Is Michael Bay Really Destroying Your Childhood?

He is the director who polarises audiences one explosion at a time. He is the director who gave us the awesomeness that is Transformers, the nonsensical Transformers 2, and the diabolical Transformers 3. He is the director who gave us the most amazing scenes ever with Megan Fox pretending to know stuff about cars and bikes.

It squirts the fuel in so you can go faster.

I think I broke the drive shaft.

So today it was announced that Michael Bay will be taking his turn at bringing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen. Spoiler Alert – The turtles turn out to be aliens. This has incensed a lot of people from every corner of the globe, with one former voice actor for the cartoon series saying that Michael Bay is “sodomizing” the TMNT legacy.

Time to get over it guys. It’s probably going to hurt a little bit inside but modern kids just don’t get the old school TMNT cartoons that our childhood was blessed with. Take off those rose-tinted glasses, appreciate the past for all it’s worth, and be a true fan by helping as many kids as you can to experience the awesomeness of TMNT with this new movie. Nobody is going to take your childhood away, the personal experiences you had with this great show have helped to define who you are and will stay with you forever.

This notion of reboots and adaptations destroying childhoods is a tired one,  one for people who are so caught up by that favourite TV show or book they loved that they refuse to acknowledge any reimagination of that TV show or book that does not match the lingering memories in their head. Oh no they left out Tom Bombadil out of Lord of the Rings – whoop-dee-doo. Harry and Hermione never shared an intimate dance in the books – no but it was a nice touch that showed how deep their relationship had become better than any dialogue could have done.

I can understand why people get upset when the movie version leaves out their favourite part or adds in new material that never existed in the original works, but not including that one scene that meant something deeply personal to you does not mean that the movie sucks. It’s time to appreciate that the original material is just that, material, and the writers / director are going to use that material as the basis for their own story that makes sense as a film. The book / TV show movie adaptations that fail are the ones that try to stick exactly to the book and make no effort to turn the material into their own story ie Eragon. If you want some good examples of film makers making the material their own, look no further than the Harry Potter films directed by David Yates, or the new 21 Jump Street movie written by Jonah Hill. Awesome movies that stay true to the essence of the source material but with their own style and flare.

Michael Bay is not destroying your childhood, he is just using certain aspects of it as a setting for his explosions. And I am comfortable with that, TMNT is a cartoon show that could have used more explosions.


7 comments on “Is Michael Bay Really Destroying Your Childhood?

  1. quote from Michael Bay
    “Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”

    • Which is my point exactly – does it really matter if he is lying? Are fan expectations going to change the way he makes the film, and would that not introduce a bigger risk to the quality of the film?

      • Sorry dude, I was replying to Alaisdair. But yeah Michael doesn´t give a flying fuck about the quality of his stories he just dont care, because he knows no matter how horrible the movie is it will be monetary susscefull; anyway this wonj´t change because there are people who like to eat ice cream meanwhile others like to eat crap. “truestory.jpeg”

      • Oh boy, too many mistakes, I really wanted to say this:
        “he knows no matter how horrible the movie is it will be successful monetary”
        “anyway this won´t change”

        Sorry my bad.

      • Completely understand where you are coming from. I guess my point is that if the movie doesn’t turn out the way you had always played it out in your head, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. If it has a shit story, poor characterisation, is poorly acted, and has action scenes full of clutter (ie. Transformers 3) then you can call it a bad movie.

        I think fans like to throw around statements like “raping my childhood” because they copped a lot of abuse for being a fan. So when some director makes a movie of that thing that defined their childhood, and the general public dont like it, the fan is unable to validate their fandom and consequently it is the abuse they copped that becomes validated.

      • Three words: Dragon ball evolution.

        I´m still remember how bay fucked up leatherface, but whatever it looks like I´m going to nowhere with this. So have a nice day Sir.

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