Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American animated television series that premiered in the UK on December 10, 1987 (originally renamed "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" for the UK version). It was based on the characters created in a comic book by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The original comic book version was darker toned than the TV series as it had to be toned down in order to make it suitable for children. The show helped launch the characters into mainstream popularity and became one of the most popular animated series in television history.

In short, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series focuses upon the adventures of four mutant turtles who were found in a sewer and raised by the honorable ninja master named Hamato Yoshi. The turtles were covered in a strange glowing ooze, which caused them to mutate into humanoid turtles and Hamato Yoshi into a humanoid rat. Hamato Yoshi then took on the pseudonym "Splinter". Yoshi adopts the four turtles as his sons and trains them in the art of ninjitsu.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series follows the turtles and Splinter in their adventures fighting against the evil Krang (a disembodied alien brain) and Oroku Saki (pseudonym "Shredder").


Turtle wearing the blue mask whose weapons are two Katana swords. Official leader of the Turtles and is closest to Splinter.
Turtle wearing the purple mask who weilds a Bo staff. He is interested in science and is constantly tinkering with various inventions.
Turtle wearing the red mask whose weapon consists of two Sai daggers. He is sarcastic, jokes around, and seems to get irritated often.
Turtle wearing the orange mask whose chosen weapon is the Nunchucks. He is the most relaxed of the group, mostly interested in pizza and having a good time.
Hamato Yoshi/Master Splinter 
Mutant rat who trained the Turtles in the martial art of Ninjitsu. He is an old and wise Sensei.
April O'Neil 
Red-headed TV reporter who discovered the Turtles' home in the sewer and became their friend.
Oroku Saki/Shredder 
Arch-villan of the Turtles and Splinter. Takes his orders from Krang.
A disembodied brain who was a warlord in Dimension-X before he was exiled and had his body taken away. He funds and helps plan most of Shredder's schemes.
Bebop and Rocksteady 
A warthog and a rhinoceros, respectively. Formerly New York City street gang members, they were mutated by Shredder to act as his personal henchmen, although they are very clumsy.
Casey Jones 
A vigilante and a friend of the Turtles. He wears an ice hockey goaltender's mask and carries a wide assortment of weapons including golf clubs, baseball bats, and cricket bats.


Theme Tune



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Heroes in a half-shell - Turtle Power!

They're the world's most fearsome fighting team. (We're really hip!)
They're heroes in a half-shell and they're green. (Hey - get a grip!)
When the evil Shredder attacks,
These Turtle boys don't cut him no slack!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Splinter taught them to be ninja teens, (He's a radical rat!)
Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines. (That's a fact, Jack!)
Raphael is cool but crude, (Gimme a break!)
Michaelangelo is a party dude. (Party!)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,
Heroes in a half shell - Turtle Power!


Sadly the original cartoon series has not yet been released in the UK, although it is available in a Region 1 format DVD from Amazon.com in the US.

DVD Movies

The TMNT feature-length movies are available in a Region 2 format from Amazon.co.uk and Play.com.

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