Michael Bay’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Are Way Taller Than They Used to Be

The Internet has spent months painstakingly examining and scrutinizing film models and concept art, trying to piece together some idea of what the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would finally look like on screen, but now we finally have our first official look at the Turtles in action and the results are… tall.

Gone are the cute and cuddly, smooth green costumes and animatronics from the ’90s films, and here to stay are these new versions of the turtles… which certainly live up to the “mutated” part of their moniker. The new gang looks like big, ugly green monsters, and they’re positively gigantic. Michelangelo swoops down to meet April (Megan Fox) and completely towers over her. This is a significant departure from earlier incarnations of the Turtles, who are usually portrayed as being shorter than miss O’Neil, and smaller than the average person in general. Beyond just height, these turtles seem tougher than we remember as well. The Turtles dispatch a group of terrorist in the subway like they’re made of paper mache. Later on, Michelangelo collides with a jeep and dents it like it’s a cheap sheet of value-brand tin foil. We decided to compare the heights of the earlier incarnations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and compare them Megan Fox’s real life height of 5′ 4”. 

Four turtles are given mutant powers to fight the evil Shredder in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 Film)
Measurements are scarce, but all four turtles are shown to be much shorter than April O’Neil, who was played by 5’7” Judith Hoag in the film

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 Animated Series)
Michelangelo 5’3″
Donatello 5’2″
Raphael 5’1″
Leonardo 5’1″

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 Animated Series)
Michelangelo 4’9″
Donatello 6’4″, oddly
Raphael 5’0″
Leonardo 5’3″

Except for a freakishly tall version of Donatello in the current Nickelodeon series, the Turtles are usually a pretty short bunch. We wonder if the franchise will lose some appeal by ditching the cute factor and beefing up the Turtles? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.