Planning a review of TMNT cartoon series

James / April 17th, 2010

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series was a big part of my childhood. Many share this in common and lots of my fans associate me with it, I guess because of my TMNT game review as the Angry Nintendo Nerd. So it’s kind of inevitable that one day I’ll do some sort of video about the cartoon series which ran from 1987 to 1996. I admit I probably stopped watching around 1991. I don’t know yet what kind of format this video will be. Maybe it will be a Top 10. Maybe a brief recap of the whole series. I’m not sure. It’s just an idea for now.

I think the first order of business is watching all the episodes.  I started about a year ago. With my schedule, there’s no consistency. I might watch 5 episodes a night, then not watch another until 3 months pass. No hurry, it’s just an ongoing project and partly for my own entertainment. In the past year, I’ve made it up to Season 5. I’ve been taking notes along the way. Whenever there’s a B-movie reference, an animation mistake, or a random funny moment, I write it down. Oh and yes I saw “Turtles Forever” and it was very awesome seeing how they were able to blend the old series with the new, as well as the original comics.

So there’s no telling what this video will cover, or when it will be. It’ll probably be a long time from now. So feel free to leave your thoughts. In the meantime, there’s always this old video.

Other than that, there’s not much else to report at this time. Hopefully the Ghostbusters Tour video will be done soon. It was fun reading a lot of your ideas for the title. I’m still undecided though.


  • GrimPinata

    April 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    James in a Beanie? :0

  • BecomingPt2

    April 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    This would be awesome.

  • Jessica S

    April 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    hilarious vidoe. especially the part with the whip! lol

    loved turtles when i was a kid. cant wait for you to make the recap vid of the cartoon series.

  • marclawson

    April 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I would LOVE to see a review of that.

  • Thorbie

    April 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Awesome idea James! TMNT was my favorite show as a kid. While some fads come and go, TMNT stayed cool. I’d love to see you take a look back at the series the defined the generation of kids born in the 1980s. Btw, this vid is pretty awesome too. I had the original 4 turtles, the turtle van, the sewer liar, splinter, april, shredder, rocksteady and bebop, Usagi Yojimbo (sp?), Baxter, etc. Didn’t have the technodrome though, but I did have the turtle blimp. The blimp portion was inflatable and predictably popped shortly after due to repeated use. Man…TMNT was so awesome.

  • supermangaz

    April 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Hey James, reviewing/ your top 10 favs moments of the TMNT would be a delight. I too have grown up watching it with many other cartoon series like; mighty max, ghost busters, chip n dale… all sorts of stuff! any chance doing a top 10 cartoon series?

  • Prosercunus

    April 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I cant explain to begin how big TMNT was for me when I was growing up. I would get TMNT related figurines, clothes, etc for every Birthday and Christmas throughout my childhood.

    I would take cardboard boxes and build them up so they looked like a skyscraper and have my TMNT figures fight on the different levels.

    I loved my TMNT. Not crazy about the modern rendition of them though.

  • ChildrenoftheDio

    April 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Im sure it’s going to be better than that piece of shit TMNT movie from 2007.

  • murphy2112

    April 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I didn’t have cable growing up, but I’m pretty sure I kept our video store in business by renting all of the TMNT videos I could over and over and over. The one that still sticks in my head after all these years (apart from the ones I owned on tape) is the one where Leo’s out in the boonies and there’s a fake UFO for some reason. The memory’s very fuzzy, but it’s there. Oh, and who can forget the episodes with the planet inhabited solely by turtles.

    Does anyone know why Michaelangelo’s weapon was changed from nunchuks to a grappling hook? I’ve heard it’s because nunchuks were declared illegal in the US, but is there any verification?

  • NiGHTS_2011

    April 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I remember that a friend of the family had a bunch of these episodes on VHS tape and I always borrowed them. Pretty good, but any movies I watched didn’t stay true to the original t.v. series in my opinion, especially the third, and any Cinemassacre fan should know what I mean by that.

  • April 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    i can’t wait for this video. i was absolutely obsessed with the turtles as a kid. donatello has always been my fav. 😛

  • April 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    The turtles, I liked them so much. Now I see them and wonder why I was so into them. However, they were some of my only friends as a child.

  • Inferno

    April 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I love the turtles. Can’t wait for the video. You should call it Cowabunga – a – thon, following the trend of your previous epics.

