Helman insists that's not the case, though he did see the video and thought it was funny. "It underlines some of the problems we have with realistic photography," he says about the Onion clip. "We want them to be as photorealistic as possible, but if they talk, we need articulation on their lips and their jaws. If we don't do that, then they look completely like a cartoon -- in a bad way. So design is a very important thing."
But the Onion video raises a difficult question: do the Turtles have penises now? Obviously, the movie, which is rated PG-13 and meant for kids, doesn't tackle this question head-on, but it does tactfully dance around it. When human goons Bebop and Rocksteady are transformed into a mutant warthog and a rhinoceros, respectively, they each check out their genitals and say, "My man!" This brief, celebratory, gross moment implies that at least some human-animal hybrids have sexual organs in this fictional universe. It's possible that between the first and second movies the turtles... matured.