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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

NYCC: Sunday 4Kids 25th Anniversary Panel

Mega fan Neil comes through once again, this time with video of the complete TMNT 4Kids panel that was on Sunday at New York Comic-Con. Hosted by Jake Black, this panel takes a look at 4Kids' TMNT series through the eyes of a table full of people who made it all happen.

Check it out in six parts below.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mirage: Please do art for us, but we won't pay you

Jim Lawson updated his blog today with a new piece of art featuring all four Turtles looking down on New York from one of its many rooftops. This fantastic piece was done for a TMNT 25th anniversary project that 4Kids is working on. Jim and all of the Mirage artists were asked to contribute pieces of art; however, Mirage got these pieces of art as freebies and did not pay the artists for the time and talent put into them.

Needless to say, this is unacceptable. Unfortunately, this attitude is becoming more and more typical of Mirage, namely CEO Gary Richardson who also attempted to cancel all of the employees' life and disability insurance last week to save the company all of $9,500 a year. The only reason this didn't happen is apparently due to a technicality (not a sudden change of heart from Mr. Richardson).

With all of the writing that has been put on the wall concerning Richardson, the only question that can be asked is: Why does Peter Laird apparently sit back and do nothing while Mirage crashes and burns and his employees, who have given the last 20+ years of their lives to the company, as well as their entire professional careers, struggle to make ends meet while he and Gary Richardson are living free and easy?

You can see the new piece by Lawson in full here.

Addendum: It has been clarified to me that 4Kids, not Mirage, requested these pieces of art and as such, it was 4Kids, not Mirage, who did not pay for them. It still seems to me that Mirage could have found it in their hearts to pay the artists for the pieces anyways, and asking for art that you don't intend to pay for, no matter who the asking party is, is in poor taste no matter what the situation.

Friday, September 5, 2008

TMNT: Back to the Sewer Preview

Here's a preview of the first episode of TMNT: Back to the Sewer, which premieres on CW4Kids Saturday, September 13. (When the video says "tomorrow" it actually means the 13th.) Be sure to check your local listings to verify the time and station.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

TMNT: Back to the Sewer - Update

This is a general post to acknowledge the existence of "TMNT: Back to the Sewer", the new season of the 4Kids cartoon that will begin airing this Fall.

Character style art has been drifting out through the fake "blog" on for about the last month or so. And there was the big "reveal" of the logo on the same "blog," at The Fifth Turtle, and on I've purposely avoided reporting all of this because I haven't forgotten the pledge I made back in February.

I don't think there's much to report beyond the release of the character style art that you can see on the above Web sites. Oh, there was the theme song contest a couple months ago. If anyone missed out on that I could probably post the MP3s.

I'm going to continue to not acknowledge this series, although I'm sure I'll make a mention of it right before the premiere and I'll let you know what I think after the premiere.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

"Lost Episodes" Preview Part 4

Here's some more screen caps from the upcoming "Lost Episodes" that will begin airing on 4KidsTV beginning February 9th.

Episode 109 - Beginning of the End

Shojo, Spawn of Black Waters

Baku, Devourer of Dreams

Leo attacking Baku

The Heralds take the artifacts

Shredder outlined in the clouds over NYC

Visit for more TMNT info:

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"Lost Episodes" Preview Part 3

Here's some more screen caps from the upcoming "Lost Episodes" that will begin airing on 4KidsTV beginning February 9th.

Episode 107 - Legend of the Five Dragons

The Original Shredder

Armor for the Heroes

Shredder's Dragon Avatar

Episode 108 - More Worlds Than One

Stone Oni

Splinter mourns his dead sons
(a nightmare)

Mikey racing with Hiromi

Yoshida's avatar - the wolf

Nazumi tengu

Raphael focusing chi to attack

Visit for more TMNT info:

Monday, January 28, 2008

"Lost Episodes" Preview Part 2

Here's some more screen caps from the upcoming "Lost Episodes" that will begin airing on 4KidsTV beginning February 9th.

Episode 106 - Demons and Dragons

Water Dragon

The Spirit Forges

Mikey focusing his Chi

Kappa Tengu

Shredder's Helm

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Preview of the Lost Episodes!

Chris from sent in screen cap previews of some of the upcoming lost episodes that will begin airing on 4KidsTV beginning February 9th. Here are six from the first "lost episode." More to come soon!