  • Deviltrunks

    April 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    You guys are pretty funny. You remind me of my friends and me screwing around. I laughed so hard at the “moment of silence, and especially the whip part too.

  • JAM

    April 17, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    I don’t know that I saw “The Exorcist”, “It’s Alive”, “The Amityville Horror”, “Wolfen” and “Of Unknown Origin” in Warner Home Video clamshells in this video in your video collection.

  • William T. Riker

    April 18, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Awesome idea. I hope its over 10 mins though

  • Asros

    April 18, 2010 at 1:00 am

    “Who’s your daddy?”

    Must be the guy in the half shell 😛

  • Darth House

    April 18, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Man watching your toy video makes me wish I still had all my old turtles. I saw in your collection that robot turtle, I remember that one was cool.

    I also really liked that robot with the oval shaped head like he’s Hey Arnold or some shit.. he was in the 2nd animated series too.. I forget his name.. It was “The _____” something like a play on a robot sounding word..

    Oh shit I just remembered, the Fugitoid. lol that thing was all flexible. I used to use that toy in my little imagined storylines a lot when I was little. lol.. Sometimes the turtles would jump in the Ecto-1. I loved a good crossover.

    I’d like to see a whole retrospective and not a top 10.

    One hilarious thing in the cartoon I bet you noticed was Michaelangelo just jumps head first through a wall and then the place collapses on shredder. It’s one of the first eps if not the first.. It’s one of the funniest but most ridiculous things I’ve seen. lol

  • April 18, 2010 at 1:42 am

    haha, you posted this already, like a year ago.

  • April 18, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Don’t feel too bad about the ball. There is a 1984 Return of the Jedi Darth Vader figure that is still probably sitting underneath the linoleum were the bathroom sink was just barely exposed in Lincoln, ND

  • bacondude1985

    April 18, 2010 at 2:21 am

    LOL I always thought it was funny how that guy in the blue shirt can;t say half properly. He always says “HAEEFF” Remeniscent of where Coach Z can’t say job, he says “JEEOORRB”

  • Aculias

    April 18, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Awesome. TMNT was hugh back in our time & the toys was no exception.
    We all pretty much related to each turtles & their personalities! Each turtles personality was so different from each other that you just love all 4 of them, but always had a favorite because you always related to one of them.
    Yes Fathers always liked Splinter & his wisdom lol.

    I probally seen every episode. but I actually did not own alot of the toys! We was really poor so it was hard at the time but my friends did so it was all good.

    Being really young in the 80’s & being a guy in the days, we used to collect Cabbage patch dolls, Barbie toys & ok just joking 😛

    Transformers,Mask,GI JOE,even the fake Go Bots. Garbage pail Kids was fun & adults hated them! He Man & even the M.U.S.C.L.E figures.
    Army men. Set them up & rubber band them going again another person!
    I even liked battle Beast!

    They just dont make toys the way they used too! Metal turned to plastic!

    Good choice.

  • Moogle Corp

    April 18, 2010 at 3:14 am

    April O” Neil getting a woopin was awesome! Just saying for all the punishment the turtles go thru to save her. Give alittle S&M punishment back!

  • JeremyM86

    April 18, 2010 at 3:49 am


    This is my understanding. In some foreign versions of the show, the nun-chucks were completely edited out because they were seen as too easily imitable; any kid could tie too sticks together and have “nun-chucks,” and potentially hurt themselves or others (they also changed “Ninja” in the title to “Hero” since “ninja” was considered to be too violent a word, as it basically means “assassin”). Look up the intro for “Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles” to see what I mean; all the shots of nun-chucks are awkwardly edited out and pasted over with other clips from the show.

    Whether that was the exact reason, I don’t think is exactly known…but I don’t think it was because they became “illegal” in the U.S. More likely, I think it was decided that they were just too violent for a children’s program (they started using their weapons a lot less in general after the early shows, apparently), and plus all the extra editing work for every episode in which he used the weapon for the foreign editions probably made it seem unnecessary to keep them in the first place. Hence, the grappling hook.

  • Treg

    April 18, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Oh man… I couldn’t stop laughing at that whipping part lol … The toys sure got weird with all the stuff that was never in the cartoon. The sports turtles… the pizza thrower.. it got ridiculous.

  • RobMetalCheese

    April 18, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Ok, I gotta say I never watched the original cartoon series (born too late) I did watch the new one however. Stil, I am a great fan of TMNT, I loved the movies as a kid, and would love to see you do a retrospect of some sort on the original series.

