TMNT cartoon series review (Part 1 of 3)

James / April 19th, 2011

First in a 3 part opinionated retrospective of the original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series.

NOTE: The title was Teenage Mutant HERO Turtles in certain parts of Europe. (Not all of Europe)

SEE PART 2

SEE PART 3

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are also known as 忍者神龟, Les Tortues Ninja, Tartarughe Ninja, 忍者タートルズ AKA ティーンエイジ・ミュータント・ニンジャ・タートルズ, Черепашки-ниндзя AKA Подростки-мутанты-ниндзя-черепашки, Las Tortugas Ninja

Comments

  • roninjedi84

    April 19, 2011 at 12:07 am

    FIRST! Muahahaha! Yeah, never happened for me before. I forgot that Midnight brought Tuesday morning with it, and saw this link by accident watching the Monster Madness 2009 playlist. I loved this shit as a kid, and I’m looking forward to the next two parts.

    James, you’re the fucking man!

  • roninjedi84

    April 19, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Oh, yeah. With the recent release of The Real Ghostbusters series on DVD (still ongoing if I’m not mistaken), any chance we’ll get a review of that show anytime in the future?

  • April 19, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Ready to have your minds blown? You know who did the Shredder’s voice? Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I shit you not.

    • karel1

      January 2, 2014 at 12:42 am

      All ways loved James Avery as an actor. Thought he was great in the Fresh Prince. I had no idea he was the not just the voice of the Shredder, but the voice of so many other characters.

    • pashon

      January 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Looked it up on IMDB and it’s true… unfortunately, I also read that he died on dec 31, 2013. RIP James Avery.

  • canag0d

    April 19, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Casey Jones!!!

  • Gryz34

    April 19, 2011 at 12:39 am

    AVGN its Monday not Tuesday, but thanks for the video early :)

  • wct443

    April 19, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Awesome

  • Shaun

    April 19, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Love this! I can’t wait for the next part!

  • otio1

    April 19, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Dudee watch Turtles Forever like right now

  • Gryz34

    April 19, 2011 at 12:44 am

    wow thats cool chris but it was also done by 2 other guys for other episodes i’d like to compare them now

  • April 19, 2011 at 12:45 am

    awesome insight, this is gonna be great! :D can’t wait for part 2.
    also, yeah! turtles forever was hilarious and awesome!!

  • SomeCuriousGuy

    April 19, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Oh man!
    This brings up the old times when I saw this show as a child. It was one of my all time favorits! I´m looking forward to next week!

  • April 19, 2011 at 1:22 am

    love the use of SNES Turtles in Time music! :D :D :D freakin awesome game.

    you’re still awesome James. I remember when you put out the old TMNT action figures video on youtube. Still the bomb.

  • Xecrosis

    April 19, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I was a lucky kid. Born in ’92 and still had the pleasure of watching this excellent series. I still have the first 2 seasons of this awesome show on VHS.

  • April 19, 2011 at 1:25 am

    James when I heard you were going to do something with our favorite 4 turtles I immediately started rewatching the series. I was wondering if you bought them on DVD somewhere or are you watching them on recorded VHS tapes? Thanks for everything you do!

  • EnigmaBoi85

    April 19, 2011 at 1:28 am

    I really enjoyed this review. Mikey is my favourite too, however when I went to see this on the main page it didnt work so I clicked on the side bar instead, then it loaded up other wise I get the ‘ this episode is not avalable” thing I love all the stuff you do James and co, and turtle tuesday ? gives me a reason to love tuesdays its like something I’m also happy to look forward to coming from my happiest memories.

  • April 19, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Actually, Burns girlfriend doesn’t like turtles because her brother put one in her bed when she was five…at least thats what she says anyway…

  • April 19, 2011 at 1:40 am

    btw: “Reverse the Polarity” is a Dr. Who reference. the full reference is “Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.” Look it up, you’ll see! ;) lol. TMNT is full of stuff like that, obviously.

  • Malicious_Hero

    April 19, 2011 at 1:47 am

    You should watch TMNT Turtles Forever. Great film for any turtles fan, and would probably be a good little ending after these videos.

  • April 19, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Great job!
    Two things I noticed about the show:

    Leonardo always stated the obvious. He’d be the one that would say, “They’re getting away!” or “The building is collapsing!” My friends called him Leonardo, Master of the Obvious.

    The other one was that Vernon always seemed gay to me. Maybe it was his voice or his vanity. Or his pink shirt.

  • Pompkinini

    April 19, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Thanks for the nostalgia trip. Made me remember how much I loved the TV show and the comics as a kid. Still have issue 1 of the comics stored away in my closet.

  • Karate Kid Icarus

    April 19, 2011 at 2:57 am

    That brought me back.

    The robotic turtle episode was pretty good. I remember everyone started doing the whole “robo” thing ever since robocop the cartoon came out. I think the next bunch to do it after that was Ducktales with gizmo duck.

    I remember in that episode splinter uses the most powerful move that he knows and it doesn’t do anything to it. Kinda funny how he had this move in his arsenal and it doesn’t ever come up ever again.

    I could talk about ducktales and turtles for hours.

  • Karate Kid Icarus

    April 19, 2011 at 3:08 am

  • Tarsuar

    April 19, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Love it!
    When i was a kid i loved the show and had many action figures!!!
    Got every chapter on VHS tapes. I liked Michelangelo so much too, but why they replace his NUNCHAKUS by a ROPE on the later chapters??? Leonardo got his Katanas, but Michelangelo changed his fighting style? Seriously? Nunchakus are more violent than katanas? I didn’t like that part… did you remember?

    Cheers from Spain James!

  • ProduktionModal

    April 19, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Cinemassacre feels like it was made just for me. Keep up the great work James.

  • dasfonzie

    April 19, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Was that an original “soft head” edition of the Donatello action figure we saw fighting the foot soldier in the beginning?

  • April 19, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Since you’re a fan of Krang, I thought you’d appreciate this clip. It’s from an episode, Planet of the Turtleoids that was missed when Lions Gate put out the TMNT DVDs and can only be found on VHS.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnQYSTJ3oB8

  • April 19, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Aaah, the nostalgia… :)

    Really nice editing as well, accentuating many funny scenes from the series. Looking very much forward to the next parts!

  • viJilance

    April 19, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Honestly James I really value your opinion, but you should focus all your energy on either being the Angry nerd or not, cause I really don’t feel the anger in your AVGN videos anymore.

    There’s none of that immature selfish manifested hatred from all these years of being pissed at videogames you couldn’t beat in your childhood.

    Still, I love the TMNT cartoon and I love you, keep up the work.

  • April 19, 2011 at 4:21 am

    I’m 17 so I never saw the Ninja Turtles, I might get a season on DVD or something, you got me interested James.

  • April 19, 2011 at 4:23 am

    They were called ‘Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles’ in the UK. We couldn’t handle the fury of ninjas over here.

  • Karate Kid Icarus

    April 19, 2011 at 4:47 am

    I am kinda curious. Does anyone else agree that the Turtles should be as dark as the link I posted earlier? Because I do. I’m no masochist but I think edginess would be great.

