Being a parent is awesome, especially when your offspring like the same stuff that you enjoyed at their age. In this case, my seven year old LOVES the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Sadly this isn’t the 80’s animated version from my youth, but rather the 2012 update.
No matter though, his love for TMNT grants me a special connection that extends to everything – even to pillow cases and duvets! After upgrading the theme in my son’s room, we bought him lovely new bedding featuring his favourite half-shell heroes. He was happy, but I couldn’t help feel a little annoyed about the lack of choice we had.
Could we only purchase items depicting the modern interpretation of the characters? Thankfully not! Official channels are a little lacking in retro Turtle, but if you look further afield, you can find some totally bodacious fan-made and vintage bedding.
Here are a few items that I’d like to see in my room
I could easily add another 50 images, covering everything from curtains to canvas prints, floor rugs to lamp shades, and beyond. But the purpose of this post is to open your eyes to the possibilities!
And if you can’t find what you’re looking for? Go create your own designs, upload them and buy your own products! The duvet cover at the start of this post is one of mine. I didn’t create the pixel design, that one is from Konami’s arcade TMNT game, but I did a little processing work and added some colour, and now I can sleep in pixelated style!
While it is certainly fair to say that the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series was aimed at children. It nevertheless helped make the previously underground comic book characters into media superstars. To say nothing of the merchandising empire it would create with toys, clothing, and a new comic series based on the animated series. Having said that though I don’t believe anyone ever expected to see the intro rendered by way of the Super Nintendo’s Mario Paint program!
This was done by Mike Matei of Cinemassacre. Furthermore it is not as if he digitized the opening intro of the animated show. He drew each frame by hand – starting in July of this year and just finishing in December. Each Mario Paint animation cell took him generally a half hour or more.
What I’m saying is, Mike delivered something very special. In addition to his hard work, throw in the cover of the TMNT series song by James Ronald. You then have a bit of animation that reaches EPIC levels of awesomeness!
Enough of my jabbering. Sit down and watch how you use Mario Paint to bring the TMNT intro to life!
Last week, when I was digging around in my videocassette collection, I grabbed my VHS of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie. I’ll contend that I was not in my basement strictly to find this video – I was doing laundry, and the shelf with the videos was right there.
Like all good nostalgia buffs and writers, I own a VCR. And not some DVD/VCR combo that I picked up for $200 last year, I’m talking about an actual VCR. From the 1990s.
How good is this VCR?
Meet my Sharp VCR. The standard VCR of my middle and high school’s AV equipment. It was an expensive VCR in its day, but it was nice and it was exactly what I asked for for Christmas in 1996. And my dad delivered on it, big time.
The VCR is so awesome, it outlived the DVD recorder I bought in 2006 (which went kaput after seven years). Before that, it outlived my first DVD player, which only lasted about four years. This VCR outlived the first three televisions I’ve owned (I’m on my fourth, which is the one in the picture). This VCR even outlived the original remote it came with.
I’d call it something snappy, but it doesn’t need a fancy nickname.
I got it! My VCR is Chuck Norris!
The point is, this VCR works well. When I was researching options for recording from my videos (you know, for nostalgia purposes), I was coming up short on options that weren’t combo players. I’m aware my VCR is 20 years old, has lived a good life, and has gotten much use over the years, but it isn’t ready to be retired. It works way too well to even consider that. May it continue to do so. So the idea of putting out $200 for a combo player is unnecessary to me.
I recently invested in a Hauppauge HD PVR (that little box next to the rest of my equipment), which acts as a pass through device for VCRs, DVD/Blu-Ray players, and video games, with one’s computer as the recording source. Expensive yes, but it has composite jacks on it, and the two devices I own that utilize these (the lovely VCR and my Nintendo Wii) work well with the device. The biggest problem I encountered with the VCR while the Hauppauge is connected to the computer (and I’m assuming it has something to do with recording from analogue to digital) is the signal cuts out from the VCR to the device. I found a workaround for that – turn the VCR off and back on. Boom. Problem solved.
All technical talk and “hey, this is an awesome investment!” aside, I’ll get to the meat of this article.
I had originally planned to do voiceover work for this post, but I’ve had a sinus infection all week (pretty much since I posted the last article), so my voice is more nasal than it usually is. And while I’m sure no one has a problem with that…I’m incredibly vain. And I cough too much. I don’t want to make the viewers believe they’ll get sick watching my video. There are plenty of opportunities out there to fear disease from something you’ve watched on TV…oh, no one has ever worried about that before?
