Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, trained in the art of ninjutsu by a wise rat sensei they call Master Splinter. With a sick sewer lair and tough friends like April O’Neil and Casey Jones, the Turtles are about to face evil more dangerous and pizza more delicious than anything they could have imagined.
Fighting villains like Shredder, the Kraang and loads of super-powerful mutants, Leo, Donnie, Raph and Mikey will become the heroes they were destined to be, and have loads of fun along the way!
Let’s meet this crime-fighting quartet:
- Donatello (Donnie) – The scientist, inventor, engineer, and technological genius, Donatello wears a purple mask and wields a bo staff. Donatello is perhaps the least violent turtle, preferring to use his knowledge to solve conflicts, but never hesitates to defend his brothers. He is named after the early Renaissance Italian artist and sculptor from Florence, Donatello.
- Leonardo (Leo) – The tactical, courageous leader and devoted student of his sensei, Leonardo wears a blue mask and wields two katana. As the most conscientious of the four, he often bears the burden of responsibility for his brothers, which commonly leads to conflict with Raphael. Leonardo was named after the Italian polymath, painter, engineer, inventor, writer, anatomist, and sculptor, Leonardo da Vinci.
- Michelangelo (Mikey) – The most stereotypical teenager of the team, Michelangelo is a free-spirited, relaxed, and often goofy jokester, and known for his love of pizza. Michelangelo wears an orange mask and wields a pair of nunchucks. He provides the comic relief, though he still has an adventurous side. The least mature of the four Turtles, he shows characteristics of a “surfer” type and is often depicted with a Southern Californian accent. He is named after the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer, Michelangelo.
- Raphael (Raph) – The team’s bad boy, Raphael wears a dark red mask and wields a pair of sai. He is physically very strong, has an aggressive nature, and seldom hesitates to throw the first punch. He is often depicted with a very pronounced New York accent. His personality can be fierce and sarcastic, and oftentimes delivers deadpan humor. He is intensely loyal to his brothers and sensei. He is named after the Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, Raphael.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently a CGI Animated show on Nickelodeon but the hard-shell crime fighting crew has been around for years. A brief timeline of the TMNT:
The first animated series ran from 1987-1996. IN 1997-98 there was a live action series that followed the events of the first three movies. The second animated series aired from 2003-2009 on Fox and CWKids. The third installation began on 2012 and continues today on Nickelodeon.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have appeared in 6 feature films: In the 1990s there was the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, followed in 1992 by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of Ooze and the following year with the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III in 1993. A reboot, titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles released on August 8th and a Sequel, Out of the Shadows debuted in 2016.
In addition to seeing them on the small screen and in the movies, fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can bring home their favorite as a Pillow Pet dual-function folding plush stuffed animal by day/pillow by night, or a Dream Lite, the night light with character.