  • Fill

    April 18, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Another big fan of TMNT, born a little late but i caught re runs and i’ve got old tapes of the original series. One of the greatest cartoons of all time! do it justice dude!

  • sabretooth

    April 18, 2010 at 7:26 am

    James, were you ever into Thundercats? 🙂

  • hewylewis

    April 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

    You guys gotta remember that TMNT was based off a comic book series from 1984 that was a lot darker than the show, kinda like the first live action movie. Plus, Krang was made just for the show and never appeared in the comic. But, I’m still anxious to see this review.

  • Srceodizno

    April 18, 2010 at 8:15 am

    The number of action figures they have is incredible. I’m more of a Star Wars guy with all of the Star Wars Lego. Ya I was also never able to watch the original cartoon (born to late) I had to grow up with the mind-fuck we call the new generation where the turtles are going into space and shit. The number of story lines going on at the same time was ridiculous so I sort of stopped watching it.

  • Fred Fuchs

    April 18, 2010 at 8:18 am

    haha i remember when i was younger i used to have 1 episode on a video or something and i used to watch it over and over again xD
    im going to search for it now!

  • StandingCow

    April 18, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Awesome James!

    I wish the entire cartoon series had remained like season 1… they started making stupid little changes, like getting rid of the turtle’s teeth (to make them less aggressive looking) and making their heads bigger…

    TMNT forever was awesome, seeing all the different generations of turtles come together and interact was really cool.

  • April 18, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Hey James,

    Ever seen the Japanese-only OVAs where they became a Sentai team with all the tropes?

  • ZombieOsiris

    April 18, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I was a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at one point myself. Every time that a new toy line came up, I would go nuts. If memory serves correctly, Basketball Donatello was the last figure that I would add to my collection.

    It’s been so long since I’ve seen the series that it’s hard to remember when I actually stopped watching the cartoon, though. This must have been sometime in the early ’90s. I do remember heading to theaters with friends for the last two live-action movies, then drifting apart from the show while investing a greater interest in the animated X-Men series at the time. Donatello rocks, but Wolvie’s badass!

  • April 18, 2010 at 11:59 am

    That would like be totally awesome, dude! lol! Sounds great to me. I hope to see it come to fruition in the coming months. Keep up the great work, James. Cowabunga dude! lol!

  • April 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Are you sure the original TMNT series lasted until 1996? I only remember it lasting till 1993 or 1994. It pretty much gave way to the X-Men and Batman: Animated Series cartoons. It just doesn’t seem right being on that long.

  • Butch Bitch

    April 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I didn’t really grow up with the Ninja Turtles,but nevertheless,I’m very interested in your ideas and would love to see this video.

    Take your time.No pressure.

  • Dano

    April 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I am 23 year old kid if it comes to TMNT (old-series). My Girlfriend gets a 1000 warnings before she goes vacuum-cleaning my room. One suck-up of my small old-school TMNT-collection could be fatal!
    Well, what can I say? Could you blame me? It’s just that precious memory of my childhood. Making the Turtles fight the Shredder by bouncing them to eachother untill the paint came lose and their joints broke off. Those were the days. . .
    I’m glad I could pick up the remakes due to the 25th anniversary! My precious. . . (shipped from the USA, I live in Europe, no anniversary there!)

    About the cartoons, . . . well, I only liked the one from the 80”s. Beause they were just Turtles with their humor and crazyness. The newer series were to much focussed on making them serious and superhero-like with crazy powers and etc.

    BTW, nice collection in the video. I dunno whoes collection it is. But make sure to keep it away from GF’s and their vacuums!

    Bye, greets from Europe!

  • April 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I was born in 1983 so almost 27 years old. I was there for the big cartoon craze of the 80’s and 90’s. My fiance’ and I were talking about the contrast of cartoons then compared to today. Back then the art was so much better and they were alot of things they got away with they don’t today. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was by far one of my favorites. I remember Saturday mornings before Fox network went on the air it was all about USA network and watching the Hannah Barbara cartoons. Like Snorks,Smurfs,Paw paws. I like watching the intro for those on I hope you make a video about TMNT James. I have been watching you and your videos for years man. Hope to see more.

  • Jigglysaint

    April 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I never collected the toys when I was a kid, but I was a fan of the cartoon. I think I watched every Saturday or somthing. Other than watching the show, I pretty much ignored everything else.

