Bizarre "Raptor Ralph" Concept For TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Defunct Live-Action Film

Bizarre "Raptor Ralph" Concept For TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Defunct Live-Action Film

Yesterday I posted concept art from this never made Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action film that featured Kirby, the fifth turtle. Now check out the mutated versions of Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Splinter. You won't believe your eyes!

The other day I posted concept art from a defunct live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film that was conceived between 1995 and 1997. The artwork was created by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and it featured Kirby, the "fifth turtle," but also Fang, Shredder, Spyder, Nano Spyder, Super Shredder, Kasey (Casey), Talbot, Lawson, Bugman, and Evil April. I would say the majority of people were quite happy that version was never made. But with those images still fresh in your minds I figured I'd also unearth some more concept work from that project, and another live-action venture that was conceived in 2001.

First, let's start with the 1995 to 1997 project, as the other co-creator of the Turtles, Peter Laird, revealed images and detailed information that he worked on with Eastman. Peter posted all of this Turtle goodness on his blog about four years ago, so they aren't quite hot off the presses. But I'm sure you won't mind, as I have a hunch many of you weren't made aware of them.

What makes these pieces so interesting, is that they deal with the four main Turtles, and their wise sensei, Splinter. Not that fifth wheel son-of-bitch, Kirby. I kid, I kid.

"We had put our heads together at the request of the movie studio and came up with some tweaks for the guys -- we were calling it “TMNT: The Next Mutation”. (This was before the live-action TV show.) The general idea was that the mutagen was continuing to change the turtles and Splinter, giving them new abilities -- and new problems." - PL


(Illustrated by Peter Laird, Inked by Kevin Eastman)

"Don was given the least obvious mutation -- growing telekinetic and telepathic abilities, unfortunately counterpointed by diminishing eyesight (hence the vision-enhancing goggles). We also provided him with an updated “techno” version of his bo staff." - PL

BEFORE any of you freak out over these conceptual drawings, just know that Peter did add, "In retrospect, I'm glad this never happened."


"The “rising sun” bandana on Leo in this version actually comes from a much earlier costume redesign session, when we were toying around with changing the costumes for the Turtles in the comic books. I kind of dig the “utility belt” Leo has in this drawing. I believe Leo’s new mutation was the ability to morph his skin into a kind of nearly impenetrable chrome-like surface (shades of Ben Boxer from Jack Kirby’s “Kamandi” comics!)." - PL


"Here we gave Mike a more “street” look because his new mutation gave him the ability to project a human appearance onto his turtle features, allowing him to interact freely with humans." - PL


"One of our ideas was to give Raphael the ability to “morph” into what we were calling “Raptor Raph”, complete with big gnashy teeth and claws to complement his big gnashy personality.

This was not much of a stretch, obviously. In retrospect, while this new approach was probably appropriate for Raph, it was also uncomfortably close to what we were proposing for Splinter." - PL


"Here's another design idea from the unfilmed fourth live-action movie. We wanted to give Splinter a much more active part in the battles that the Turtles fought, and so he was going to have the ability to morph into a big, lithe, muscular “super rat mutant” type of thing. Okay, it’s lame... I admit it." - PL


As I mention above, that wasn't the only time a pitch for a fourth live-action film was fell through. In 2001 Steve Barron, the director of the very first live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (and the only good one) teamed up with artist Brendan McCarthy for a more "street" version of the Turtles. Below you can find some of Brendan's concept art for that project, which features a Turtle (Kirby?) in Shredder-like armor.

For more information and images from the 90's and 2001 unfilmed fourth live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies head over to TMNT: Entity blog.

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Nivekian - 12/15/2012, 8:29 PM
IronManny819 - 12/15/2012, 8:46 PM
This is [frick]ing disgusting.
Optimus83 - 12/15/2012, 8:50 PM
TheStranger - 12/15/2012, 8:51 PM
Thank the good Lord this movie never saw light.
Scooby - 12/15/2012, 8:54 PM
GLprime2814 - 12/15/2012, 9:00 PM
[frick] me.
DioFoRio - 12/15/2012, 9:14 PM
@Kamen...won't happen...I wish though. That poster is SICK

@Scooby...he's taking the pic...he is the tech guy after all.
Webhead007 - 12/15/2012, 9:41 PM
WTF!!?! Is Splinter on steriods?
DEATHbyEXILE - 12/15/2012, 9:42 PM

DoodPool - 12/15/2012, 9:50 PM
am i suppose to be impressed with this shit in some capacity? cause i'm not
KillerTomato - 12/15/2012, 10:06 PM
I actually like the looks of Leonardo and Donatello...the powers not so much...but the visual ascetic is pretty cool looking.
Pox - 12/15/2012, 10:21 PM
Anybody remember what they did in the Image comic run where they crippled Don and had him merge with a cyborg and burned off Raph's face and forced him to wear one of Casey's mask? Or something like that?
mgeoff88 - 12/15/2012, 10:24 PM
Wow... I'm very thankful this project never got past the planning stages.
JDUKE25 - 12/15/2012, 10:43 PM
Crap......utter crap.

