TMNT Live Action Leftovers

Mike / August 9th, 2011

Hope you’ve enjoyed all the Turtle Tuesday supplementary videos. It was our intention to review the comics, the board games, and most importantly the cartoon series. Over the years of creating web videos, TMNT is something that always gets requests. We wanted to give the turtles a big blowout, and take care of most of the turtle-related things we ever wanted to do.

The “Live Action Leftovers” video is the last big video review for Turtle Tuesdays, but we still have a few filler videos to post, so Turtle Tuesdays will live on, just in a much lesser form.


  • August 9, 2011 at 12:47 am

    YES! Love it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • blackadder

    August 9, 2011 at 12:53 am

    TMNT Forever!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • phoenix252005

    August 9, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Awesome job with the TMNT,TURTLE POWER!!!!

  • August 9, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Why does Splinter sound just like Axl Rose??? WTF!

  • August 9, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Funny how the live-show Shredder is a white dude. LOL They couldn’t just make a mask that completely concealed his face? Or, here’s a radical idea: hire an asian guy.

    Overall, this is one of the more interesting videos you’ve done, James. Love it!

  • phoenix252005

    August 9, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Wow..a girl turtle?? Thats just bananas lol She looked like she kicked ass though. Man James you just keep bringing the best info on obscure stuff,your amazing! Lookin forward to seeing what your gonna do for Halloween this year,cant wait for that!

  • Kaido

    August 9, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Why is the douchebag for the Operation Blue Line video is using a Giga Meter to hide the signs? I thought it was a tool used by the Ghostbusters to measures psychomagnetheric energy in Giga Electron Volts.

  • August 9, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Today is my Birthday, thanks for the awesome gift!

  • August 9, 2011 at 1:24 am

    lol that’s terrible, the last one is horrible! I do like the live action show, I think I would have liked to see that if I was younger!

  • Chris82csub

    August 9, 2011 at 1:25 am

    @Kaido…Yeah, that is definitely the giga meter from Ghostbusters 2.

  • August 9, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Wow. I remember having that Coming Out of Their Shells tape. My favorite song was something called “No Treaties After the War”, which is a pretty bad philosophy to be teaching kids, now that I think about it.

  • August 9, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Lol I was wondering when you were going to mention Next Mutation. When it reached that part I was just hoping you would get to the part about the crossover episode with the Power Rangers. I actually was watching both the series when they aired. I despised Next Mutation just for the fact that they added Venus. It felt they were just shitting on the continuity of the turtles.

  • krazyzark

    August 9, 2011 at 1:36 am

    10:32 = MOTO SURF!!! that live action tv show actually looks interesting. except for the Power Rangers style dragon villain instead of Shredder and Splinter the mouth breather

  • lemonman

    August 9, 2011 at 1:48 am

    I remember hearing “Pizza Power” first during the intro to “TMNT 4: Turtles in Time” in the arcade, (with vocals) … I always wondered where the hell that song came from. Now I know …

  • August 9, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Great review, James. One miner screw up. Mona Lisa was not a turtle. She was a lizard. Check again. No shell and a very long tail.

  • GreyFox

    August 9, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Holy shit, Gridlock!!!!

  • Exalian

    August 9, 2011 at 2:24 am

    @Kaido That was exacly what I noticed right away when I saw the footage.

    I still can’t believe so much TMNT crap exists!!
    The only thing I saw as a kid was the first 2 seasons of TMHT (I live in Holland, Europe, so it is Hero Turtles and not Ninja Turtles) and the first movie. The first movie is indeed still a good comic movie. I like the dark tone of it.

  • August 9, 2011 at 2:30 am

    that was fun man, thanks for the summer of turtles. now just a couple more months until october…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Ken

    August 9, 2011 at 2:37 am

    shinobi in china? you guys do realize that shinobi is japanese right? ignorant american corporates!

  • August 9, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Hey james can you do a batman TAS next. DId you know batman only had 3 seasons but the first season has 60 episodes and the rest had fewer than 20.

  • August 9, 2011 at 3:47 am

    i actually saw the “coming out of shell” show, it came to Israel in the early 90’s and was transited to Hebrew. i was a fan of TMNT and Transformers in those days and was psych as hell. i cant remember a lot but what i do remember is that there were a long line waiting and there was a blackout and the power was down in the middle of the show, then shredder yells “i DID IT!” that was funny, the rest was so unmemorable that i really don’t remember or even care to try to remember it.

  • viJilance

    August 9, 2011 at 4:07 am

    blood cleets

  • August 9, 2011 at 4:29 am

    I remember watching the newer live action series when it came out on Fox. I even won the contest and recieved a VHS of the first episode.

    Still listening to the Coming Out of Our Shell tape. Granted its alittle worn so i have found mp3 versions instead.

