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Transcript of TMNT
Of course then the first generation comic of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came in to view. They all had red masks and the only indicator of who each person was, was the weapons. Second generation turtles had different masks, and their belt buckles had the initial of their first name.
Afterward action figures came in 1986. Followed by the 1st generation cartoon show in 1987. It had 188 episodes.
TMNT was sold to the Image Comics in 1996. They made some unpleasant changes; Master Splinter became a bat, Donatello turned into a cyborg, Leonardo lost a hand, and Raphael was the next Shredder (the villain). Many people disliked it because it was so different from the original comic they had come to love.
Mirage then bought back the turtles in 2001 and didn't use any of Image Comics' ideas.
That's not the only thing that changed. Mr.Laird said that originally TMNT were bad boys cussing, hanging with adult vigilantes Casey Jones and April O'Neil. When children started taking a liking to them they had to change the cusses to "Cowabunga" and "Turtle Power".
Movies and entertainment
Their first movie was in 1990. A live action film with a budget of $13.5 million. It made $200 million. The turtles were a control system "puppetechtronics".
The movie was so popular they created two more "The Secret of the Ooze" 1991 it made a total of $78,656,813. Equally as important the third movie was released in 1993 "TMNT III", making $42,273,609 .
An animated film was produced in 2007 called TMNT.
23 arcade and home video games have been made since 1989. 4 million copies of games were sold.
The 1st generation cartoon show was in 1987-1996. They had different weapons, different colored masks, and their belt buckles had their first initial.
2nd generation cartoon was in 2003. They had different color masks, weapons, and skin color.
3rd generation cartoon is still going it started in 2010. They have different weapons, skin color, mask color, and different eye color.
Disney created a Turtle mash up in 1997 called "Ninja Turtles the Next Mutation". A female turtle named Venus is created.
Not to mention the 3rd generation cartoon is on Nick and on it is third season.
May 2012 the original drawing sold for $71,700.
How The Turtles Were Created
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created in November 1983 by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. They were living in an apartment in Northampton, Massachusetts. They were struggling to create a comic book. As a joke Mr.Eastman drew a turtle on its hind legs with nun-chucks and a mask. Mr.Laird polished the drawing and the first turtle was created. Who knew that Michelangelo was the first born?
A second drawing was made and the whole turtle family was created. Mr.Laird and Mr.Eastman tried using japanese names for the characters, but they didn't sound right. (So they used names from some of the Great Renaissance artists, they were so cheesy they just stuck.)
Leonardo the leader has twin katanas, Raphael has twin sai, Michelangelo has nun-chucks, and Donatello has a staff.
Turtle take down! All the theme songs in one video
All Michelangelo generations, movies and TV shows.
All generations of Leonardo movies and TV show
All generations of Raphael movies and TV shows
All generations of Donatello movies and TV shows
Sadly Mr.Laird was asked if he had any regrets on changing the turtles for little kids. He replied “…had I (again, speaking solely for myself and not for Kevin) been making the key creative decisions for that first animated series, it would have been VERY different. Among other things, there would likely have been no moronic henchmen like Bebop and Rocksteady. The Shredder would have been seriously malevolent. April would not have been a reporter and constantly need to be rescued by the Turtles. The Turtles would not have been so ridiculously obsessed with pizza, and the Shredder would not have had as one of his businesses a restaurant called ‘Ninja Pizza’…And the show would not have had a joke or gag every five seconds.”
Then the name Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was censored in the UK because they thought the word ninja had a violent connection. They changed it to Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles.
Nun-chucks were also restricted, so Mickey's fighting scenes were cut out and replaced with him using a grappling hook. Poor Mickey.
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Thank you for taking a look at my presentation. I hope you enjoyed taking a look at how TMNT was created, how far they have come, and how they are today. I also put a sneak peek at the new TMNT movie.