Please, Nobody Freak Out About the New Ninja Turtles
There’s going to be a new Ninja Turtles cartoon, called Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There are going to be a lot of changes to the series, as detailed at Entertainment Weekly. All I’m asking is that nobody freak out.
I am a huge Ninja Turtles fan. Their original cartoon was probably my favorite classic 80s cartoon growing up. And a lot of people can be strict Ninja Turtles purists. Those people might have a problem with these new changes, including the fact that Raphael is the leader, Leonardo is the rebel, the Turtles are all different species of turtle, and they have different looks and weapons.
I’m here to tell you that this is totally OK.
I was a big fan of the last Ninja Turtles cartoon on Nickelodeon, and I didn’t even know it had come to an end. And that’s entirely my point:
There are so many different incarnations of the Ninja Turtles these days that a few cosmetic changes DO NOT MATTER!
There are SO many different Ninja Turtles things these days. There are half a dozen separate cartoons, each one a little bit different. There are the original movies and the newer movies. There are multiple comic book series from several different publishers. So many video games. There is no end to the different incarnations of the Ninja Turtles.
Therefore, it is pointless to get upset with whatever changes they implement in only the latest incarnation.
Do we really want to just keep re-living the same Ninja Turtles over and over again ad infinitum? If we’re getting a new cartoon, why not let the creative people behind it flex their muscles and try something new? There’ll be a new cartoon or movie or video game coming along in a couple of years. It’s inevitable.
So don’t freak out about the changes in this cartoon. They’ll be changed back in the next cartoon, probably. Just let this one be. Maybe it’ll be good.
The important thing is that the Ninja Turtles are still cool.