    This might be a stupid question, but have you seen Fight The Foot? Its a fan made short video. If you love the turtles like I do then you’ll enjoy it!

  • Mr. Arkadin

    August 9, 2011 at 6:08 am

    The only Turtles I ever had is the comic Richard Corben drew.

  • August 9, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Oh man, I used to watch the next mutation when I was a kid. I think I still have a few eps on VHS I think.

  • rocky356744

    August 9, 2011 at 6:46 am

    One question: In TMNT onTour, where the hell are their SHELLS!!

  • August 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Did you noticed what kind of device the bad guy in the “blue train stuff ” is using ? It’s from Ghostbusters 2 !!! He stole it from Egon !

  • BobJohnson

    August 9, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Next Mutation turtles look like Wasabi Jake Gyllenhall.

    The show was overshadowed by Pokemon/Dragonball Z. I remember “Paint-Drying” had better ratings for a few weeks.

  • tylerdurden389

    August 9, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I don’t even remember the live turtle shows. I did however go to the Power Rangers one at MSG back in 1994. As for the live action shows using all the digital effects all I can say is, as someone who knows a thing or 2 about video effects and editing in general, I LOVE seeing all the movies and tv shows during the 90’s (especially the mid-90s) and seeing the editors of these things basically “playing with their toys’ so to speak, and just trying out all sorts of different things as this live action ninja turtles show does here. Re-watch movies like ‘Escape from L.A.’ and you’ll see what I mean. It’s painful to watch (painfully hilarious in my case) not only because the technology wasn’t there yet, but it’s an interesting time in movie history to see Hollywood make the transition to computer effects.

    Seriously, it’s sad seeing how people can do that stuff better now on their computers for free with no money and simply post their videos on youtube now. Amazing how far we’ve gone in less than 20 years huh? THe best example (or my favorite example anyway) is the OOP Ultimate Warrior workout videotape from 1993. Seriouly, if you thought the opening of “Plumbers don’t wear ties’ was bad when they used all those filters for no reason, the UW videotape is basically the first “youtube poop” video.

    Now that I think about it, it’s funny how the effects of 90’s movies essentially are now considered ‘youtube poop’ videos lol.

  • August 9, 2011 at 8:06 am

    James, I have really enjoyed Turtle Tuesdays. Especially the Cartoon retrospective you did. The episode where you tried all the different types of pizza was a close second.

    I have to admit that I’m sad it’s starting to wind down, but I have really appreciated the hard work you put into it. I always enjoy looking back on one of the greatest cartoon series of all time, and one of the biggest pop phenomenon’s over the past 20 years.

    Now let’s go scarf some Pizza! Turtle Power!

  • August 9, 2011 at 8:06 am

    @ Yann Dreiski it’s called a giga meter

    im kinda glad i wasnt exposed to any of the live action videos after tmnt 3… because here i am everybody moved from tmnt to power rangers lol

  • tylerdurden389

    August 9, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Oh, and since I love AOR rock, I hate to admit this, but I’d probably LOVE the music on this tape. However, I’ll keep my dignity, and never listen to it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go listen to Stan Bush’s ‘You’ve got the Touch” and do some pull-ups.

  • August 9, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Nice the Gigameter from GB II

  • August 9, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Wow, this is amazing. I can’t help wondering who came up with this stuff. I wonder if they look back at it fondly.

    I’m going to miss TMNT Tuesdays. Thanks James and Mike for teaching me about the turtles! I grew up in the early 90’s and I never really knew much about TMNT. My brother had a couple of toys with them, and I recognized the name, but that was about it. Now I know a lot about this phenomenon and how huge it really was. I’ve been really enjoying the turtle videos (the favorite is probably the pizza taste test). Keep on rocking you guys!

  • CW

    August 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

    James, you really need to watch the 2009 series.

    It’s a lot better than you think it is and you will get a kick out of it, especially now since you’ve read the comics. Trust me on this, I think you even said you have them on DVD; it’s worth watching.

  • darklord0211

    August 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

    i remember the live action series as a kid, good times…..

  • MadHitz

    August 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

    “But now, thanks to the internet, we can shed light on everything in existence”

    There are a lot of downsides to the internet generation, but I think that having access to all of our 80s and 90s nostalgia right at our fingertips is definitely a plus. It helps us remember.

  • imma_rocker

    August 9, 2011 at 9:26 am

    “where the hell are their SHELLS!!” they didnt call it the coming out of our shells tour for nuttin

  • Riknight36

    August 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

    That was, by far, one of the funniest videos you ever made, James. At the end when you showed the turtles from the Blue Line special, I lost it. I had to play it three times just to hear what you said after the reveal.

