TMNT cartoon series review (Part 2 of 3)

James / May 3rd, 2011



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


  • May 3, 2011 at 3:16 am


    Cant wait for the last part.

    • ShirleeDOrona

      January 2, 2014 at 7:14 am

      my co-worker’s step-sister made $13234 the previous week. she gets paid on the laptop and moved in a $557000 condo. All she did was get blessed and apply the guide leaked on this web site…

  • Kaintasy

    May 3, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Great recap James, thoroughly enjoyable!

  • May 3, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Excellent. Always excellent. Anybody else have the Moose Canadian Mounty Toy?

  • Damion1981

    May 3, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Cool! Dutch subtitles! Chiphead…

  • Doom_Master

    May 3, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Top stuff! Awesome show! I’d really like to see reviews of the new 2003 TMNT show. It’s very different but still as cool as the classic TMNT! Two of my favourites TV series!

  • May 3, 2011 at 4:39 am

    TMNT Tuesdays really gives me something to look forward to watching online while AVGN is on hiatus. I really have enjoyed this series so far. Thanks James!

  • May 3, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I always thought those yellow creatures looked like the aliens from the Alien series! Thanks for affirming that! My childhood has come full circle…

  • May 3, 2011 at 5:12 am

    One comment I could really relate to was when you said that you grew out of the series after awhile because it was too corny. I was the same way because I was starting to get to that age where it “wasn’t cool” to watch cartoons.

    Even though I have always loved the original series, I love it even more now than I did back then because of the jokes. It’s really great, you don’t find humor like that as much nowadays. I will never get sick of it.

  • xdeathknightx

    May 3, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Thanks for revisiting. It is obvious I will have to rewatch them sometimes. Some things I still remember but there is stuff I really don’t remember anymore.
    But like you I stopped watching at a certain point.

  • lfgubrs

    May 3, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Yay after Michelangelo, Slash is without a doubt my favorit turtle! I would like to see a review about Turtles in time, snes and arcade version, if you havent already done that and i missed it 🙂

  • May 3, 2011 at 6:48 am

    ^^ Dutch subtitles at 7:11. Did not expect that in an American review:-D

  • swedish

    May 3, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Thank you!

  • Critic

    May 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Good job!
    As you probably know already, the person who did Shredder’s voice was James Avery aka Uncle Phil.

  • M3n747

    May 3, 2011 at 7:47 am

    That was some great info about the series, thanks a lot for sharing your vast knowledge. 🙂

    Will you bring the site’s favicon back now, please?


    May 3, 2011 at 8:07 am

    His episodes have dutch subtitles probably because he downloaded them from bitorrent or some website and the only ones on the net are those that have dutch subtitles, i have the same ones.

  • Karate Kid Icarus

    May 3, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I have to admit that it is sad that I don’t remember the day I stopped watching TMNT. It’s kinda like that movie Drop Dead Fred (if any of you remember that good for you), one day you just grow up and then that’s it.

    But I think the one thing that separates us from watching the show, is the good old video game. You can always sit down and play a TMNT game with a friend and no one says a peep. You can’t always sit down with a friend and watch a show…but a game is always ok. I guess it carries the least amount of embarrassment with it.

  • Karate Kid Icarus

    May 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Btw, James Avery did not do all the voices for shredder. Download/watch the mechaturtle episode. He has a replacement or laryngitis


    May 3, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I enjoy these videos a lot, i would like them to never end

  • cloob1

    May 3, 2011 at 8:35 am

    The music at 10:31 sounds familiar, lol!

  • BobJohnson

    May 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Thanks for mentioning the titles, I loved how the 80’s took shits on 50’s culture.

  • May 3, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Really enjoyed the second part of your recap.
    I lost it when you were talking about the different cartoons that mention pussy,

  • encey

    May 3, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Thanks! This review was totally TUBULARRRRRRRR!!

  • scronan

    May 3, 2011 at 9:30 am

    “He just took away all of your goodies!”

