The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (abbreviated as TMNT and simplified as Ninja Turtles) are a fictional team of four teenage turtles, who—along with a rat named Splinter—are mutated by a canister of mutagen ooze into human-sized beings. Forced by their appearance to stay hidden, they retreat to the sewers of New York City.
Skilled in the martial arts, the mutated Splinter takes on the role of sensei (teacher) and instructs the Turtles in the art of “Ninjutsu”. This proves fortunate, since the Turtles will end up combating a host of petty criminals, evil megalomaniacs, and alien invaders.
The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle characters were created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman in the early 1980s. They initially appeared in comic books before being licensed for toys, cartoons, video games, films, and other merchandise. During the peak of its popularity in the late 1980s through early 1990s, the franchise gained considerable worldwide success and fame.
The new 2012 CG-animated series from Nickelodeon breathed fresh life into these iconic reptiles by taking them back to their beginnings for a whole new generation of viewers and fans. Emerging from their hidden lair in the sewers, the Turtles confronted a wondrous and hostile world in New York City for the very first time—and faced enemies more dangerous and pizza more delicious than anything they could have imagined!
Younger, funnier, and more “ninja” than ever before, the new series follows the lives of the four brothers as they learn to rely on themselves, their budding martial arts skills, and each other as they unravel the mystery of their existence and evolve into the heroes they are destined to be.
On the heels of the TV series' hugely successful debut, a big-screen movie was released in August 2014. A sequel—Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II—is due out in June 2016.
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