  • brak014

    August 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I knew about Next Mutation, I actually watched it when it originally aired. But the Operation Blue Line, I’ve never heard of, wow, that just looks awful, thanks for braving it and watching the tape for us, so we don’t have to, it looked really bad

  • August 9, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I have really enjoyed your coverage on all different TMNT stuff this summer. Lots of Nostalgia and Awesomeness.

  • August 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I think you should review in like a longer video the 2003 TMNT cartoon series. I grew up watching that series and I loved it. Now that I know there was a cartoon before the 2003 series I’ve been trying to get all the DVD’s to compare the series

  • August 9, 2011 at 11:15 am

    you forgot about the ninja turtles porno aka Las Tortugas Pinjas

  • August 9, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Better be time for Transformers Tuesdays

  • August 9, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I never thought I’d hear you say TMNT 3 is heaven. lol
    It still sucks though, right?

  • Johnthegamer

    August 9, 2011 at 11:27 am

    It was things like the the turtles 3 and seeing the turtles tour VHS that made me start to lose interest in TMNT, I still loved them as I got older but the live action stuff really turned them into a embarrassment for me.

  • August 9, 2011 at 11:48 am

    *glances at TMNT poster on the wall*
    What have they done to you?

  • gruven42

    August 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Whoa… “Gridlock” is holding a meter (PKE?) from Ghostbusters (1 or 2?)

  • guama1500

    August 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    hey james i hope you review a ninja turtles anime that exist only in japan i put to you the link so you can check it out, by the way nice work!!! love your vids!!!!

  • SPoKieDoKie

    August 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Oh my God, the reveal of the Blue Line nInja turtles made me literally laugh out loud in my office. That was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.

  • renevious

    August 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I see that I’m not the only who notices the Ghostbusters 2 prop that Gridlock was holding. I don’t remember what type of meter it was, because it was not a PKE meter, but it was definitely from Ghostbusters 2.

  • August 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    …yea, facepalm, whatever… and I thought the Star Wars Christmas special was hilarious.

  • August 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I was just about to post about that GB2 prop. It’s ANOTHER modified hand-held shoe polisher. The prop in GB2 was used in the scene where they were following the path of Oscar’s coach.

  • TheLHP

    August 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I laughed my ass off when i saw those awful costumes in that PSA video lol

  • Meru-Sama

    August 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I saw the first concert when I was very little. The sewer scenes were shown on a big TV. I think they were mainly there to prepare for other scenes. Get characters in costume or something.

    I also remember seeing the live action TV show as a kid… when I grew up, I thought I had just imagined it. No one had heard of it or ever knew what I was talking about. I’m glad you reviewed it so I can show others now! Venus does exist!

  • PorkFrydRice

    August 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Yeah when you talk about Next Mutation you’ve got to bring up the female turtle Venus. I remember watching the first episodes with my sister and we were just confused at the fact that she had boobs, so strange. Also I think the fact that her mask color was just a lighter blue kind of bugged me, seriously with all the colors there are you couldn’t give her a color that was different from the rest.

  • Gokus Death Note 3

    August 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    my god i think i almost threw up at the last one.
    btw my bro jimmy (RIP) had the coming out of there shells vhs and i watched with him wen i was little with him, so thanks for reminding me of good times. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sirdemon

    August 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Round and Round and UP and Down, I just want to get off…? Are the Turtles sexually aggressive to the children.

  • PorkFrydRice

    August 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    One thing I forgot to bring up was I’m surprised James didn’t mention when the Turtles used to be at MGM Studios in Orlando, FL. I remember they used to have an April O’Neil singing the theme songs and the Turtles acting as back up dancers. I remember you could get their autographs too, I still got mine and a picture with Leonardo lying around somewhere. I think the Turtles later got replaced by the Power Rangers and who know what’s there now.

  • sonnydude

    August 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I remember the Ninja Turtles live action show, I watched it daily and I thought it was pretty nice back then.

    Too bad I never had a chance to see all the episodes, they kept re-running them.

    Thanks for the memories ๐Ÿ˜›

  • MP83

    August 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Wow!! So much stuff I never knew about. Thanks for sharing, James! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karate Kid Icarus

    August 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    mono mono mono mono mono

  • Gamer312

    August 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    You should review power rangers next

  • Redlion

    August 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I went to see them when they were here in Chile performing “Coming out of their shells”… It was sad, even for a kid…

  • ikensee

    August 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I watched the tv live action a little bit, was 11 at the time, I thought the theme song for it was pretty good.

  • laser

    August 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I was wondering when you’d get to the live action TV show. I used to watch it on Saturday mornings. It and the movies were my only contacts with the turtles when I was young. I never knew there were comic books or cartoons until a lot later.

    I’m not a big fan of the franchise in any case. I’m not a fan of anything that’s this over-the-top except for Grindcore music…

  • Valis77

    August 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    8:00 those kids are not amused at all.

