Growing up, my younger brother was obsessed to two things: Transformers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This, then, has been an excellent week of nostalgia for him: First the Transformers movie trailer — which he said was “okay, though the Transformers are too shiny” and look like “a visual rip-off of Lego’s Bionicles” (being a non-techie, I’m taking his word for it) – and now, some news on the new TMNT casting front. Although the turtles themselves will be voiced by unknowns, Sarah Michelle Gellar will provide the vocals for TV reporter April O’Neill, The Fantastic Four’s Chris Evans will be Casey Jones, Zhang Ziyi (or Ziyi Zhang – however Americans choose to print it) wil be baddie Karai, and just for the heck of it, Kevin Smith will cameo as a diner chef. (Trailers for the the all-CGI film, which opens March 23, are at the TMNT website.)
Poor Sarah Michelle. Her last two films tanked and were virtually indistinguishable from each other, and her next, January’s animated Happily N’Ever After, doesn’t look like such a winner either. Plus, January? Even six-year-olds know that’s the month movies go to die. That’s not to decry Ms. Gellar’s taste in animated features, however: she’s previously done episodes of King of the Hill, The Simpsons, and Robot Chicken. What say you, PopWatchers, on this bit of vocal casting?