). It was one possible direction from Eastman's "Kirby" Turtle concepts.

If you want to see a fan imagining of how Kirby might have been incorporated into 1990s tie-in media, check out the free and fully built MUGEN fighter "TMNTxJustice League"... with major update forthcoming in 2021!
Now, hang on a minute... when I think about Kirby, the long-lost 5th turtle, Eastman's concept as a tribute to Jack, I get all fuzzy inside. I mean, yeah... I don't like the 5th turtle idea... at al... but then somebody invokes Kirby and I get kinda weird. Apart from a non-Renaissance sounding name, I love Kirby... this is what I always think of:

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Old 01-08-2021, 09:21 PM   #13
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Looks like Slash.

Maybe he’s the 5th turtle all this time.
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:41 PM   #14
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This is old news, really. Part of the development process for the early 2000's "Hallmark" movie, if I'm not mistaken. The turtles would be coming of age, struggling to find their identity, Splinter's mind would be ailing a bit & he'd get lost (eventually found at an amusement park), an evil turtle from space, Kirby, would be the villain but ultimately become their "brother". Didn't get too far into the process beyond all this concept art, as far as I know. It was on his website for years.
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Not exactly old news. Some of these pieces have never been seen before. Most of them, yeah.
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Old 01-19-2021, 04:18 PM   #16
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I love how so much of the time, when someone wants to "get creative" with the TMNT concept, their go-to is: "What if... (dramatic pause) ...there were FIVE of them?"

Also: "Dark Turtle", covered in armor... how very early-00s indeed.

All we'd need is a scene where one of the Turtles throws a match on the ground to reveal a giant flaming "TMNT" logo written in gasoline, along with Finger Eleven and a bunch of NuMetal bands on the soundtrack, and we've got f*cking Bingo.

We've dodged so many bullets with this franchise, I swear. The stuff that comes out is mostly-crap, but then you see the stuff we DIDN'T get, and it's like... Yikes. Does ANYONE understand this f*cking franchise? Guess not.
I get a little annoyed when they try to shoe horn in a 5th for some reason. The original 4 seem so perfect.
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Yeah. Pretty much, if you've honestly run out of ideas with the TMNT so much that you need to bring in a fifth Turtle in only the fourth movie... you really don't have any business writing TMNT.
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