Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of the Ooze

Lightning struck twice for distributor New Line Cinema with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of the Ooze, the sequel to the original 1990 box-office bulldozer.  The franchise caught fire in 1991, reaching the peak of its popularity with kids and adults alike.  The cartoon series was launching its fifth season and the Playmates action figures couldn't be stocked on the shelves fast enough.  Less than a year after Part 1 blasted into theaters, this fast-paced follow-up received a budget twice the amount of its predecessor, the generous $25 million allowance once again benefiting the incredibly talented special effects virtuosos at Jim Henson's Creature Shop.  Though generally not as commemorated amongst fans, TMNT II's strength lies in its ability to expand upon the Ninja Turtles universe, exposing new elements to the origin story of our "Heroes In a Half-Shell" while still finding time to include a rousing musical performance by the one and only Vanilla Ice...

Video Game Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)

Throughout the late eighties and early nineties, children everywhere were completely engrossed in the universe of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  The Ninja Turtles' humble beginning started in the pulpy pages of graphic novels.  Once the Turtles progressed to action figures, turtle fever swept the country.  From there, a cartoon was produced (by the astounding DIC Entertainment), and thousands of products were slathered with the mugs of the four turtles.   As awesome as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are, not every piece of Turtles merchandise was "tubular."

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Animated Series: Season 2 Review

The five-part debut of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles during Christmas season 1987 was an explosive success for franchise creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.  Signing on for a second season was a no-brainer, and with the help of co-developers David Wise and Fred Wolf, the 13-episode sophomore run aired its first installment as a syndicated Saturday morning cartoon on October 1, 1988.  Showcasing a slew of new mutants fighting both against and alongside the Turtles, Season 2 outshone the first, constructing the foundation for the classic series for many years to come...

Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the first film I remember seeing on a theater, one of my earliest, most vivid memories.  I was as jubilant as a five-year-old in 1990 could be -- I'd never missed an episode of the cartoon series, my action figure collection was growing by the week, and now, the house lights were dimming for the first-ever live-action TMNT movie.  93 minutes later, as our family made our way to the car, I recall throwing kicks and punches at invisible opponents all through the parking lot, my head buzzing from what had been, up to that point, the greatest experience of my young life.  Rewatching it as a 28-year-old, the film withstands the test of time as it successfully blends elements from the comic books and TV show, helping it appeal to both older fans of the original comics and newer fans of the cartoons.  Over 20 years later, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remains a totally radical adventure and still the best movie adaptation for the franchise to date...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Animated Series: Season 1 Review

When I was a kid, the only thing that mattered in life was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Like most fanatics of the "heroes in a half-shell," I was initially introduced to the reptilian warriors via the original cartoon series.  Debuting in December 1987, the animated program ruled the airwaves for nearly a decade, rolling out close to 200 episodes until its finale in late 1996.  Such a strange history led up to the series's conception; the comic book origins of the fearsome foursome by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were much darker than any incarnation of the property since.  All it took was a little toning down of the violence to make the show one of the most recognized cartoons in television history, birthing out endless merchandise in the form of toys, video games and big-screen live-action films.  Follow us as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Month kicks off with this first entry of our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Animated Series retrospective!

April Is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Month At PixelatedPop!

Your grandest memories involving the beloved "heroes in a half-shell" are about to be rehashed all throughout April as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Month takes over PixelatedPop!  We'll be spending an entire month discussing everything TMNT, from the ground-breaking 1987 animated series to the live-action and CGI feature films to the various video game adaptations!  Not only will we be cramming 25 years worth of turtle-y goodness into your earholes, but in an effort to expand PixelatedPop's online presence, we'll also be holding a massive THREE-PART GIVEAWAY at the end of April that is sure to make your shell spin!  Continue reading to see how you can be a winner of one of the following TMNT giveaways coming this month from your pals at PixelatedPop!

Top 10 Workaholics Guest Appearances

There's just something about Comedy Central's Workaholics that leaves you with a big silly grin on your face.  Stand-up group Mail Order Comedy co-founders Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine and Anders Holm portray dumbed-down versions of themselves, earning a mediocre living at TelAmeriCorp, a floundering telemarketing company.  At night, the party animals come out as the roomies consume excessive amounts of booze and drugs, oftentimes resulting with at least one of them becoming the butt of an elaborate prank.  Whether they're sucking up to their temperamental boss Alice (the fiery Maribeth Monroe) or hanging with chillaxed dealer Karl (series co-creator Kyle Newacheck), the trio keeps finding new ways to warp the bounds of screwball comedy...

20 Greatest Klassic Mortal Kombat Fatalities

The time had finally come.  All of the hype buzzing around the schoolyard about the simplistic yet brutal arcade smash Mortal Kombat was about to come to a head as my tingling eight-year-old hands cradled the oversized Sega Genesis controller.  There my on-screen avatar stood, the elusive Sub-Zero, before my fading opponent, the brash Hollywood movie star Johnny Cage, as I eagerly entered the button combination -- forward, down, forward, high punch.  With a swift uppercut, Sub-Zero's chilled fist took with it Cage's head, causing poor Johnny's spinal cord to dangle in the air like a wet spaghetti noodle.  I sat awe-struck, repelled but amazed, and I knew at that point that Mortal Kombat would soon join the ranks of some of the most cherished franchises in video game history...

Five Movie Characters Who Deserved More Screen Time, Part III

Time and time again, minor characters in movies float through a scene and fade away as quickly as they arrive.  Whether it be a kung-fu preacher, a gang of mini-Bruce Campbells, or a hulking, blade-armored mutant ninja master, these inconsequential entities are far too interesting to be written off so quickly.  It's difficult arguing that each of the following Five Movie Characters Who Deserved More Screen Time aren't entitled to a bigger chunk of their respective film's running time...

Top 10 From Back Then: The Movies Of 1987

The world's population ticked in at five billion people during the summer of 1987, a year that single-handedly produced some of the most incredible movies of its decade.  Michael Jackson's hit album Bad was obliterating the charts and the classic Nintendo run-'n'-shoot Mega Man flooded shelves in Japan.  Patrick Stewart assumed the role of USS Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the animated Simpsons family made its TV debut as short cartoons on The Tracey Ullman Show.  Danny Kaye and Fred Astaire performed their last tap-dances into the grave, the same year the planet was blessed with the births of Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood.  WWE's Wrestlemania III took place in the Pontiac Silverdome, setting the North American indoor sporting event attendance record with 93,173 patrons.  In the end, viewing these Top 10 From Back Then: The Movies Of 1987 beats falling down a well in Midland, Texas any day of the week...

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