  • ANOES85

    April 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    TMNT was such a huge part of my childhood. I watched the cartoons religiously, saw all three movies when they came out, had the toys, and of course played all the video games. The TMNT game review was my first Nerd video and at first I was really pissed because it felt like he was shitting all over such a large part of my childhood. This was before I got James’ humor and what he was actually about. However, once I did understand that I went back for a second viewing and saw how right he was. I can even somehow remember when the first movie was going to premiere on HBO they made it this huge event. It was like some huge party and they were counting down until the movie came on and it was a huge deal. What good time. Kids these days have no idea what good cartoons really are.

  • Jackred

    April 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Hi James,
    This is Jack Red now this is one thing we got in common I too grew up loving the turtles.

    I played both XLBA titles all the way through back when I had Xbox Live.

    I remember the movies like no tomorrow though I do agree the third one sucks.

    I also seen that concert on tape which wasn’t good either.

    I briefly watched the original cartoon as well as the 2003 cartoon.

    TMNT: The Next Mutation was terrible one of the worst shows ever.

    My child hood TMNT games are two versions of Tournament Fighters and The Hyperstone Heist.

    I love Turtles Forever as it sadly was the last thing made by the creators.

    Thanks for planning this review it need to be done and you will making me happy for doing it.

  • April 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Or maby just do a top 30 of TMNT power!

  • Rancid1404

    April 19, 2010 at 2:11 am

    I cant believe how nice and positive everyone on this site is.
    I have never seen so many comments without even one jerk.
    James i think you discovered the key to world peace with this site of yours:P
    maybe we must thank LJN etc for bringing all of us together.

  • supermangaz

    April 19, 2010 at 3:38 am


    Thunder Cats is AWESOME!

    Who remembers Captain Planet or the He-Man episodes?

  • April 19, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Can’t wait to see the TMNT vid. Should be entertaining. Thanks James!

  • Arliman

    April 19, 2010 at 7:06 am

    I had the perfect Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles experience growing up. Nothing phenomenal happened, but just the feeling and the experience of discovering the show and falling in love with it. This is the original series, I’d guess maybe season 1 or 2 that I saw for the first time and began watching it religiously afterward. I don’t remember how old I was, but I’m 30 now so you can probably guess. Whatever age I was, it was just right for the whole experience, too.

    Probably one of, if not THE most exciting moment in my life was seeing on television the trailer for the first movie. Keep in mind, this is when most people probably didn’t have internet, and if they did it was just dial-up for email and very limited browsing. We had computers, I grew up around them, but no internet. Add to that, I had NO clue that the movie was being made or was coming out soon. Imagine finding out that your favorite thing in the entire world is being made into a movie just by randomly catching a trailer while watching TV. Add to that, also, that it wasn’t just some animated, two hour episode. No, it took the idea and turned it into reality, right before my eyes.

    Maybe I’m crazy because of all that, but even now I go back and watch the original movie and am still amazed at the quality of the movie. It blows away a lot of movies made now and it had zero computer animation. One of my all time favorite movies.

    Anyway… I feel like the original animated series is what made everything take off. I watched some of the later TMNT show “mutations” and they all seemed kind of lame in comparison. Geared more toward young children, I would guess.

    Looking forward to your video. I haven’t watched any of the show in a long time, so I’m sure it’ll bring back some great memories.

  • Prizm

    April 19, 2010 at 7:21 am

    I loved the cartoon for a while (like every other kid), but after the first movie came out (which is still great to watch), I started getting annoyed at the cartoon – it was too cheesy and non-violent.
    I don’t know how James can handle watching the whole series, they’re pretty hard to sit through now.

    Whereas something like DuckTales has great storylines and more cultured humour, I can still sit down and be entertained by DuckTales.

    Hey did anyone else buy the TMNT soundtrack that Pizza Hut sold in 1990? It was called Coming Out of Their Shells and it had the ‘Turtles’ singing a bunch of b-side rock songs about themselves. Man, I had that tape in my walkman for months. I hate to think how embarrassing it is now haha

  • Thunderjohn

    April 19, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Good to hear. Looking forward to the AVGN review.


    April 19, 2010 at 11:20 am

    My god I remember growing up with the old cartoons. Damn I guess it really reveals my age when I say that. Born in 1981. I watched the “TMNT Forever” review after watching TGWTG review of it and wow it was great! It was funny that I totally identified with the old version. I was a big fan until about 1991 as well and then I switched to being a “Batman the Animated Series” fan. Even though I used my ninja turtles action figures with batman. I can’t wait to see the video!