  • Rasengan999

    August 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    The second he mentioned the crossover with the LA TMNT show, and the Power Rangers, I then instantly remembered it from when I watched Linkara’s HOPR video. Ahh. Good times. Good times.. ^_^

  • 666drummerman

    August 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    james, why do you put so little tags? how do u expect people too find ur videos!!!

  • August 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    @renevious yep, It’s the Giga meter from GhostBusters 2, I watched the whole thing on youtube the other day, God awful does it no justice

  • Chris-R.

    August 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    “Nostalgia Critic and I know how much that sucks…” Man I think you meant to say “I know how much Nostalgia Critic sucks.” Seriously, I don’t know if you’re a friend of his or whatever the case may be, but you’re much better than that annoying, abrasive rip-off. You know, the guy that makes those hilarious Bum Reviews which do so much to raise awareness about the very real, fucked-up situations in which these people live (and their almost non-existent chance of ever escaping these conditions save for their own deaths).
    But this was just an aside that went way too far; what I really wanted to do was respond to your statement that you’re almost through with TMNT: THANKS, BUD! I love everything you do except for the TMNT shit. Keeping in mind that I’ve been a hardcore fan, IMHO, since the original Bible Games episode (still one of the best) and my first viewing of Stoney, I just want to say thanks for all the brilliant content over the years.
    In fact, is my homepage! Now who’s a nerd?

  • August 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Man, Shredder was an asshole to that kid during the TMNT musical. Hilarious!

  • Kenshiroh

    August 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    About the transit video:
    * It sounded like they had the same voices from the Fred Wolf TMNT cartoon. Perhaps they spent all of their money on the actors and had none left for the costumes and props.
    * When I was about 12 I saw a guy in the same type of Leonardo costume at the mall.

  • August 9, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    That “Pizza Power” track was in the second arcade game too in the intro and was a digital sample. I always thought it was a bit odd and out of place but it’s kinda grown on me.. like fungus.

  • August 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    loooool, the blue line is actually the line I take when I need to get to downtown LA, specifically to LA Live or Staples Center. It goes from Wardlow Station where I get on to the Chick Hearn Court station just across the street. I didn’t know they actually used the Ninja Turtles to promote its usage. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • SoTH

    August 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I remember thinking the TV show was going to be awesome, but then, right as I saw it, I realized it was just going to be another MMPR-like show where they talk exessively as they fight. Its not like the movie when they do this, as it was rare in the first.

    I never liked it.

  • Luigi12

    August 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    today i played ninja turtles on nes with my cosen and it sucks

  • Steven_Danger

    August 9, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Not sure if it’s been said yet, but… TMNT porn

  • August 9, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    my parents took me to this when it first came to arizona. i remember seeing it as a kid and getting so into that i can vaguely remember feeling like i was up stage with the turtles with them.

    i know its sappy, and horrible but i loved it. even today i find myself singing these songs when i’m totally bored. great post buddy

  • August 9, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Did any one notice that “Gridlock” was using Egon’s PKE scanner?
    It’s funny how that prop keeps popping up. It was used in Star Trek VI too.

  • billpardy

    August 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    ha i was 14 when “next mutation” was out, and even though i was a lil to old for it i still watched it everyday after school…but when i mention it to other people they never seem to know what i’m talking about…i guess because most teenagers were to cool for the turtles at that point lol.

  • August 10, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Well, this made me laugh: I just came across an interview from 2005 with one of the guys who played a turtle on the Coming Out of Their Shells Tour. Kind of enlightening, especially to find out about the skinny-dipping and that Raph and Don were getting it on behind the scenes.

    I don’t know if I have any more respect for those guys, but I do feel sorry for them, hearing about how hot the costumes were.

  • elmerfudd5565469

    August 10, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Freakin awesome! I think I remember watching a live action turtles show as a kid and I remember the female turtle. What a great way to end Turtle Tuesdays as sad as I am that it is over.

  • August 10, 2011 at 12:50 am

    no you just have to look up the nija turtles porno, the one that the cinema snob covered

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  • SomeCuriousGuy

    August 10, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Did you know, that there was also a japanese version of TMNT?
    I think it only went on for about two episodes or so, but Iยดm sure that it existed, because Iยดve saw parts of it.

  • RocketeerRaccoon

    August 10, 2011 at 5:17 am

    In case you didn’t know, the Pizza Power song was also used as part of the intro for the Arcade version of Turtles in Time.

  • August 10, 2011 at 6:13 am

    as some of you may know the reporter is also the host of super market sweep.

  • im-ho-tep

    August 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Splinter sounds like Neil Young.

  • August 10, 2011 at 10:19 am

    *blank stare…possibly some drool*

    I seriously just sat for 5 minutes, scouring my memory and in tandem, trying to come up with an example to compare to what I can only express as one of the most slaughtered representations of what was originally born as an awesome piece of literary art. I came up empty.

