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These masked reptiles are full of sage advice.

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, in which Hollywood punches your childhood right in the face, turning our beloved crime fighting foursome into horrifying CG monsters. (Inexplicably the movie made $4.6 million this opening weekend, but at least Time magazine called it as they saws it, “toxic industrial sludge.”)


My sweet Michelangelo, what have they done to you?!!

But let’s not waste any more breath on that atrocity. 

The only good thing to come of the Megan Fox-starring blockbuster horror show is that fans of TMNT everywhere were renewed in their passion for the original comic and TV series. 

Some of the creative minds at Mashable imagined what the boys would look like if rendered by their Renaissance artist namesakes:


Here’s Michelangelo (the turtle) as Michelangelo’s David. We’re loving that pizza merkin.


Leonardo’s the leader of the Turts so it makes since he would be named after mastermind Leonardo da Vinci. This is a riff on the famous sketch Vitruvian Man.


Our favorite bad boy Raphael is painted in the style of Raffaelo Sanzio da Urbino, an Italian artist who was a bit of a miscreant himself. He died at the age of 37 from some sort of sex-related fever.  Not crazy about this one, as it gives him the same weird human lips he has in the 2014 movie…


Last but certainly not least is level-headed Donatello, looking fabulous as David  by Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi (aka also Donatello). Radical is Goliath’s head being replaced by a skateboard.

Sartle’s not the only one to riff on the artist/turtle connection (check out our Turtle Power category for more); the guys who mastermind Epic Rap Battles made this hilarious and surprisingly catchy music video featuring a rap battle between the Italian artists and the anthropomorphic sewer dwellers.

By Angelica Jardini

Angelica Jardini

Sr. Editor