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  1. #11
    IMO, Next Mutation killed TMNT. I mean come on, Splinter's mind is trapped by some dragon, there's a girl turtle with "magic" powers, and Shredder's mentally damaged by the first episode?! I am so glad there's a new cartoon.
    If Yoda is capable of kicking someone's @$$, imagine what a muppet could do!

  2. #12

    Warning: The Following Episode Guide Contains Spoilers!!

    I saw this posted over at the Toon Zone, and it's the complete Episode Guide for Season 1 supplied to them in the press release from 4Kids Entertainment. I figured it would be an intresting read, though it does deliver quite a lot of spoilers. Definatly don't read it, unless you want to have the show ruined for you. But from everything I read, it's going to be a bowdacious first season.

    "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Episode Guide
    Reported By Matthew Williams on Sat 8 Feb 2003, 2:03 AM


    This is an episode guide for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series being produced by 4Kids Entertainment. Unlike the previous cartoon, this is a clear attempt at a serial structure. Each of the twenty-six episodes produced follow a clear, cohesive storyline that builds with every successive episode; part of 4Kids' plan to entice the kids to watch every week.

    These following descriptions, from the 4Kids Entertainment press kit, contain spoilers, so those who want to be surprised may not want to read the next few paragraphs.

    The series airs Saturday mornings at 10:30am ET/PT on the Fox Box Saturday Morning block on the Fox network.

    1.) THINGS CHANGE: In their underground lair deep beneath the city streets, in the middle of an intense training session, the Turtles and Master Splinter are suddenly attacked by a horde of Mouser robots! These mechanical menaces chomp through everything: stone, steel Turtles! In the course of the battle, the Mousers cause the roof of the Turtles' sewer-lair to cave in, separating our heroes from their beloved Master. Now the Turtles must abandon their home of fifteen years and find their missing master. But on the way, they have to deal with collapsed sewer tunnels, the Purple Dragon street gang, and a small army of mysterious, highly trained Ninjas! What the shell is going on around here? Can't a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle just have a normal life? Uhmm...no!

    2.) A BETTER MOUSETRAP: The Turtles discover the source of the Mouser robots that trashed their old lair: Dr. Baxter Stockman a noted technological genius/inventor, who tries to pass off the Mousers as a means to eradicate the city's rat problem. Donatello gets one of the broken Mousers working and the Turtles chase it through the sewers. Meanwhile, Stockman's lab assistant April O'Neil uncovers a secret subterranean facility where hundreds of Mousers are being manufactured and stored for some nefarious purpose. Stockman catches April and sics his Mousers on her. April escapes to the sewers, where she is rescued by the Turtles, who battle the Mousers. But once April gets a clear look at her four saviors, she faints dead away.

    3.) ATTACK OF THE MOUSERS: When April O'Neil wakes up in the Turtle's lair she has major trouble dealing with the reality of four giant talking Turtles and a Zen-master rat, but she calms down when she hears the official ORIGIN of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! They trade info and realize their common enemy is Baxter Stockman and his army of robotic Mousers, and there's only one word for their response: Mouser Mashin' Mayhem! Well, three words, actually.

    4.) MEET CASEY JONES: Raphael is a little cooped up underground with only his brothers and Master Splinter. When Raphael almost clobbers Michelangelo in some brotherly sparring, it's pretty apparent that Raphael needs to get out let off a little steam. But, when he meets up with Casey Jones, a vigilante erring a little to the right of justice, Raphael must face the reality of his own hothead ways. Luckily, the two hotheads learn to work together when they find themselves in a Purple Dragons' trap set specifically for Casey in the dark, desolate wilds of Central Park.

    5.) NANO: When a scientist accidentally unleashes a super-powered Nanotech monster with a childlike mind, it adopts a small-time grifter as its father figure, and the mayhem begins! Their crime spree targets April's new antique shop, and the Turtles come to her rescue. But how do you stop something that rebuilds itself as fast as you bash it apart? It's a question the Turtles better answer fast, cause the Nano-matic slices, it dices, and it purees turtle soup in seconds!

    6.) DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN: The Turtles, investigating a strange blackout, discover the Foot Ninja stealing a Japanese ceremonial sword from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The sword turns out to have incredible powers able to create powerful vibrational shockwaves. Investigating another blackout, the Turtles discover the Foot has hooked up the sword to a high-tech cannon apparatus for some nefarious purpose. The Turtles battle more Foot Ninja, but now they must shut down the vibrational cannon, which threatens to topple a good chunk of lower Manhattan...