    Finally, an episode I remember. I didn’t watch this show that much…but that above quote I’ve always remembered. 😉

  • Darthleather

    May 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Why is he so obsessed with TMNT?

  • May 3, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I think my favorite was Adventures in Turtle-sitting just b/c it was a reference to Adventures is Babysitting.

  • fmdof

    May 3, 2011 at 10:34 am

    TMNT Tuesdays are almost as good as AVGN first Wednesdays of the month. Great review James.

  • Rich420

    May 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Awesome stuff man! I was a TMNT fanatic when i was a kid…definitely brings back some memories =D Oh! btw what was that pussy row boat song from?

  • Nightmare19

    May 3, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Another great review! My favorite part was trying to figure out if they were really swearing. Possum pussies LOL!

  • Albylion

    May 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Michaelangelo with two katanas on the title card always bothered me. The animation in this show was so lazy. The Technodrome gets squashed so much. They recycled clips a lot too.

  • Hourglass

    May 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Stellar video, James!

    The constant 4th wall breaks were one of my favorite parts of the series; They went a little overboard with it at times but it also made the show a lot of fun to watch. I think that’s one reason Tiny Toons and Animaniacs were also so well received.

    And even after all these years I STILL chuckle at Shredder doing the, “Roll camera!” bit.

    You mention of the monster movies was good; Remember in the first live-action film, Raphael goes to the movies and ends up disgusted with the film he saw. (I want to say it was Critters? I can’t remember.)

    Anyway, I’m loving this retro turtle trip. Can’t wait ’til next Tuesday!

  • faddiego83

    May 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I’m pretty sure the Technodrome was defeated in the 2nd or 3rd to last season finale right before they changed the style of the show.

    Also, I had this fanfic where they teamed up with Superman and Batman and Supes took out Krang in his giant body and then…

    Superman: Mechanical henchmen? A brain-themed supervillain? Really? Next, you’ll be telling me your one weekness is some green stuff that has to do with your origin.

    Raphael: Hey, watch it, pal, we’re completely original.

    Michaelangelo: Yeah, dude, and if you have any doubt about that, you can ask April O’Neil.

    Superman: Yeah? Who’s she?

    Michaelangelo: The pretty news reporter who’s always being kidnapped by our enemies.

  • May 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I’m stunned that you manage to identify all the references and then find the video clips for them. Masterful work as always.

  • Frank

    May 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    just registered ’cause I just had to comment. At 7;16 where you comment on the insult something like ‘chiphead’
    There are Dutch subtitles and since I’m Dutch I can read them
    ‘Komt in orde. Vooruit,
    chipbrein, laat zien wat je kunt.’

    “It’s taken care of, Move it,
    CHIPBRAIN, show us what you’ve got!

    So, hopefully the mysterie is solved

  • viJilance

    May 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Fuck yeah, I’ve been waiting plenty of days for part 2.

  • snesking

    May 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    oh man i laughed so hard at “assfuck”. love you james!

  • Gav

    May 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm


  • YoungNostalgia1997

    May 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Ha, the Turtles are kinda like Ash in Pokemon, like the way he can’t see through Team Rocket’s obvious disguises.

  • Bob Sagat

    May 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    @ Frank
    So, hopefully the mysterie is solved”

    Not quite. It’s more like:
    “I’m on it/I’ll take care of it. Alright chip brain, so me what you got/can do.

    And it’s “mystery”.

  • Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    May 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm


    Yeah, it was definitely Critters that Raph saw at the movies in TMNT 1. I’ve seen that movie about 50 times in my life so I’m positive :D. Great Turtle Tuesdays as always James.

  • drev

    May 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Great ! I’ve watched the 6 first seasons recently and I did not noticed half of what you discovered.

    I bet that you are gonna review duck tales next, because there are so many things to say about this show and there is an episode with a lot of monster from classic horror !

  • TomM

    May 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Awesome review, as always. I’m going to start using ” I’m gonna tie your testicles in a knot.” thanks, James

  • May 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    He said possum pusses. not possum pussies.

