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Old 10-14-2021, 08:35 AM   #1
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Peter Chung's TMNT designs

Yep, "the Aeon Flux guy" is the reason the original TMNT intro and first season looked so cool:
https://www.instagram.com/peter_k_chung/

April O'Neil in Action!
https://www.instagram.com/p/CU_x7aFrtGA/


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Pre-Mutation Rocksteady and Bebop (unused concept)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CU_v54dLgr5/
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Splinter/HamatoYoshi
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Shredder/Saki
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:47 AM   #2
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SPOILER'd for large images.

Turtles in Disguise
https://www.instagram.com/p/CU_wP9SLemR/
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The Punk who would become Scrag
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Zak the Neutrino
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April O'Neil's head turnarounds
https://www.instagram.com/p/CU_xxEwLdXm/
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April's expressions
https://www.instagram.com/p/CU_xluIrenR/
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:50 AM   #3
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Wow, thank you for sharing! I would be curious to see even more of his turtles drawings.
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:29 AM   #4
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Cool to know that he was the art director of the original series. The art also reminds me of the original coloring books.
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:31 AM   #5
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I also thought "isn't that the Aenflux guy?" I'd definitely love to see a TMNT short made by him. It'd be all kinds of crazy.
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:34 AM   #6
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Neat to know that he designed Krang's body as a joke, not knowing the series would get so popular.
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:37 AM   #7
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Cool to know that he was the art director of the original series. The art also reminds me of the original coloring books.
Yes, definitely. The Random House books followed these designs very closely, especially the first two books by Fernando Fernandez.
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Old 10-14-2021, 11:04 AM   #8
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What a great post....
I love Aeon Flux too.
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Old 10-14-2021, 12:41 PM   #9
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Rocksteady’s human design was going to be a flaming homosexual? That’s a gay character design if I ever saw one.
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Old 10-14-2021, 12:57 PM   #10
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Neat! Thanks for posting them!

But that one pair of images of April though... lol Calm down, Ariel, it's just a spoon.

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Rocksteady’s human design was going to be a flaming homosexual? That’s a gay character design if I ever saw one.
I see someone is too young to remember anything of the 80s punk era.
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Old 10-14-2021, 01:31 PM   #11
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Amazing.

Funny how Rocksteady design has completely changed between this and cartoon itself.

Shredder looks more like Mirage incarnation. I wish there were some sketches of Krang and some other characters.

Also, I've read there was another character designer, before Chung was brought to the series. Is there any more additional information about that?
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Old 10-14-2021, 02:25 PM   #12
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I think I've seen the final Shredder design somewhere else.
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Old 10-15-2021, 04:44 AM   #13
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Thanks for sharing these images. The alternate Bebop & Rocksteady designs might have worked if they were ever approved.

It would appear that Chung liked the design for April O' Neil.
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Old 10-15-2021, 05:42 AM   #14
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Thanks for sharing these images. The alternate Bebop & Rocksteady designs might have worked if they were ever approved.

It would appear that Chung liked the design for April O' Neil.
I don't mind the Human designs Bebop and Rocksteady much. Once Shredder sprays the mutagen on them in Enter the Shredder, it is all over.
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Old 10-15-2021, 07:24 AM   #15
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Very cool. I really dig Aeon Flux because it is so dang bizarre and otherwordly. It's cool to see his take on TMNT. If only he could do more with the brand.
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Cool to see that he storyboarded the original opening theme as well. Still the best theme in my opinion.
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Old 10-15-2021, 11:04 AM   #17
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Cool to see that he storyboarded the original opening theme as well. Still the best theme in my opinion.
I'd take that opening intro over pretty much the entire series, for the animation quality. I find it to be gorgeous looking. I agree, it's really cool to learn he was behind it.
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Old 10-15-2021, 11:59 AM   #18
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I'll include the other turnaround photos of April here with links to the original posts, to make them easier to find for future reference.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CU_yqjwLhCq/
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Chung also writes about his design on Krang's Android body:
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Sometimes I forget I drew this. I was art director on the first run of TMNT episodes in 1987. They gave me license to come up with new versions of the characters from the comics.

My design for Krang's robot was not liked by Kevin Eastman (too goofy), but it was approved. Honestly the design was a joke, which tells you I had no idea this show was going to be so huge. I'll post it if I can find it.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CU_yTtVriXR/
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Old 11-09-2021, 10:39 AM   #19
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Peter Chung posted his original storyboards for the opening sequence!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CWCv5o4L6Qy/

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Storyboards Part 2

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