Here’s how to stream the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes in Australia
If you’re old enough to remember Bermuda shorts, Vanilla Ice and Alf Stewart, then you’ll definitely be able to complete this sentence: Heroes in a Half-shell…
Well done for passing the test.
As a bona-fide fan, it’s only right that you might want to re-watch the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, or perhaps introduce it to a new generation of offspring. Either way, you’ve come to the right place.
The original and best
Ok, so let’s get one thing straight, there’s been numerous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles interpretations… but only one original.
Starting out as a comic book in the early eighties (today worth a sweet $2,500 – $4,000), it soon spawned a cartoon series, a live-action movie, and numerous reboots in the nineties and noughties and brought with it an entire Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy franchise that still exists to this day.
As anyone who remembers the original will know, the magic of Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo is their collective yet unique personalities under the banner of turtle-power (a precursor to girl power, no?!), that brought them together as a fearsome foursome.
A New York state of mind
Their story starts in the gritty subways of New York as turtles exposed to toxins, before they swiftly transform into adult-size ninja-fighters. Under the mentorship of Splinter (aka the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rat), the turtles are trained in the ancient art of ninjitsu ninja to protect themselves and the universe from the evil powers that threaten it. With a little help from journalist and reporter April O’Neil, they’re able to fend themselves from arch-enemy and supervillain – Shredder.
Looking back at the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, you might wonder why it remains one of the classic cartoons in the vault- perhaps you had to live through the 80s to appreciate it! Other than a kick-ass soundtrack and catchy lines like ‘cowabunga’, the Turtles brought a touch of fun and silliness that kids can relate to. Add a side of marital arts, emotional storylines and a truck load of pizza and it’s the perfect formula.
Moreover, the movies have also stood the test of time.
There are a few to choose from. The first, launched in 1990, follows the turtles as they emerge from the shadows to protect New York City, closely followed by a sequel the year after. 1993 gave us the third instalment in the movie trilogy but came in as the lowest-rated of them all.
It wasn’t until 2007 that the famous turtles got a CGI makeover and an all-star cast including Chris Evans, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Laurence Fishburne. Now we’re talking.
The latest movies in 2014 and 2016 saw even more celeb names join forces with the franchise including Megan Fox and Will Arnett and even better graphics and action.
How to stream the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon in Australia?
Now that you’re all refreshed it brings us to our ultimate question: where can you find original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon streaming in Australia?
While none of the big streaming companies has made the epic cartoon available, the good news is that you can download them from all good online stores.
You can relive your childhood glory in each episode one by one on Amazon Prime, the iTunes store and Google Play, available to rent from $1.99 an episode or $8.99 a season – bargin!. Or, if you have a DVD (or VHS) player lying around, a quick online search will connect you with boxsets to buy and keep, just like we did back in the day!
Back for 2023
Of course, we couldn’t leave it there. No, not when a reboot (yes, another) is on its way.
Nickelodeon has just announced that another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie is cooking, and will be out of the oven by 2023. From a cryptic tweet, we can decipher that Seth Rogen will be featuring in the film. So, that’s just another two years to wait! Better get those box sets on order.
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