Most people don't know this, but the first TMNT movie originally had a different ending. As scripted, it went something like this: Shortly after the big battle with the Foot and the defeat of the Shredder, the now unemployed April decided to take the concept of a comic book based on the adventures of the turtles to a publisher to see if they would publish it. In a scene set in the publisher's office, April and Danny Pennington (her old boss' son) were shown waiting anxiously as the publisher dude perused her sketches and proposal... which he then handed back to her, saying something like "This is too weird... nobody will buy this comic!" Whereupon the Turtles -- who had been clinging to the wall outside the office window -- react with various expressions of comic dismay, and I think Mike actually falls off the building.
Anyway, this scene was actually filmed. The movie people asked us at Mirage Studios if we could quickly come up with some wild art to decorate the walls of this comic publisher's office, art that would represent characters and comics published by this company. We all got into it, and turned out about half a dozen pieces... including this one.
It was a piece of art I had lying around, just something I did for fun. Ryan Brown designed the wonderful "Alien Gardener" logo and I pasted it all together as a mock-up comic cover.
If New Line Cinema ever gets around to releasing a "special edition" DVD of the first TMNT movie, it would be cool to have this scene and several others that I'm aware of included as "deleted scenes". Hey, you never know...! -- PL
UPDATE 09-15-08: I found the original black and white drawing for "Alien Gardener", and thought you might like to see it. -- PL