    7.) THE WAY OF INVISIBILTY: After Casey Jones makes himself an unwanted guest in the Turtles' lair, Raphael takes him topside for a "breath of fresh air," where they encounter the Foot Tech Ninjas enhanced with cyber armor that makes them faster, stronger and (most deadly of all) able to cloak themselves to virtual invisibility. Raph is kidnapped and interrogated, but Casey manages to slip away and warn the other Turtles. Raph escapes his captors but, unbeknownst to him, is tailed by a squad of cloaked Foot Tech Ninjas. Will Casey and the others get to Raph in time before he leads the Foot Tech Ninja directly to the Turtles' lair?

    8.) FALLEN ANGEL: On a nightly training run, the Turtles and Casey Jones break up a Purple Dragon robbery. One of the perps is Angel, a girl Casey knows from the neighborhood who's going through her initiation rites to become a Purple Dragon. Casey tries to stop Angel from going down the wrong path, but ends up getting captured by the Purple Dragons and offered up as the "prize" in the gang's fight club cage match competitions. It's up to Angel to bring the Turtles in to help rescue Casey. The Turtles must battle it out against the biggest, meanest Dragons, including Hun, their man-mountain of a leader

    9.) GARBAGEMAN: The boys have made friends with a group of homeless, and are worried when they start mysteriously disappearing into the night! Some Turtle-style detective work leads them to the Garbageman, an immense, smelly egomaniac, who is kidnapping the homeless for slave labor to build an empire on a foundation of garbage. Sounds like it's time for the Turtles to take out the trash!

    10.) THE SHREDDER STRIKES, PART 1: Shredder attempts to convince Leonardo that the Shredder is fighting the good fight that he's out there carrying on the great tradition of bushido and ninjitsu, and the turtles should stand with him. Leonardo is taken in and almost convinces the others until Splinter reveals what he knows of Shredder and Hun mainly how they did away with Splinter's Master Yoshi. Leonardo realizes he's been fooled and, it's never a good idea to fool a turtle at least not a teenage mutant ninja one...

    11.) THE SHREDDER STRIKES, PART 2: Our four turtles stand facing their most formidable foe to date the Shredder. Battle weary, the turtles cannot stand against the Shredder and manage to slip away getting separated in the process. Can they survive apart? Can they get back together in time to save themselves and face the Shredder? Maybe with Master Splinter there to guide them...

    12.) THE UNCONVINCING TURTLE: Believing the Turtles can accomplish so much more for the city, and inspired by iconic superhero Silver Sentry, Michelangelo decides to take a crack at being a superhero. But he soon discovers superheroism is not all it's cracked up to be. Worse still, he stumbles upon a mind-control experiment by Silver Sentry's arch nemesis Malignus and ends up battling for his very life against the Malignus-controlled Silver Sentry.

    13.) NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, PART 1: When Don's examination of some mysterious crystals attracts the attention of a subterranean monster, the Turtles underground exploration unearths a Foot Genetics Lab! A video record of strange experiments reveals more of Shredder's mysterious agenda, but when the mutants attack, the boys better watch out, or it's Everybody out of the gene pool!

    14.) NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, PART 2: After discovering an abandoned underground Foot Genetics Lab, and being attacked by once-human Digging Creatures, the Turtles assist those very creatures in trying to repair a Force Field to protect them against mindless beasts roaming the tunnels. But the Force Field needs a new crystal power source, and the only place to get one is by traveling deeper underground, to the seemingly haunted catacombs... where other Diggers have mysteriously vanished.

    15.) NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, PART 3: After befriending the once-human creatures in an abandoned underground Foot Genetics Lab, the Turtles join them on a journey deeper into the earth, where they come upon the ruins of a once-great subterranean city. When the Turtles and Creatures start vanishing one by one, only Michelangelo is left and he finally finds the perpetrator the city's lone surviving Entity. Though the Entity initially appears benevolent by restoring the creatures to their normal human selves, his true intentions become shockingly clear when he demands that they, and the Turtles, will remain in the city forever.

    16.) THE KING: With all the turtles living in April's apartment, things are getting a little crazy. But, when Donatello stumbles upon a fantastic monster in the basement, things get crazier. Donatello meets up with Kirby, an artist renting April's basement apartment. Through the powers of a mysterious crystal tied to his pencil, Kirby is able to create anything he draws including his own world, a world that he and Donatello get sucked into where things get more and more curious.

