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Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesThe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) are a fictional group of four anthropomorphic turtles who are also teenagers, mutants and ninjas. From their home in the sewers of New York City, they take on crime, alien invasions, and the occasional time-traveling adventure.
The TMNT originated in an American comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984. The concept was borne from a comical drawing sketched out by Kevin Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming with his friend Peter Laird. They found the drawing of a short, squat turtle wearing a bandana with nunchakus strapped to its arms to be incredibly funny, as it played upon the inherent contradiction of a slow, cold-blooded reptile with the speed and agility of the Japanese martial arts. At Laird's suggestion, they created a team of four such turtles, each specializing in a different weapon. Using money from a tax refund together with a loan from Eastman's uncle, the young artists self-published a single-issue comic intended to parody two of the most popular comics of the early 1980s: Marvel Comics' New Mutants, which featured teenage mutants, and Daredevil, which featured ninja clans dueling for control of the New York City underworld.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movies
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesThe first film, simply titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, closely follows the storyline from the Mirage comic books, in addition to some of the more lighthearted elements of the cartoons. This movie presents the origin story of Splinter and the Turtles, their initial encounters with April and Casey, and their first confrontation with Shredder and his Foot Clan. Directed by Steve Barron and released by New Line Cinema, it remains one of the top-grossing independent films ever made in the United States. The costuming effects, a product of Jim Henson's Creature Shop, were very advanced.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the OozeThe second film, entitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, expands on the Turtles' origin story while claiming the dubious distinction of featuring Vanilla Ice's film debut. It also featured new characters: Shredder's mutants Tokka and Rahzar, and a mutated Super-Shredder. The original story was to include Rocksteady and Bebop at the insistence of the studio, but Laird and Eastman fought tooth and nail to prevent their inclusion, and created Tokka and Rahzar as a way of compromising. The original ending to "Ooze" would also reveal the benevolent TGRI scientist, Jordon Perry, to have been an Utrom. But due to budget constraints, plus the fear he may be mistaken for the character Krang, the plot twist was abandoned.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in TimeThe third film in the series was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time, which featured the return of Elias Koteas, reprising his role as the character Casey Jones. The plot revolves around the "Sacred Sands of Time," a mystical scepter which transports the Turtles back in time to feudal Japan, where they become embroiled in a conflict between the daimyo and British traders.
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