If you’re feeling particularly interested in reliving some awesome early 1990s nostalgia, look no further! Click play below to start the video!
Video uploaded by Allison Venezio
My brother and I owned one of those animated videos shown at the end, and we also had the soundtrack, which, coincidentally, we got from that corporate sponsor at the beginning of the video. And that was on audio cassette!
So, as you can see, the quality of the tape is fairly good, considering the age of both the video and the VCR. I’m considering upgrading this movie to Blu-Ray, but this video is nice to keep around for the nostalgia it oozes!
Not to mention the Family Home Entertainment logo. Who doesn’t love a little slice of home video company nostalgia with their VHS tape testing nostalgia?
Now, as one of my equally-nostalgic friends said last night, if only Hostess could bring back the Ninja Turtle Pudding Pies…
Allison has a kinda cool collection of home-recorded videos, as well as a few good store-bought videos. If you like what you’ve seen here, she can also be found peddling her fun wares over on Allison’s Written Words. You can follow her blog on Facebook, and she is also on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.
She has the legendary Ninja Turtles concert from Madison Square Garden somewhere. She just has to find it!
My son has recently taken an interest in a certain group of sewer-bound mutant turtles. This delights me as I can now teach him all about the classic 1987 show that I watched as a young boy. The first thing to do, hop on over to YouTube and force him to watch the classic ’87 intro…
But then… “Daddy, what’s that video?” he says pointing at what looks at first glance to be the more recent CGI show intro. I guess I have to let him watch that one too…
Wait? What? That was the proper intro! The cool one from my youth! The one with the proper song that you can sing along with!! Remade in 3D!!! Well, that peaked MY interest, and so I obviously had to do a little more research. For my son, of course.
Next up was a hand-drawn remake, looking very lovely:
And the stop-motion version, looking even more lovely:
I’m not sure why I’ve never thought to look into this before. TMNT is one of my favourite cartoon theme tunes and we’ve covered intro remakes here at The Retroist before – see here for Ghostbusters, here for He-Man and here for Batman to highlight just a few.
I’ll leave you to search for more (you’ll find dozens!) and finish with a sing-song…
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles,
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles,
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles,
Hero’s in a Half-Shell,
I’ve talked on the site before how I was lucky enough to really get in through the door of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fandom a few years before Turtle Power had a chance to properly sweep the nation, ensuring that our Heroes In A Half Shell were literally everywhere from our bed sheets to our Chef Boyardee pasta!
My introduction to the Ninja Turtles was all thanks to a great clerk at my local comic book store who one day firmly suggested I pick up the color reprints of Eastman and Laird’s groundbreaking series.
While I of course enjoyed the animated series and the legion of toys and video games for the Turtles that would follow, my heart always yearned for a return to that gritty, so serious it was a farce early TMNT comic books. Well, imagine my delight when I dropped by my comic book store last weekend and the owner, yeah, who was once just that clerk in the shop, asked if I had heard about the Kickstarter for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past board game. When I got to work I did a little checking and to say I was blown away was an understatement.
Apparently I am not the only person excited about this upcoming board game, as of this writing there are still 17 days to go and they’ve already amassed $100,000 more than was needed to include many of the stretch goals. Such as the Eastman variant miniatures!
If you watched the video you already know that Kevin Wilson is the designer of TMNT: Shadows of the Past, if you are a board game aficionado you will know his work on the excellent Arkham Horror as well as Descent: Journey in the Dark, A Game of Thrones, and Sid Meier’s Civilization board game.
From the Press Release: “Cowabunga!
It’s here! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game you’ve been waiting for! Play as one of the four turtle brothers (and some of their trusted allies), and defend New York City from thugs, ninjas, and of course the Shredder!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is a story-driven adventure game for two to five players who will duel it out street by street and mission by mission to save (or conquer) New York. The game is based off of IDW’s ongoing comic book universe and features missions taken straight from some of the series’ biggest moments. Designed by the legendary Kevin Wilson (Descent, Arkham Horror) with input from Kevin Eastman and IDW’s entire TMNT creative team, this highly thematic adventure features incredible mechanics and gameplay. You’ve seen dice-chucking combat, but this is dice-nunchucking at its finest!”