Monday, July 28, 2014

The Original Series

On December 28th, 1987 a five part miniseries began in syndication featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The series was produced by Fred Wolf and launched what would dominate the late 80's and 90's and be known as Turtle-Mania.

Playmates Toys required that a television deal be made first before they would begin creating toys. After the first miniseries debuted the first series of toys was released. The show became one of the most popular cartoons in history. Food, toys, clothes, and all other types of merchandise was created based on the characters from the show. The cartoon ran until November 2nd, 1996. 

The cartoon is one of the reasons the turtles have their colored headbands. In the comics they all originally had only red headbands. Playmates felt that they needed a way to distinguish each turtle from each other, so the colors were assigned.

Nothing can compared to the original series. While Nickelodeon and IDW are both bringing in elements from this series along with elements from other parts of the TMNT universe, there is a nostalgia about the original cartoon that you have to love.

Fun Fact! The original theme song was written and performed by Chuck Lorre and DC Brown. Chuck Lorre is responsible for shows such as The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men!

Fun Fact Number 2! In the U.K. the word "ninja" was banned so the show was renamed to Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and was still just as successful.

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-Richie (@83rw)

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