|Rated: "For Ages 5 And Up" (manufacturer's advisory)|
Starring: Cam Clarke, Townsend Coleman, and Renae Jacobs
Released: October - December 1988 (TV premieres) / April 26, 2005 (DVD)
The Good: A DVD set of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon was what woke me up to superhero cartoons in general, so, of course, I would enjoy something like this. I enjoyed the comedy and the action; in fact, the finale kept me on the edge of my seat. The voice work is very well-done, as was the closed captioning. The animation had some great moments, but...
The Bad: It could have been a bit better; I even noticed some discoloration in the last episode. Also, the video quality suffers a bit because the makers put thirteen episodes on one disc. Still, those are about the only complaints I have.
- Sex: Innocent romance (i.e., flirting). One of the Turtles dresses up as a woman in order to thwart an enemy. 4/5
- Nudity: Cleavage; a guy in nothing but underwear. 4/5
- Language: No actual profanity, though there was name-calling (e.g., "moron" or "fool") and occasional usage of euphemisms ("gosh," "let's haul shell!") 4/5
- Violence: Action violence abounds in every episode. The Turtles, the bad guys, and others hit, kick, punch, throw, etc. each other quite frequently. Most of the fights are non-fatal, though the finale ends with the presumed death of at least one character. There are also some comedic pratfalls. 2/5
- Drugs: Substances cause transformations. 4/5
- Frightening/Intense Scenes: Some of the enemies can be a bit scary. The events of the finale put Splinter's life in danger. (Spoiler: He makes it out just in time.) 4/5
- Other: A bit of gross-out humor (for example, burping). 4/5