“You probably don’t know me, but I did some voice work on the first set of movies that you are starting to talk about sodomizing. I know believing in mutated talking turtles is kinda silly to begin with but am I supposed to be led to believe there are ninjas from another planet? The rape of our childhood memories continues.”—Robbie Rist - the voice actor who played Michaelangelo in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series from 1984 to 1986 - in a letter to Michael Bay.
“Making the turtles aliens would ruin everything – their desire to be accepted, their bizarre late-1980s street lingo, their fondness for pizza. Everything. Are we really meant to believe that there’s an alien race of giant turtles who just happen to all be named after renowned Renaissance artists from this planet, and speak English, and who came to Earth with a giant elderly rat who’s presumably from the same race, just to live in sewers and loudly eschew anchovies at every opportunity? Hardly, Michael Bay. Hardly.”—Stuart Heritage on the prospective abomination that will be Michael Bay’s adaptation of the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.