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My favorite TMNT show was one where this ninja rabbit came to earth and was causing all kinds of havoc. At one point this ninja rabbit starts talking... In English. So then one of the turtles says something like "wow, a mutant ninja rabbit from another time and dimension... and naturally, he speaks English!" I used to love the lines like that... the sacarsm targeted at adults. But then, I think I only watched about five or six episodes... maybe I got the good ones. Luckily Family Guy carries on the sarcastic tradition.
Hey, did you know that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird? It was a black and white comic book published by Mirage Studios. Mirage studios was owned and operated by Eastman & Laird. It was their own creation: they did not go to DC (makers of Batman, the AOL Time Warner company) or Marvel (Spider-Man). It was all the rage back then, spawning many rip-offs and parodies. I picked up Adolescent Radioactive Blackbelt Hamsters back in 1985 when I was 13.
Beaner in university we were cataloging and cleaning up my roomates comic book collection and came across black belt hamsters. We hazed him pretty hard about it, but then again, he still read XMen and Spideman.
When my cousins were little (in the mid to late 80's), they used to tie a cloth diaper around their waist and only refer to themselves as the TMNT character they were, and only refer to my aunt as "Master Splinter". Highly embarrassing for my poor aunt in public places. but then again, she let them do it.