Thursday, December 14, 2023

This Day in Anthro History: The TMNT cartoon

Another goal in 2024: Regain some focus on posting "This Day in Anthro History" entries here at Monstrous Matters.  Not sure why, but I really dig this as a "feature" of the blog.  So, to get in that we go...

In arguably one of the biggest moments ever in anthro history, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon was released (in syndication) on this date in 1987.

So much about this cartoon is just...classic.  Like this intro...

I'd say there's a very good chance that if this cartoon never came to be, I would not be spending my time on a "This Day in Anthro History" blog feature in 2023 and 2024.

So, yeah...this cartoon is a big deal.  I think there's a very good chance you'll agree...although probably not for that reason.  More for the fact that it was a part of making TMNT one of the biggest pop culture phenomena of its time...!


  1. Are you aware that, in this blighted isle, the word "ninja" was considered too extreme for children, so the franchise was renamed Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles for the first few years?

    1. Haha! I've read the broad statement but don't really know the details. Although...I think I remember reading that the nunchaku were especially troubling for some reason...?

      I need to remember such things when I fret about the overbearing history of protecting children from media over on this side of the pond...!

    2. Yeah, you got the Satanic Panic, we got the Nunchuk Panic.

      There's a fairly good overview here.