Episode 105 - Lap of the Gods

Tribunal Door

Tribunal Fortress

'Perception is not always truth'


a demon attacks

close up of demon

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Lost Season on DVD May 20th?

The Terror of Death has found this link, which indicates that we may be able to expect to see the "Lost Season" of the 4Kids TMNT series on DVD on May 20th. This date seems extremely tentative for now, though.

The "Lost Season" begins airing on 4KidsTV on February 9th.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Lost Season to Begin Feb. 9th on 4Kids TV

Kazari found this fantastic (and official!) preview for the "Lost Season" episodes, which will begin airing in the United States for the first time on February 9th. Be sure to check your local listings for times and stations.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

TMNT Code Green Sweepstakes

Playmates is sponsoring a new "Code Green" sweepstakes in partnership with Game cards are available in the new Alien Hunters and Mutations action figures. There are eight different cards (pictured above), each of which has a code on the back redeemable at

Prizes are:
  • One (1) Grand Prize: A trip to New York City, a visit to the 4Kids Productions studio to do a TMNT voice recording and a full set of Spring 2008 TMNT toys from Playmates.
  • Twenty Five (25) First Prizes: A complete set of Playmates Spring 2008 Toys.
  • One Hundred (100) Second Prizes: One (1) Raphael Alien Hunters action figure.
To receive a free game card, send a postcard with your name, full address and phone number postmarked by May 30, 2008 to:
TMNT Code Green Sweepstakes
P.O. Box 928
New York, NY 10159-0928

Must be age 3-17 and a resident of the United States to win. For full contest details and eligibility requirements, visit

Sunday, November 11, 2007

TMNT Japanese CD Releases

Here is the cover art and purchase information for the upcoming CD single releases of the current opening and ending songs of the Japanese dub of the 4Kids series.

CDJapan is currently offering a 500 yen coupon for purchases of 3,000 yen or more!!

Title: Everybody
Artist: Turtles4 feat. Metis, SPEECH, WISE, JAMIL
CD Single Catalog Number: CRCP-10187
CD Release Date: 2007/11/21
Where to Buy: | CDJapan
Watch the Video
Watch the Music Video

Title: Fighting Spirit
Artist: Mirai Drive
CD Single Catalog Number: CRCP-10186
CD Release Date: 2007/11/21
Where to Buy: | CDJapan
Watch the Video

Thanks to Gobo for some of the links.

Friday, October 26, 2007 Updates

Dan (the Man) updated today with an avalanche of information.

Here are some highlights:
13 new episodes of the TMNT cartoon are now in production for broadcast in the fall of 2008! After months of back-n-forth, all partners agreed on a new direction and the Turtles toon is back on the hot track! We can't reveal any specifics yet, but everyone's favorite Gang Green will be returning to present-day NYC and battling the baddies with their buddies Casey Jones and April O'Neil! This next phase of the show will feature new art direction that will tie the 2003 toon designs into the animated movie style by Imagi!

You can read a little more information on this development at The 5th Turtle.

This holiday season, Hot Topic will unveil boutiques dedicated to the TMNT retro merchandise and apparel. Hot Topic will have some exclusive items that feature artwork of Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady and will be an ideal place to find the retro merch!

Visit to see what TMNT gear they have currently available.

Kurt Adler will be producing Christmas ornaments that will be available at Wal-Mart this holiday season!


Visit to get the full scoop on these and other news items.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

TMNT: Overload

Steve Murphy has updated his TMNT blog with some details of what almost became next season's TMNT series.
The basic idea behind Overload is that the Turtles, while traveling through time on their return home from the Fast Forward future, briefly get stuck in the past alongside their "kid" selves, and then, thanks to the quantum mechanics of villainous plot shenanigans, all 8 turtles arrive in the year 2008 ("home").

This premise was pitched by 4Kids, approved (apparently with a few minor revisions) by Mirage, but shot down by Playmates Toys, who funds 1/3rd of the show.

Playmates then apparently pitched a show that "reached back deeply into the universes of both the original cartoon series and the Archie comics." This was soundly rejected by both Mirage and 4Kids.

Which leaves us less than a year out from the '08 Fall season and with no TMNT show in development/production. The three involved parties all seem to have different agendas. Hopefully they can all work together to come up with a concept that appeals to everyone, including fans.

