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Turtles v. Mimzy

Kid Reporters check out new movie releases

By Rachel Tucker and Michael Carboni | null null , null

Rachel Tucker and Kevin Munroe
Kid Reporter Rachel Tucker and Kevin Munroe, the director of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (Photo: Courtesy Rachel Tucker)
March 23, 2007

This week, two new family-friendly movies—Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Last Mimzy—hit movie screens across the country. Scholastic News Online brings you news about these new releases!

Kid Reporter Rachel Tucker went behind the scenes at Imagi Studios to learn about the making of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Meanwhile, Kid Reporter Michael Carboni caught a screening of The Last Mimzy. Check out what Rachel and Michael have to say.

Turtle Power!

During my visit to Imagi Studios, I met with Kevin Munroe, the director of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It turns out that he's been a fan of the turtles for a long time—since 1985!

"I actually got the very first comic book that came out," said Munroe. “I think that kids would get from this movie the feeling of watching a comic book in a movie theater."

This isn't the first time the Ninja Turtles have appeared on-screen. The "heroes in a half-shell" have been the stars of live-action movies and a cartoon series. This time around, though, CGI (computer-generated imagery) brought the turtles to the big screen. I asked Munroe to describe the hardest part of using CGI.

“The hardest part is that there are so many people working on the movie you need to keep in contact with everyone," he said, "making sure that everyone’s doing what they’re supposed to do."

Before I left, I had to find out if the director had a favorite turtle.

“My favorite character changes every day!" he said. "I think today is Michelangelo. I think he’s really funny.”

The Last Mimzy
In The Last Mimzy, Noah (played by Chris O’Neil) and Emma (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) discover a box of mysterious toys. (Photo: Courtesy New Line Cinema)

The Last Mimzy

If you like adventure and science fiction, then The Last Mimzy is the movie for you. This PG-rated movie is based on a short story written by Lewis Padgett in1943.

The Wilder family looks like the typical American family. But are they?

Young actors Chris O’Neil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn play Noah and Emma Wilder, children who discover a box filled with unique toys. As they play with their new toys, their intelligence levels grow beyond belief.

Soon, Emma and Noah are using the mysterious toys on a mission. What is their mission? And will they accomplish it? You'll have to see this incredible movie to find out.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
and The Last Mimzy open in theaters across the country on March 23.


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Michael Carboni is a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.

Rachel Tucker is a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.

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