25 Years of Turtle Power!


Not since Star Wars had a pop culture phenomenon so consumed an entire generation. Like the vast majority of kids growing up in the 80’s/early 90’s I was freakishly obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Of course it all started for me when I saw the original cartoon and had the theme song seared into my impressionable sponge-like brain but it wasn’t until my older brother mentioned that it was a comic first that my turtle-mania was complete. To see the goofy, bubble shaped, wholesome cartoon characters who ate pizza and told me not to do drugs in gritty black and white, curse, drink beer and eviscerate their foes was a young boys subversive dream come true.


Now THAT's how you deal with Shredder, in the first damn issue no less!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Now May 1st marks the 25th anniversary of their debut in Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes #1 and to *ahem* shell-ebrate Mirage Studios has launched a commemorative website for the occasion, TMNT25.com. As part of the festivities the original movie will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival this Thursday, April 23!  The full description of that days activities reads:

Catch the TMNT at the Empire State Building (34th Street and 5th Avenue) as they officially light it Turtle green during a special ceremony.

Then, follow the official TMNT Party Bus downtown as the TMNT head to the Tribeca Film Festival (200 Vesey Street between Westside Hwy & Hudson River), where a special screening of the hit 1990 movie, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will be shown as the Drive-In feature.

Shell-ebratory activities include a pizza party, face painting, photo opportunities with the Turtles, dancing, and mixed martial arts demonstrations with the TMNT and The American Taekwondo Association.

The pre-movie activites will go from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the movie will be begin at sundown.

Sounds like an awesome day of nostalgic geekery! 😀

With Mirage Studios still publishing Tales of the TMNT monthy, 4Kids Entertainment currently airing TMNT: Back to the Sewer, not to mention the success of 2007’s TMNT cgi feature and plans for a live action/cgi hybrid follow up, it’s clear the Turtles have crawled their way out of the forgotten fads of yesteryear and plan to hold their place among the great all-time pop culture icons! Happy Anniversary Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!


1 Comment

  1. I must admit that I never got into TMNTs too much (I know, I know…what kind of 80’s child was I?)…but the film fest event looks really fun.


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