I owe my six-year-old son a movie trip, because I’ve already taken my nine-year-old boy to a couple of the big superhero sequels this season(namely “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”). For a couple of weeks now, we’ve been chatting about the coming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot as a strong possibility, mainly because I remember the 1990 incarnation as being goofy, live-action fun. So, I figured this update would be a pretty safe bet. Now I’m not so sure. Just yesterday, I was finally able to catch a different talking animal franchise feature in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”(review before the week is out!), and I happened to catch the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” trailer. Holy cow! Violence, mayhem, toppling towers…and Megan Fox! Maybe “TMNT 2014” isn’t such a good idea for someone just heading to first grade this coming September. He may not be pleased, but it appears we’ll have to search for a theater still showing “How to Train Your Dragon 2” instead. Animated flying reptiles just might be more palatable than masked, martial arts-trained ones. Watch the trailer above, and you tell me what my call should be—I don’t want to traumatize my little one! I think you’ll agree that it’s not your “daddy’s” Ninja Turtles at all, 24 years on. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” opens on August 8th and is rated PG-13. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman(“Battle Los Angeles”, “Wrath of the Titans”), it also stars Whoopi Goldberg, Will Arnett, and Johnny Knoxville as the voice of Leonardo. “Cowabunga”!
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”…for kids?