  • LisVender

    April 19, 2011 at 5:13 am

    That’s surprising: I too thought the Turtles were goofy when I first heard about them (like an 8-year-old is suited to decide what’s goofy). I became interested in them when I saw a friend’s Donatello action figure and started beating up other action figures with it. Then I decided to give the show a chance. The first episode I saw was the one where Baxter Stockman is changed to a fly. That scene was kinda creepy, and I loved it. Of course, I’d never seen Krang or Shredder before, so they were a delightful surprise too. I was a fan ever since.

    I really dig the way you described the characters and their dynamics in this video. The examples you used cracked me up, particularly the laugh track scene and Krang’s singsong voice.

    The main difference between us is that Leonardo was my favorite turtle as a kid. He was dull, but he had drive and discipline, and I thought his swords were cool. Now, I’d have to say I like Donatello better because I find staff or spear combat more interesting technically than swordplay.

    Michelangelo is a lovable character, and I don’t hate him, but I didn’t like the effect that he had on the show’s image. Anyone who didn’t watch the show, i.e. my parents, assumed that all the turtles constantly used surfer lingo. That really frustrated me. This was my favorite show! There was more to it than “whoa dudes” and “cowabungas.”

    As much as I loved Krang’s ranting and raving, it was Raphael who made me laugh the most. Rob Paulsen just nailed the delivery on his lines. “Easy, Michelangelo; you’ll strip the gears in your brain box” has never left my memory in all the twenty-odd years since I first heard it.

    Anyway, this is a terrific idea for a video series, and I’m looking forward to more. Good job, James!

  • ajgenard

    April 19, 2011 at 5:56 am

    So Mikey is James’ favorite too? I think just about everyone shares that opinion. The few recent times I’ve discussed Turtles with my friends we all seem to favor him. Maybe that would be a good poll for the site???

  • 19Szabolcs91

    April 19, 2011 at 6:23 am

    An interesting fun fact: In Hungary they kept the word “ninja”, but not “mutant”. Maybe it was to make it match the opening song, but anyway, it was “Teenage Ninja Fighting Turtles”

    But did they really redub the entire thing in the UK?

  • April 19, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I never realised how much the newer 2003 cartoons was like the classic, if not, closer to the comics!

  • thatbastardfromfinland

    April 19, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Man! Gotta love the Turtles. I actually prefer the the later series just because it’s more faithful to the Mirage comics, even though, being a child of the 80s, I grew up with this iteration. In the comics it’s so badass when Leo and Raph actually get to use their weapons, like in the first volume when they battle the Triceratons and Leo thrusts both of his swords through his opponent. Here’s hoping we’ll see THAT in animated form some day.

  • Maffers7087

    April 19, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Pure awesome thank you. I can’t wait for part 2!

  • RobotEmilio

    April 19, 2011 at 7:07 am

    In Spain they were called just Ninja Turtles, and in catalan they were “The Fabulous Ninja Turtles”. And if google translate is correct catalan’s name to Shredder was carved, like carved meat xDD. What’s wrong with the translators?

  • no_aloha

    April 19, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I love that you used the game music. The Genesis Hyperstone Heist was my childhood. Mucho amor.

  • Volbla

    April 19, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I tried to watch through the turtles a year or so ago, but i don’t think i made it past the second season. Still it was pretty fun for what it was.

    When it comes to Leonardo being boring i remember one scene with him that was hillarious, but that’s mostly thanks to Michelangelo i guess. Leo makes some melodramatic hero speech like “We will stop you!” At first i just kind of rolled my eyes, but then Mike looks into the camera and remarks “Don’t you love it when he talks like that?”

    Besides that i only remember a couple of episodes we had recorded on vhs when i was little. Especially the one with the robot cowboy from the future, but i watched i dubbed i swedish so i sadly didn’t get any fun accent from him.

    Well, it was fun hearing you talk about it. Looking forwards to the other parts.

  • no_aloha

    April 19, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I never realized that Shredder was Uncle Phil! hah!

  • Filmmassacre

    April 19, 2011 at 8:41 am

    here in sweden they didn’t change the ninja name

  • April 19, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Deeple in the steeple with all the people.

  • Slayerarcana

    April 19, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Awesome, this brought back so many memories.
    I’m gonna play TMNT2 for the NES right now!

  • April 19, 2011 at 8:54 am

    What a great review!!
    Love TMNT!!
    James, i would love to see more of your good reviews as the angry video game nerd, such as the one you made with Ninja Gaiden and Castlevania.
    And the games i would love to see a review of are Megaman and Metroid.
    I need James voice reviewing thos fukn awesome games tha blew my god damned brains out with their awesomeness.
    Long live the nerd!

  • Steven T

    April 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Attempted murder, not murder.

    Also, that woman dumped Burne because he ordered mock turtle soup, so it wasn’t even real turtle and she was too stupid to know what mock means.

  • mwhitener

    April 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I own all the DVDs of this series that came out. This was my favorite show growing up and after revisiting some of them I still love it. The first movie is one of my top five movies of all time, it was even one of the first movies I saw in theaters. I got super excited when I heard you were going to review the original series. For a while I thought it was a tease because it was taking so long. Now I understand you had to take your time watching all the episodes so you could do it right. After seeing part one and knowing theres two more coming I can see this is going to be an awesome, and very detailed review.

  • April 19, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Great recount – makes me wish I owned the DVDs

  • UnholyFireDragon

    April 19, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Human? Yes.
    Normal? No no no no no!

    LOL

  • JayWak

    April 19, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I don’t know if someone already said that, but the European title “Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle” was probably for U.K only, because in France there was no censorship, it was called “Les Tortues Ninja” –> The Ninja Turtles.
    I just wanted to say that ninja is not such a violent / offensive word in Europe :)

  • JayWak

    April 19, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Oh, and in the French Live action movie version, Raphael doesn’t say DAAAAMN! He says “SHIIIIT” :D

  • Jimbo

    April 19, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Wow this show is stranger than I remember.

  • RocketeerRaccoon

    April 19, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Come to think of it, as a British person myself I’ve always found it weird that it was called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in the UK because the British Censorship thought anything “Ninja” related was considered offensive for a cartoon aimed for kids, also as a result any scenes showing Michelangelo’s nunchuks were removed. However when the 2003 cartoon came to the UK it kept it’s original title so I’m guessing the shitty censorship at the time was abolished.

  • April 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Oh this all brings back memories. I remember my dad picking me up from preschool saying “There’s a new TV show called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!” I overlooked my confusion and they keywords ninja and teenage excited me.

  • zeldamaster52

    April 19, 2011 at 11:49 am

    james really needs to watch the 2003 cartoon, its way better

  • April 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    @ zeldamaster52

    Without a doubt. I’m watching it right now! :D
    I hope he mentions it.

  • Luvtheshark

    April 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    When I was a kid, I always thought Shredder was so badass and evil. Looking back on it as an adult he really is just comedic relief!

