1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Cartoon Introduction Redone in Stop Motion

We have had other cool Kyle Robert’s Stop Motion on the Retroist and each one is better than the last. This new one is no exception. With over 4,000 individual pictures, Kyle Roberts and crew wanted to recreate the nostalgic 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon introduction in stop motion. To make this a reality, artist, Nathan Poppe, created over 60 hand-drawn images to establish a bright and vibrant backdrop to complement Roberts’ use of action figures. The original TMNT theme song was covered by Oklahoma native band, The Boom Bang, in their “garage surf punk” style. Each of these pieces can stand alone by themselves, but when infused together they create a radical tribute.

Want to see how they made it? Here is a “Making of” video:


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2 thoughts on “1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Cartoon Introduction Redone in Stop Motion

  1. Drahken says:

    The intro itself is pretty good, as is the song, but it could really do without the live-action bookends.

    btw There’s supposed to be a new TMNT series coming out on nickelodeon sometime this year. It seems that leonardo will have a spear instead of a staff & michelangelo will have a scythe 7 chain thing instead of nunchucks. It also seems that they’ll be going back to the origin story of hamato yoshi being splinter (from the 80s series) instead of splinter having been yoshi’s pet rat.

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