Let’s Talk Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I remember watching a news segment on KHOU 11 CBS about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) movie. The broadcast aired a trailer, afterwards a guy came onscreen talking about how popular the turtles are and how big this movie will be. Once the segment was over I was jumping with joy because the Ninja Turtles had a movie coming out. Well… I didn’t get to see TMNT in theaters I had to wait for the VHS and once I got it I watched it all the time.

My history with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles starts with the cartoon I probably started watching around 1988 or 1989. To me it was just a cartoon I never gave it any deep thought, I enjoyed it.

What I liked the most about TMNT was the action figures. Like every kid in the late 80’s and 90’s I had a good amount of figures. Every variation of the main four and I loved the mutant animals figs. Leatherhead, Sergeant Bananas, Bebop, and Rocksteady. Oh! and on a side note, I wasn’t disappointed that Bebop and Rocksteady wasn’t in The Secret of the Ooze. I like Tokka and Rahzar.

I know that the original TMNT NES game gets a lot of hate online, but it’s my favorite turtles video game that’s not the arcade game. Sure the water level was a game killer but once you know how to beat it, it becomes very easy afterwards… Turtles in Time for the Super Nintendo was a game I rented every couple months. It was the closest thing to having the arcade game at home… Now you can buy a 1up machine and have both games in house. How times have changed.

From 2003-2007 I loosely kept up with the Turtles. The 2003 series was good, but I prefer TMNT: Fast Forward and I didn’t get back heavy into TMNT until I watched the 2007 movie, my love for the Turtles were back and still strong to this day.

Like every nine to five job does it gets in the way of my entertainment. The morning Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiered on Nickelodeon I had to record it, VHS if you will. When I got home I watched it twice and thought it was good, I like the series overall. I kept up with it until it ended in 2017. As for the new series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles… I’m spilt down the middle. I’m glad there’s a new series for kids to watch and get to know the Ninja Turtles, but at the same time the show reminds me of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. It’s just cringey.

So! Michael Bay produced a couple films on the Ninja Turtles. Watched them both… didn’t care for them, just another incarnation.

The one TMNT product I never got into were the comics. I had a few issues from the Archie line, but I never went back and read where the Turtles came from. I know the origin and how the first ten issues played out thanks to interviews and YouTube vids.

I can go on forever about TMNT, there’s so much history and merchandise. But I’ll leave you with a couple recommendations.

If you like The Toys that Made Us on Netflix, watch the documentary Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).

One animated movie that everyone forgets is Turtles Forever. It’s a 2009 animated movie that brings every incarnation of the Turtles together. It has lots of fan service.

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