  • Jigglysaint

    April 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I almost forgot how awesome TMNT is. You know, looking back at all these cartoons from that era, it’s hard to believe just what kind of entertainment we as kids were getting. I guess that’s why we are proud to compare our kids shows to the stuff kids were watching at that age group in the 90′s. I mean, kids in the late 90′s had Barney and all that stuff, and we got the Turtles, Transformers, GI-Joe and a whole bunch of other great shows. The ironic thing is that all of them were just toys that were being marketed to us in 30 minute commercials and somehow they ended up engaging our imagination. Perhaps this might be an interesting argument as to whether or not these shows of the 80′s, which could be compared to junk food, was actually better for us than the things specifically designed to teach children. Transformers or Barney, what show really taught our kids to use their imaginations?

  • Bryal

    April 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Alot of the 80′s cartoon villians really took turns being the court jester. If shredder was the court jester it must be marginally close when he’s side by side with Cobra Commander or Starscream. Maybe they just hold a three person show?

  • Bick Benedict

    April 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    wow really put together with a lot of sincerity and reverence for the show
    the voice of shredder sounds suspiciously like carl banks from fresh prince of bel air

  • beema

    April 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Great work man. Really nice trip down memory lane. I had completely forgotten how all the characters sounded. Some excellent classic cartoon voice acting there. Some of those guys were in EVERY cartoon back in the day, and some still are (as well as in video games).

    I feel like Donatello is also the voice of Steve on American Dad.

    @Bick, I’m guessing you mean Philip Banks, aka Uncle Phil, and yes it’s the same actor: James Avery.

  • Eastopia

    April 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Very well made review. I’m looking forward to the next part.

  • April 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Actually Krang was supposed to be in the 2nd film, it was revealed in the script that the Professor who created the Ooze was actually Krang, I’m not sure if it the scene was filmed, but that is what was meant to happen. Also Toka and Razar were originally supposed to be Beebop and Rocksteady, but I believe it was Eastman who didn’t want the film to be kiddy like and wanted it to be faithful to the comics like the first film.

  • Dylanlov

    April 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    that was awesome. this was my childhood. Love the Turtles.

  • April 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I remember seeing the toys at my friends house before I even seen a comic or tv show. I was in 4th grade and thought they were the bomb!

  • pobO

    April 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    “its a voolcaaanoo”
    aaaaah the memories. that line is just epic

  • Murphy2112

    April 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    The show really went downhill when they gave Michelangelo a grappling hook.

  • preying4war

    April 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Another direct hit, James! When you first announced “Turtle Tuesdays”, I knew you would produce a retrospective of such high quality & attentive research…you didn’t disappoint.
    I’m acquainted with TMNT because my younger brother worshipped the show, the three features, and had (almost) all the action figures.
    Have you seen HEAVY METAL 2000? Kevin Eastman was an animator, (creative consultant?), so you can see his style grafted all over the movie…especially when Tyler fights the lizard barbarian. Eastman’s wife, Julie Strain, also had the starring role.

  • Kiarachu

    April 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Not in all Europe was called “Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles”.Here in Italy the title remained the same…luckily…
    And for me it was a very addictive show.I haven’t missed a single episode…
    Sadly here in Italy they never released a dvd or a VHS…

  • Bael

    April 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm

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  • April 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Very good review/retrospective one small thing the Aliens in the comics were called Utroms or the TCRI’s and were not brains although in the issue you showed where you first see them they do resemble alien brains.

    NIce video James you must have put a lot of work into these I am looking forward to the rest of your stuff on Turtle Tudesdays to come =)

  • Ramus

    April 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    holy shit! what a blast from the past… time to whip out my TMNT dvd collection!

  • asnaes1981

    April 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    @Jigglysaint

    Our cartoons taught us to use our imaginations better than any Barney or Dora ever did. Poor late 90s kids. Listen to their music and you can see what happened to their minds. We 80s kids had better music, movies, and TV shows.

  • Nick Williams

    April 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I went up the loft today to get the VHS player and after looking through some tapes I actually found one of the old ninja turtle tapes I used to watch as a kid and though of you immediately. sure I was born in 1991 but I still remember liking it

  • April 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I think it’s funny how people say that this show is weirder/sillier than they remember. Am I really the only one who always remembered this series just the way it was?

    Maybe it’s because I didn’t actually see it that often as a child, I liked it but I wasn’t a fan so I guess I never tried to make it look any cooler in my mind than it actually was :P

  • Shipoopi

    April 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    They didn’t change the title here in Belgium either. Love you videos James, long time fan.

  • J5

    April 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Man im a 82 baby!… this sure brings me back down memory lane!!!!lol (-:

  • April 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Nope, in Italy their name was Tartarughe Ninja, so they didn’t change the name of the show

  • April 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    so happy to see you did this james. glad that theres 3 parts too, cant wait for this lengthy review into one of the most interesting phenomenons of the 80s

  • April 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I noticed you used one clip from the “April Fool’s” episode. You should have also included the moment when April runs to the two doors, opens one and finds Shredder. “Sorry. You should have tried Door Number 2!”

  • Riknight36

    April 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I can’t stop laughing at Krang saying, “It’s a volcaaaaaanooooo”

  • angel85

    April 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    the girlfriend hated turtles because as a child her brother put one in her bed, I actually have a comic book version of that episode with a cassette tape of the dialogue. One thing that always confused me is that she accused him of being a turtle lover when he ordered turtle soup, if he loved turtles why would he EAT them?

    I think Bebop and Rocksteady were played for laughs because of the basic nature of Rhinos and Warthogs. Both are very powerful and violent animals to be sure, but they are also slow witted, prone to charging ahead without thinking.

  • Otaku4Life

    April 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Shredder As A FLY?????
    X’D

  • Warrax

    April 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Excellent documentary so far James, I really love your documentaries and now it’s about TMNT so it’s awesome with full of nostalgia. Thanks for doing this.

  • itscmillertime

    April 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    This was Really good! I bought my brother a few ninja turtles vhs tapes off ebay a few years back and it was fun going down memory lane. Also in the box of tapes i bought were some episodes of C.O.W. boys of moo-mesa, some biker mice from mars, and the 90s version of land of the lost. What a great time to be a kid!

  • neovader

    April 19, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I may have missed it, but I haven’t seen you mention the 2009 cartoon turtles movies called: Tutles Forever. You may be into the original series since that is what you grew up with, and yes this is based on the newer cartoons…however, they did an awesome thing and worked in the turtles from the 1987 cartoon into the new cartoon universe. I highly recommend watching it as they kind of point out some of the things you highlighted in your review of the original cartoon. They also got I think some voices from the 1987 cartoon, and some that are pretty close which makes it fun. You can find it on YouTube as I think a 10 part series.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1543920

  • April 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I like the 2003 tmnt better. the first 5 seasons of the show, after that it turned into poop.

  • Mr. Game And Watch

    April 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    does anyone know how to get a profile pic?

