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Artists Jim Evans, Coke Novarro take on TMNT for ‘Yokai’ project

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Paramount Pictures has released two new pieces of from “The Legend of the Yokai,” an international art project that explores the ancient origins of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Long before Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael emerged to face Shredder and his Foot Clan soldiers, the story goes, there were four heroic Kappa — ancient turtle warriors abiding by the pillars of honor, courage, wisdom and brotherhood — who vowed to protect a village overrun by a an evil warlord and his army of demonic monsters. To celebrate the tradition, and the international rollout of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, the studio commissioned more than 30 artists from 16 countries to explore the epic’s connections to the Heroes in a Half Shell.

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