    Leave it to corporate buttmongers to reduce the turtle franchise to master muppet theatre guest starring Ronald Mcdonald and Bozo.

    Thank the LORD I missed being visually contaminated by this “concert”…I realize at the time kids were enthralled with the Turtles, much like I was, but being there from their humble (badass) beginnings, seeing stuff like this makes me want to go take a dump and wipe with an Archie brand turtle comic.

    Wasn’t there some kind of licensing control for TMNT? I mean I don’t know all the legal details but damn, did Kevin and Peter go nuts one day and say “Let’s make the turtles Royalty free!”.

    Someone should make a movie where this concert returns for a reunion tour and teams up with The Wiggles; then THE REAL turtles come on stage and slaughter them all (revealing some plot that The Wiggles were going to take over the world by stealing kids souls; we can’t have our hero’s being evil).

  • PrelateZeratul

    August 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Since the last big Turtle Tuesday video is done, I’d like to see Transformers Tuesday from now on. James talks about Transformers so much, so I’d like to see his take on all things Transformers.

  • smullen1

    August 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Haha that was USC’s band in the PSA at the end.

  • SpeedyEric

    August 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Your review on the Coming out of Their Shells Tour is one of my favorite Nostalgia Critic episodes because of 2 things:
    A. You were in it, and
    B. I heard about this thing when I was very young, and I wanted to know how it faired up. Thanks, guys.

    4:05- Right now, I’m giving the “What the truck load of Christ” look.

    I remember watching “The Next Mutation” every Friday on Fox Kids when it was on. Also, this show was made by Saban, who also does the Power Rangers. I also enjoy watching it.

    12:17- AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! MY EYES!!!

  • August 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I remember the Next Mutation TV series, it was getting some reruns here in the Netherlands like 5/6 years ago…

  • erc82

    August 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Gridlock is using the Giga-Meter from Ghostbusters II! Is there no shame!

  • TheRealJackal

    August 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Are we gonna have to spam to get him to review the 2000 cartoon series omfg.

  • Madman12

    August 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Hey James Excellent Video once again love rare video’s I remember the coming out the shells Tour it was playing in New York in Radio City never had a chance to see it just incase for those who don’t know TMNT Season 9 is gonna be released in Aug 16 2011 lol look at grid lock at the end of the video what is he holding Egon’s Slim Scanner in GhostBusters 2 check it out it looks just like it hahaha anyway james keep the video’s coming.

  • Mr. Vermin

    August 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    yeah, I watched your collab video with NC, loved it. Its very nostalgic for me because I remembered going once in Utica, NY and wanting to go out and dance in the aisles but my mom warned me Shredder would come out and get me -_-

    the female turtle is crazy, I’ve never seen that! I actually do remember Mona Lisa though, I feel like I had a figure of her but seeing as I don’t even know if they exist I can’t say that with a lot of confidence.

    great video, Turtles was a big part of my childhood so I love seeing things like this, thanks for another great installment James!

  • August 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm
    I bet you never saw this coming its the ninja turtles created by the japanese its some insane shit.

  • August 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Hey, Gridlock stole the Gigameter from Ghostbusters 2!!

    I was wondering if you were ever going to talk about the actual Coming out of our Shells Tour, as opposed to the Making of.

    Good stuff, James.

  • Artanis

    August 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Did you notice that this “Gridlock” guy uses a Ghost Busters tool? How did this happen?

  • keith978

    August 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    In the last video is the bad guy holding one of those meters that they carry around in ghostbusters?

  • xenxander

    August 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    i ‘facepalmed’ when I saw the costumes for the ‘blue line’ PSA. I actually agreed that TMNT 3 was better.. *ugh!*

    I’m actually happy you saw the ‘coming out of our shells’ tour finally, and not just the ‘making’. I think you really have covered every base now with TMNT.

    To be honest, the lizard girl in the TMNT cartoon, I thought, at the time it aired, was kind of cute.. but she was out of place. however it would have been nice if she had been a repeat character, just for the sake of preventing the show from always being a sausage fest *I suppose I was kind of a horny teen at the time it aired*.

    But i digress, TMNT was a roller coaster, with far more ‘downs’ than ‘ups’, however it does hold a place in my life, and I’m glad, even across the nation we (random people like me) and you share something in common.

  • kyle roger

    August 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed the bigger review and analysis videos from turtle tuesday. As a turtle fan, it has been most rewarding to see someone give such a succinct and articulate overview of the movies, shows, and comic books.

  • Koga

    August 11, 2011 at 12:15 am

    This video had me in stitches, this is actually one of the best videos you’ve done yet James. Perfect dramatical transitions.

  • August 11, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I sadly can recite the lyrics to the theme song of Ninja Turtles The Next Mutation on command.