  • LordPindar

    April 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    It’s a matter of fact that Richard Dawkins, the famous evolutionary biologist, hates the ninja turtles. I alwais found it hillarious, that a man who takes himself so seriously would resort to actualy badmouthing the ninja turtles in one of his 80s lectures, he said, quote: “…and then perhaps the teenage mutant ninja turtles will go the way of the dinosaurs”. He wants to see them dead!!! Maybe he’s realy Oroku Saki

  • April 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I really enjoyed this review of the TMNT cartoon. It brought back memories of a great cartoon from the eighties, and I simply love the comment about April “Banana coat wearing bitch”. Awesome! All the facts about each character, especially Crang & Shredder, were just amazing. Crang was always my favourite, with that crazy voice of his. It was the best part of the show. Interesting how he was an exclusive. I honestly could never see a talking brain working as an actualy acceptable character, in a live action movie. I don’t think they could have ever pulled that off. Seriously, imagine the original (and only good) TMNT movie, having a talking brain/octopus thing. It would have never worked. This was before computer graphics were a really big thing like they are today, which means Crang would probably have been clay animated. They tried having something similar to Rocksteady and Bebop in the second film, and the result was horrible! Crang will always belong in a cartoon. I honestly don’t know what cartoons are like today, but back then, TMNT, was classic entertainment. It was just something fun and relaxing to watch, and even today I would not mind seeing a couple of the shows again. Just for nostalgic reasons. Thank you for putting together such a wonderful review of the original TMNT cartoon. I deeply enjoyed seeing all the awesome details, and wait patiently for the next part. Michael.

  • Joker83

    April 19, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Please tell me you saw the truly AWESOME crossover TMNT movie that came out in the last couple years.

  • Bick Benedict

    April 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    @beema
    Yeah, sorry, Uncle Phil (Philip Banks). Yes, I knew it was him right away. I was thinking of Carlton Banks I guess.

  • April 19, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Haven’t gone through all the comments to see if this was posted, but it’s funny that Shredder was voiced by Uncle Phil form the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, James Avery.

  • April 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    And of coure it was…

  • DeezyJeezy

    April 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    PHONY! your a PHONY, James! In the TMNT III review you said you hated it, that leo was only in one fight scene because he was your, “favorite turtle.” and in this review your all over mikeys nuts. ‘Continuity’ mean anything to you sir James! PHONY. LoL love you man, I just like being a douche… PHONY

  • April 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Man james you rule. Your videos make me feel like a kid again.
    Thank You.

  • April 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Yep, being an 1982 kid this brought be back – I always rocked it TMNT style- I was a squatter and lived in a couple sewers and we’d always joke that we were like the turtles. Never in NYC tho- the tunnels and sewers are diseased to the max to use TMNT lingo

  • Valis77

    April 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Best series ever!

  • AnotherJames

    April 19, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Take a look at 1:06. The title cards for the episodes switched Leo and Mikey around, didn’t they? Looks like either Mike’s holdin’ Leo’s katana or Leo stole Mike’s laundry.

  • April 19, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Shredder’s original Backstory is one of the primary reasons I really love the Live action Ninja Turtle movies along with the 2003 cartoon. Shredder is the absolute Badass the he was written to be in those incarnations. To be fair though, The 80′s Shredder is Funny as Hell. Especially since it’s Uncle Phil/James Avery being awesomely Evil.

  • AnotherJames

    April 20, 2011 at 12:12 am

    CinEmAssaCRe’s TMNT cARtOOn sERiEs revIEw wILL reTUrn AftER thESE mESSagEs

  • April 20, 2011 at 12:25 am

    damn that was awesome. only James Rolfe can make reviews like this!

  • April 20, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I’ve said this before, but I like the look of the turtles when they were drawn with the more accentuated beaks. Just thought it looked cooler.

  • April 20, 2011 at 12:27 am

    You guys should check out this TMNT/Quantum Physics rap “Dimension X”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6qLj8X67HA

  • April 20, 2011 at 12:28 am

    By the way, that rap I talked about has a bunch about Uncle Phil/Uncle Shredder…funny as hell.

  • Blackdast

    April 20, 2011 at 12:46 am

    James you ding-ding how could you of all people not realize that the voice at the beginning was Krang saying “we’ll be back after these messages” ?

  • Repner

    April 20, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Yep. Throughout my childhood I always knew it as Teenage Mutant HERO Turtles. I remember seeing some action figures with the original title, and thought it might have been some sort of spin off series.

    Yeah. I can never understand why they changed that title

  • sinisterjuggernaut

    April 20, 2011 at 1:42 am

    yeah, it gets my blood boiling just thinking we never had a live action Krang. I hope they make the new movie adult and have Krang.

  • April 20, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Thanks for the in-depth and first part review of the TMNT, James. This really brings back fond memories, and just makes me want to watch the old show again even more.

    I remember my brother and I used to have a Ninja Turtle with a pizza that turned into a throwing star. Heh.

    Loving Turtle Tuesdays, and eagerly await part 2. :)

  • drawoh

    April 20, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Thanks for the great review, I think all the people who of fans of all your material in general and not just AVGN could understand why you said you were taking a break, maybe now some of the ones who are not can see why. I’m just as happy watching this or a new AVGN, thanks again for the free entertainment.

  • April 20, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I love this show. It is so much fun, even today

  • drev

    April 20, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Great review ! There are a lot to tell about this show, for example It’s wired how the drawing quality change sometimes. I think that the episode of Season 03 Episode 29 “The Turtle Terminator” was draw by those who made “scooby doo”, just look how the turtule are draw in the van and how irma eyes glow

  • Schloss Ritter

    April 20, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I came along a bit early for the TMNT craze of the late 80s, but I got to see my younger cousins go through it. I even played through the Arcade/NES/SNES games with them, but they were always much better.

    Donatello was my favorite, being the nerd of the group.

  • Colar

    April 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Actually the part about the word Ninja being forbidden in Europe is only partly true. The french version (which includes France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg, a big part of Europe) was called “Tortues Ninja”, Ninja Turtles in english.

  • Krozan

    April 20, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I am from Norway and there they called it teenage mutant ninja turtles

  • krull1981

    April 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I think it was named Hero Turtles in the UK because the BBFC had a real thing against Ninjas and Ninja weapons in general all scenes of films with throwing stars and nunchucks were cut from lots of films even Enter the Dragon had the Nunchuck scene edited out and was only put back in in the late 90′s.

    They even badly cut a scene from the first TMNT movie where Michealangelo kisses the TV because his nunchucks are in full view.

    Im guessing even the word ninja offended them.

    Thes are the same gits that wouldnt give Manhunt 2 a rating and caused rockstar to have to delay it for ages yet they gave Dark Knight a 12 rating.

