964 0 0 0 15 20c0 2. 984 0 0 0 19 8c2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was an animated television series mainly set in New Teenage head infected lyrics City.
The first episode aired on February 8, 2003 and ended on November 21, 2009, and it marked Fox reviving the franchise as a Saturday morning series. They were helped by 4Kids Entertainment. Before creating the current 2003 series, Mirage pitched an idea for a different series to Warner Bros. The series would be aired either on The WB or Cartoon Network. The style of the art from the proposal was more comical than the current show’s style.
However Cartoon Network would also end up airing earlier episodes of the show. Early artwork shows the Turtles, Splinter, April O’Neil, and Casey Jones as the show’s heroes. The 2003 series is quite different from the 1987 series. While it’s still appropriate for children, like the 1987 series, it has the darker, edgier feel of the original comic books. Many of the recurring characters and locations, including Krang, Bebop, Rocksteady, Dimension X, and the Technodrome, are missing from the series as they were not in the original comics. In the 2003 series, the Turtles’ personalities have been altered to match their comic book counterparts much more closely.
1987 series, he was a mutated human. Baxter Stockman is an African-American like he was in the comics, instead of a Caucasian man like he was in the 1987 series. The tone is also somewhat more serious with an emphasis on action. The show does not feature as much slapstick comedy or heavy puns as its animated predecessor. 2003 incarnation of the turtles are by far the most mature and adult-like of the animated turtles. The series covers a large scope of the Turtles’ adventures taking them from the sewers, to outer space, alternate universes, to the future, and ultimately home once more.
The first three seasons focus on the Turtles’ battles against The Shredder and The Foot, while the later seasons branch out to include other antagonists. During the show’s run, the format was changed several times. After the fourth season the show received its first major format change in the “Ninja Tribunal” season. This season focused on a new threat presented by another version of the Shredder said to be the original legendary villain Oroku Saki from feudal Japan.
This season featured a brand new direction as well as a completely redesigned look and feel. The season focused on the Turtles being transported 100 years into the future where they meet and befriend Cody Jones, a teenage descendant of April and Casey’s. Cody runs a successful and influential technology company and is its sole heir. The newly formatted show saw a brighter tone than its predecessor, and focused on shorter story lines. This season was the last of the show’s run. It featured yet another redesign for the entire cast and brought the Turtles back into present day New York. The season did feature some returning characters from the Fast Forward season.
The main villain for the Turtles as they battle in a cybernetic reality is a cybernetic version of the Shredder, known as the Cyber Shredder. Turtles Forever is a 2009 TV movie featuring the Turtles and effectively brings an end to the 2003 series. The movie features the revamped character designs from the Back to the Sewer season but without pupils. The story centers around the Turtles encountering their 1987 animated counterparts who were accidentally transported to the 2003 Turtles’ universe. The coloring of various characters is different in the 2003 series. Splinter is now gray rather than brown and his robes are brown instead of burgundy. April now has long, red hair instead of short, brown hair.
The culminating story lines and story arcs were unexpected changes. The direction of the storyline, revealing a new origin for the Shredder, was a result of Peter Laird’s input. This decision sparked a lot of controversy among fans. The 2003 series received negative criticism from fans of the 1987 series. Popular criticisms include less likable characters and a less exciting theme song. The video games based on the 2003 series have also received similar criticism. However, fans of the comic books have enjoyed the series because of its similarity to the Mirage comics, the increased character development, more consistent animation, daring plot twists, and consistent story arc.
During the fourth season, the show’s theme song was slightly altered. The basic music remained, but the tempo was increased. The lyrics were altered to include a description of each turtle as well as identify the new villain, since the Shredder had been defeated. Also, the line “Watch out for Shredder! Savanti Romero is banished to live among the dinosaurs, but soon causes enough trouble to get Renet involved, who brings the Turtles along with her.