Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - My Childhood Cartoon, A Connection To The Bible/Christianity, & More

Yesterday I texted my friend Mark and asked him what I should blog about.  He said "X-Men, I am."  I replied, "I don't know what to say..."  Mark answered, "Just talk about a childhood cartoon."  With that I instantly thought of the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was a favourite of mine growing up. I used to know the theme song, had a bunch of action figures and accessories, have "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game," seen all three live action movies, seen the CGI animated film, and I even bought the comic where the Ninja Turtles and April O'Neil meet for the first time.

The original cartoon itself was a staple during my childhood.  I remember it would be on after school.  That was one of the highlights of the day.  I would watch it as all kids would do rooting on the Ninja Turtles to stop Shredder's "evil" plan. No matter how hard or how long it took, they succeeded.

The Ninja Turtles who are good always battle Shredder who is evil.  This reminds of Pslam 34:13-15.
13 keep your tongue from evil
   and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
   seek peace and pursue it.  15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
   and his ears are attentive to their cry;

Romans 12:21
 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Or Romans 16:18-20.
18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.  20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
   The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
Basically you can see the Ninja Turtles as good and Shredder as evil.  With the Ninja Turtles defeating Shredder and stopping him from his evil plans.  It's like God stopping Satan from doing his evil plans.  Just like God, the Ninja Turtles try and protect the world by doing good.  They try to not be overcome by evil and help the people they "serve" not to be overcome by evil by not letting Shredder deceive them.

People want to believe in something and some of them are quick to believe in the first thing they are told/heard.  Evil wants you to do that, but you should resist the temptation to believe the first thing you are told because you may end up following evil (Shredder/Satan) and instead follow the good (Ninja Turtles/God/Jesus).  Like God, the Ninja Turtles try to show people the right path to walk down.  Sure we may stumble, we may fall, but we must not give in to the temptations of Satan and Shredder.  Doing so is part of their plan.

I liked Michelangelo for the longest time.  But I than realized that Raphael got no love because he was touted as uncool.  The others have something like Leonardo is the leader, Donatello can build and fix things, Michelangelo is looked upon as cool.  What is Raphael?  He can been the role model for people who are not considered cool.  He can kick ass like the rest of them.  So I don't get why he is looked upon as uncool.  What did he do to deserve having this thrust upon him?

The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series that came out in 2003 and whatnot, I can't get into them.  They are not the same as the original.  If you like the newer series, that's all well and fine, but I think they don't hold a candle to the original.  There is a new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series set to air on Nickelodeon.  Three notable names will be voices of the Ninja Turtles.  Jason Biggs from "Saving Silverman," "American Pie" series, "Loser," etc; Sean Astin from "Rudy," "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, etc.; and Rob Paulsen who has done many voice over roles with him being the original Leonardo.  I hope it will be a throw back to the original.

Here is something that I fear may hurt the plot of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."  Michael Bay, who seriously ruined "Transformers," is wanting to turn the Ninja Turtles into aliens.  He is a cunt and will be lynch mobbed if he goes through with it.  If you were a fan of the original series, you'll find this so enraging if he goes through with it.  Even Kevin Munroe who directed the 2007 film "TMNT" went to Kevin Eastman, the creator of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" if he could do that CGI animated film.  If I was Eastman, I'd tell of Michael Bay to not screw with his work because Bay would be taking MUTANT out of "Teenage MUTANT Ninja Turtles."  After all, it's not "Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles."


Cliffordv said...

Great blog man, the comparisons true. I really like the Romans 12:21

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

really deep and so straight forward. I always liked to compare the superman series with Clark Kent(Good) and Lex Luthor(evil). Also has a character named Darkseid who is what is behind evil. He prays on your insecurities and brings the evilness out of you(much like the Devil).

Also about TMNT if michael bay does get his hands on it, it will turn into explosions and slow motion hot girls lol. I didn't mind the new Transformers movies, but I wasn't really into the original stuff so I had nothing to compare it too.

Mr. C.C. said...

You can make the comparison of good and evil with a lot of cartons/comics. But I was already talking about the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." I felt the post was going to take a Christian/Biblical turn, so I just went with it.