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Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
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Format Action-Adventure-Comedy
Created by Haim Saban ea.
Starring Kirby Morrow
Jason Gray-Stanford
Matt Hill
Lalainia Lindbjerg
Saffron Henderson
Stephen Mendel
Country of origin  United States
 Japan
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Producer(s) Saban Entertainment
Toei Co. Ltd.
Fox Kids Worldwide
Mirage Studios
Running time 25 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Fox Kids (USA)
TV Asahi (Japan)
Original run 19971998
Chronology
Preceded by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV series)
Followed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series)

Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (abbreviated to NT:TNM) or Saban's Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation is a American/Japanese live-action television series produced by Saban Entertainment and Toei, which ran on the Fox Kids network from 1997-1998. The short-lived series was based loosely from Mirage Studios' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The series introduced many new elements to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saga, including new central antagonists, an army of humanoid dragons known as "The Rank" led by the vicious Dragonlord. It was touted (in some of the promotional material) as a continuation of the 1987 TV series, but by the period of time it aired it turned apparent that this was not the case. Instead, the series apparently followed the continuity of the live-action films. The Turtles lived in the same abandoned train station featured in the second and third films, and Splinter's ear is slashed as it was in the original film. However, most fans tend to regard the films and the series as two separate entities, citing differing styles, The Shredder being alive (and no longer Super Shredder), the absence of April O'Neil and Casey Jones

In the second episode, Leonardo states that the turtles are not biologically related, which is indeed different, as all other forms of TMNT media specifically states that the Turtles are blood-relatives.

The most prominent new element was the inclusion of a female mutant turtle called Venus de Milo; named after the famous statue. Other notable differences were found in the Turtles' weapons; Leonardo carried one double-bladed ninjatō instead of two katana (though he was shown to own two in a few episodes); Raphael's twin sai could combine to make a staff; and because nunchaku are outlawed in several places, Michelangelo's signature weapon in this series was a pair of tonfa. Similarly, the name of the series was amended in several countries to Hero Turtles: The Next Mutation under censorship ruling. [1][2]

Contents

Cast

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Turtles & Allies

Enemies

Episode guide

Ep # Episode Name
01 "East Meets West" Part 1
02 "East Meets West" Part 2
03 "East Meets West" Part 3
04 "East Meets West" Part 4
05 "East Meets West" Part 5
06 "Staff of Bu-Ki"
07 "Silver & Gold"
08 "Meet Dr. Quease"
09 "All in the Family"
10 "Trusting Dr. Quease"
11 "Windfall"
12 "Turtles Night Out"
13 "Mutant Reflections"
14 "Truce Or Consequence"
15 "Sewer Crash"
16 "Going Ape"
17 "Enemy of My Enemy"
18 "King Wick"
19 "The Good Dragon"
20 "The Guest"
21 "Like Brothers"
22 "Unchain My Heart" Part 1
23 "Unchain My Heart" Part 2
24 "Unchain My Heart" Part 3
25 "Unchain My Heart" Part 4
26 "Who Needs Her"

Outside of The Next Mutation, the Turtles also guest-starred alongside the Power Rangers in the Power Rangers in Space episode "Shell Shocked." This originally aired February 21, 1998 in the United States on Fox Kids, and has the Turtles brainwashed by Astronema and forced to fight the Rangers. When the Rangers break Astronema's control, they and the Turtles defeat Astronema's forces. But before departing, the Turtles have one request from the Rangers and, at the end, are seen space surfing on their Galaxy Gliders.

Venus de Milo

The show's most notable contribution to the Turtles mythos was a fifth mutant turtle, a female named Venus de Milo (initially named Mei Pei Chi), was skilled in the mystical arts of the shinobi and wears a light blue mask that was braided in the back, giving the appearance of a ponytail. However, some mistake her in utilizing Kung Fu rather than ninjitsu due to many of her fighting techniques and tools. Venus was portrayed by Nicole Parker and voiced by Lalainia Lindbjerg.

Cancellation

The show was cancelled in the summer of 1998. Shortly after the live-action series was cancelled, there were plans for an animated version of the series, but this never materialized.

The cancellation of the show marked the first time that the Turtles were off TV screens for a protracted period since the animated series debuted in 1987. A new animated series would eventually begin airing in 2003.

DVD Release

The complete series of the heavily-edited "Hero Turtles" version has been released on DVD in the UK by Jetix Films. The series in divided between 2 Volumes, containing 3 discs each. Volume 1 was released in July 2007 and Volume 2 was released in February 2008. At the moment there is still no plan for any US release. However, some foreign territories have released the full-length form of episodes only in their native languages, including Germany, France, Israel, Poland and Italy.

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