Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation

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Ninja Turtles:
The Next Mutation
Ninja Turtles, The Next Mutation.png
GenreAction
Adventure
Comedy
Drama
Science fantasy
Superhero
Based on
Voices ofMichael Dobson
Kirby Morrow
Jason Gray-Stanford
Matt Hill
Stephen Mendel
Lalainia Lindbjerg
Christopher Gaze
Lee Tockar
Theme music composerJeremy Sweet
Composer(s)Larry Seymour
Jeremy Sweet
Shuki Levy
Kussa Mahchi
Country of originUnited States
Canada
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Haim Saban
Lance H. Robbins
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)Saban Entertainment
Mirage Studios
DistributorSaban International
Release
Original networkFox (Fox Kids)
Original releaseSeptember 12, 1997 –
May 15, 1998

Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation is an American live-action television series produced by Saban Entertainment, which ran on the Fox Kids network from 1997 to 1998 based on the fictional superhero team.[1] As of August 24, 2018, the series is distributed by Allspark, the entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc.[citation needed], and the characters are owned by Viacom.[2]

The series introduced many new elements to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, including a female mutant turtle called Venus (named after the famous statue) and new central antagonists, an army of humanoid dragons known as "The Rank" led by the vicious Dragonlord.

The series was touted (in some of the promotional material) as a continuation of the 1987 TV series,[citation needed] but the series instead loosely followed the continuity of the 1990s live-action film trilogy.[citation needed] The Turtles lived in the same abandoned train station featured in the second and third films, Shredder's face is clawed as it was in the original film,[citation needed] and Splinter's ear is slashed as it was in the original film.[citation needed] However, the films and the series display differing styles, Shredder is alive (and no longer Super Shredder), and April O'Neil and Casey Jones are absent. In a departure from other TMNT continuities, Leonardo states in the second episode that the Turtles are not blood-related, while other media explicitly present the Turtles as biological siblings.[citation needed]

Other notable differences were found in the Turtles' weapons; Leonardo carries one double-bladed ninjatō instead of two katana (though he was shown to own two in a few episodes), Donatello has a metal staff instead of a wooden staff, Raphael's twin sai could combine to make a staff; and Michaelangelo's signature weapon was a pair of tonfa (his weapon of choice in other media, nunchucks, are outlawed in several places). Further, the name of the series was amended in several European countries to Hero Turtles: The Next Mutation under various censorship rulings, as with most output of the franchise. The series was partly based on a never released fourth film in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: The New Mutation.[3][4]

The series was shot in Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.[5]

In 2011, Saban regained the rights to the show from Disney Enterprises, who acquired the Saban Entertainment and Fox Kids/Fox Children’s Productions libraries since 2001.[6][7][8] In 2018, the rights were transferred to Allspark Studios alongside the properties of Power Rangers and Power Rangers-related series.[citation needed] Underlying rights to the original characters have been owned by Nickelodeon since 2009.[2]

Plot[edit]

During their fight against the Foot Clan, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet a new turtle named Venus de Milo who uses her skills to defeat Shredder and disband the Foot Clan. Afterwards, she helps the Turtles when the Rank led by Dragon Lord escape from their enchanted glass in a plot to take over the world.

Characters[edit]

Turtles[edit]

  • Leonardo (performed by Gabe Khouth and Shishir Inocalla, voiced by Michael Dobson) – During the course of the series, Leo has sought new ways to learn how to combat enemies such as the Rank and Simon Bonesteel.
  • Raphael (performed by Mitchell A. Lee Yuen and Dean Choe, voiced by Matt Hill) – Raph appears to see Bonesteel as his personal enemy, having an entire episode with him.
  • Michelangelo (performed by Jarred Blancard and Larry Lam, voiced by Kirby Morrow) – The self-proclaimed "Prince of All Media" runs a pirate radio show from the Turtles' jeep.
  • Donatello (performed by Richard Yee and David Soo, voiced by Jason Gray-Stanford) – A fan of the somewhat insane Dr. Quease, Donnie has tried working with him on a way to send the enemies from the Rank back into the Enchanted Mirror.
  • Venus de Milo (performed by Nicole Parker and Leslie Sponberg, voiced by Lalainia Lindbjerg) – A fifth Turtle. She was in the jar the others were in, and doused with ooze. However, she ended up in Chinatown, where Chung found her. She was raised as a shinobi, a mystical version of a ninja. She often gets sayings mixed up, no matter how much her new family attempts to help.

