The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film reboot. (Credit: AP / ILM/ Paramount Pictures)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return in an updated mutation

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For fans of the famed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- whether you were hooked on the quirky crime-fighting quartet via the TV cartoon, live action movies or the original comics -- there are certain elements that darn well better be included in any new tale dreamed up in Hollywood.

Those folks can rest easy. The souped-up skateboard, turtle van, Shredder (as villainous as ever) and, of course, the pizza, their fuel of choice, all appear in Paramount's new high-tech Michael Bay-produced reboot, which stars Megan Fox (as intrepid reporter April O'Neil, who discovers the unusual reptiles) and Will Arnett (her skeptical sidekick). The film hits theaters Friday.

"It was important to get various touchstones into the movie -- and then visually update it, so a new audience could come and be intrigued by the turtles, and discover what makes them so cool," says director Jonathan Liebesman.

Thing is, in this tale, what makes them so cool might be what you don't see.

Coming out of their shells

These turtles come to life utilizing some of the latest advances in motion-capture technology. But not mo-cap (as it's called in the biz) alone.