Are you ready for the "New" Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Having being a child born in the late 70’s I was able to grow up watching cartoons through the 80’s and 90’s, all that were vastly superior to the crap that is force feed to the children of today. Show’s such as Cops, Bionic 6M.A.S.K, Transformers G1, Battle of the Planets / G-force, Dungeons & Dragons, The Bots Master, The Mighty Orbots, The Galaxy Rangers, Pole Position, G.I. Joe, Defenders of the EarthRobotics, Jayce & The Wheeler Warriors, Thunderbirds 2086, Bravestarr, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, Spiral Zone, Silverhawks and yes even Jem. Jem kicked ass and don’t even say you didn’t watch it cause you did!  Hell I can sit here for another 2-3 hours about all the greatness that those era’s contained but I can’t since we’re not talking about them right now. 

While thankfully many of those shows haven’t been attempted or corrupted I should say except for a few, Transformers comes to mind but they have managed to make the show with greatness so I can’t complain,other shows on the other hand haven’t been so lucky, and this time up its the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turn.

Originally making their debut in a graphic novel by Kevin Laird & Peter Eastman, the Teen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were rough and gritty, they handed you your ass when you acted out of place. They we’re the stuff of ninjas and we loved it. Shortly afterwards the Turtles were given an animated show within 2 different series, a two part Japanese anime (OVA) titled Mutant Turtles: Choujin Densetsu-hen  that was used to promote toys and damn was it horrible….., a live action series (Who also appeared on Saban’s Power Rangers in Space) and four movies;  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III & TMNT, the later being a full length CGI movie (Which I enjoyed).

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(Hey Elf here, sorry to interrupt but as a Turtle Fan, I got to chime in here. While most fans of the 80’s just left after the beloved cheezy Fred-Wolf Cartoon, true Turtle Fans kept with the Green Team past those atrocities Hax mentioned and our patience was payed off in a big way:)

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(In 2003, 4KIDS Entertainment managed to bring back the Fab 4…and miraculously, not fuck it up. Seriously, this was their best cartoon: Not as charming as the 80’s toon but it was more action-packed, more serious, and was as close to the original comic book as kids will ever get. It went so far as having a movie that united the Modern Turtles with their Comic Counterparts and their 80’s incarnation. Check it out when you can. And yet….most media will pretend this toon never really existed…sigh. Back to you Hax )

Flash to to September 29th 2012 where the Turtles make their debut back to TV thanks in part to Nickelodeon, which is where I have an issue with. For the most part, Nickelodeon doesn’t have a stellar track record with rehashing shows from yesteryear, case in point “Voltron Force”. I can’t even look at that damned show without my inter child wanting to erupt from my body and smashing my TV with anything that it can grab. Now you’re probably saying “That you raved about both Avatar projects” and I did, I love the Avatar series. But I said that they are terrible with rehashing content.

Still I have to be fair and by doing so I’ll drop my reserve judgement and give this show a chance. Sure I’m not a fan of the art style, I mean what the hell is up with the way Donatello looks. Also the Turtles backdrop is a bit dated so hopefully we’ll get some new content that hasn’t already been covered in the earlier to cartoons. Hopefully this can keep the Nickelodeon train going at least until the second season of “The Legend of Korra” is aired.

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Until next time Go, ninja, go, ninja, go! Go, ninja, go, ninja, go!

6 Responses

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    Carlos Abdu

    AND ONCE AGAIN….LIKE VERY CHILD OF THE 80’S, YOU ARE BLINDED BY NOSTALGIA…AND FORGOT ABOUT THIS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0F0GAnrv_M
    TURTLE FAIL HAX. Seriously, did everyone just hid under a rock for the past 10 years?If you wanted a TMNT article, you could have waited till the podcast, then I would have killed it.

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      Keith D. Mitchell

      While I am nostalgic I don’t let it blind me. As I mentioned I don’t have faith in the project of the show and yes I’d love to be wrong about it.

      What did I forget? All you did was post the trailer for the 2nd animated series of TMNT which mentioned and it wasn’t bad at all. Sure the story got really out of hand towards the middle and end of the series . It was definitely closer to the darker TMNT, more so compared to the original TMNT animated series and it did great! Sucked when It ended.

      My two fears are that the show will end up like the 2nd TMNT movie meaning that part of their entire plot, the weapons, will be merely for show. The second fear is that the CGI isn’t up to par which would be a shame cause the TMNT license is one that deserves to be done right.

      Surely I’m not the only one who thinks that the 80-90’s era wasn’t simply GODLY for cartoons in the states and it’s definitely better than half the stuff we have on TV now, save for shows that we canned cause they couldn’t merchandize them such as Samurai Jack or Sym-bionic Titan.

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        Carlos Abdu

        No you didn’t. You mentioned the comic book, then the 80’s series and then made a passing glance on everything else till now. While the other media is debatable in importance, the 2K3 series brought the Turtles back to the fold and gained a strong following. It deserves some props, not being ignored like most mainstream media seems to be doing.

        Sorry, but you 80’s cats have an odd definition of “GODLY”. I grew up with the 80’s show, I thought it was funny… but it’s not that good compared to the comic or any of the recent media. Too silly… unfortunately just like this new show. However, Nick didn’t pick up the franchise out of respect, they just want a quick cash-in action property that won’t cost them absurd amounts of money (RE: Avatar). I mean the new show basically has the old theme song, how blatant can you get.

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    Carlos Abdu

    AND ONCE AGAIN….LIKE VERY CHILD OF THE 80’S, YOU ARE BLINDED BY NOSTALGIA…AND FORGOT ABOUT THIS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0F0GAnrv_M
    TURTLE FAIL HAX. Seriously, did everyone just hid under a rock for the past 10 years?If you wanted a TMNT article, you could have waited till the podcast, then I would have killed it.

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      Keith D. Mitchell

      While I am nostalgic I don’t let it blind me. As I mentioned I don’t have faith in the project of the show and yes I’d love to be wrong about it.

      What did I forget? All you did was post the trailer for the 2nd animated series of TMNT which mentioned and it wasn’t half bad. Sure the story got really out of hand towards the middle and end of the series . It was definitely closer to the darker TMNT, more so compared to the original TMNT animated series.

      My two fears are that the show will end up like the 2nd TMNT movie meaning that part of their entire plot, the weapons, will be merely for show. The second fear is that the CGI isn’t up to par which would be a shame cause the TMNT license is one that deserves to be done right.

      Surely I’m not the only one who thinks that the 80-90’s era wasn’t simply GODLY for cartoons in the states and it’s definitely better than half the stuff we have on TV now, save for shows that we canned cause they couldn’t merchandize them such as Samurai Jack or Sym-bionic Titan.

      • Avatar
        Carlos Abdu

        No you didn’t. You mentioned the comic book, then the 80’s series and then made a passing glance on everything else till now. While the other media is debatable in importance, the 2K3 series brought the Turtles back to the fold and gained a strong following. It deserves some props, not being ignored like most mainstream media seems to be doing.

        Sorry, but you 80’s cats have an odd definition of “GODLY”. I grew up with the 80’s show, I thought it was funny… but it’s not that good compared to the comic or any of the recent media. Too silly… unfortunately just like this new show. However, Nick didn’t pick up the franchise out of respect, they just want a quick cash-in action property that won’t cost them absurd amounts of money (RE: Avatar). I mean the new show basically has the old theme song, how blatant can you get.