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A Childhood Reimagined

Like many who grew up during the 80's, the two cartoons I remember most are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Transformers. And one could argue that what drove many a child's obsession was the parallel toyline tie-in. For the first time we no longer had to simply imagine the escapades of four amphibious crime fighters or metamorphing robot protectors. Being able to hold their likenesses, feel them move, able to recreate your favorite scenes or to invent all new adventures for them made the shows seem all the more visceral. All the more real. It's not surprising then that they became world wide phenomenons.

Now it would seem that 2007 is turning out to the year that both franchises receive a sort of reimagining. Already we've witnessed a return to the big screen for our favorite mutant quartet with the all CGI film TMNT. And while it might not have been as big a hit as the first film was, for this turtlephile, it was still an enjoyable one.

But I would have to say that without a doubt, the most anticipated film this year would have to be the all live action Transformers. If the previews are any indication, it will definitely be more than meets the eye.

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