Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Classics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Classics

On DVD: 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TMNT are big right now, again, due to the latest Michael Bay fueled relaunch of the franchise, but with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Classics you can look back to the mainstreaming of the turtles and catch 10 fan favorite episodes from the old 80s/90s cartoon.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are heroes in a half-shell. They have turtle power. They're the world's most fearsome fighting team. They're heroes in a half-shell and they're green. When the evil Shredder attacks these turtle boys don't cut him no slack. Splinter taught them to be ninja teens. Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines. Raphael is cool but crude. Michaelangelo is a party dude. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are heroes in a half-shell. They have turtle power.

Now, if you read that last paragraph and started immediately singing it to the old theme song: First, you will now have that in your head the rest of the day. You're welcome. Second, this collection is for you. These 10 episodes are 220 minutes of turtles spouting surfer/skater lingo, eating pizza and fighting the Foot Clan with their sick ninja moves. The included episodes are:

  • Season One: "Shredder & Splintered"
  • Season Two: "Curse of the Evil Eye"
  • Season Three: "Turtles at the Earth's Core"
  • Season Three: "Cowabunga Shredhead"
  • Season Three: "The Big Blow Out"
  • Season Four: "Super Hero for a Day"
  • Season Five: "The Turtles and the Hare"
  • Season Five: "My Brother, the Bad Guy"
  • Season Five: "Planet of the Turtleoids"
  • Season Seven: "Night of the Rogues"

I guess season six didn't have any episodes worth of making the top 10. Nor any from seasons 8, 9 or 10. But since there were 193 episodes of the run, that is understandable.

As an adult watching these shows, I see how stupid they can be. The solutions to their problems are often extremely silly and sometimes don't make any sense at all. But they are turtles who are ninjas, so kids don't mind. But I also see how smart the show is, or at least how many literature, sci-fi, fantasy and pop culture references they can weave into their stories. I know as a kid I got some of them, but as an adult I get so many more.

This set a few extras mainly consisting of interviews with the artists and voice actors who made the show.

If you loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid, and are looking for a way to introduce them to your kids that doesn't involve Michael Bay or Megan Fox, then the Cowabunga Classic is as good a place as any to start.

Review by Jason Pace
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