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Fan film ‘Veterans of the Night’ is a stylish homage to ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

The film made the Ninja Turtles look like actual turtles, and somehow it totally works.

 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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Published Dec 13, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 12:27 pm CDT

The last Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie received almost unanimously negative reviews, but that hasn’t stopped the filmmakers from greenlighting a sequel for 2016. Luckily, we still have fan films to remind us that TMNT can be good.

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Veterans of the Night is an awesome short film from TMNT fan Miguel Diaz-Rivera, who wrote and directed it as his thesis project at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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The two coolest details are the fact that he redesigned the turtles to look more like real turtles (unlike the roided-up hulks of the Michael Bay-produced movies), and the Matrix-style slow-motion action sequence. Diaz-Rivera describes it as an homage to the original TMNT comics, but with a “realistic approach.”

As well as being a skilfully made fan film, Veterans of the Night has helped us warm to the idea of a “gritty” version of the Ninja Turtles. Despite the understandably lower production values, this design somehow looks a lot less silly than the blockbuster movie version. 

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*First Published: Dec 13, 2015, 1:15 pm CST