Allies[edit]

  • Splinter (performed by Fiona Scott, voiced by Stephen Mendel) – Splinter is usually not involved with the Turtles' antics, often imparting advice or yelling at them about the noise of their vehicles. He will often play chess at night with his blind human friend Andre.
  • Chung I (portrayed by Tseng Chang, voiced by Dale Wilson) – An old friend of Splinter's and Venus' foster father. He trained Venus as a Shinobi, but was killed by the Dragon Lord after the latter used Chung as a conduit to allow his forces to escape their prison dimension and reach the Realm of Dreams. He was also a foe of the vampire Vam Mi, having stolen her heart after defeating her. This later led her to seek revenge on Venus.
  • Andre (portrayed by Len Gibson) – A blind man, whom Splinter often plays chess with in the park. During "The Guest" he is evicted from his apartment and given refuge with the Turtles. However, he constantly (much to their frustration) grabbed and messed with everything, nearly injuring them.
  • Bongo – The giant gorilla is hiding in the same house. Raphael and Bonesteel are forced to temporarily work together to escape the predicament in one piece, after which Raphael befriends the escaped gorilla.

Enemies[edit]

  • Foot Clan – The Foot of this series appear a lot more clumsy and less intelligent (due to comic relief values), much to Shredder's irritation. The Foot Clan is implied to have battled the Turtles constantly for many years, as the Turtles are now 18 years old. When Splinter falls ill, the full fury of the Foot Clan is unleashed upon the Turtles' lair, which has recently been discovered by them. The sheer numbers of the expanding Foot Clan easily overwhelm the Turtles in combat and Shredder then prepares to finish them off, vowing to destroy their leader as well. However, Venus de Milo uses her Shinobi magic, drives Shredder insane by calling the true Oroku Saki to the surface to take control, thereby destroying the Shredder, seemingly forever. Afterwards, the Foot Clan disbands.
    • Shredder (portrayed by Patrick Pon, voiced by Doug Parker) – The Shredder appeared in the five–part episode "East Meets West" when he and the Foot Ninjas discovered the Turtles' hideaway. When Venus de Milo came into view, she uses her shinobi abilities to defeat the Shredder, presumably for good and the Foot was disbanded. In the episode "Enemy Of My Enemy", his alias of Oroku Saki was later found on the streets when Dragon Lord's soldiers attack him in order to obtain a ninja amulet called the Golden Shuriken. After Dragon Lord's forces were busy fighting the Turtles, Oroku Saki was defeated and later seen in a deserted alley with the amulet in his possession where he has appeared to have unlocked the power of the ninja amulet and laughs maniacally.
  • Rank – The Rank is a group of evil dragons that were trapped in an enchanted glass until they escaped.
    • Dragon Lord (performed by Gerald Wong, voiced by Christopher Gaze) – Leader of the Rank and the King of all Dragons. He and his forces were trapped in an enchanted glass years ago and have now escaped. Dragon Lord was the first evil dragon and his charisma lead to other dragons joining him, and thus the banishing of his entire race.
    • Wick (performed by Adam Behr and Bill Terezakis, voiced by Lee Tockar) – A small dragon who is Dragon Lord's sidekick. He once drank a power potion he created by accident, temporarily gaining a deep, echoing, English voice along with new powers.
    • Rank Lieutenant (portrayed by Andrew Kavadas) – The head of Dragon Lord's army. He is distinguished from the other by his violet hood.
    • Good Dragon – Member of the Rank who has a heart of gold as seen in his titular episode. He saved Venus from an attack from the Lieutenant, ultimately decided to exile himself back into the enchanted glass until Dragon Lord is defeated or he amasses an army of good dragons to rebel against him. His final quote before re–entering the enchanted glass was "either way, I'll be back". Though he did throw Wick out of the enchanted glass afterwards.
  • Dr. Cornelius Quease (portrayed by Simon Webb) – A world–renowned scientist and expert on mutation and other fields. Donatello is a big fan of his and once worked with him on a device that could have re–imprisoned the dragons. He attempts to create various weapons to defeat the turtles. However, Dragon Lord's ego and desire to consume the turtles usually causes them to backfire. He is also quite insane, and an egomaniac. The Dragon Lord refers to him as a "master of the new magic". After joining the Dragon Lord, Quease adds a yellow labcoat to his outfit along with his red gloves and blue work outfit. Dr. Quease wears the three basic colors.
