Monday, February 6, 2012

7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


COWABUNGA! Ah, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The name alone conjures up images of colorful characters in entertaining settings. Ninja Turtles has become a cartoon icon, not just for the 80’s, but for all time. The story is that four ordinary turtles were transformed into mutants by chemical ooze. Once changed, they were raised by Splinter, a sentient rat who was once the martial artist Hamato Yoshi. Under Splinter’s training, the four turtles quickly become ninjas, and protect the city above them from crime. Soon, these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles face a looming threat, the leader of the Foot Clan, The Shredder. The ongoing story is how the Ninja Turtles try to thwart the evil plans of Shredder. The show is just classic, and no one can forget the actual Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themselves. From the prankster and party fiend, Michelangelo, to the hotheaded loner Raphael, to the awkward but brilliant Donatello, to the calm and collected leader of the bunch, Leonardo, these characters stayed imprinted on the minds of children everywhere. Ninja Turtles features martial arts action, with each of the turtles using particular weapons such as bos, nunchucks, sais, and katanas. While the show was mainly popular for its focus on the good guys beating up on the bad guys, there’s plenty of humor to be had as well. It’s a lighthearted show, and every kid can get into it. Also, its intro is probably the most awesome theme song for any show ever, animated or not.

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