    17.) SHREDDER STRIKES BACK, PART 1: On a training run Leo is ambushed by a major Foot attack force, including Foot Tech Ninjas, their old enemy Hun, and a new threat: the Foot Elite! At their temporary home at April's apartment, Don, Raph and Mikey wait for Leo to get back, deciding to go search for him just before Leo's limp form is hurled through the window! With his last breath before losing consciousness, he tells them that the worst has happened: the Shredder is back!

    18.) SHREDDER STRIKES BACK, PART 2: When the Foot Ninja attack April's apartment in force, the Turtles fight against overwhelming odds to get the wounded Leo to safety. Even the fun-lovin' Casey finds it hard to crack wise when first Hun and then the Shredder raise the stakes, ultimately trapping our heroes in the burning Antique Shop with no way out! Whew!

    19.) TALES OF LEO: The Turtles, Splinter, Casey and April just barely manage to escape from the explosion that destroys the antique store. They hit the road and hide out at Casey's grandmother's old farmhouse, but Leonardo is badly wounded, drifting in an out of consciousness. As he lies unconscious, the Turtles and Splinter tell tales of Leonardo's early adventures, using the stories to help guide him back to consciousness.

    20.) MONSTER HUNTER: Still recuperating up at Casey's grandmother's farm, the turtles are feeling the sting of boredom. Luckily, a scientist known as the "Monster Hunter" has come to the area searching for a legendary monster a legend rekindled by the sighting of a green monster lurking in the woods. ("I told you guys to stay out of the woods.") But, with Casey Jones tagging along, Michelangelo and Donatello decide to have a little fun with the Monster Hunter while Leonardo forges new swords with the help of Raphael. It all becomes a bit odd when the boys find some other large green creature besides themselves lurking about. Can they survive both monster and Monster Hunter?

    21.) RETURN TO NEW YORK, PART 1: The Turtles return to New York (as the title might suggest) with one goal in mind: to destroy the Shredder once and for all. With April providing remote computer assistance from the lair, the Turtles begin their assault on the Foot HQ skyscraper, fighting their way to the top floor by floor. But first they must overcome an army of Foot Ninja Guards and the deadly cloaking Foot Tech Ninja. But no one is quite prepared for what they encounter inside a Foot Genetics lab...

    22.) RETURN TO NEW YORK, PART 2: The Turtles and Splinter continue to fight their way up through the Foot Headquarters skyscraper, facing down three misshapen Mutant Shredder Clones, a hallway of traps, and never-before-seen supernatural foes known as the Mystic Ninja. Finally, they reach their goal: the top floor and Shredder's throne room. But first they must confront Shredder's deadly Foot Elite Ninja. But things really get out of hand when Stockman, in a souped-up exo-suit, crashes the party literally

    23.) RETURN TO NEW YORK, PART 3: With Stockman showing up in the middle of the final battle between our heroes and the Shredder, everything is thrown into chaos so much so that our heroes must temporarily join forces with the Shredder and Hun to defeat Stockman before he annihilates them all. But, once Stockman is finished off, the final fight continues. Facing this ultimate challenge high atop the Shredder's skyscraper, can our turtles emerge victorious?! Regardless, it promises to be a fight to the finish or so it seems.

    24.) LONE RAPH AND CUB: With Splinter mysteriously vanished last episode, the Turtles are feeling frustrated, not knowing where to start looking for him. Impatient with strategizing, Raph heads off on his own, and runs into a solo adventure involving a kid pursued by mobsters. Initially butting heads, Raph and the kid hammer out a trusting relationship just in time to rescue the kid's mother.

    25.) SEARCH FOR SPLINTER, PART 1: After the frustrated Turtles exhaust their search for Splinter, their suspicions turn to the Guardians, and the trail soon leads them to a non-descript building, the initials of its company name spelling out "TCRI" the same letters stamped onto the canister of ooze responsible for their mutation. Now with two reasons to infiltrate that building, the Turtles recruit both April and Casey to help get them inside.

    26.) SEARCH FOR SPLINTER, PART 2: The Turtles successfully infiltrate the mysterious TCRI Building, where they manage to sneak into its inner sanctum, and locate the unconscious Splinter inside a stasis tank. But they also discover that there's more to the technicians inside then meets the eye.

    [Source: 4Kids Entertainment Press Release]

    MTFBWY and HH!!

    Jar Jar Binks
    THE SPY. THE SPACEMAN. THE GODDESS. THE ROBOT. THE GORILLA.