  • Fantasy Forest

    May 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm


    I’ll admit I lost it when he said that one.

  • Darkshaman

    May 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Correct me if im wrong,… I remember the Snes fighting videogame titled “TMNT Tournament Fighters” has shredder saying when you make an special attack -mother fucker!- literaly!!,… it was pretty wierd and i cant find any youtube video with that power but you can try it and tell me if all was a mistake,…

  • Darkshaman

    May 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    ohhh i find a video with a shredder fight,… please correct me,.. what the hell he says at minute 3:27…..??

  • Darkshaman

    May 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

  • BananaJane

    May 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Why did they change Michelangelo’s weapon to a grappling hook?
    Were nunchucks too hard to animate?

  • bigbuck64

    May 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    what cartoon was that where the cat is singing to the other cat?

    that was too funny.

  • Ubersnuber

    May 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Transfarmers! Hahaha!

  • Valis77

    May 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Dayum April Show dem boobs ans swear at the same time lol!

  • Kenshiroh

    May 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    @Darkshaman: It’s “Aura Crusher”. (I always thought it sounded like “Moron Crusher”.)

    @BananaJane: I have heard that Mikey’s nunchaku were replaced because the English censors were scared of them, like they were with the word Ninja.

  • likalaruku

    May 3, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I can’t help but wonder if you’ll touch upon the Real Ghostbusters in the future. They were on around the same time, if not back-to-back. I seem to recall that series making reference to old horror movies too.

  • Kenshiroh

    May 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    FYI, Lord Dregg may be based on Lord Xenu. Writer Jeffrey Scott is a Scientologist and said once in an interview that he put Scientology themes into episodes of Muppet Babies.

  • preying4war

    May 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    For all the shit you’ve been getting from fans about Over Analyzers, (I’m on that list too), it’s videos like this that make up for it. Great work!

    When April O’Neil thought “AssFuck”, & when Porky Pig tried to say “kitty” but could only get out “pussy”; it made me laugh.

    This suggestion is dipping into “Nerd Territory”, but for one Turtle Tuesday, I’d like to see game reviews on TMNT 3: The Manhattan Project, Turtles In Time, The Turtles Tournament Fighter (I forget what it’s called but it was made by Konami), & The Hyper Stone (?).

  • Phryj

    May 3, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Actually, they did manage to permanently shut down the Technodrome as of season 8. The main engines were destroyed and a giant monster pulled it into a pit. It was too damaged to repair after that, although apparently the rock soldiers managed to get it out of the pit and back upright somehow. Had the series continued, they may well have gotten it back in action.

    Yes. I’m a nerd. I know.

  • May 4, 2011 at 2:59 am

    on the topic of swearing in cartoons. I swear (no pun intended) in one episode of the classic transformers, they say “cunts”

  • MMeasy

    May 4, 2011 at 8:25 am

    cool, thumps up for using the dutch aired tmnt episode. They translated it here as chipbrain (chipbrein in the subtitels) :-S . American puns or jokes dont work over here unfortunately !!

  • RX_79

    May 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I hope in part three James will talk about the times when one of the Turtles will have a funny voice. Its like the normal voice actor went on vacation and they used a different actor to do the part. It mostly happens with donatello or raphael.

    Thanks, I loved it

  • hermelmet

    May 4, 2011 at 10:07 am

    no mention of James Avery (a.k.a. Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince) voicing Shredder?

  • Dr. DM

    May 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm


  • sphinxy

    May 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    James, you’re attention to detail in these videos amazes me every time.

    How you find the appropriate clip from nearly every episode is mind boggling. How many hours a day do you spend watching these videos versus the time it takes to edit them?

    Take us behind the scenes! 🙂 Great work as always.

  • May 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    What should have been mentioned in the retrospective is writer David Wise, who developed a dark comic book series into a light slapstick-heavy, cartoon series. He has written pretty much every good 80s cartoons.