  • darkfloyd

    August 11, 2011 at 1:07 am

    James have you seen Turtles Forever? It’s a new cartoon that came out recently where the classic turtles of the 80’s that we know and love come in contact with the 2007 cartoon. It has both shredders, the technodrome and everything. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it now. Check out the wikipedia.

  • likalaruku

    August 11, 2011 at 4:05 am

    You should thank the Cinema Snob for reviewing the TMNT porno so you don’t have to.

    I never knew about that live action TV series. There were only like 18 channels back in the 80s, so it must have been on during school hours or something.

  • Diorama

    August 11, 2011 at 6:32 am

    i remember seeing the venus live action when it first came out in italy, it wasn’t that bad actually! but i was astonished by the cross-over with power rangers! gotta see it, thank you very much nerd!

  • August 11, 2011 at 8:47 am

    “HI APRIL!!!”
    OMG what was that!?

  • Linearmode

    August 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

    “woah penis!”… something my friends and i use to say all the time.

  • TomM

    August 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Even though TMNT Tuesdays are still in effect, it sucks that it’s coming to an end. It’s been a great summer with all of these videos. thanks for posting all of these TMNT videos, James. Its been a blast!

  • sesshoth

    August 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    i used to watch that turtles show with the girl turtle and i actually liked it as a kid lol i kinda missed it

  • August 12, 2011 at 3:17 am

    i remember the tv show. it was ok. i rilly dont like the way TMNT is going now. i want to get the original TMNT show on dvd. just so i can hav my kids enjoy them like i did.

  • August 12, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I’m glad you are covering these live shows James, as I live in the UK I never even knew about the tour untill you and the critic did your review of it.

    As for next mutation I missed it as well, we are both the same age and as you know by the time this came on we were into our teenage years and weren’t interested in ninja turtles….

    I love watching your videos tho, not just AVGN as you always make me remember a time when things were much simplier.

  • drev

    August 12, 2011 at 7:56 am

    “Some random reporter ?” I’m sorry to say that, but I think it’s Vernon Fenwick, from the way he is scared…

    Speaking of TMNT leftover, I saw in two episode of the original cartoon the kubiak bank, and in the end credits Kubiak is the producer, that made sens if he is the producer he is some kind of bank for TMNT ๐Ÿ™‚

  • daggereye

    August 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I freaking knew it! I’ve seen that live action series they must of shown it more in europe or something. It wasn’t half bad.

  • August 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I’m so glad that I lost interest in TMNT by the time it turned to crap.

  • Dan1234

    August 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Great video! You know what would be awesome, is if someone drew some Gridlock fanart. Most terrible villain ever.

  • schecterplayer

    August 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    wow, i remember the ninja turtles live action show, that ran on fox after school line up, i would run home from grade school to watch it, if nothing else didn’t keep me in shape, that ninja turtles was there.

  • August 13, 2011 at 4:04 am

    I agree on Artanis’ comment. He actualy uses a Ghostbuster tool from the movies. Wow, how did this go unnoticed?

  • XxTylerTragicxX

    August 13, 2011 at 4:25 am


  • andrey

    August 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Dude i love ALL of ur vids so much and im rly looking forward to that movie , but till then pls as many AVGN normal vids not with all the fancy effects cause that takes time , just make normal ones.

  • Rotavator

    August 13, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    “Round and round and up and down…

    …I just want to get off”

    Tee hee.

  • Luigi12

    August 14, 2011 at 2:53 am

    1:40 boom mic

  • August 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    One yet remains to be reviewed, guys. The Ninja Turtles Anime:

    Supaaa Mutashon!

  • lisquid

    August 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Can’t believe how excited the audience is @2:16!!!!!

  • August 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Hey, Gridlock’s gadget is the geiger meter from Ghostbusters II

  • HaveYouSeenThisBoy

    August 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Nice catch christopher, i immediately recognized that as egons geiger meter from GBII as well –

  • ssjup81

    August 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Interesting how you mentioned The Last Mutation. I was in second or third year of high school when that show was out and I watched it (and liked it). I really liked Venus’ character, but other than that, I don’t remember much about it. Some of it came back to memory, though.

    Also, the fact that you said Turtles III was heaven…wow, compared to that last obscure live-action Turtles thing, oh yeah. It definitely is! lol

  • ssjup81

    August 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Ugh, I so meant to type The Next Mutation. >< I hate when I mean to type one thing, but hear something else and type that instead. lol

    Well, I'm going to miss these Turtle Tuesday videos. It was a real nostalgia trip for me, as I was apart of the original Turtle Craze, being born in ''81 and all. 'twas fun, and I look forward to your other misc Turtle vids.

  • Zycloe

    August 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Is that backstage reporter David Ruprecht, character actor and host of Lifetime’s game show “Supermarket Sweep”? It sure looks like him! It would have been right around the time “Sweep” was debuting.