  • Undertaker91

    April 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    i liked this, it was even more in depth then the Nostalgia Critics review. though 2 b fair he only reviewed the first season. anyways i grew up in between the 2 different Ninja Turtles shows so i never really got into either of them. given that, i liked this review. good job James and keep this up, it was pretty good

  • headcase

    April 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Awesome condensed retrospective, and only part 1 of 3 :O

  • umster

    April 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    this was a awesome clip. big nostalgia trip. i remember back in primary school when TMNT was at its peak if you couldnt draw a half descent turtle there was something wrong with you :)

  • April 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    does everyone knows the shredder was voiced by UNCLE PHIL from the fresh prince of bel aire….did you mention that james

  • TomM

    April 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Oh TMNT Tuesdays, how I could get used to you. Cool video.

  • likalaruku

    April 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Forgetting the origin story in the first episode, the first time I saw Shredder take the mouthpiece of his helmet, I thought he was black.; Halle Berry black.

    My favorite Ninja Turtles ripoff is Biker Mice from Mars.

  • rammstein81

    April 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Only the videogame nerd could pull a preview like this. Bravo!

  • zbeeblebrox

    April 21, 2011 at 3:18 am

    “Saki! SAAAKIIIIII! WHERE’S MY BOOODY?! YOU PROMISED ME A BODY!”

    God, I loved Krang. He was like this belligerent old woman that Shredder was married to.

  • JHetfield0816

    April 21, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Man that was great! I really felt like I was 8 years old again racing home from school to watch TMNT…ah, that really brought back memories. And I really forgot how hilarious Krang was. Thanks, James!

  • April 21, 2011 at 8:40 am

    uuumm james i live in europe and i can safely say that the show was never called tmht. i dont know where you got that from but its wrong.

  • Neville

    April 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

    @ Boris. It was only in certain parts of Europe that it was called TMHT.

  • April 21, 2011 at 9:46 am

    in france the show was called “les tortues ninja”(the ninja turtle) . the word mutant has dissepered

  • felphero

    April 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

    “Upon TMNT’s first arrival in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, Austria, Germany, and some other countries in Europe, the name was changed to “Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles” (or TMHT, for short), since local censorship policies deemed the word ninja to have excessively violent connotations for a children’s program (in Ireland, however, the first season aired as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” before changing to “Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles”)”

    so, there you go

  • nowhere

    April 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I’m surprised that no one has mentioned Shredder was voiced by Uncle Phil from the fresh prince of bel air.

  • nabu

    April 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

    David Balga: Same thing in Hungary, but the Teenage part hasn’t disappeared. It’s called Tini nindzsa teknősök (Teenage Ninja Turtles), no sign of the mutant part.

  • DragonFire1984

    April 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Here in Finland it was sometimes TMHT and sometimes TMNT. I remember being confused when I was a kid.

  • April 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Well, in Italy it was “Tartarughe Ninja alla riscossa” that basically means Ninja Turtles go to the Charge! So I guess we were allowed to say ninja… but not mutant nor teenage!

  • Villarreal

    April 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    A special mention should be made about the censorship in the later seasons, where Mikey’s Nunchucks disappeared and we had to get used to the idea of the lame grappling hook….

    I quite disliked that…

  • April 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Im from Germany, and what i heard is that the Turtles was named “Hero Turtles” here, because in the 80s and early 90s nobody knewed what a ninja is or what he does.

    But great videos anyways :)

  • April 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I Love how you synced up the animations of the turtles talking when you were talking explaining things haha. Good stuff.

  • twist

    April 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Hey James! I just wanted to let you know that what you make is, fucking awesome. I grew up the same time you did so for me and everyone else our age your videos are especially awesome and oh so nostalgic.

    Oh and btw that TMNTs figure, that fucking yellow bird asshole with the pilot jacket, I had him as a kid, still have him somewhere in the attic I think and I remember looking for a episode with him in it but I never could find one!
    NOW I KNOW WHY, he was only on the TMNTs fucking TV for like a minute, what the fuck?

    Anyways, thanks for everything so far man, wish you the best and hoping to see a lot more!

    PS if my english is bad…. im from Norway so.. cut me some fucking slack its freezing up here.

  • Luluor

    April 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Irma is dressed and looks the same as Jeanette from Alvin and the Chipmunks. I mean, it’s fucking exact.
    My brain just sploded from the 80s cartoonage . . .

  • Phryj

    April 22, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Yes! We have the same favorite Ninja Turtle! Awesome!

  • bobrod15

    April 22, 2011 at 2:36 am

    I had an extensive collection of ninja turtles in my day too. But while at day camp, I brought all of my ninja turtles to the sandbox so everyone could play(goddamn I had all 4 originals too). I left em sitting on a bench while I got a drink of water, when I got back-gone. What The Fuck! I must’ve cried my eyes out after that. Fuck them kleptomaniac Ass Day Campers!!!!!!!!! HA!!!!!!!

  • DragonFire1984

    April 22, 2011 at 3:53 am

    twist > Don’t be afraid you being a norwegian. It’s okay. I’m not perfect in english either.

  • Sniffie

    April 22, 2011 at 4:28 am

    @ felphero

    I live in Sweden, and here it was called NINJA turtles, my VHS tapes i had as a kid even had the original american intro, thogh the show itself was dubbed to swedish

  • CrazyTeethKiller

    April 22, 2011 at 4:55 am

    In Denmark it was always called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles obviously with a Danish voice cast!

  • Jeremy

    April 22, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I did not realise James Avery, who played Phillip Banks in Fresh Prince of Bell Air voiced Shredder in the early seasons of the show.

  • TheOverToe

    April 22, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Yeh, I live in the UK and it was called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. Then the first movie came out and it changed to Ninja. I was 5 at the time and even then it didn’t make sense to me. Sensoring “Ninja”… I think someone gave the excuse “Ninja will turn children violent.” As opposed to “Hero”? Really? Glamorizing the violence as heroic is better than thinking they were trained ninjas who kick naughty children’s asses? Stupid UK.

    You just reminded me, I have a remote controlled Raphael on a turtle foot shaped skateboard somewhere. I might take it out later… I’ll look so fucking cool. B-D

    By the way I’m gonna check the cartoons out again. I didn’t know the first season had linked stories! Sounds good. *Starts breakdancing* *Spins out of room on his shell*

  • Squall85

    April 22, 2011 at 10:49 am

    In my country TMNT wasn’t really in I think. I knew the characters and a friend of mine had action figures. But I’ve only seen only one episode in my language and the rest was on german channels. But looking at this retrospect I feel like I missed something good. It has many sides as you said, serious and funny at the same time. Great work, James!

  • April 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Damn you Oroku Saki!!!! Damn You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great video James! TMNT will always be one of my favorite shows of all time. I still love watching the episodes all these years later. I really miss the days of being a kid and running home to watch TMNT and Ducktales. Those were really the days.

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    April 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    @Sniffie:

    Actually, I think it varied here. I could be wrong, but I remember both HERO and NINJA Turtles.

  • Sniffie

    April 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    @ The Kaleidoscopic God

    Yeah i just found a clip on youtube from the tapes i had… and it was “hero”, and even the intro theme song was dubbed over to “hero”…

    Wierd cous i really remember it as “ninja”

  • Hourglass

    April 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Still one of the highlights of 80′s animation. Sure it was corny at times, even campy. But damn it was entertaining!

