The popularity of the original black and white comic book published
by Mirage Studios prompted TMNT creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman
to expand to broader horizons. In 1987, the duo brought their creation
to Playmates Toys in order to market action figures of the Green
Team. Playmates was very interested in the idea, but without an
animated series to familiarize their target toy audience were reluctant
to persue the costly mass-marketing of any merchandise.
The first step was to get a television show based on the comic
book. So Eastman and Laird went to work setting up an animated series
with Murakami Wolf Swenson Productions. The first three episodes
were created for a television mini-series. Hopefully, the show would
be a hit, and networks would order up more episodes. They did...
:: Enter the Cartoon Library
In just three years, the TMNT had expanded from a small locally
published book to a full blown phenomenon. The toy line was booming,
the animated series was four seasons running, and a second color,
more kid-friendly comic book from Archie Comics was becoming more
and more popular. Kids wanted anything and everything from the TMNT...
Hollywood, here we come!
:: The Feature Films ::
From 1984 to 1996, the TMNT were nothing but gold. Still under
contract for toy manufacturing, Playmates' TMNT action figures were
a hot commodity. But it was time for the creators to move on to
something else. Permission was granted for the newly-popular Image
Comics to print the third volume of TMNT. CBS also planned to scrap
their Action Pack Saturday cartoon combo for educational children's
The Image series, although just as graphic and adult-oriented as
the Mirage run, was the only form of TMNT in the media at the time.
FOX Kids expressed interest in a more grown-up live-action version
of the TMNT. Although there were some artistic differences between
the creators and the network execs, an agreement was made to produce
an entire season of the show. It was something TMNT fans everywhere
looked forward to...
:: The Live-Action Series