‘The Legend of the Yokai’ Art Initiative Views the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Through Ancient Japanese Tales
Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Paramount is still promoting The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and now the studio is encouraging fans to look at Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s creations through the lens of ancient Japanese folk tales. The Legend of the Yokai (http://www.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES – “Legend of the Yokai” Artist Initiative
Before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles emerged from their lair to protect New York City from the sinister Shredder and his Foot Clan soldiers, there were four heroic “Kappa” (ancient turtle warriors who vowed to protect a humble village from the demonic Yokai).Paramount Pictures is taking movie fans back in time, to an age of tradition, mystery and magic. In a collaboration with distinguished artists from around the world, “The Legend of the Yokai” is a new experience that explores the secret origins of the Ninja Turtles. Based on traditional folklore, “The Legend of the Yokai” tells the epic tale of a village over-run by an evil warlord and his army of demon monsters. When all hope seems lost, the wishes of an innocent girl summon forth the heroic kappa turtles, who abide by the pillars of honor, courage, wisdom and brotherhood, fighting side-by-side to vanquish this fearsome evil. Featuring artwork based on these four ideals created by over a 30 artists from 16 different countries, “The Legend of the Yokai” brings an ancient epic to life and connects it to a new generation of heroes: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Spain artist Coke Navarro has created a Turtles-inspired work based off his unique artistic style highlighting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For more on this piece of art and works from artists around the world visit http://www.