Peter Laird Speaks Up On Bay’s Alien Ninja Turtles

What does co-creator Peter Laird think of the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle controversy? Seems like I’m not alone in wanting to know.

Laird has blogged:

I have had several requests from TMNT fans during this past week to comment on the idea of the Turtles being “reimagined” as aliens for the upcoming TMNT movie to be produced by Michael Bay.

So, tell us, Peter, what is your take on this?

I would actually encourage TMNT fans to swallow the “chill pill” Mr. Bay recently suggested they take, and wait and see what might come out of this seemingly ill-conceived plan. It’s possible that with enough truly creative brainpower applied to this idea, it might actually work. I’m not saying it’s probable, or even somewhat likely… but it IS possible.

He’s not wrong.

Here’s a little extra from a comment Laird made below his original blog post:

Just so it’s absolutely clear — I think a planet of turtles is not, in and of itself, a bad idea for some kind of science fiction/fantasy story. But as a way to explain any aspect of the backstory of TMNT, I think it is awful and unnecessary.

Of course, we have no idea at this point if the plan is to have a planet of Turtles. It’s probably a good idea to wait and see.

Interestingly, the rest of the blog post is about a more commonplace old idea for messing with the Turtles formula. The idea here is not in rewriting the reason the Turtles become ‘powerful’, but just in jigging the numbers a little:

I can’t tell you how many times we got mail in the early years of the Turtles from people who thought it was simply an amazing idea to do a “fifth Turtle”, and how many times those same people suggested that this fifth Turtle be named “Picasso”. And many times, the brilliant idea to explain this extra Turtle was that, instead of there being just four pet shop turtles in that glass bowl in the origin story, there were really FIVE.

Laird says that he and Eastman did consider a fifth Turtle themselves, as part of specific plot lines. They weren’t looking to call him Picasso, or Turner, or Mondrian, or Monet, or Lascaux.

They would have called him Kirby. Aaaw! They’re comic book fans! Who knew?


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