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Trivia: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Both voice actors that played Ratchet from "Ratchet and Clank" were turtles in the 2007 movie.
  • The second volume of Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles revealed what type of turtles the eponymous ninjas are: specifically, they are red-eared sliders (or Trachemys scripta elegans).

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Overdosed: In addition to the numerous animated adaptations and video games, there are also the newspaper strip, a series of British-made short comics, two anime OVAs, two live action musical specials, a couple of novels, several kid's books, magazines and crossovers and heaven know how much toys and merchandise.
  • Adaptation Sequence: Comic > Cartoon > Comic based on cartoon > Movie > Band > And so on...
  • Cash Cow Franchise: 30 years still going strong and getting lots of merchandise!
  • Executive Meddling
  • Exiled from Continuity: Venus De Milo was barred from ever showing up while Laird owned the franchise, due to completely hating the character. Only in recent years is Venus showing up possible due to Nickelodeon now owning the franchise.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Bonecrusher from Next Mutation was played by wildly popular Canadian voice actor Scott McNeil.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Aside from the Shredder's role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, there are so many examples of this trope, I'm surprised it hasn't come up. The second cartoon, featuring regular 4Kids VAs, has a ton of these:
  • Mutually Fictional: The Next Mutation turtles-'verse and the Power Rangers 'verse, or so the characters of both series thought before the Cross Over.
  • Playing Against Type: Would you believe that the voices for Bebop and Rocksteady were also respectively Donatello and Leonardo?
    • The Rat King in the 80's cartoon was also Michaelangelo's voice actor.
    • Splinter and Vernon were voiced by the same actor as well.
  • The Red Stapler: Lots of kids bought pet turtles. Few were ninjas, fewer were mutants, and none lived to be teenagers.
  • Talking to Himself: Quite common for two characters to share a voice actor. For instance, Bebop and Rocksteady were done by Donatello and Leonardo.
  • What Could Have Been: There have been several proposed-but-scrapped TMNT projects over the years. Among the most notable are two TV shows that were pitched in 2001: the first would have been a cartoon by Warner Brothers Animation, which among other things, would have featured a teenage Casey and April, while the other was a CGI show made by Rainbow.
    • Back when the Archie Comics series was selling well, there were plans to make a Spin-Off of the 1987 cartoon based on the Mighty Mutanimals, a group of allies of the Turtles in the Archie Comics. Krang was planned to be the Big Bad with the Turtles making guest appearances. A whole animation bible that featured designs for characters from the comic series and new characters created specifically for the show was submitted to Ruby-Spears, but the show quickly fell through. The cancellation of the Mutanimals animated series was what led to the team being Killed Off for Real in the Archie series at the hands of the Gang of Four.
    • According to an interview with Peter Laird regarding the 2014 film, Eastman and Laird were asked permission to allow the making of a live-action film featuring face-painted actors as the Turtles long before the 1987 cartoon was in development. While the film obviously never saw the light of day, Peter does wonder how things would have been if they accepted.

These films provide examples of:

