Ah, yes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The four most important reptilian freaks in the heart and soul of every tunay na batang '90s.
There's Leonardo, the leader:
Raphael, the rebel:
Michaelangelo, the cool bro:
And Donatello, the smart one:
Everyone wanted to be the one with the sword; few ever volunteered to be the turtle with the stick. But for every painful moment that we had to settle for Donatello, the beloved series matched each with an entire sewer's worth of cowabunga moments. Namely: foot-soldier beatdowns, Shredder action, Bebop and Rocksteddy buffoonery, and pizza appreciation.
This year, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turns 30 years old—with a new Michael Bay-produced movie ready to air-drop any moment now. So to celebrate the beloved series, we hunted down 20 things we loved about it...and once again make everyone feel #TANDERS!
1) Comic book artists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird originally drew the Turtles as a parody of Marvel Comics’ Daredevil and New Mutants, Dave Sim’s Cerebus, and Frank Miller’s Ronin—four of the most popular comic book characters in the U.S. back in the '80s.
They drew this in 1983, and in 1984—30 years ago—they produced the original comics under Mirage Studios.
(Image via comicbook.com)
2) We can still hum to the opening tune:
3) This particular level in the Family Computer TMNT videogame taught us the meaning of FRUSTRATION:
4) It gave us one of our first animated crushes...
5) ...and eventually, these really likable fan-made artworks: