Writer/director Jeff Rowe follows his excellent work on the animated feature The Mitchells vs. the Machines by helping to create the latest edition of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise called Mutant Mayhem. He gets help in this endeavour from actor/director Kyler Spears.
The two along with a large group of writers that includes Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have fashioned a story that works at both ends of the movie audience spectrum. From the young to the old, there is content that will amuse and entertain all ages.
They have wiped the slate clean and put distance between this and the other versions that have come before. Their telling of the origin story will give modern audience members a way to connect with the original four and allow ownership of those quirky pizza loving reptiles.
Rowe and company have succeeded in creating a fresh take on those established characters in a charming yet modern way. The arresting blend of CGI and hand-drawn imagery gives the project its own identity and should help to make the brand relevant to an entirely new audience.