Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Models Raise Money for NHS Charities in the U.K.

Giant models of three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been putting "smiles" on people's faces while raising money for NHS charities.

Tara Chorlton plans to auction off the models to raise more for the charities. Credit: Luke Deal/BBC.

The 7ft-tall (2.13m) "heroes in a half-shell" stand in Tara Chorlton's front garden in Walton, near Felixstowe, Suffolk. She said her husband Simon "rescued" them from Drusillas Park, East Sussex, which was getting rid of them.

Mrs. Chorlton told BBC News that she planned to auction off the turtles - plus a fourth model of their companion Donatello that could not fit in her garden - to raise more money for the two causes, and has so-far raised £200 for Drusillas Park zoo and NHS Charities Together.

Meanwhile, she said the giant replicas of Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo, inspired by Michael Bay's TMNT movies, which are based on the comics and TV shows were attracting "a lot" of attention - and charity donations - in Cage Lane.

Raphael is among the models in Mrs Chorlton's garden. Credit: Luke Deal/BBC.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird and first appeared in a comic book in 1984. In the story, four average turtles are transformed into human-size creatures after being exposed to some chemicals and are then trained to become ninjas under the guidance of their master, a rat called Splinter.

"Turtlemania" swept the globe in the late 1980s, as the televised cartoon of the heroes' crimefighting antics won fans worldwide. In the UK, the programme lost "Ninja" from its title in favour of "Hero" due to concern over violence in children's television.

Eastman and Lairds' creation resulted in three feature films in the 1990s, with a reboot seeing a further two movies in 2014 and 2016. Partners in Kryme's song Turtle Power from the original movie was a worldwide hit in 1990 and is considered the UK's first hip hop number one. The TMNT franchise has also inspired many animated series, including the '80s series, and more recently Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Rise of the TMNT.

The 50-year-old grandmother-of-three said: "Lots of people have been taking photos of them and have been taking selfies, even the binmen.

"The children love them and know all of their names. It's really nice to see the kids have a smile on their faces."

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