Here's a crazy concept: Four giant mutant turtles who study ninjitsu with their giant rat sensei live in New York City and fight various kinds of evil. Usually in the shadows. 'Cause they're ninjas. And they do ninja stuff.

Monday, October 1, 2007

New Japanese OP and ED Songs

New opening and ending theme songs for the Japanese dub of the 4Kids cartoon have now aired on TV Tokyo.

OP3: "EVERYBODY" by Turtles4

ED3: "Fighting Spirit" by Mirai Drive

CD single information will be posted when more concrete information is available.

Thanks to Mendinso for the videos!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

4Kids TMNT Season 1, Part 2 Available Today

Season 1, Part 2 of 4Kids' TMNT series is available on DVD today.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

TMNT FF Trading Card @ KB Toys

KB Toy stores are giving away a pack of 4Kids trading cards free with any purchase. Each pack is the same and contains a card from most of the shows in their Fall lineup. The TMNT card features this art.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Old Japanese OP and ED Songs

After the post with the new Japanese theme songs, GreenWillow requested the info on the first Japanese theme songs. So here it is.

Title: 情熱の風 (Wind of Passion)
Artist: The Inazuma Sentai
CD Single Catalog Number: CRCP-10170
CD Release Date: 2007/05/09
Where to Buy: | CDJapan
Watch the Video
Watch the Music Video

Title: サマーファイター (Summer Fighter)
Artist: Kamogawa
CD Single Catalog Number: CRCP-10171
CD Release Date: 2007/05/09
Where to Buy: | CDJapan
Watch the Video

Watch Part of the Music Video

Most of this info was compiled by Gobo.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

New Japanese OP and ED Songs

New opening and ending theme songs for the Japanese dub of the 4Kids cartoon have now aired on TV Tokyo.

CD Single Catalog Number: CRCP-10177
CD Release Date: 2007/07/18
Where to Buy: | CDJapan
Watch the Video

Title: 夏の終りがまだここにある (Summer is Over, But I'm Still Here)
CD Single Catalog Number: CRCP-10178
CD Release Date: 2007/07/25
Where to Buy: | CDJapan
Watch the Video

Thanks to Mendinso for the video and to Gobo for tracking down the CD info.

Monday, June 25, 2007

TMNT 2007 Licensing Show News

Dan Berger posted this information on
Mirage's C.E.O. Gary Richardson and Director of Licensing Steve Murphy attended the Licensing Show in New York City last week and here's the scoop regarding the future for the TMNT:
TMNT movie sequel: Mirage and its partners (Imagi, Warner Brothers and the Weinstein Group) are still discussing the possibility of a sequel for the CG film. Hopefully a decision will be made by the end of summer. Think positive - create good karma!
TMNT cartoon on 4Kids TV (USA): Six new episodes of "Fast Forward" will air this fall beginning in September. From January to May of 2008, 4Kids TV will air most or all of the "Ninja Tribunal" episodes (although episode #110, "Nightmares Recycled", WILL NOT be completed or aired). Series producer Lloyd Goldfine and TMNT co-creator/owner Peter Laird are currently in talks regarding a new direction for the series to take in the fall of '08, but no definite decision has been made regarding what this new direction may be. Time will tell - but mum's the word for now.
Playmates Toys: movie-themed toys will continue to be released until mid 2008. No decisions have been made yet regarding what will be released for the second half of '08. Rumors of a 5' tall robotic action figure that can talk and do seven different martial arts moves are not true.
Ubisoft: Mirage is in negotiations with Ubisoft to produce a new TMNT video game. The CG movie models will be used, although the game will be independently produced (so it won't be directly based on any preexisting media like a TV show or film). If all goes well, the game will be out in late 2008 or early 2009. More than likely it will not be released on all of the same platforms that the movie game appeared on.
A retro-licensing program will kick into high gear in 2008 with merchandise based on the 1980s TMNT cartoon series. Lots of adult-sized gear will be available! Can we get a "Cowabunga!" from the faithful? Awe yeah!
Steve Murphy will be spearheading (katana-heading?) special events and merchandise programs to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the TMNT comic book in May, 2009. It's too early to say what will be involved, but Mirage plans to celebrate this monumental achievement in style!