  • 16-bit gamer

    April 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Awesome!!! i hope its like a retrospective of the entire series type of thing, not just a review. I have the seasons all the way up to 8. Season 9 is when they changed the animation and the show really jumped shark. Season 5 it starting to get a little stale i thought. Another thing that would really piss me off is in seasons 3-4 how they messed up Rafael’s voice in like 1 out of every 5 episodes.

  • itscmillertime

    April 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    This is awesome. I bought my brother a bunch of VHS tapes off ebay for his birthday a few years back that included 4 episodes of turtles, some 90s land of the lost and cowboys of moo mesa. 90s turtles rock!

    On another note, is there any way to fix the RSS feed on this site? Hasn’t worked since the update and I’m sure you all are aware I just wanted to know if there was any progress on that?

  • nerdyguy64

    April 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Funny as fuck!

  • toiletfarm

    April 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I got a lot of TMNT videos from Burger King. I watched the show a while back and it’s the cheesiest cartoon probably ever made, but still awesome. The “Forever” episode I saw was really cool. I have at least one Turtles game for every system I own.

  • Boaster

    April 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    About a year back I decided to download a torrent of all of the “Classic” TMNT episodes from the late 80’s and early 90’s. Man was that a trip back. Watching all of those episodes from my childhood and even the later episodes I never watched as it faded from TV.

    I played the games, I had some of the toys (which my dad forced me to share with my brother: He got Leonardo and Michelangelo since the initials L and M were in his name). I remember specifically that one of my neighbors shattered one of my figures with his wooden bat and that crushed me. The neighbor kid’s mom tried replacing my Donatello figure, but they bought Rocksteady, which only further continued my torture and sadness. As a kid, you paid attention to detail with things like cartoons and toys: if one thing was wrong, you would notice it right away.

    But after having watched all the old cartoons and comparing it with the new cartoons, it really makes me think why I liked the old TMNT. You wouldn’t know it unless you went an re-watched all the old episodes, but there was really almost no action or fighting: Leonardo never sliced anyone, Mikey’s nunchucks got taken off the show (because in Europe, Nunchakus were illegal weapons and they were known as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in Europe). Man, it’s really just crazy. As a kid, you were into ninjas and fighting, and TMNT was about as good as it got. But in fact, there really wasn’t any fighting!

    Comparing with the newer TMNT from 2003, it’s a shame they couldn’t have done just a full remake of the older TMNT with Krang and all the old characters, but with some subtle differences. That was my biggest grief with the new cartoon. And the whole thing with the Utrom Shredder, so lame.

    When I saw TMNT Forever, I was like “Fuck yeah! Now this is something I WANT to watch.” But unfortunately when the two generations of turtles were compared, they seriously dogged the old school class. But it was also fun to see the comparison between the two. The old school really were the jokesters and the new school were more of the serious dramatic types.

    Really, when you go back and start watching all of the old episodes, for the first 25 episodes you’ll be in nostalgia heaven. After that, you start to notice reoccurring trends (but hey, even the 3 Stooges repeated themselves). When you’re done, you’ll think to yourself: “What a ride! But why did I like this so much?” And you will admit to yourself that a lot of it was stupid, but that will never change the past. The classic TMNT turtles are stuck with you forever, and nothing will change that (save for amnesia or a life altering brain injury). For as stupid as it may have been for us all, they are all treasured memories.

    TMNT Tournament fighters was a DAMN good fighting game and HARD as fuck. The AI abused the hell out of your character. Chrome Dome was fucking rigged when used by the AI. In fact, I just recently demoed TMNT Tournament Fighters on my ErrorFM radio show Boaster’s Spot and it will repeat this coming Sunday 4/24/2010 at 8:00 PM CST on

    I very much look forward to this James. It will be exciting to watch your views on this subject. Take it easy.

  • daggereye

    April 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    lol james looked weird xD

  • Jeff 1028

    April 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    It would be so awesome if you did a couple videos for the TMNT series. I still watch the first season every now and then and it’s still really good and very funny at times. Your fans would really like to see you do some more Ninja Turtle vids. Take care James.

    Oh and daggereye’s an asshole.

  • ShallowNate

    April 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Blue hat guy looks like Shia Labeouf.