  • J5

    August 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Hey i remember the TMNT next Mutation Series… it ending up growing on me &….it was right around my high school dayz; & i especially like the episode when they team up with the Power Rangers lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!()-;

  • August 16, 2011 at 6:18 am

    You think the costumes on Operation Blue Line were bad, you should’ve seen the Ninja Turtle costumes used in parties and clubs during the show’s popularity in Egypt. There was actually a live action Egyptian kids series that feature 3 Ninja turtles from SPAAAAAAAAAAACE!

    About the female member, my favortie is Ninjara, the anthromorphic Samurai fox from the Archie’s TMNT comic run, April also stopped being a Damsel in Distress and was trained by Splinter in the comics.

  • sickboy

    August 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Michael Bay make a new tmnt film!!!!

  • mwhitener

    August 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

    James, please give us at least one small review of the last TMNT cartoon show. If you have not seen it look into it, its a really good show. The first few seasons actually follow the comics really well.

  • Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    August 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Yeah James, before you move away from the big Turtle Tuesday videos give us a full blown review of the TMNT anime and the 2k3 series please. We’d all love to hear what you think of them (especially the anime). Reviewing those would be a great swan song for the great Turtle Tuesdays feature on the site.

  • August 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    huh, I never realized that was splinter, I always thought it was raph singing skipping stones, i could swear that’s what it said on my box

  • kkn

    August 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    splinter sounds like gay axl rose with thorote cancer…

  • Endless Mike

    August 16, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Well I got down with a girl in my town.. but it wasnt any dancing involved except for – horizontal tango! (this would be the part where I normally put on my sun glasses and the intro music begins)

  • August 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    pizza power was also the theme song of the TMNT live action movie (well sort of, it played at the beggining) dont you remember?

  • August 20, 2011 at 12:08 am

    HEY! Wasn’t that device Gridlock flashed around from Ghostbusters 2?! That would technically mean that he stole it from the firehouse and reprogrammed it to make things disappear and– wait! Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are both set in New York– why the fuck are the Turtles in California chasing down a guy named Gridlock who stole one of the Ghostbusters PKE 2 meters to cause signs to disappear?! How does that storyline make any goddamn sense? Sure it was a PSA, but they at least could have got the right fucking location for the story to make some kind of sense!

  • August 20, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Sorry, just read Christopher and HaveYouSeenThisBoy’s posts, lol, I’m glad I’m not the only one to have noticed the *Geiger Meter (also couldn’t remember the name).

  • August 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks for all the TMNT reviews, James. It’s been a good ride. I was hoping you’d eventually bring up the live action series. I actually did watch a bit of it, but not a whole lot, because I think I was losing interest in the turtles, at that time. Yeah, I remembered the girl turtle too.

    That stage show is hilarious… Splinter sounds like Bon Jovi or something… hahaha.

  • August 21, 2011 at 12:04 am


    Gridlock is using the device Dr. Stantz was using in the Second Ghostbusters movie when they were tracking the Slime in the street.

    Check it out. I doubt that prop was made more than needed for the Ghostbusters II Production.


  • Dr Oliver

    August 21, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I actually went and saw the Live concert when I was a kid. And Yes, we saw all that behind the scene stuff on the big screen. The reporter guy, who I think was supposed to be Vernen, was walking around trying to find the Turtles to get them to help April.

  • Will Smathers

    August 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Tony Robbins as The Shredder?

  • Bignate78

    August 22, 2011 at 1:18 am

    I remember the The Next Mutation show and the two part episode when the teamed up with the Power Rangers in Space. I was in the middle of high school aaa the good old days.

  • ben 10 guy

    September 3, 2011 at 11:27 am


  • EliteDeath

    September 6, 2011 at 12:09 am

    The Last Mutation or whatever is the first time I ever heard of TMNT. I remember talking about TMNT with my friend. I insisted there was a girl, and he said there wasn’t. I was confused for a long damn time.

  • September 7, 2011 at 2:44 am

    I remember watching Ninja Turtles the next mutation……

  • don'tcare

    September 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    yeah i saw the coming out of their shell tour when i was 5! They did project the reporter on a screen baiscaly it allowed extra time to prepare for the next scene.

  • hairlip

    September 15, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I’ve actually seen worse live action suits, in a korean ripoff video.

    a NORTH korean ripoff video.

  • mxc82

    September 27, 2011 at 12:50 am

    It looked more like tmnt vs. the unmasked zorro.

  • Firewall_Philip_Hanan

    October 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Sure, you’ve discussed a lot of facts about Turtles, but how do the turtles doi #1 and #2? Do they poop in their sheels? Or do they poop between their two shell pieces?

