If you’ve grown up during the 90s and the 2000s, then you probably know about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, or TMNT, has existed for over 32 years now and it has become one of the most popular fictional brands in the world. People definitely love these crime fighting humanoid turtles. Who wouldn’t love them? They’re turtles who mastered the art of Ninjutsu! TMNT isn’t just a popular franchise, it is actually a pop culture phenomenon and the names Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael aren’t just famous artists during the Renaissance, they’re also names of the four teenage mutant ninja turtles that had captured the hearts of kids worldwide.
Even with over three decades of existence, it would seem that TMNT isn’t ready to hit the shelves just yet. In fact, the franchise is actually getting bigger and bigger with another feature film being released this June.
Here are some interesting facts about the teenage mutant ninja turtles that you should definitely know about.
- TMNT started with a silly joke. True TMNT fans would know that the franchise began with a dumb joke one night while Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were both hanging out. Laird was so engrossed with the show he was watching on TV and Eastman wanted to give him a good laugh so he drew a turtle standing upright wearing a mask and carrying a nanchaku. Laird found it very funny and interesting so he began to draw his very own ninja turtle and the rest was history.
- The first TMNT picture was sold for $71,000. Unbelievable right? But it’s true. The picture that Eastman and Laird drew during the night they conceived TMNT was actually bought for $71 thousand but if you consider how successful the franchise is and what its worth, then that really is worth the price.
- Donnie was supposed to be named Bernini. All of the ninja turtles were named after famous Renaissance artists but originally, they were supposed to have Japanese names. However, Laird and Eastman both thought that they didn’t sound silly enough that is why they opted to use Italian Renaissance artist names instead. Donnie was supposed to be named after Gian Lorenzo Bernini, an Italian artist and architect. But they opted to go with Donatello instead so that they’d have another name that ends with ‘o’.
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