  • Creator Backlash: Although he was proud to have helped advance the art of animatronics, Jim Henson was less than pleased with the actual content of the movie. He viewed the violence as "excessive, pointless, and not his style." As such, Henson's children tried to have a dedication to his memory removed from Secret of the Ooze.
  • The Danza: Borderline example, Michelan Sisti wore the Michelangelo costume.
  • Doing It for the Art: Why Jim Henson agreed to help on a independent film about some cartoon based on a comic book (remember, this was before big-budget adaptations of such things were common). He knew full well that to do it right he would basically have to invent new animatronic technology, and he did it so well that it became the basis of what the industry standards for animatronics are today.
    • Sadly, see Creator Backlash above to know what Henson felt AFTER completing his work on the movie.
  • He Also Did: Director Steve Barron is also known for the music videos Take on Me, The Sun Always Shines on TV, She Blinded Me With Science and Africa.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • The Other Darrin: Paige Turco replaced Judith Hoag as April for the second and third movies. Corey Feldman provided the voice of Donny only for the first and third movies as, during production of the second, he was battling drug addiction and had to get life back on track. Laurie Faso replaces Josh Pais in the second movie as the voice of Raphael (who was in turn replaced with Tim Kelleher in the third movie).
  • Playing Against Type: David Warner who is known to play nasty baddies like Jon Irenicus is playing a kind hearted scientist.
  • Throw It In: The reason why Raph has a Brooklyn accent in so many other adaptations is because Josh Pais (his actor in the first film) had a thick accent himself and the filmmakers decided it was just too perfect.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In the original draft of the second movie, the ending would've revealed that Professor Perry was actually an Utrom.
      • There's a little bit of this left in the film though, as Perry immediately recognizes what happened to the Turtles upon first meeting them and even describes the very accident that led to them coming in contact with the ooze down to the year. Plus there are his lines "Sometimes the best way to hide is right out in public," and "You're the last one, aren't you?"
      • The reason this ending was cut out because this would confuse him with Krang.
      • Professor Perry becomes a more interesting character with this in mind.
      • April mentions in her news report that the company mysteriously disappeared. Which suggests that they have returned to their home planet.
      • If you pay attention, during the two scenes at T.G.R.I., there appears to be a large rock-like object encased in glass with numerous computers plugged into it.
    • Bebop and Rocksteady were originally going to appear before being replaced with Tokka and Razhar.
    • In the first film, Tatsu brutally beats a young Foot ninja named Shinsho due to the Foot Clan's failure. Originally, Shinsho was intended to die, but that scene was cut since it was considered too violent for some. The dialogue was replaced with the kid comforting him saying "you'll be alright," to show Tatsu only injured him.
      • In the junior novelization that was done of the movie, Shinsho does die. Novelizations of movies are typically based on the screenplay, so the change must have happened solely in the editing room.
      • In the French version of the movie, Shinsho does die.
    • There are also numerous deleted scenes (mostly on the farm) that give the four turtles much more Character Development, expanding on April and Casey's romance, and would put later scenes into a different context:
      • April and Casey's reaction to Mikey's "turtle wax" joke was originally one of relief after he goes through a severe Heroic BSOD where he destroys a punching bag and part of the barn's wall
      • An extended training sequence where Leo proves a point by turning his mask around and fighting blind followed by the other Turtles taking turns doing the same. The scene rather famously has Donatello sporting a straw hat.
      • Various scenes of the Turtles training on their own or in pairs trying to master the technique Leo shows them earlier
      • Some of the April and Casey scenes involve him trying to help her with a stuck truck door while she declines and exits on the driver's side. Another leads into the scene of the two of them talking on the porch swing where the night before she shows him her drawings the Turtles but tries to hide the one she did of him in a beanie, they both share a laugh over it.
      • A game of "ninja hot potato" where the Turtles toss around an apple and the holder has to defend against the other three while taking a bite out of it. It makes the later scene where Raph finishes off an apple after defeating a squad of Foot ninjas a Call Back.
    • The original ending had April quitting her reporter's job in order to pitch the story of their adventures to a comic book company while the Turtles listen in outside the window. When the editor rejects her idea as being too unrealistic Mikey falls off the building.
    • Both the second and third movies had removed bits of dialogue explaining where Casey was during the second film. Unfortunately it seems the dialogue never went any further than "He was out of town."
    • Had the third movie not bombed, the fourth movie would have been about the Turtles and Splinter furthering their mutation. One of the most notable being Mikey taking a more human-like appearance, allowing him to go to the surface. In addition, a fifth turtle named Kirby would have joined the team.
    • With Nickelodeon owning the franchise now and planning a movie Continuity Reboot, we may never see a true sequel to the 2007 film. All we have now is hints to a plot of a sequel that will probably never materialize.
      • The 2007 film's director, Kevin Munroe, notes that he would have loved to do a sequel exploring the Foot Clan a little more. He also states that he would also liked to have done something with the Rat King or the Triceratons.

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