    One thing I always loved about the show was how they broke the 4th wall on a regular basis. It really enhanced the comedic value and pulled you in as a viewer. Sort of like what we saw in the 90′s with cartoons like Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures.

    Anyway, awesome start to the review James. I’m digging the Turtle Tuesday motif, keep up the good work!

  • Iron Uppercut

    April 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    You gotta admit, 80′s and 90′s cartoons were much better. We have a whole network dedicated to cartoons now…..so why do I see live action shows?!?! Being born in 1980, I can remember all the good toys and shows. I still have almost all the TMNT figures and vehicles. I also had many He-Man toys, and would always make the two brands fight each other. If I could find the pictures I took of the large-scale wars that were in my room, that might be my new avatar. Great video. Looking forward to the next.

  • April 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Excellent review; looking forward to the rest of the series.

    I wish I had been younger to experience the TMNT blitz. My two younger brothers loved TMNT and had (and still have) a lot of the action figures and playtoys. I just have GI Joe and Transformers. I was already too old for TMNT toys, but did enjoy the cartoon. The cartoon was awesome.

    I’m in the same boat with you wondering why Hollywood never included Krang in the movies. You’d think it’s be a no brainer. He was certainly my favorite villain of the series and I hope he is included in a future movie.

    I agree with Mike–I want to see the technodrome in action and the stone soldiers break through to our side.

  • TheAceofSpadez

    April 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    This is great so far, James. Can you review the other awesome cartoons like He-Man, Ghostbusters, Transformers, etc. I don’t know what’s up with cartoons nowadays.

  • jalvarez82

    April 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Me and my brother were both obsessed with this show too. In fact, we actually tried eating pizza wth ice cream on it one time because we saw the turtles do it. lol

  • bobrod15

    April 23, 2011 at 2:05 am

    You know Ace of Spadez, you brought up a good point! What the fuck is up with cartoons nowadays!? They just don’t mean what they used to. It seems like every cartoon I see on nick or CN, they seem like variations of the grand daddy of em all, Ren and FUCKING Stimpy. Eyes poppin out, impalements, boogers, shit, the works. It was great, but now a million other shows have followed suit and they just seem so over the top and fake (yeah a fake cartoon, whatever). Ren and Stimpy, God Bless you wherever you are (VH-1, I think)-you were the first, you should have been the last. OH JOY………or not.

  • Kobbern

    April 23, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Actually in Norway we had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, from what i remember as a kid, but i agree, it’s stupid to sensor that.
    One of the main reason i hate sensorship so much, i watched Lord of the Rings cartoon as a kid, and it had blood and violent stuff, and i’m still the same :)

  • PopcornFanatic

    April 23, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Great video.
    One thing that has me confused though, you mention Leonardo being the leader, but when I listen to the MC Hammer song Turtle Power, it mentions Raphael is being the leader. So who is the genuine leader of all?

  • Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    April 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Another great video James. This Turtle Tuesdays thing is something I’ve grown to look forward too. I’m wondering, have you seen the TMNT anime? Not the US show dubbed into Japanese (which did happen with both TMNT shows), the actual anime. It’s a two-part OVA (original animated video), the first part shows The Turtles using their Super Hero powers (the overly muscled Super Hero TMNT toys), and the second part shows The Turtles using their Super Armor (the metal animals that merged with The Turtles). The OVAs are REALLY not that good, but for Turtles fans, they’ve got a lot of schlock value. You can watch them both on Youtube, they’re only 30 minutes each so it won’t take too long to take them in if you haven’t already. It would be nice to hear your thoughts on them if possible.

  • Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    April 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

    @ Popcornfanatic: The leader of the Turtles has always been Leonardo. I’m assuming Partners In Kryme (these are the guys who did that song, not MC Hammer) just didn’t know the property well enough to know who the leader was and just ran with Raphael because he was such a badass in the movie. Or because his name worked better with that lyric, who knows? But yeah, Leo has always been the leader.

  • RDM4321

    April 23, 2011 at 11:35 am

    “Stupid banana raincoat wearin bitch”

    hahaha AVGN reference :D

  • April 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    This is such a great video, James! Can’t wait for the next 2 parts! Love it!

  • AlirazaVideoGamesonYouTube

    April 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    as expected, once again we get a quality review from james (he is NOT the avgn here folks, that is just one of his characters, this is james). lots of great detailed info! i like how the video broke down each character from the first season. one thing though james! i wish you would have taken a short 3 second clip of BORAT saying a NOT JOKE from his movie borat sagdiyev comings to america for makings better of kazakhstan! why? well VERN looks EXACTLY like borat!!!! it would have fit so perfectly to top off the not joke. btw, finding that not joke is tedious as is many of these details you put into this video. your production costs are always high and i, just like others, appreciate your work! it blows away all the junk out there on “television” today, especially with the ridiculous censorship nonsense

  • GodDamnSlavik

    April 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    TMHT actually sounds good compared to the Israeli version, ‘The Ninja Turtles’, just ‘The Ninja Turtles’.

  • Viruss_R_uss

    April 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    oh man oh man where to begging love the show back then, my friends and still do, and just by watching this first part of your review i got the chills but good chills you know like when you fell happy or some shit like that rely brings me a good felling and good memories to see people get exited with the turtles not in a sexual way don freak out on my dude’s but yeah love the turtles that cartoon was amazing and I just can remember how it end the last season that I saw was when they destroy channel 6 building and all the city was fuck up and that is all that I remember and man need to see that series one ore time I rely like that show and I was a big fan of the turtles and kind of thing of it I still am have some old figures of the turtles from when I was a kid and almost all my collection of the turtles was destroy if you answer this message back i will gladly tell you how they where destroy and there is a game boy involve on this and still hunt my dreams so sad on losing my turtles but oh well pass is pass right.

    massacre dude’s I rely like the things that you are doing god vibe to you all and yes I also am a fan of the nerd dude love the old Nintendo games reviews and also I’m a gamer or was cause right now don’t play much but yeah play a lot of games and yeah I pass a lot of games for the NES & SNES.

    Well my friend keep the great job that you have done so far and will keep waiting for the next parts of the Turtles review., and also hope the new cartoon is cool and hope the movie comes out grate as well

    later dude’s

    Viruss’R'uss Out

  • cloob1

    April 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Dude, where’s the new OA? Just came back tonight to watch it and it’s GONE!! Were people whinning about it? Because I know it’s about the Easter Bunny… -_-

  • April 24, 2011 at 2:15 am

    You should see the special movie of TMNT for ever, they mix the 1986 version, 2003 and the original comic book. http://youtu.be/kZQrXH08AQA

  • rom

    April 24, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Krang was also a regular for the 1st year in the tmnt Adventures comic from archie comics. he was in issues 1- 13, and i belive 23-25. Awsome review as always james!

