Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
They are green , they are mean and they walk around in a half shell, they are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! If you have not come across them yet, brace yourselves because they are back for the children’s summer holidays. After encountering a radioactive leakage, a group of crime fighters became half human, half turtle, although undisturbed by their accident they set about putting the world to rights in some great cartoon capers.
The central characters are Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo who are the quartet of Ninja Turtles, fighting crime and fighting to save the world. They are assisted in their task by their adoptive father ”Splinter” who is a wise old man who guides and advises them. While all of the Turtles are experts in martial arts, they each have a special skill and power which they use throughout the series to assist in their tasks.
The cartoon (currently showing on the Fox channel) has spawned a massive market in merchandise, from toys to back packs to a full length feature film. The cartoon graphics are excellent and each Turtle has it own particular characteristics, something which many children can relate to. There adventures are also fast and exciting although as you might expect, good always wins over evil!
While it all may sound a little strange, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have become a massive hit around the world with children everywhere looking to grow up like their favourite. The beauty of such cartoons is the fact that they are used to get across positive messages to kids, in a manner in which they will understand.
If you don’t know your Leonardo from your Donatello or your Raphael from your Michelangelo, you had better get some practice, as you will be tested over the school holidays!