If you born around the 1980’s, you at some point probably fell in love with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Adapted from the comic books created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the movie and animated series have no real common ties with the characters, except for the fact they are turtles and named after Renaissance painters. But why is this important? When you think of the Turtles franchise you do not think about the comic (generally speaking of course), but the original animated series, created by David Wise in 1987. The comic books were completely altered to suit a television program format. In fact, he had never heard of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles prior to getting the job. He took the job as he was approached by one of the biggest names in the industry at the time and couldn’t turn it down.
If you can’t tell already, we will be focusing mostly on the animated series in this review. So let’s move on!
Characters you should know about:
- Splinter: Instead of being Hamato Yoshi’s mutated pet rat, Splinter was a mutated version of Hamato Yoshi himself.
- Foot Soldiers: Foot soldiers were changed in animated series as well to an endless supply of robotic grunts, to appease parents.
- Baxter Stockman: A geek and Shredder’s lackey, who later mutated into a fly.
- April O’Neil: Lab assistant to Baxter Stockman in the comic books and changed to a reporter in a bright yellow jumpsuit for the animated series.
- Shredder: Real name Oroku Saki, the man who kills Splinter’s master and is the leader of the Foot clan.