Cowabunga. Â Hi and welcome to a special series, Â where over of the course of these articles different expressionists will be giving their take on the various incarnations of The Turtle’s mot trusted ally. Â What brought this about? A Couple of things. Â One, I’ve been a Turtles fan for as long as I can remember. Â The only incarnation (Besides the Mirage Comic), I’m not familiar with is Â the 4Kids Series but other than that, Â I’ve seen Â all three of the original movies. Â In fact, Â the first movie was the very first movie, my parents ever took me to. Â I watched the cartoon as a kid and even a couple of episodes on VHS tape. Â I went with my best friend in 2007 to see the CGI movie and Â just last year, I paid to see the Bay Turtles. And I didn’t hate it but there was something that irked me. Â They screwed over April so badly in that movie but Â I’m Â not talking about that April. Â Instead, I will be looking at Nick’s Â other much April O’ Neil.
I’ve Â already Â gone, which Expressionist will be tackling which take on this classic character. Â But I had to stop and think what brought on the desire to Â cover April. Â I think it’s twofold, Â I realized that growing Â up while Â I Â loved the Turtles, Â as an adult I like April more. Â I don’t why that it is but Â compared to Â Heroes In A Half Shell, Â I find her more compelling. Â Except when Megan Fox is playing her. Â Sorry , really Â don’t Â like Megan Fox’s April. Â And Â also because in part, as I’ve mentioned in the past, Â Nick’s Â animated April Â is Â my favorite Â take Â on the character and one of my favorite TMNT characters ever. Â Sure, Â I know Â some people Â didn’t like the aging down of April but it worked Â and made for some for compelling arcs. Â But even April Â in the ’80s cartoon and moreso the movies was a good character.
And Â as James Â Rolfe Â mentioned in the Nostalgia Critic/AVGN review of the Â Bay Turtles. Â There have been so many different takes on the Turtles through the years and through that, April has been depicted in Â many different ways. Â In the classic cartoon, you have a Â news reporter. Â In the original films, Â she seems to serve more as motherly figure to the Turtles. Â The 2007 April seemed to be aping a bit of The Bride from Kill Bill Â and also a little Buffy but that may be because Sarah Michelle Gellar and Â then the Nick take on April is a teenager, who has gone through Hell and back having her mutated twice. Â Megan Fox’s April exists. Â I don’t know what she was supposed to be other than eye candy. And even then, Â ’80s cartoon April has her beat in that area.
So, Â I hope you’ll join me and the other expressionists as we go on this journey looking at the various incarnations of April O’ Neil. Â Here’s a line Â up of everyone that is involved.
Les Â will be looking Â at Â April Â from the Â ’80s Â Cartoon
Alexthed Â will be looking at Judith Hoag from the first Â Turtles movie
The Creature will be taking on Paige Turco , who replaced Judith Hoag in the sequels and Megan Fox, (I’m so sorry)
BigBlackHatMan will be looking at the 4Kids version of April.
PbMiranda Â of Â Old School Lane Â will be looking at Â the 2007 CGI Â April played by Sarah Michelle Gellar
And Â finally, I will be tackling the Nick’s take on April as played by Mae Whitman.