Death Proof Turtles

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This season of turtles has been great. There has been a lot of great episodes, ones that definitely point to the writers realizing that adults watch this show and they are adjusting the series to reflect. Every thing from great character development to doing a number of shout outs to great movies. The first homage was done to Napolean Dynamite a movie from the early 2000’s that became a cult classic. The episode was about a series of frogs who had been mutated, this was also a homage to the 90’s series, the main frog was named Napoleon Bonafrog. He talked just like the character Napolean Dynamite, in fact it was the same actor (Jon Heder). He makes references to the movie too and quotes some lines out of it. As a teenager in the early 2000’s I can definitely appreciate this.

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One of the other episodes of the 2014 Ninja Turtles, Season 3 episode 6 “Race with the Demon” and it was based on the movie “Death Proof. The reason I realized this is because I am a fan of Quentin Tarantino movies. Its maybe not as timeless as Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction but it does have all the hallmarks of Tarantinos greatness; great dialogue, some violence, great music and awesome characters. But it was pretty cool that they would base an episode on this obscure Tarantino movie. It leads me to an obvious conclusion that the new Turtles series is definitely written with parents in mind.

The new season also has a couple of other changes, one of the big ones being that Leonardos voice actor Jason Biggs is gone. Which is fine with me, however he has been replaced with Seth Green who has been in almost every movie you have ever heard off and produced Robot Chicken a great comedy series. This has led me to believe that the episodes are being influenced by him and that is why the series is being targeted more towards adults. Some of the episodes have gotten a bit darker such as the episode of the dream beavers and the race with the demon. My kids were a little bit scared because of it.

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I hope the series continues the course it has been going and keeping up social and pop culture references. To me it is what separates some series from others and it is what has really made me like the new Turtles. Although I would like to see the series continue picking up with the Shredder and Kra’ang again. Speaking of which, the whole thing with having Kra’ang be a race has been great, but that is a discussion for another time. The Leo and Karai love story has been great too and I would like to see that continue. But time will tell where things are headed.

References:                     Napolean Dynamite

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12 reasons the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are better in 2014

Why the modern day turtle series is awesome.

On GYPH there was an article on “Why the Turtles were better in the 80’s”. I am here to to address this notion.

Growing up in the 80’s I watched the originial Turtles and loved it. I couldn’t wait to get home from school and watch it. But now I am a dad and I am watching the newest Turtle series with them and it is amazing. There maybe a new TMNT movie in the theatres right now that is catching much of the fanfare of the kids who watched it in the 80’s. But, I am here to tell you that the latest TMNT series beats everything so far. Oyeah its not directed by Michael Bay, so what’s not to love about it.

1 They are still all about the pizza.

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2 They are still fashion icons

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3 Their technology is better then in the previous series and the ring tone of their phones is the 1980’s TMNT song

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4 There is an ongoing story line that draws you right in, it allows the kids to watch the individual episodes and the parents watch it for the story line.

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5 The new episodes have a lot of tongue cheek jokes and references the original series quite a bit. For example the hockey sticks on Casey Jones back are branded Eastman and Laird. They are the creators of the Turtles. Also the turtles cross dimensions at one point and end up going to the original series universe. (do you see the TMNT video game in the back ground?)

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6 There is a whole episode about pizza and how it trying to take over the world.

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7 April O’neil is a much more serious character and is a focal point of the series. In fact she is part of the Kra’ang’s plot to take over the earth.

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8 Raphael is a badass in this series.

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9 Have you seen the newest action figures, they have not changed at all. But this series is trying to keep the figures to a minimum unlike the original series that had a crazy amount of figurines that made you wonder where they came from….anyone remember Ace Duck?

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10 Shredder is a total badass.

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11 Shredder is voiced by this guy (He has done just about every voice out there: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0724656/?ref_=tt_cl_t8) (Image is from IMDB)

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12 They still love, love their pizza

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