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Original 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Screenwriter Explains How Star Wars Influenced the Movie

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The worlds of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Star Wars seem pretty far apart, but it appears the latter was very influential on the first big screen outing of the heroes in a half-shell. The 1990 live-action TMNT movie is still loved to this day, and, in the main, stands the test of time thanks to the incredible work of the Jim Henson Creature Shop, and the production values of the film. Speaking to CBR at WonderCon recently, screenwriter Bobby Herbeck shared his influences when working on the movie, including the surprising inclusion of George Lucas’ space opera.

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