  • LicaWolf

    October 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I would have sweard I never ever knew about the next mutation before, but watching this video actually gave me a deja vu feeling… That female turtle character and the crossover with the power rangers do sound familiar… I think I blocked the memories of this series, wow O_o

  • Starcraft39

    November 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I actually was a Power Ranger kid not a TMNT kid and I REMEMBER that crossover and have watched in recently so I got really excited when I saw you mention that. That episode of Power Ranger is second only to Forever Red. If you don’t know Forever Red, youtube it.

    If you need convincing, the episode has every red ranger up until that point in the series in one episode… nothing else must be said.

  • BasiliskFang

    December 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    is there a whole video for the blue line tape? that’s awesome! i live in long beach.

  • EmanuelBrewer

    December 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Wow, I’m suprised, a TMNT review that mentions Next Mutation, and doesn’t bash the tar out of it of Venus, as I actually liked both. It was the first live action TMNT series I had ever seen, and I thought it was great. I also thought Venus was a welcome change when compared to April, instead of a damsel in distress, she could actually fight.

  • SonicUnderground316

    January 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Have you seen Barbara Walters TMNT interview, it’s not a actual movie but it’s related to the turtles and it isn’t in your turtle live action left over. it’s quite funny not too mention it’s with the first movie costume:

  • SonicUnderground316

    January 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    shinobi from china LOL

  • FithTrl

    February 17, 2012 at 11:16 am

    So agree! no wonder i don’t have the x-mas, or “Commin out of the Shels” vids~ miss u much. keep up the goodies you could comment on, and talk about with the green guys

  • January 8, 2013 at 4:29 am

    ur youtube channel got taken down man wtf!?

  • January 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Believe it or not: Ninja Turtles – The Next Mutation aired 1998-1999 in Germany (dubbed of course). It was named “Die Ninja-Turtles” (“The Ninja Turtles”) here and included all 26 episodes.

    I watched some episodes back as a kid and had nearly forgotten about this show. Hell as I just found out, they even released the first 12 episodes on DVD in German in 2005 and episode 13-15 in 2009 (!) – what a sellout.

  • Bitendo

    January 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Can someone give me the link for the pizza thing James mentioned in the video??? Thanks.

  • January 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    that gridlock dude got the guyger meter from ghostbusters 2 as his weapon thingy lol
    james and mike 1 of use should have noticed that

  • January 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    HOLY SHIT! James, I don’t know if you noticed that the bad guy in the blue line thing uses a GHOSTBUSTERS gadget from ghostbusters 2!!

  • Radelta

    January 11, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    This must be where that fucking hack phelous got the idea from. Him and his lady love dat Cinemassacre as much as the rest of us to be ripping it off.

  • January 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    why was the stupid villian in the end using a device from ghost busters 2?

  • Yamazon3

    February 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Whatever happened to the pizza tasting party? I want to see all of those disgusting pizza’s again!

    • Doogrisa

      February 11, 2013 at 2:18 am

      James probably removed it because he realised his wife was in the video. Mrs. Nerd said in a article stating that she dosn’t want to be in any videos.

  • Dr. Breakfastmachine

    March 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Even though I don’t remember ever watch The Next Mutation, for some reason I owned the ENTIRE toyline produced for it when I was a kid. The toy of the dragon dude looks absolutely nothing like the costume in the show…I wonder what happened there?

  • Chill Man

    April 16, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I have the third movie on DVD with the other 2 TMNT movies and the 2007 movie. Turns out, I liked the third movie.

  • Masltov

    June 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Did anyone notice that this thing that GRIDLOCK has, is the exact device that Egon has in Ghostbusters II??

  • bacondude1985

    June 14, 2013 at 1:14 am

    A copy of Operation Blue Line popped up on Ebay!

    Kinda pricey but pretty hilarious that someone else has this piece of shit!

  • August 6, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Skipping stones makes me think of Bruce Springstine singinf ‘The Wrestler’

  • August 6, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Turtles, the next mutation crossed over with Power Rangers in space. Funfact

  • nerdfanokc82

    November 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I had the Coming Out of Their Shells video when I was a kid. It is hilarious to watch now. The Blue Line video costumes bring back memories because I have a picture from when I was around 9 or 10 with a Ninja Turtle that was the same costume. They were offering a picture with a Ninja Turtle, Leonardo, at the mall and my brother and each got one.

  • January 6, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    As a kid I actually really liked the Next Mutation. Although I only saw it because it was on right before Power Rangers.

  • April 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    OK why does gridlock have a Gigameter from Ghostbusters 2

  • August 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    As an guy who saw The Coming Out of Their Shells Tour free since it was pnld for by the School board, KAND Fox 15, and 94.5 KSMB I can say James the thing about the wires and sored was showed on very big TV set on sagre. Wean I sill had an VCR I uploaded it to what was then Windows XP the same file is sill here on Windows 7

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