  • knuckles896

    May 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Ah yes, the Kung Fu Surfers video game. The point at which the series jumped the shark.

    Great review so far. I look forward to part 3!

  • May 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Aw, Man! a classic from my youth too. I still have the sticker album.
    and, yeah Michelangelo is also my favorite.

  • Furypants

    May 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    The Monsters on the Pizza episode was one of my favorites.

  • Darkrai1276

    May 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    my dad was singing that song at 8:00 last night in my parents room

  • HaveYouSeenThisBoy

    May 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    James/Mike or anyone for that matter. By any chance do you guys know if the composer Shuki Levy did the score for the series? I know he did for a lot of DIC cartoons and real ghostbusters, can you confirm this? Can’t really find an answer. The music sure does sound similar. Thanks!

  • macmiran

    May 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    does anyone remember the female ninja turtle venus?
    she was hot

  • handsome pete

    May 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I remember a few times a movie monster called Gorgonzola was mentioned, even shown once I think. Basically Godzilla of course.
    Also, corrections: Leatherhead was saying possum-pusses, and puss is old timey slang for face. And a snow job is old timey slang for telling a bunch of lies in a row.

  • yellowfox

    May 4, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Opossum pussy…I’m going to say that to my girl time I get it on. “yeah baby, I love that opossum pussy.”

  • May 5, 2011 at 4:20 am

    I don’t have time to site thought these old shows, but this is the next best thing! Shoot, who’m I kidding: this is better!

  • home2alone

    May 5, 2011 at 8:58 am

    theres actually another close “swear” that you didn’t mention. Somewhere in season 8 (i forget the episode name, but maybe its “Get Shredder”), there’s a moment where Don asks April how she knows so much about the Hall of Science (i think), and she says, “Well, uh, i DID one of their scientists…” I think she meant to say “dated” but it still came out as “did.”


    May 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I wonder if James noticed at around 10:51 (THE CASE OF THE KILLER PIZZAS) that Michaelangelo is using Leonardos kitanas… or Leonardo is wearing Michaelangelos colors! LOL

  • beema

    May 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    There was some seriously under-appreciated writing going on in this show. Amazing. Even without the beer-goggles of nostalgia, I have to say the writing from this show was incredibly brilliant compared with most other kid shows, back then or today.

  • Viruss_R_uss

    May 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    o man I will definitely try to buy all the series on DVD if they got all of the episodes so love my turtles dude’s

    Turtle power

  • TheAceofSpadez

    May 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Again, great review so far, James. I Liked and Tweeted the video. POSSUM PUSSY’S!

  • macs311

    May 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    these reviews are so great, thank you James.

  • May 5, 2011 at 8:59 pm


    I can watch it repeatedly for HOURS.

    One of the best of your reviews!

  • XIII

    May 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Lmao Transfarmers, epic.

  • andysutherland

    May 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Possum Pussies or Pocket Pussies?

  • May 7, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Never would have gotten the cheesy sci-fi references. Thanks duder.

  • Pompkinini

    May 7, 2011 at 6:08 am

    I’m loving the amount of content you are putting out on Cinemassacre lately. It’s one of my favourite websites.

    Was wondering if you have ever seen HappyConsoleGamer and his videos. He is a really nice guy and does some great nostalgia reviews. It would be awesome if you guys did a video together someday.

    Anyway, hope your movie is coming along nicely, really interested to see it.

  • Vader Jacobs

    May 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Huh? Dutch subtitles?

  • saleemlight

    May 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Anyone know the name of that song or what movie its from that starts playing at 9:30 mins in? its when hes talking about the poster on the wall, iv been trying to figure out that song for years now any information would be greatly appreciated.

  • Dolly Dagger

    May 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Hmmm…lots of ’80s cartoons did that addition of horror/sci-fi elements. I wonder if they were trying to cater to that element of the forbidden in kids like EC did with their horror comics.

