Four karate-leaping, pizza-scarfing, sewer-dwelling and mutated turtle dudes fighting crime with a rat for a mentor and a leggy human gal sidekick? Sure … that could work.
What started out in 1984 as a black-and-white comic out of Massachusetts with a microscopic print run grew to become the improbable kiddie phenomenon of the ’80 s and ’90s, and a money-printing juggernaut to this day. Armed with a tax refund and a small loan, artists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird turned an inside-joke of then-current comic-book fads into toys and cartoons. The fighting amphibians reached critical mass with this winning 1990 big-screen debut, featuring animatronics from the Jim Henson company, but it wasn’t until the sequel when Vanilla Ice dropped the immortal, "Go Ginja, Go Ninja Go!"
Midnight on Friday and Saturday July 31- Aug. 1 at the Landmark Main Art Theatre, 118 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-263-2111.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.