The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a forest inhabited mainly by their own kind. The smurfs average daily routine is attempting to avoid Gargomel, an evil man who wants to kill our little blue friends.
This show tells the adventures of four turtles who were transformed into humanoids by a strange ooze and were trained as ninja by a human martial arts master, Hamato Yoshi, who was changed into a humanoid rat, Splinter, by the same substance. Together with the intrepid reporter, April O'Neil, they fight against the threats against the world, like Shredder and Krang.Written by
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In the UK, Ninjas and their weapons are a taboo subject, and several kinds of weapons are illegal to show on TV (Such as Katana and Nunchaku). To try and get around censorship laws, the show was marketed as "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" and the names of cerain weapons and places were changed. Towards the end of the show's run, the format changed almost entirely as part of a trend to make shows more "extreme" to appeal to a new generation of viewers:
Shredder and Krang were removed from the show for over a sesaon. New villains came in the form of giant space slugs involved in organized crime;
Almost all character building scenes were removed to make it an entirely action oriented show;
April and Splinter's roles were diminished considerably;
The turtles voices were altered to sound more deep and aggressive;
The cartoon feel of the show was removed--The sky was changed from blue with white clouds to red with gray clouds and buildings were drawn as if destroyed;
Irma, Verne, April's boss, Baxter Stockman, Ratking, and numerous other characters were totally removed from the show;
In addition, the opening sequence was hiked up, changing the music to a techno beat with flashing lights and scenes from the Tutles movies intercut with new scenes from the show.
I began watching this because my two older cousins got me into it. They also used to collect TMNT trading cards and gave a couple to me. I watched it in the afternoon at 4:30pm Monday thru Friday and various times when it was on CBS Saturday Mornings for as long as I can remember.
I can remember getting home from Rainbow Accademy (where I went to school when I was 2-4 years of age), and had lunch, then 3 hours later, it was time to watch this.
I can remember Michaelangelo's number one catch phrase: "Cowabunga, Dudes"
I can remember the day for my 3rd birthday in 1991 and I saw Raphael at a Hallmark or a party-type shop and he knocked me over.
I can remember going to the shore with my uncle and aunt and two cousins, including my mother and dad and sister, on the boardwalk and seeing billions of children in Turtle clothing on.
I can remember more, but I can't tell ya.
I can remember this thing most:
Sadly it was cancelled in July 1997, after 9 seasons of being brodcasted on television, due to whatever reason, but I think it was that the show only had 8 episodes in its last three seasons. Will always be affiliated with the 80's, and will live on in VHS tapes and re-runs for a long time.
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