    (puts geek card away)

  • May 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Brings me back, loved the turtles! Admittedly I think I only watched the first season really. I had a few episodes on VHS which we had recorded, epic show really.

  • EnigmaBoi85

    May 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I can’t wait for part three, and the most ironic thing for me is always eating pizza while watching these updates on the reviews! I hope by tuesday to have pizza then too.

  • VGRetro

    May 8, 2011 at 7:06 am

    I think he said Possum Pusses, not Pussies, but it’s still close enough.

  • hungryfatmanXXL

    May 8, 2011 at 8:45 am

    great review i rember watching this

  • May 9, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Yeah, it was Possum Pusses that he said… not much of a difference, but yeah.. haha.

    Anyway, that’s great. I don’t remember a lot of this stuff. It’s pretty cool to think about. Makes me want to watch the old show even more. Loved this review, and greatly look forward to part 3.

  • DreamWarrior95

    May 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Hey, did anyone notice in the title cards where they display the title of each episode they blatantly got the color wrong on Leonardo. It looks like Michaelangelo is holding Kitana Blades.

  • frankblack666

    May 10, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Wow this takes me back. I loved the turtles when I was a kid. Glad to see I’m not the only one who noticed the near-swearing going on constantly. I remember hearing someone say “fuckin'” quite clearly during a fight seen once (don’t recall the exact episode, it was in the first few seasons; a bunch of criminals copy the Foot Clan’s schtick). Anyway, great video, can’t wait for part three.

  • frankblack666

    May 10, 2011 at 5:50 am

    @ DreamWarrior95
    Yeah, they were pretty bad about screwing up the turtles’ headbands or sometimes forgetting them altogether.

  • srgvulture

    May 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    what a wonderful pussy u are

  • May 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    why are Michelangelo’s and Leonardo’s mask colors switched on the title cards? that’s always bothered me.

  • glassjester

    May 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Haha! It’s definitely “Possum Pusses.” Puss meaning “face,” as in “sour puss.”

  • Guy Incognito

    May 26, 2011 at 12:13 am

    “Snow job” isn’t innuendo at all. It’s a common expression that means “cover-up”. You know, like when it snows it covers everything so you can’t see what’s on the ground? Helen Gahagan Douglas famously referred to the Nixon administration as “the greatest snow job in history”. Perfectly innocent pun.

  • Red Lantern

    July 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    this is a very clever review of such a large stock of material. this must have taken forever to create. thanks a lot for sharing this.

  • Goofool

    August 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    just thought I’d mention did anyone else happen to notice chainsaw cheerleaders was spelled cheerleadfrs?

  • Diddy Kong6

    August 8, 2011 at 2:57 am

    I even noticed this as a little kid; why in the title cards does Michael Angelo have two Kantanas??? Aren’t those Leonard’s weapons??? Am i the only one that noticed that??

  • August 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    He said “pusses”. As in, the plural to Puss in Boots’s name, from Shrek.

  • Snake_

    September 5, 2011 at 9:57 am


    I think he knows that:P It’s just for entertaining:P

  • Firewall_Philip_Hanan

    October 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    That whole cat segment cracked me up so badly!

  • Santiago IvanVillalobos

    November 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm


  • JerrySanbox

    January 30, 2012 at 1:01 am

    he said Possum Pusses

  • JerrySanbox

    January 30, 2012 at 1:02 am

    like sour puss

  • NeilHammond

    February 6, 2012 at 11:51 am

    It’s like when Mario said Fuck You Luigi in the first episode of SMBSS.

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  • monkeykage

    March 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    damn that michael bay

  • ado

    September 25, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Anyone else notice that at 9:48 the movie sign actually says “chainsaw CHEERLEDFRS”? How or why did they spell this wrong?

  • cheetor5150

    October 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    could you do a review of the 2003 TMNT, I am interested on your opinions

  • April 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    It says “unable to play this video”! D:

  • Damian Nielsen

    April 14, 2013 at 10:45 am


  • Chill Man

    June 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    What is the cartoon at 7:57 ?

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