  • April 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    this was my absolute favorite show..i would get up early..it went like this..rocky & bullwinkle followed by Super Mario Bros. Super Show, and finally..Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles..and it was all before school started..man i had no problem waking up as a child..i was up before my parents..it kicked so much ass

  • Darth House

    April 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Logged in to say this is the sort of stuff I come to the site for. I love AVGN but it’s felt forced for awhile, maybe too scripted. Love the fresh stuff, keep it rollin.

  • Freaknut

    April 25, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Fucking. Can’t. Wait.

  • SirLinkalot96

    April 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Awesome video, as usual. Also, I think Shredder would be the dad and Krang would be the mother.

  • Romulator

    April 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    A while ago I started posting my comments about the TMNT knowing that James was going to do a mega review of my favorite series, I wanted people to know where they could wathc the whole of this amazing series totally for free and legally, I am pleased to say that hundreds of you did click the link and am greatful and humbled that you did, it saddened me to think that some of you thought it a hoax, it most certainly is not, I would not waste my time writing a message of this detail for mere spam. I love the Turtles, Raphael, Leanardo, Splinter who was a human and went by a different name, Amazing. Splinter who they let get away every time and the nutty prof who became a Bee – what were they thinking, oh yes Donatello and Michaelangelo – amazing stuff. I watched the whole series here http://vizzed.com/vizzedboard/retrotoons/index.php?show=13&ref=65348 this is not boom and you know what if you don’t want to watch it, thats your look out, but then why did you watch the review. The technodrome is awesome, but Rock Steady and Bee bop are idiots and I wish Krang had never met Splinter in 1987 – what an idiot and get me a Pizza.

  • DJSiQRiQ

    April 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    You forgot about Casey Jones dude,

  • April 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Some kids had Batman growing up. Some kids had the X-Men. I had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    I definitely want to point people who loved the show growing up to the lesser-known TMNT comic, Archie’s TMNT Adventures. There’s a write-up on all the main episodes (lacking the one-shots and the spin-off about the Mutanimals, unfortunately) at http://www.comicvine.com/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-adventures/49-20278/

    I bring up TMNTA because so few people seem to know about it (or they dismiss it instantly) and because of its relation to the TV show. TMNTA started with a 3-issue miniseries that recapped season one of the show, then adapted a couple season two episodes for the first four issues… but after that the team started writing original stories with better art, and the comic morphed into its own unique beast. It featured the characters from the cartoon that don’t show up in any other Turtle franchise (Krang, Bebop, Rocksteady, etc.), but then it started incorporating original villains (the best of which was probably Null the demonic uber-capitalist, who sells the rights to eat everything on Earth to an alien insect queen) and allies (such as the proprietors and wrestlers from the Stump Intergalactic Wrestling Federation).

    What’s more, TMNTA actually addressed the issue of Bebop and Rocksteady being non-threatening by letting them eventually beat the Turtles in #25 (and Krang and Shredder in the process). The series also gradually brought in more multicultural and environmental themes, with the Turtles spending time in South America, Asia and the Middle East, and later storylines involved a future where the ocean levels had risen to engulf the coastal cities due to global warming. As the story went on it took a more mature tone; for example, the series more or less ends with Raphael breaking up with his girlfriend for stupid reasons despite having been warned how much he’d regret doing so by his future self. Not that the series completely eschewed the cartoon’s penchant for the absurd, but that was part of what made it fun.

    If you loved the cartoon back in the day and want a kind of alternate take on that TMNT universe, track down TMNTA. The original storylines start with #5. The really memorable arcs are probably #10-13 (which was more or less the close to the original TV series plotlines the comic inherited), #14-19 (plus the three-issue Mighty Mutanimals spin-off), #28-30 (where some Japanese guys try to summon a demon in a nuclear reactor), #38-39 (plus the issue of Mighty Mutanimals that makes it a crossover trilogy), #42-44 (the first future storyline) and #68-70 (chronologically the end of the series).

  • April 26, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Um the Turtles didn’t start out as a comic book, they where introduced as a Role playing game by Palladium books publishing before the comics.

  • HoopyHobo

    April 26, 2011 at 7:54 am

    You sure about that, Gary? TMNT #1 was published in May 1984 and the RPG was released in 1985.

  • April 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Yeah, the Mirage Studio comics definitely came first. The RPG, TMNT & Other Strangeness (which was awesome, especially the first edition before they censored it), came a year later.

  • MattiasBodare

    April 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    This brings back lots of memories :D
    I’ve probably got the whole series in VHS (In swedish)

  • MattiasBodare

    April 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Just correcting me here, I’ve probably got the whole First Season on VHS lol

  • Romulator

    April 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    correct me if I am wrong but you wont need a vhs or a dvd if you watch the tutles online………………. oh how would you do that?……………………………………………………………………. why bother searching, I just found this.

    http://.vizzed.com/vizzedboard/retrotoons/index.php?show=13

    if this post gets deleted then the person who does it is no fan of the tutles, I love this video, jus tthe right mix of aspergers to fan ratio talent

  • April 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Ocarina of Time DOES indeed introduce Ganon’s mother. Er, mothers…

    http://www.zeldawiki.org/Twinrova

  • Strazdas

    April 29, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Im from europe and i never heard anyone call it teenage mutant hero turtles here. guess im lucky. The show is awsome, one of my favorite cartoons of all time. though im probably not as crazy as some were about it.
    And yes the 4 totaly different personalities is what made it so fun, theres always something going on.

  • AE4NES

    April 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Baxter Stockman wasn’t created for the cartoon. He was in the second issue of the comic book (as were the mousers)… However, in the comic, he’s black.

  • supershroom

    May 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Wow that was fantastic. I haven’t seen that show in over 15 years, it sure brought back a lot of memories. I forgot how funny Krang was. Well done sir!

  • raver-animal

    May 3, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Hey Avgn!
    I’m one of your few french fan, and I have to correct you on something you said on your TMNT review.
    I don’t know if anywhere else in Europe the word “Ninja” is or isn’t used in the title, but back here in France, we call this show “Tortue Ninja” (Ninja Turltes). So yeah, there is the word “Ninja” included in the title in at least one country in Europe. Don’t know about the others though..
    Anyway, great review! Keep up the good work! ;)

  • May 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Well Gary Miller you sure as hell made a massive fool of yourself =). Everyone knows that the comics came first.

  • MaverickhunterX

    May 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I was born in 1997 and knew that Gary Miller

  • cool99

    May 4, 2011 at 12:26 am

    sweet

  • NES MANIAC

    May 4, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I don’t know about the rest of the Europian Countries, but here in Greece, we were calling the show “Ninja Turtles” instead of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.

  • Mr_Pink

    May 5, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles originated in an American comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984 by Eastman and Laird.
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness the role playing game mentioned by Gary Miller was published by Palladium Books in 1985 it also included original comics and illustrations by Eastman and Laird.

  • ste022

    May 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    We got completely screwed over turtles here in england, it was changed to hero turtles (I remember being confused when the movie came out, as it had ninja in the title) and michelangelo’s nunchuk scenes were toned down. And it still hasn’t ended were still being screwed with the dvd releases, we only got a 25th anniversary edition containing seasons 1 & 2 in 2009 and thats it. I’ve had to ordered all my dvd’s from the us.

