Sometimes movies have deep wonderful secrets that we didn’t even know; especially when the movies come from a franchise. here are some things you might not know about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
10. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have produced five television shows, five movies, and an extensive amount of comics series over the years.
9. Steven Ho (who was a stuntman for Donatello in “The Secret Of The Ooze”) kept the Donatello costume head and uses in regularly during his stand-up comedic performances.
8. There was a female Ninja Turtle.
Her name was Venus de Milo and she was not well received by fans. Venus was introduced in the short running live-action TV series “Saban’s Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation”. Fans say that her character wasn’t handled correctly in the show. She was overpowered, and her origin story was unbelievable.
7. In the 1990 Movie all the actors in the turtle costumes also made cameo’s outside of the costume.
Josh Pais (Raphael) as a passenger in a cab.
David Forman (Leonardo) as a gang member.
Leif Tilden (Donatello) as a Foot messenger.
Michael Sisti (Michelangelo) as a pizza delivery man.
6. When Kevin and Peter (creators of the Turtles) debuted their first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” comic book they printed 3,000 copies, and it was so popular they had to print 6,000 more.
They had to borrow $1,500 from Kevin’s uncle, use all $200 Peter had left in his bank account, and Kevin’s $500 tax return. After everything was sold they made all that money back, plus $200.
5. The Ninja Turtles once teamed up with the Power Rangers.
The Turtles were brainwashed, and were forced to fight the Power Rangers, but when they gained control of themselves again, they teamed up with the Rangers and went to……where else?….SPACE!
4. In several different countries, when the show came out in 1987, they had been renamed “Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles” for censoring issues.
Local censorship policies deemed the word ‘ninja’ to have excessively violent connotations for a children’s program. In 2003, censorship had gotten a little less extreme and everything had been changed to ‘Ninja Turtles’, although the original animated show still kept ‘hero’ in its title.
3. Peter Laird said they decided to name the Turtles after renaissance artists because they couldn’t think of any authentic Japanese sounding names.
In an interview with Kidzworld he said, “It’s really kind of stupid. We had this story about how the Turtles were being trained by this rat who had come from Japan and was a ninja master. We thought about giving the Turtles Japanese names but we couldn’t think of authentic-sounding Japanese names. So, we decided, why not name them after Renaissance artists? We picked the artists we were most familiar with and went with it”.
2. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were working on a fourth live action movie between 1995-1997 but the project was cancelled.
The movie was to be called “TMNT: The Next Mutation”. Each of the Ninja Turtles would have gotten a new power they could use. Raphael got long sharp teeth and claws, and was called “Raptor Raph”. Michelangelo had the ability to morph and look like a human. Leonardo developed chrome like skin that was almost impenetrable. Donatello got telekinetic and telepathic powers, and Splinter was able to “hulk out” and become a huge muscular rat. There was also talk of a fifth Ninja Turtle (not Venus de Milo) named Kirby.
This is the actual concept art from Kevin and Peter:
1. Kevin Eastman is very excited about the reboot, and even has a cameo in it.
In an interview with Comicbookmovie.com he was talking about being on the set of the new movie and said this:
“Everyone I have encountered has been nothing more than incredibly sincere to try and bring the Turtles back in a way that’s new, fresh and exciting, but with total respect to everything that’s come before. I’ve read the script. I have a cameo in the move. It’s awesome — really fun.”
He will be in the film as a doctor, so keep your eye out for him!
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