If there’s one constant in the ATH Network, it’s that at some point Bryan and Jon will get together to talk about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and this week on the now renamed Casual Cartoons is no different. The two episodes up for discussion are Season One’s “Hot Rodding Teenagers From Dimension X” and Season Three’s “Leatherhead Meets The Rat King.” One episode has the lore, and the other has two of the most fun villains of the show going head to head. Come join our heroes in a half shell for a fun discussion that will inevitably veer off into all the other iterations of the IP. Well, except maybe the latest series…
Nostalgia is a big part of our current pop culture landscape, but maybe it’s keeping us from getting the next Star Wars, or TMNT, or Doctor Who.
I think it was either Universal Studios’ announcement of their DARK UNIVERSE franchise or the latest round of “Cowboy Bebop is REALLY getting a live-action series” news that I came to the realization that we’ve given the next generation a bit of a raw deal when it comes to entertainment. Much of the movies, television shows, comic books, and pop culture that have defined our childhood have undergone a revival to aggressively cash in on our nostalgia.
In some cases I’ve been very receptive to this; see 2012’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which struck a balance between reminding me what I loved about the 80s/90s cartoon, and making something new out of it for a younger generation of turtle fans. Still, it wasn’t new, and I’d be willing to guess that it won’t have the same impact on the new generation of fans that it had on me and my generation. They inherited the heroes in a half shell from us olds, but we saw its origin.
It’s time to break out the mutagen because this party’s gonna shred! We joined The Front Row Movie Review Podcast yesterday to talk Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (GO LISTEN NOW), and today we welcome The Front Row in our discussion of the super fun Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze. Special thanks to Craig McFarland for his epic turtle rap.
AND REMEMBER! Tokka and Razar AREN’T babies.