  • ste022

    May 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Does anyone else laugh when they hear shredder knowing that it’s uncle phil from fresh prince?

  • May 18, 2011 at 2:03 am

    So according to an audio tape version of an episode, Tiffany hates turtles because her brother (i think) put a turtle in her bed when she was 5 years old. Great vid. can’t wait to watch the rest of them :)

  • Encensoir

    May 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Haha we were lucky enough in France not to have any mention of Teenage or Mutant in the title, they were just called Ninja Turtles. A bit shortened but less stupid.

  • laffer

    May 18, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    “Rewind to 1987″

    If only I could!

  • theCount

    May 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

    @ste022
    same here in germany
    stupid politicians always ruining everything fun for kids
    shoulda made teletubbies illegal instead. that show killed more braincells than a nunchuk ever could

    but I never really watched the show, except for that one year, when they aired the 5th or 6th season, because the show was like 4 times a day on that particular channel^^

  • Mariusz69

    May 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    (checks internets for Irma porn)

  • UltimateTomato

    May 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Ahaha so much good nostalgia! I never got tired of Krang saying “DiMeNsiOn X”

  • June 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Someone noticed that in the clips of the anti-drug special you can see Michelangelo’s crotch? D:

  • movieflame1

    June 4, 2011 at 11:45 am

    thanks for making this james! now i’m going to watch every episode! downloading the torrent as we speak!

  • June 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Donny was actually wrong when he said the transwarp drive thingy. A flux is actually a scalar and vector quantity to measure flows in electromagnetism.

  • July 1, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Is it bad that I understood Donatello’s technobabble? Basically he said that the ship created a wormhole in space and time. Kinda like holes in swiss cheese.

  • linkfan3

    July 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    my uncle was such a nerd for this series he made my mom draw the characters from the show all the time

  • Diddy Kong6

    August 8, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I had a VHS tape. Wish I was around for me. I loved the shit outta it tho.

  • August 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    This was so inspiring and funny to watch. Thank you. :)

  • exploda

    September 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I got yelled at for calling him Dr. Bastard!!!! It’s awesome that you mentioned that since I have such a vivid memory of the incident.

  • Firewall_Philip_Hanan

    October 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Teenage Newton Ninja Turtles. Heroes In A Soft Baked Crust!

  • Starcraft39

    October 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Teenage Mutant *bleep* Turtles. That was classic.

  • November 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    This was so inspiring and funny to watch fine oyun

  • JerrySanbox

    January 30, 2012 at 12:41 am

    i always thought it was wierd,,if you ordered turtle soup wouldn’t that mean you didnt love turtle….why does she call him a turtle lover , it bothered me as a kid and still does

  • AndreasBergJakobsen

    February 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    In Denmark, the Ninja/Hero controversy was never an issue, but because it was changed in Britain, both titles were used on different occasions. However, as most of you fellow Europeans has already said, we simply used to call them “Ninja Turtles”. Thank you for a fantastic video, James. It really brings back a lot of great memories.

  • AndreasBergJakobsen

    February 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    In Denmark, the Ninja/Hero controversy was never an issue, but because it was changed in Britain, both titles were sometimes used on different occasions. However, as most of you Europeans have said, we simply used to call them “Ninja Turtles”. Thanks for a fantastic video, it really brings back a lot of great memories.

  • AniChan

    February 11, 2012 at 1:38 am

    I’m lucky that the show took ages to air here in Mexico, I was born in 1990 and mi childhood was divided between dragon ball, power rangers and ninja turtles… the best ten years of my life, then came 2000 and mexican tv turned into a pile of dog shit…

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  • Sarrells

    February 21, 2012 at 5:47 am

    You’re awesome, James.

  • HorazStCruz

    March 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Well, it was just a hunch, but now i’m certain we have had a superb voice acting in these series in Latin America. Mike’s voice here was the same voice put to “Where’s Wally” Narrator… whatever that means.

  • DavidARice

    August 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I had a Turtlecom.

  • Starcraft39

    January 8, 2013 at 6:54 am

    What you said about Shredder being a lexicon of insults reminded me of when I was a kid and had to print out a copy of another student’s play and I saw the word ‘dolt’, I thought it was a typo and put ‘idiot’ instead even though it was right before it. SCREW YOUTUBE FOR BANNING YOU! I blame Lars Ulrich…

  • David Williamson

    January 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    The Bumper sounds like a dying piece of shit Krang… On that note… Why was Krang never in the trilogy?

  • Haziel Olivera

    April 22, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I used to have the first season on DVD but know I can’t find it ;_;
    So this brought back epic nestolgia

  • Chill Man

    May 4, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    The Teenage Mutant ***** Turtles.

  • fardawg

    July 25, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Ace Duck was actually a toy first. His bio on the toy card makes him part of the Turtles universe as he was accidentally created by Krang while he was trying to have a duck transported to Dimension X so he could eat it’s brains. Human test pilot Ace Conrad got caught in the transporter beam and merged with the duck. The turtles found him and payed him to be the pilot of the Turtle Blimp.

  • October 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Since the situation regarding the title has been told about so many European countries, let it be revealed how it was in Finland.

    Here, BOTH titles were used; the TV series shown on TV was the British version with altered opening tune, with title “Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles”. Most of the merchanidise also had that title, but not the toys – those were always labeled as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. So was some of the other merchandise that was probably imported directly from the United States. When some of the episodes were released in VHS tapes, the title in the box cover was always labeled as “Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles” but the opening sequence in them was the American version with the title “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. Oh, and when the TV series was shown on television, the translated title was “Teini-ikäiset mutanttisankarininjakilpikonnat” which would translate as “Teenage Mutant Hero Ninja Turtles”. Talk about confusing.

  • Cameron VanDamme

    January 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Man… rest in piece James Avery. Great review.

  • January 2, 2014 at 2:52 am

    greatest cartoon of all time. im 25, just had a tmnt themed birthday party. two bottles of liquor with a few friends and pizza, tmnt ballons, a cookie cake lol life is still good in some ways, I may be nastolgic as fuck but that’s the only thing that keeps me partially sane.

  • L8erH8er420

    January 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    As always great video… I guess being born in 1980 and NOT liking you’re videos is about impossible.

  • January 2, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I like how Splinter can not only hold his own against Shredder, but break his katana with a walking stick.

  • Travis Dunahugh

    January 4, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    James Avery will be missed!

    • MetalHorrorNES

      January 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Agreed. He will always be Shredder before Uncle Phil imo. RIP James Avery. :(

  • January 14, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Krang looks like an uncooked meatwad from aqua teen hunger force.

  • January 16, 2014 at 2:26 am

    i like the 2003 version better

  • Apparition

    January 18, 2014 at 3:03 am

    I love these retrospective reviews. I would be pleased as punch to see more like this.

  • pghdave420

    March 4, 2014 at 12:51 am

    when saturday cartoons were the shit :)

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