This show tells the adventures of four turtles who were transformed into humanoids by a strange ooze and were trained as ninja by a human martial arts master, Hamato Yoshi, who was changed into a humanoid rat, Splinter, by the same substance. Together with the intrepid reporter, April O'Neil, they fight against the threats against the world, like Shredder and Krang.Written by
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Begining in Season 4, the show started phasing away Michaelangelo's nunchucks and began having him use the Turtle Line, a turtle shell shaped grappling hook used by all the turtles, as his main weapon. Starting in Season 5, the nunchucks were not even kept on Michelangelo's belt and disappeared without any explanation. This is a direct result of nunchucks being outlawed in many countries and these countries had to edit out any footage of Michelangelo using his nunchucks. Since the show went international, MWS changed it for everyone. See more »
The turtles are often referred to in the series as amphibians even though they are reptiles. See more »
Come along, you two.
Oh, all we ever do is go up and down, up and down!
Sounds like the perfect job for a couple of yo-yos. I made a funny.
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In the UK, Ninjas and their weapons are a taboo subject, and several kinds of weapons are illegal to show on TV (Such as Katana and Nunchaku). To try and get around censorship laws, the show was marketed as "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" and the names of cerain weapons and places were changed. Towards the end of the show's run, the format changed almost entirely as part of a trend to make shows more "extreme" to appeal to a new generation of viewers:
Shredder and Krang were removed from the show for over a sesaon. New villains came in the form of giant space slugs involved in organized crime;
Almost all character building scenes were removed to make it an entirely action oriented show;
April and Splinter's roles were diminished considerably;
The turtles voices were altered to sound more deep and aggressive;
The cartoon feel of the show was removed--The sky was changed from blue with white clouds to red with gray clouds and buildings were drawn as if destroyed;
Irma, Verne, April's boss, Baxter Stockman, Ratking, and numerous other characters were totally removed from the show;
In addition, the opening sequence was hiked up, changing the music to a techno beat with flashing lights and scenes from the Tutles movies intercut with new scenes from the show.
This was a wonderfully done cartoon series. It was inventive and classy. Many stories were original and made sense as opposed to many cartoon series from that era. Animation was great. Nothing compared to today, but for that time it was something. An overall great series, catch the reruns where ever you can.
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