Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV series)

US animated television series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, running from 1987 to 1996


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (earlier known as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in some European countries because of controversy at the time[3]) is an American animated television series that was made by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and French company IDDH. The show ran from December 14, 1987 until November 2, 1996 when it aired its final episode. The pilot for the show was shown during the week of December 14, 1987 and was in syndication as a five-part miniseries. The show featured the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and they were created in the comic book form by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
GenreAction
Adventure
Superhero
Comedy (seasons 1–7)
Drama (seasons 8–10)
Based on
Developed byDavid Wise
Patti Howeth
Directed byYoshikatsu Kasai (season 1)
Fred Wolf (seasons 2–7)
Tony Love (seasons 8–10)
Voices ofCam Clarke
Barry Gordon
Rob Paulsen
Townsend Coleman
Peter Renaday
Renae Jacobs
James Avery
Pat Fraley
Jennifer Darling
Tony Jay
Theme music composerChuck Lorre
Dennis C. Brown
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons10
No. of episodes193 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Mark Freedman
Producer(s)Rudy Zamora (season 1)
Walt Kubiak
Andy Luckey (seasons 2–7)
Fred Wolf
Kara Vallow (seasons 8–10)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Murakami-Wolf-Swenson[1]
(1987–1991)
(seasons 1–5)
IDDH
Fred Wolf Films
(1992–1996)
(seasons 6–10)
Mirage Studios
Surge Licensing
Toei Animation (1987–1989)
(seasons 1–3)
DistributorGroup W Productions
(1987–1995)
(seasons 1–9)
Eyemark Entertainment
(1996)
(season 10)
Release
Original networkSyndication (1987–1990)
CBS (1990–1996)[2]
Picture format480i
Audio formatStereo (1987-1990)
CBS StereoSound (1990-1995)
Dolby Surround (1995-1996)
Original releaseDecember 28, 1987 –
November 2, 1996
Chronology
Followed byTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series)

The show was able to help launch the characters into more mainstream popularity and it became one of the most popular animated series in television history. Due to its popularity, there were breakfast cereal, plush toys, and all kinds of different products that featured the characters appeared on the market during the late 1980s and early 1990s.[4] The show was named as the 55th best show in the Top 100 Best Animated TV Shows by IGN.[5] At the time, the show was criticized for its violent content and commercialism.[6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Solomon, Charles (December 28, 1987). "'Ninja Turtles' Crawls Out, Lands on Back". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  2. Carter, Bill (November 26, 1990). "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Ninja Turtles Save the Day For CBS Children's Lineup". The New York Times. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  3. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Beat Down Guardians of the Galaxy to Top Cinema Charts". International Business Times. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  4. "Shell Schlocked". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  5. "55. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)". IGN. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  6. "Turtle Trouble : Children: Some parents believe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles encourage aggression. Others say the Turtles are just harmless fun". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  7. "Ninja Influence on Australian Youth". The New York Times. Retrieved September 6, 2014.

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