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  • Pete09

    April 20, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Sweet!! I love the Turtles cartoon series now as much as I did as a kid. I am even still addicted to the TMNT game for C64 I played all those years ago (tho its the same game, the C64 version was alot better than the NES version that James raged at) Its a bastard of a game, but still satisfying as fuck!!

    In the process of getting all seasons, tho I might skip the later, more serious seasons from 93-96 when the show shifted in tone and appearance (even getting rid of Shredder and Krang etc) I often go to sleep with Turtles episodes playing on my laptop; helps me sleep!!

    Looking forward to seeing what James does in this regard

  • richycline

    April 20, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Haha this is the best video that you have released in a long time James. I mean the Ninja Gaiden and SF 2010 reviews own it but this is genuinely hilarious and nostalgic. Thanks man 🙂


  • Boaster

    April 20, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I pretty much did the same thing when I was watching all the episodes over again. Each night I’d turn them on my computer as I went to bed. Slowly but surely I would fall off into sleep. And whatever part I went to sleep on, I’d start it there the next night.

  • April 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    The Turtles cartoons were the shit man! I loved “the Fifth Turtle”! Looking forward to that review man.

  • April 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    some dude created an extremely unfunny video on youtube and stole some of the footage from james’ “generation TMNT” video.

  • qucazoo

    April 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    i like how ur friend says half 😛

  • Rodimus440

    April 20, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    OMG. Please review The Real Ghostbusters next !

  • jickso

    April 21, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Yay! Yay! Yay! I love TMNT! 😀

  • saku

    April 21, 2010 at 8:51 am

    DO IT!

  • Kathomitti

    April 21, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I really loved TMNT too as a kid.
    I’ve lived in Belgium all my live though, so I didn’t get to see all the episodes from the tv-series when I was young. But I did own the first 2 TMNT games for the NES and the vs fighting game one, and 2 games for the gameboy if I’m not mistaken, which were pretty good too. The TMNT movies are a no-brainer, I had to have them as a kid. I also owned a lot of action figures, including the flippers and those with little water backpacks.
    I haven’t seen any of the newer episodes yet, not even the fourth movie, so I have a lot of catching up to do I guess.

  • April 21, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I rewatched my TMNT VHS tapes a year or two ago… pretty disappointing. lol. The first five episodes have their good points and their flaws, altogether kind of a wash… series goes downhill from there as far as I could see.

    I mean, seriously. Shredder gets brainwashed to think he is Michelangelo because Bebop and/or Rocksteady put a floppy disk in backwards? That wouldn’t even do ANYTHING.

  • Eva D Ranger

    April 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeesse do the love potion episode where the turtles fall in love with Irma. I LOVE them in the sailor suits!!! And yes, I still watch these episodes when I’m in need of cheering up, yes, they are cornball as heck, but the nostalgia and silliness of them all just cant be beat.

  • Sinz86IROCblk

    April 22, 2010 at 1:07 am

    This should be great, I grew up wanting to explore the sewers because of this show. It took a while before I realized it’s really just a bunch of pipes full of shit and rubbers.

    Seriously though I am excited to catch this review. The TMNT were neck and neck with batman as my favorites heroes. This series was something I couldn’t miss. A while back I bought a few dvds containing some old episodes and it was like stepping into a time machine I wanted to round up all my TMNT action figures along with the Turtle van and Sewer play set. Sadly most of that was thrown away by my parents long ago.

  • the co host

    April 23, 2010 at 10:48 am

    james after this u should do a transformers cartoon and toy review

  • TMNTfan_06

    April 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Can’t wait for the review of the cartoon series………

  • asnaes1981

    April 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Leo whipping April…LMAO!!!

  • Necramonium

    April 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Great old video! I had two of the figurines they hold up in the end, the Michaelangelo and Raphael, also had the Donatello spinning arm… Have some great childhood memories with the Turtles, still remember when i walked down in the morning for breakfast and my mother asked me if i wanted to see the new movie Turtles II! I freaked out! 🙂

  • TheShowstoppa

    April 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Make sure you make note in (I believe season 8) of the episode “Get Shredder.” It was the turning point for the old TMNT series and started what was effectively known by us fanboys as The Red Sky Seasons. It changed everything… literally. When you see it, You’ll shit bricks. One of the best episodes by far in the original series. Not to be undone by the complete first season – which is actually considered Anime by definition standards.

  • TheShowstoppa

    April 23, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Sorry… season 8. Damn emoticons

  • April 24, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Man, I really hope that this project goes through. TMNT ranks right up there with Ducktales and Transformers as my favorite cartoons growing up.

