13 Radical Facts About Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arrived in 1990 on the big screen and took the sensation that started on comic pages and the animated TV series and brought the turtle-dom to a whole new level. 

The film became a massive hit and launched three sequels that followed. As Michael Bay gears up his re-boot of the beloved classic Turtles story, we have some insight into the original movie that you may not know. 

Click through and check out our 13 fun facts about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

1. How The Turtles Started

How The Turtles Started
The TMNT started as the brainchild of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It was meant to parody Marvel’s Daredevil and New Mutants.

2. TMNT Movie Followed Comic & TV Series

TMNT Movie Followed Comic & TV Series
The story of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie followed closely the timelines of the Mirage comic books, as well as some fun moments from the cartoon series.

3. Highest Grossing Independent Movie?!

Highest Grossing Independent Movie?!
This was the highest-grossing independent film of all time, having made almost $202 million in global box office, based on a $13.5 million budget.

4. TMNT Almost Came Earlier

TMNT Almost Came Earlier
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were originally first aimed at the silver screen during their TV heyday of the early to mid-1980s. But, no one was interested in a direct comic book adaptation that didn’t connect to the hit show.

5. Who Made the Turtles?

Who Made the Turtles?
The Turtles' heads were designed by the man behind the Muppets, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

6. Jim Henson Was Not Pleased with Movie

Jim Henson Was Not Pleased with Movie
Jim Henson, after seeing the final product, was not happy with the extreme level of violence in the film.

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