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The Official Discussion Thread

The cultural impact was one shell of a phenomenon.
"Suddenly, because of the Turtles, the [independent comic]
game was open to everybody." - Eddie Campbell

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: April O'Neil :
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: Casey Jones :
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: Master Splinter :
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In the years since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created, Michelangelo,
Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello have become a classically comical part of Americana.

Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the creators of the Turtles, published their first
black and white TMNT comic book with just $1,200 in 1984. With tons of work
and a plethora of good fortunes, they've seen the Turtles go from an underground
hit to a world-wide phenomenon. It's been a wild and crazy ride, to say the least!

Eastman and Laird liked the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle idea too much to let
it remain idle in their sketchbooks. The creative duo wrote an origin story that
parodied Frank Miller's Daredevil and Ronin series, comics that Kevin and Peter
held in high esteem. The lone Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle became a group of
four terrapins who had a ninjitsu sensei, a mutated rat named Splinter. Each
Ninja Turtle was named after a renown Renaissance artist.

"We had all the Japanese fighting methods, but we didn't want to make up
Japanese names because we thought they'd seem too strange to American
readers." explains Kevin. "So we decided to go in the opposite direction and
used distinctly European names. We both had studied art history, so we picked
Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo and Michelangelo."

With the story written, Kevin and Peter began doing the artwork. Since the
creative duo had similar styles, they were able to switch tasks back and forth.
Some pages were penciled by Kevin and inked by Peter, some pages were
penciled by Peter and inked by Kevin. Once the complete comic book was
finished, they set out to find a publisher for it. Much to their dismay, the guys
had no luck finding someone willing to print the title.

Kevin had just gotten a $500 income tax refund check, so the artists decided
to self-publish the comic book. They borrowed an additional $700 from
Kevin's uncle, Quentin Eastman, and used the money to print 3,000 black and
white copies of the first issue of the TMNT. The artistic duo still had enough
money left over from the costs of printing to take out a single one-page
advertisement in a popular comic book newspaper entitled Comics Buyer's Guide.

The first issue of the TMNT went to the printer on April 1, 1984... no foolin'!
The printer finished the job in time for Peter and Kevin to debut the title at a
comic book convention in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on May 5. Oddly
enough, the printer hadn't printed the Turtle comic in the usual comic book
format. TMNT #1 was an over-sized book.

Kevin and Peter decided to name their new publishing company Mirage
Studios; since there wasn't an actual studio (only kitchen tables and couches
with lap boards), they thought that "Mirage" was a fitting moniker. Peter had
experience working with newspapers, so the pair made up a four page press
kit with a story outline and artwork that they sent to 180 TV and radio
stations. On a whim, they sent the package to the Associated Press as well as
United Press International. a reporter from the UPI wrote a story about the
Turtles that was picked up on the national wire and ran in countless
newspapers across the USA. This massive exposure created a demand for the
interestingly titled comic that caught everyone by surprise! The Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles hit the starting gate at full speed!

"When we created the Turtles, we wanted to spoof the world of super hero
characters and poke good natured fun at the heroic but not-so-funny
characters that dominated the business." said Peter. "The Turtles are fun
heroes with an attitude. Basically, they act and think like average teenagers."

"They're always willing to lend a helping hand, but are constantly
on the alert for the funny side of life." added Kevin.

It's a formula that has worked well!

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TMNT : Movie1

April O'Neil a beautiful, young television investigative reporter at Channel 3's Eyewitness News, is doing a series of stories on the recent escalation of robberies in New York City. One evening after her nightly newscast, April encounters thieves in the act of robbing one of the TV station's remote vans.

The street lights go out. We hear the sounds of a struggle. Shadowy figures lock in combat in the darkness behind her.

When the police arrive, they find April dazed but unharmed, with her assailants neatly tied up around her.

Inside the sewers of New York, April's rescuers are revealed: Raphael, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Donatello - the illustrious Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - who have returned to their subterranean den to report to their ninja master: an aging, four-foot tall talking rat named Splinter. After some pizza, the tempestuous Raphael goes to Central Park and gets into a fight with Casey Jones, a self-appointed vigilante who wields a variety of sports implements as weapons. A martial-arts athlete, Casey announces to himself that it is time to go into the dangerous, criminal world of the streets and save New York. "Somebody's gotta do it!" he says.