    AGENTS OF ATLAS - Returns in Early 2009.

  3. #13
    Just saw the show this morning (over here FOX's Saturday morning lineup is shown on Sunday morning ) I thought it was really good. I noticed that in the show Mike wore his nunchaku in the front, but the new toy has holsters for them in his back, but no big deal really.
    The website


    The Wookie has no pants!

  4. #14
    i had to wait until sunday to see it. i liked it and plan on watching it whenever possible. i liked the animation and how they looked rougher than the original cartoon.
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  5. #15
    I thought the first ep was ok, but I still hate that theme song soooooo much. Some of the voices weren't so great either I think, Splinter, Don, and Mike are definitely at the top of that list. Also, the lack of weapon-use is a shame, but I guess until Leo carries kid-TV-safe weaponry, that'll have to be.

    It was a much better attempt at TMNT than the original cartoon, but somehow I get the feeling that this one won't have the original toon's staying power (not many do these days, it seems like). I did like that Mike was unable to complete the "cowabunga" utterance though, that was funny stuff.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  6. #16
    The official site sent out a new newsletter today, I saw it posted on another forum and decided to repost it. I was going to stick it in the toy collecting other section, but thread is so large. Best to leave it dedicated to just the toys. This covers the cartoon, the toys, and the upcoming Hallmark TV movie.
    Howdy folks,

    I've been getting tons of requests for images from the new show, so I'll be taking artwork from the style guide and adding them to the Art Gallery ASAP.

    Today I made some new desktop pix from the style guide images, for those of you who are interested, here's a direct link to the page:

    http://www.ninjaturtles.com/html/wall.htm

    We just got a shipment of the limited edition cold cast porcelain Leonardo statue delivered - which hopefully means that those of you who ordered them will be able to pick them up within the next two weeks. Playmates has told us that they plan to release Michelangelo next, but no release date has been given. We're hoping that it will come out this year - but only time will tell.

    We haven't gotten the ratings back yet on the new TMNT cartoon shown on Fox Box, but judging by the flood of positive mail that we've received, it did pretty well. Thank you all very much for the support! =O)

    No firm release date has been set, but the action figures of April, Casey and Hun should hit toy shelves sometime this spring or early summer. We've gotten some preliminary pix of the sculpts in - if Playmates will give us permission, I hope to post them in a few weeks (the dudes from Playmates are busy right now focusing on Toy Fair in New York City). Casey comes with a removable mask and April will be packaged with two Mousers. Hun is HUGE.

    For those of you who haven't heard, pre-production work has begun for a 2 part, live action television mini-series featuring the TMNT. The show is being produced by Hallmark and we're hoping for a 2004 release. Steve Barron, director of the first TMNT movie, is on board as a creative consultant.

    Turtle mania is back! =O)

    Cheers!
    Dan Berger
    Mirage Studios' Official TMNT Web Site Dude
    http://www.ninjaturtles.com
    MTFBWY and HH!!

    Jar Jar Binks
    THE SPY. THE SPACEMAN. THE GODDESS. THE ROBOT. THE GORILLA.

    AGENTS OF ATLAS - Returns in Early 2009.

  7. #17
    I like it, I was thinking on picking up some of the new toys and get back into the old TMNT spirt,can;t wait for the moive.
    Insert sig line of your choosing here.

  8. #18
    It's a good thing my mom wanted me to tape the first ep this week or I would have missed this week's new ep thanks to Fox preempting the 10:30am episode for a race - they bumped the new ep back to 8:30am without telling the listings.

    April's outfit seems really inappropriate for a lab assistant, but I guess they didn't want to confuse any recognition issues.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  9. #19
    I figured someone would have mentioned it by now, but I guess I can. Saturday's Episode "Notes From the Underground #1" featured a Star Wars refrence. While investigating a underground Foot Genetics Lab, the Turtles triggered a Force Field security device. As it was trying to crush them against the wall, Mikey (I believe) said somthing along the lines of: "One things for sure, we're all going to be a lot thinner."

    MTFBWY and HH!!

    Jar Jar Binks
    THE SPY. THE SPACEMAN. THE GODDESS. THE ROBOT. THE GORILLA.

    AGENTS OF ATLAS - Returns in Early 2009.

  10. #20
    WHAT!!!!! No Bebop and Rocksteady yet!!!!!
    That REAL big guy with the blonde rattail, you know he will be Bebop.
    No matter how I die, even if there is a suicide note; it was murder. Cheers!
    MWHAHAHAHA!

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