Awww, my dad felt bad that half my vacation got delayed because he got sick in quebec, so to give me one more relaxing treat before going to work tomorrow, he took me to see the TMNT movie.
Anyway, after finally properly seeing the movie, I can safely say: This was the coolest new animation style I’ve seen since the original Spider-Verse film.
The movie looks like a sketchbook turned 3D.
Everything looks roughly drawn. Objects and people don’t have clear “boundaries”, as part of their design. Everything looks a little ‘ugly’, to put it in a nice way – it serves the message of the film real well!
I usually hate it when people say “ohh this 3D thing almost looks 2D!” As if one style is inherently more impressive or better than the other…
But man, this movie really does have moments that nearly look 2D, despite being 3D… like, they transcended their own style by how it was all drawn, that’s cool.
The teens playing the Turtles were really fun. Maybe a liiiitle annoying sometimes during one of their many “talking over each other” gags, but it really helped sell their awkward vibe.
They are also heavily, heavily Gen Z. (Them, and the script) Making lots of pop culture references and IRL references. Some might not like that, but I did. Gave them great hooks for frames of reference.
Also, my dad, who like never comments on anything artistic about animated films. (He enjoys them, but not usually for their artistry)
Said it was a wild style, and how he liked how it sometimes looked 3D, sometimes 2D. He looked at it artistically! Woo!
He also said that sometimes it would get very busy - I agree, especially sometimes in close-quarters fights, but most of the time it was great.
The lighting and reflection work in this movie is especially cool mixed with the sketch style.
Everything looks roughly textured, when all of a sudden, WHOA, that pencil can reflect light?? or be affected by another pencil-styled light colour?? Damn cool!!
Go see it please, its very cool and deserves more hype than I’ve (not) been hearing…
The coolest scene had to be the fight-montage in the first third of the film, with all those animation/environment match cuts. OOH WOW.