Meanwhile, the silent crimes continue to escalate, despite April's prodding of ineffective police chief Ross Sterns to clean up the city. April does manage to incite the group responsible for the crimes: a clandestine organization known as The Foot, which attacks her again, this time in the subway.

Again, the heroic Raphael saves her.

This time, however, he brings her to the Turtles' sewer den. Here, Splinter and his Turtles tell the spooked April the story of their origin, which involves a sewer encounter with radioactive ooze that caused them to grow to the size of men and gave them the gift of speech.

As the Turtles escort April to her apartment, Splinter is "rat-napped" by The Foot.

After the TMNT return home and find their Sensei missing, the heartbroken and confused Turtles return to April's apartment, while The Foot takes Splinter to its headquarters: a huge warehouse that is a cross between Pinocchio's "Pleasure Island" and a ninja "Fagin's Lair." It is here that The Shredder builds his empire, using an army of ninja-trained teenagers as his thieves.

One of these is Danny Pennington, the estranged son of April's boss, and Danny tips The Shredder off as to where the troublesome Turtles are.

Armed with this knowledge, The Foot launches an all-out attack, demolishing April's apartment in a knock-down, drag-out battle as she, the Turtles and Casey Jones (always on the lookout for a good fight, but overwhelmed by numbers this time) all flee.

The heroes arrive at April's childhood home in the country, where the somber Turtles deal with their defeat, each in his own way.

In the calm serenity of the countryside Casey and April discover each other.

The Turtles now discover, through a mystical communique with their still-imprisoned Master Splinter, that the true ninja is not of the body, but of the mind. Accordingly, they all begin to retrain and hone their ninja abilities.

With their new knowledge and skills, the Turtles return to the city. While Casey manages to rescue Splinter with Danny's help, the Turtles engage in their final battle with The Foot - in the sewers, on the streets and upon rooftops.

The battle climaxes with Splinter defeating The Shredder, who is revealed to be the assassin of Splinter's own ninja master.

New York is saved, and the Turtles are reunited with their "father."

TMNT : Movie 2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze finds our four favorite sewer-dwellers in search of a new place to call home. Along the way they once again run into the nefarious Foot Clan and their insidious leader, the Shredder. With the help of April O'Neil, Professor Jordan Perry and pizza delivery boy Keno, the Turtles manage to prevent Shredder from unleashing the mutating formula Mutagen and the monstrous creatures that it creates (Tokka and Rahzar) upon the denizens of New York City. Turtle Power!

"If there is an outstanding impression left by this movie, it is the Turtles' loyalty and love for each other and how they come together as brothers and fighting comrades to discover their own beginnings; to protect innocent citizens and to save the city from criminal destruction," said the film's producer, David Chan. "This picture leaves you encouraged. It demonstrates the importance of continuing to fight for what you believe to be right because even against seemingly insurmountable odds, there may still be a chance to win."

TMNT : Movie 3

JAPAN, 1603: A lone warrior races through the forest, being chased by four Samurai on horseback. The young man is captured by his pursuers, and taken to the imposing Fortress of Lord Norinaga. Inside, we see Lord Norinaga confront his captive, who we find to be his son, Prince Kenshin. Norinaga quarrels with his son, who is ashamed of his father's actions in what he considers to be an unjust war. Just as Norinaga is about to strike his son down for disgracing him, we hear a gun shot fired. Enter Walker, a conniving English trader. He warns Norinaga that the rebels are about to attack. Guards take Prince Kenshin away, as Norinaga and his British allies prepare for battle.

NEW YORK CITY, The Present: We find the Turtles in their sewer abode, practicing their ninja skills. April appears to present gifts to the teen terrapins as they've offered to watch her apartment while she goes on vacation. She's brought an odd scepter along to give to Master Splinter... which begins to glow with weird magic. In a flash, April disappears, and in her place is a man... Prince Kenshin!