@Kamen awesome pic
KINGPEN266 - 12/15/2012, 11:15 PM
Brady1138 - 12/15/2012, 11:26 PM
Usually, I'm not a purist about stuff like this, but it's like they're TRYING to piss the fans off here!
JredTheRed - 12/15/2012, 11:53 PM
@POX yes Donny was a cyborg once ugh...I don't remember the raph thing tho

also hear are more pics from the "movie" that never was:

JredTheRed - 12/16/2012, 12:01 AM
also the bottom 4 "street" pics aren't loading...just black x's
Jollem - 12/16/2012, 12:01 AM
[frick] yeah, the 90's. some of the best media ever. screw the ipad/internet/wiki/digital/spoiled generation, but not really :p

i remember in the comics when ralph got turned into a vampire

also, eastman's style has always been awesome
Jolt17 - 12/16/2012, 12:05 AM
Ah, those. I remember seeing them first as bonus contents in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up! game, and how I nearly smashed my had onto the TV.
AlexDeLarge87 - 12/16/2012, 1:33 AM
Not totally badly drawn but BAD IDEAS!

KamenRider@ Thats exactly what i want to see in the live action movie too.

They should go in the start when the Turtles were more grittier and dramatic. The fun aspect can be there too thou in some form.
fistofthenorthstar - 12/16/2012, 1:52 AM
the ninja turtles don't need any extra gimmicks. THEY ARE THE GIMMICK! THEY'RE NINJA FRICKEN TURTLES! why must an extra gimmick be added on?
Natetrix79 - 12/16/2012, 2:07 AM
This is normal, if you've ever watch the behind the scenes on a DVD they will show a couple of concept pictures of what they had in mind,but in reality there are stacks of them. Some ranging from small little detail changes to completely overhauling the characters. Anyone remember the Nick Cage Superman suit??? I'm pretty sure some of the designs looked like the original suit with a few changes, & thank God they changed Blade from his original design!
Gunjin - 12/16/2012, 3:30 AM
Their art has really gone down the tubes over time.
catman - 12/16/2012, 5:22 AM
Ok..the powers thing I agree...not needed but the look for Donnie and Leo are pretty cool!! Would make for a great looking figures... Donnie wearing that in a jungle would be so badass and Leo outfit is very cool too!!
DukeAcureds - 12/16/2012, 5:42 AM
Why is Splinter a mutant Hyena? I like Don's look. Very Moebius.
Shadowelfz - 12/16/2012, 5:53 AM
They looked aight up until Ralph.
CrashTest - 12/16/2012, 6:15 AM
concepts, good thing is he hit the right one and draft. And I bet if they made a few action figures just for kick, people would pick them up in a heart beat.
Parkerluckpersonified - 12/16/2012, 6:56 AM
i quite like the Donny design and Leo ain't bad. others suck though. with regards to the turtle cosplay picture, if you find out where Donny is, or any of the others for that matter, let me know so I can go there!!!
SuperSpiderMan5778 - 12/16/2012, 8:09 AM
shit...just absoulte shit
imnotwearinghockeypants - 12/16/2012, 8:11 AM
BassHorseX - 12/16/2012, 10:01 AM
I don't like it. Why do they think they need to make these changes to get people to like them. I grew up playing with Star Wars, Gi Joes;, and He-man. It seems when the popular run is almost over they need to do odd things to keep it going. I remember when two of my cousins were into the turtles and that run was coming to an end they would make soccor star Don action figures or Beach Bum Mike. I'm sorry if i'm playing with Ninja Turtles, I want them to be doing Ninja stuff. Not putting on a soccor match with my toys. I guess my point is they do it with movies too. Because how can the newer viewers possibly enjoy the same boring characters some of us enjoyed.
gmckoy - 12/16/2012, 11:48 AM
what the hell happened to the original splinter?

they need to go back to the drawing board, fast
fattieacid - 12/16/2012, 12:57 PM
@jollem oh man I actully have a toy of raph as a vampire as well another one where he's a mummy lol
Jollem - 12/16/2012, 1:40 PM
@fattieacid - i've got a ralph figure where he's wearing a daniel boone outfit with coonskin cap. came with a beartrap

goofy fun stuff :)
DPeterParker - 12/16/2012, 1:48 PM
With the exception of some reboots (Batman, Captain America, Superman etc..)it seems like every superhero movie that goes past a thrid movie always bites the dust horribly.
Ocelot - 12/16/2012, 2:42 PM
Christ, Splinter looks like a jacked up werewolf whilst Raphael looks like something from the thing, ugh
Bark4Soul - 12/16/2012, 2:47 PM
I like seeing this stuff, as kids we never had sites like this and there were no dvd's to give you commentary of special features. Obviously this stuff is stupid but it's cool to at least see what they were thinking of, I'm sure i woulda hated this as a kid too. I also think the turtles have made that jump to full kid friendly like...20 years ago so we'll never see an orignal style turtles flick outside of the last 20 minutes of Turtles Forever.
OnePunchBaldy - 12/16/2012, 10:54 PM
This actually makes me smile. Brings me back to the 90s when everything was silly and cartoony just for the sake of being a kid. I would've loved this to be honest. Now that I'm older it looks stupid, but so do a lot of things when you get older. It's for the kids.

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