What happens when teenagers and turtles collide? They become Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. Yep HERO Turtles because that’s how they were known over here because Ninja was considered potentially too violent for the children of Britain.
As one of those children of a Britain I was a fan and I think I still am. The Turtles were the first series I remember which really pushed merchandise, they were everywhere.
Each episode was pretty much the same something bad happened, usually at the hands of Shredder (voiced by Uncle Phil from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air) or his boss Krang. But it was brilliant, entertaining and a show that spoke to kids, occasionally literally when they broke the fourth wall.
There was a character for everyone, my favourite was Donatello, he was probably the turtle I associated with most – a bit geeky but quick witted. I guess that was its main appeal to children.
Technically speaking it wasn’t perfect. There were times Raphael would talk but he was mysteriously wearing Leonardo’s bandana and on one occasion one of the turtles mouths was about 3 feet from their body. I spotted these as a kid but it still didn’t put me off.