April finds herself back in time, at Lord Norinaga's fortress! Everyone there save for Walker thinks that she is a witch, and April tries to use this to her advantage by frightening the ancient warriors. Walker, disbelieving that April has any supernatural powers, defies her to shrink him. When she fails to perform the sorcery, guards haul her away.

Back in New York, Donatello and Splinter have determined that the scepter is a time-switch device, and for the Turtles to use it, people from the past will be brought to the present. The Turtles get their friend Casey Jones to guard the people from the past that will appear when the TMNT go back in time to find April. Donatello determines that the staff's powers will only work for 60 hours, and after that time, if the Turtles don't come back, they'll be stuck in the past! Don activates the scepter, and in a blinding flash, the Turtles are gone! In their place we see four very confused Samurai... the four Honor Guards of Lord Norinaga!

The Turtles pop back in time into the middle of the battle between Norinaga's forces and the rebels! They're on horseback and decked out in full Honor Guard Samurai regalia! Michaelangelo ends up backwards on his horse, and it gallops out of control into the forest! He is attacked and dismounted. The leader of the rebellion, Mitsu, is shocked to find a giant Turtle under the helmet, and she orders Mikey to be carted off to the rebel village.

As night falls, the 3 remaining Turtles sneak into Norinaga's keep in attempt to rescue April. Walker is talking with Norinaga, who has just learned that his four Honor Guards have disappeared, along with the Sacred Scepter! Walker argues that Norinaga must buy his guns to quell the rebellion, while Norinaga fears that all is lost now that the scepter has vanished.

The Turtles follow Walker's henchman Niles, and he inadvertently leads the TMNT to April in Norinaga's dungeon. April finds an escape route, and she and the Turtles fight their way to escape. They are accompanied by a prisoner named Whit, who looks amazingly like Casey Jones! It seems that he was jailed for mutiny, and he is as eager to leave this place as April and the Turtles are.

Norinaga, when discovering April's escape, prepares to punish Niles. Walker is able to prevent his henchmen from being toasted, however.

The Turtles are now in the forest, basking in its ancient beauty. Suddenly, rebel forces ambush them, thinking that they are Norinaga's Honor Guard! Donatello removes his helmet, and the rebels are shocked to see more giant Turtles! The TMNT are taken to meet Mitsu, who exclaims that they are like"the other one." The Turtles realize that Mikey is with the rebels and rejoice in the knowledge that they'll soon be reunited. As they head back to the rebel village, they see smoke rising from it! Walker and his men are burning the town, looking for the scepter and Prince Kenshin. As the Turtles and the rebel warriors rush to save the town, we see a young boy trapped in a burning home. Mikey rescues the child and Leo saves his life by performing CPR. Mitsu now knows that the Turtles are good, and welcomes them. The Turtles remember that they need the scepter to get back home... and they're running out of time! They go in search for it, as Whit and April help the townspeople rebuild their homes. When the Turtles can't find the scepter, Donatello comes up with the unlikely scheme of creating a new one! April is very skeptical!

Meanwhile in the present, Casey Jones keeps the four Honor Guard busy by teaching them to play hockey!

Back in the past, Michaelangelo introduces the villagers to pizza, and Whit tries to convince April to take him back to New York City. Donatello's scepter is finished, but Leonardo drops it and it breaks! It seems as if the TMNT are trapped in the past! Just then, Mitsu walks in and announces that Norinaga will attack in the morning! The Turtles decide to join Mitsu and her people to fight the overlord.

That night, Raph and Yoshi hang out. Raphael gives Yoshi a yo-yo, and the boy wanders off. When he returns, he brings the Sacred Scepter! As everyone argues about who hid the scepter, Whit holds a knife to Mitsu's throat and demands the scepter!

Whit takes Mitsu to Norinaga, and tells the Daimyo that she has kidnapped his son Prince Kenshin. Mitsu then tells Lord Norinaga that Whit is holding the Sacred Scepter. Mitsu attacks Norinaga but is stopped by Walker, and she is taken to the dungeon. Whit tries to cut a deal with Walker, using the Sacred Scepter as a bargaining chip.

