Classic Sunday Morning Cartoon: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 1987

Why I Started This Blog

When starting Art of Ninjutsu, my plan for the website was to capture the millennial viewers that grew up reading the comics and watching the television series. That’s not to say that I will completely disregard any other age group, its just that I made made a business decision that can be flexible in case I want to head in another direction or the potential to grow this site is doing something different.

About the 1987 TMNT TV Series

If you were a kid in the 80’s and early 90’s, chances are you probably remember watching  the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Sunday mornings while eating Coco Puffs and still wearing your Superman pajamas. Unless you were from Europe where they changed the title to Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles because that would be insensitive. This is why I passionately hate any form of censorship. The intent is for good but not allowing any freedom of speech(yes TV counts) is going a little too far. Now if some cartoon was explaining all the different sexual positions or actively recruited children to become neo-Nazis then maybe censorship is justified.  Let me be clear I think we need censorship but just lay off a tad people. Children aren’t going to become mass murderers if they see the Ninja Turtles beating the bad guys to a pulp.
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The franchise got it starts when Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman sat around the house watching TV when they got the idea of  when drawing four turtles with their own specific weapon.  The franchise follows four anthropomorphic turtles named after Italian Renaissance artists. The success of the comics carried over to the cartoon published by both Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and IDDH. The cartoon aired from December 28, 1987 to November 2, 1996. It was a lot more brighter with cheesy jokes and punchlines compared to the darker themed comics.  Although season one was a trial run of five episodes. When the publishers realized they struck gold, they ordered a second season to air beginning October 1, 1988. During the second season, Playmates Toys started manufacturing TMNT action figures.

TMNT Toys by Playmates Toys

Wise was the original writer for the television series up until the 9th season.  He worked on the series alongside his  then spouse Patti Howeth. Here is his IMDb page that shows the list of films and shows he was a part of. 

Jack Mendelsohn was the show’s executive story editor and the main screenwriter for the series. After the ninth season came to a close Jeffrey Scott took over the position. Mendelsohn’s works include also Yellow Submarine (1968) and Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1967). He died

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