  • owenkun

    April 26, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I couldn’t stop thinking that the whole discussion of turtles having half a shell sounds like dialog from a Tarantino movie.

  • Rasengan999

    May 1, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Dude, whats with all the ski caps…

  • almabeach

    May 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    A review of this series is a great idea and i’m glad to see you thinking about it , i thought about doing one but i don’t have any equipment or time so i’m just gonna give you some ideas.

    First i think that this review should definetly be in more than 1 part because there is so much to talk about. you could start with an overview of the series starting with the first 4 seasons then the Europe season (a.k.a Jump the shark) and then the final seasons with the new animation style.

    Then you could talk about the characters ; the turtles , the allies and the villains of course . Also the different vehicules and tech that they use would be a nice touch.

    I would also recommend to talk about the music of the show which is so awesome, there’s always one song for every type of situation or place (when they attack, when there’s danger, when we see the technodrome, channel 6 building etc…) and i think it is a big part of the show as well.

    So it’s just my little input , hope that you like it

    Turtle Power !

  • The Shamster

    May 2, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Do any of you remember this scene from series 2?

    This was one of the much darker episodes…in this one Baxter Stockman is thrown into a Disintegrator/Microwave to be executed, but a fly that was with him touched him just as the machine turned on and he became a monsterous fly-man…After this scene, he guns down Krangs android and Rock-Soliders and goes after Shredder and the Turtles with murderous intent.

  • RGSagastume

    May 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    awesome i love this show. its so great. cartoons suck now. i wish they were this good. i wasnt even alive when this started. but hey ts just great

  • hothmandon

    May 2, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I think thats cool that TMNT was a big part of james child hood the Power Rangers was a big part of mine

  • TheKingDuke

    May 3, 2010 at 10:59 am

    TMNT FTW!!!
    I used to be fan when i was a little kid. And since that 2003 cartoon came out, now i’m a totally fan of TMNT. The 2007 film was okay, but better than TMNT 3.

  • ContraBoIX

    May 5, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Dude! That song at the end is by Bonded By Blood! Radical dude!

  • AnimePete2211

    June 13, 2010 at 12:26 am

    As a kid I grew up with Captain N, Super Mario Bros. Super Show, Thunder Cats and Inspector Gadget.

    I also grew with TMNT as well I love the video games except for the 1st game on NES I also love the live action movies just the first 2 and the TV series as well but I stopped watching it at i don’t know what season either 5 or 7 cause it was getting a bit stale and skipped the last 3 seasons which I didn’t wanna see. I also seened The Next Mutation but it was an epic fail not to mention I have seen the TMNT OVA as a fan of oldschool anime from the 80s and 90s I have to say it was ok but just HORRIBLE.

    The 2003 series was much better never saw the 2007 movie but I did see Turtles Forever when I first saw this movie it was COWABUNGAAAA This movie is awesome, plus my brother’s friend gave me all of his TMNT action figures. Out of all the 10 seasons of the 80s series Season 1 was my most favorite cause it was qualify as Anime which was really cool back then, I really wish the entire series were considered Anime and remain like season one.

    When I first saw April O Neil she looked like an Anime character and she was really cute only in season 1 she looked anime not to mention she was real cute in the TMNT OVA one thing that really pisses me off is that she gets caputred and the turtles go through all the trouble to save her….seriously she really needs to learn how to defend herself and fight as well.

    Not to mention the Shredder he’s supposed to be bad ass but he gets his ass…or should i say shell kicked by the turtles, they made him look like a joke why can’t he become Super Shredder in that show to defeat the turtles but all and all the series just went downhill I would always watch Season 1 every now and then once in a while. Krang was my favorite villian he was also funny, plus Slash was my favorite except he was an underused character, Michaelangelo is my favorite turtle fun loving also loves Pizza and Bebop was really cool and funny too. Hell I can’t get enough of TMNT

    But I do look forward to this review James keep up the good work.

  • August 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    So how is this project coming? I’ve been excited ever since I read this and 3 months later it hasn’t been mentioned again. I understand the time constraints so no worries and take your time because I know it’ll be a good one 🙂

    I hope you haven’t forgot about it though!

    I was a child of the 80s too and TMNT was my obbsession. Toys, games, clothing, everything. Anyone remember when Burger King had TMNT stuff for your bike? I tried to get everything because I even had a TMNT bike.

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