Are These Scrapped Ninja Turtle Designs Better Than What We Got In The Movie?

When the trailer for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film came out, the world almost packed up shop and went home at the sight of their new look. The big meme for some time was the comparison to Shrek and some even adjusted the look so the turtles didn’t have any nostrils at all, looking more like the original cartoon. With a movie like this, every character goes through a long phase of designs until producers can finally agree on what will hopefully get kids in the seats, and the turtles were no exception.

Released by conceptual artist Anthony Francisco, here is what the turtles might have looked like.

What do you think?

Unfortunately, Anthony was not hired to continue working on the film as studios usually hire design companies to come up with initial sculptures and sketches until they keep the ones that stick. I wonder if he had added the masks, producers would get more of a fully realized idea. It seems that most people who don’t draw can’t fully visualize an idea unless it’s completely laid out for them.

“We did get a chance to meet with the producers and the meeting went well but we did not get the gig,” Anthony says. Maybe it’s me, but with Anthony adding two guns to his turtles design, I think that might be the bullseye on why these designs weren’t chosen.

Definitely an interesting look, although I think it looks more like an X-Files creature than a Ninja Turtle.

I’ll be honest, I still haven’t even seen the movie. After a few weeks, I’ve decided it’s going into the “I’ll wait for Redbox” file. Frankly, I’m just surprised that most of you paid to go see it after months of complaining about Michael Bay and how bad the movie looked. And, since the movie has made over $240M at the box office, Michael Bay will now get to make 10 more sub-par movies. Good job, everyone! You’re keeping the man well fed.

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