Sonny Chiba as Master Splinter
"I am proud of you, my sons… Together, there is nothing your four minds cannot accomplish. Help each other, draw upon one another… I love you all, my sons."
I picked Chiba-san not only for his impressive theatrical background, but also for the rich texture and range of his voice. Vocally he can go from hardened samurai drill sergeant to goofy granddad in a matter of minutes, which is how I typically picture my ultimate Master Splinter to be like. I also can’t fathom Splinter without an authentic Japanese accent, which is something we’ve only recently (since 2007 with the amazing Mako) been able to experience. I think Chiba-san would do a fantastic job portraying our daddy rat, whether he had always been a rodent or Hamato Yoshi himself.