The Turtles break into the castle once again to save Mitsu and the other rebel captives. As the heroes attempt their escape, they run headlong into Lord Norinaga and his men, and a battle ensues. Michaelangelo is injured accidentally by Mitsu! Leonardo manages to beat Norinaga in a sword fight, and captures him in a giant bell! Things are going great for the Turtles when Walker takes April hostage at gun point. Leo challenges the vile Brit, and Walker fires a cannon at the bold Turtle... but misses Leo and hits the bell that imprisons Norinaga! Walker tries to flee with the Sacred Scepter, but the Turtles catch up with him. Walker tosses the staff into the air, but the TMNT manage to catch it before it hits the ground and breaks! A fireball explodes from nowhere, knocking Walker off the top of the castle and into the moat waiting far below.

Back in New York, Casey realizes that it's time to send the real Honor Guard back to the past... but he's taken them out to a nightclub! They hurry back to the sewer.

The Turtles finally have the Sacred Scepter and the rebels have finally defeated the evil overlord Norinaga. As the TMNT prepare to use the scepter, Mikey, Raph and Leo decide that they'd like to stay in the past, where they are welcome and happy. Don says no way! As they argue, the magic staff activates! With a flash, the TMNT and April are gone!

Back in the sewer, the four Honor Guard and Prince Kenshin have vanished, and in their place we see April and the Turtle team. Casey and Splinter welcome the Turtles and April home. Michaelangelo laments for a moment, but quickly realizes that home is where the heart is... even if home is a sewer!

TMNT : Movie 4

After the defeat of their old arch nemesis (the Shredder), the Turtles have grown apart as a family. Struggling to keep them together, their rat sensei, Master Splinter, becomes worried when strange things begin to brew in New York City. Tech-industrialist Max Winters is amassing an army of ancient monsters to apparently take over the world. And only one super-ninja fighting team can stop them - those heroes in a half shell - Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael! With the help of old allies April O’Neil and Casey Jones, the Turtles are in for the fight of their lives as they once again must face the mysterious Foot Clan, who have put their own ninja skills behind Winters’ endeavors.

movie synopsis curteousy of the "Mirage Studios' Official TMNT website"

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Karai's cryptic talk of "familiar faces from the past" has begun many speculations on new and upcoming events for the turtles. That, and the mysterious "Lady Shredder's" appreance has begun much talk as well. Where will the new leadership over The Foot lead the ninja clan to? What will be their new motives? Who will be brought back up from the past to haunt the turtles further?

With loose ends, it's very much an imaginable thing that there will very soon be a TMNT 5.
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i like TMNT mrgreen
I loved tmnt when i was younger and the movies, but when i was watching the previews for the movie i was slightly disapointed. While tmnt may have started up again, the fan base isnt really for the kids now, it would have been for those back in the 80's and early 90's because thats when it was a big hit and those are the kids that fell in love with them. tmnt now is just another show and not as big as it was. The movie looks like it was made for kids today, which in my opinion is aiming at the wrong fan base
... but then i havent seen the movie.
Yeah, I know what you mean. But I guess they're trying to target a younger audience. Though, there's still plenty of violence and confrontation in it.

It's different both in good and bad ways.
i loved the movie!! lol, it was so cool how these guys looked in 3D xd it's really wicked!! xp
yeah! what raph said. heehee

i voted for myself....
this is awesome man! i'm gonna go put up the link in my profile dude!
i loved the movie!! lol, it was so cool how these guys looked in 3D xd it's really wicked!! xp

me too, dude! did you see us kicking some serious a**?! ((can i say that, this days??))

Yeah, Mikey, I think you can say "kick a**" on gaia.
good, because i love to kick a**!
dude... now after all the a** kicking i want some ninja pizza!!
i'm at 3! oh YEAH DUDE! -dances-
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Awesome, dUDE! hi! i tihnk i'm the only one still up right now... heehee
did you guys watched the movie? the last part was so hilarious.. it is when raphael donated his stuff to master splinter (mask) and then michealangelo also want to donate his mascot mask! so funny all the people in the movie house laughing!!! rofl heart rofl

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