Monday, April 13, 2020

SNL Spoofs TMNT with 'Middle-Aged Mutant Ninja Turtles'

Every once in a while, Saturday Night Live (SNL) comes out of left field with an animated short that’s an absolute winner. The predominantly live-action sketch-comedy show - which for its latest episode filmed remotely due to the on-going COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic - has had a pretty good track record over the years when it comes to animation. Now, SNL is back with a classic spoof on one of the most popular animated action series of all time and a modern exploration!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles probably needs no explanation nor introduction. That’s part of the reason why SNL‘s Middle-Aged Mutant Ninja Turtles works so well; it needs no setup. And yet the double-bladed katana here cuts both ways: The nostalgic feel-good recognition of TMNT is quickly replaced by the all-too-familiar reality that these turtles have aged out of their fittest years. It’s hilarious to see how Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo have adapted to “retirement” from crime-fighting. The short also features a reworked version of the iconic TMNT theme song - Turtle Power!

The Mutant Ninja Turtles aren't teenagers anymore in an update of the animated series that shows how the superheroes face problems as middle-aged adults.

Considered one of the most popular kids' television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned four blockbuster theatrical releases. The property has also translated into a significant consumer products business - with toys apparel, home goods, video games, DVDs and more--that has generated billions of dollars at retail. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a top selling action figure and the franchise is a previous recipient of the Toy Industry Association's top honor for Property of the Year at the TOTY Awards.

The adventures of the Heroes in a Half Shell currently continue in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nickelodeon's current iteration for the iconic franchise.

The franchise recently celebrated its 35th anniversary.

Maybe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles could also find new life in a series that takes SNL‘s King of the Hill-like aesthetic and runs with it for a full-on series. All three fingers crossed!

More Nick: Synapse Games Developing New TMNT Game for Kongregate!

Original source: Collider.

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