  • Silver (portrayed by Garry Chalk) – The last of the Yetis. Instead of living on top of the mountain, he makes his life by going into the crime business and starting a gang of humans who think of him as the smartest boss around. He can't spell, but is otherwise more sophisticated than his moronic henchmen. For some reason, he was able to find out an old man would win the lottery and broke into his home before he found out himself.
    • Monkey Thief Mick (portrayed by Michael Dobson) – One of Silver's henchmen.
    • Monkey Thief Dick (portrayed by Ronnie Way) – One of Silver's henchmen.
    • Monkey Thief Clarence (portrayed by John Tench) – One of Silver's henchmen.
  • Simon Bonesteel (portrayed by Scott McNeil) – A deranged big game hunter who specializes in hunting endangered animals. He has collected things off of endangered animals like elephant ivories, baby seal pelts, dolphin hides, and mountain gorilla skulls. He considers the Ninja Turtles endangered species as well since there are only five of them as he quotes "I have found a species that will make [all others] seem downright plentiful". Bonesteel possesses a paranoid, anti–social personality and is known to give his weapons female names; he even talks to his weapons, and can be tricked with enough word play. Bonesteel is revealed to have made his home on the roof of an abandoned building. As the series progressed, Bonesteel grew craftier where he logged all the Turtles habits and set traps for them. One such instance is when he attempted to capture Mikey at a pizzeria; another is when the Turtles' instincts have them go out to play frisbee during a full moon. However, Leo also began learning about hunting to counter the traps. In the four–part episode "Unchain My Heart", Simon Bonesteel is also known for hunting supernatural creatures when it came to Vam–Mi and her vampire henchmen. He twice tries forging alliance with them, succeeding with capture and threat of sunlight.
  • Heavy Duke (portrayed by Travis MacDonald) – Leader of the Unknowables Street Gang who ruled the 8th Street neighborhood. In a sense of comedy when they steal a boombox, the owner earned their anger by asking who they were. The joke being well... maybe that's why no–one's heard of you. Upon hearing that Mikey was holding a rave in their neighborhood, Heavy Duke decided to crash it and steal the Animal Rights donatation. Adding onto the comedy, his group constantly got in Bonesteel's way of capturing the Turtles. Tricked by Bonesteel, Heavy Duke attempted to capture the Turtles for the cash the hunter promised would come for them. He and Bonesteel ended up becoming human pinatas, humiliated in front of the crowd.
  • Vampires – Human–shaped creatures which steal the very essence of life. Since this was a children's program, the word "blood" couldn't be used. Instead, the word "plasma" was used.
    • Vam–Mi (portrayed by Kira Clavell, voiced by Saffron Henderson) – A 10,000–year–old female vampire from China. She was previously defeated by Chung I who tore out her heart plunging her into a long sleep. Her henchmen Bing and Chi Chu used a magic potion to awaken her. However, it was a blunder on Chi Chu's part out of missing her since unless Vam–Mi's heart was returned within 96 hours, she would turn into sludge and never be awoken again. The Turtles used Vam–Mi's link to her heart to lure her into a trap where they reduced her to dust with sunlight after she was teleported to her heart by the Elemental Vampire. Chi Chu and Bing collected the ashes.
      • Bing (portrayed by Justin Soon, voiced by Colin Musback) – A deep-voiced male vampire and one of Vam–Mi's henchmen. His appears to be the age of a child. According to himself, he is near 2000.
      • Chi Chu (portrayed by Lauren Attadia, voiced by Sherry Thorson) – A high-pitched female vampire and one of Vam–Mi's henchmen. She appears to be the age of a child. Chi Chu and Bing once stayed at the condemned hotel that serves as their base back when it first open.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1
2
3
4
5
"East Meets West"September 12, 1997 (1997-09-12) (Part 1)
September 19, 1997 (1997-09-19) (Part 2)
September 26, 1997 (1997-09-26) (Part 3)
October 3, 1997 (1997-10-03) (Part 4)
October 10, 1997 (1997-10-10) (Part 5)
Part 1: While Shredder and his Foot Clan continue to hunt the Turtles unsuccessfully, Splinter gets trapped in the Dream Realm while meditating. The Chinese Shinobi master Chung I warns him that the Dragon Lord has caused the Dream Realm to become unstable and is trying to use this disruption as a way to enter the real world. Chung I sends his hooded prized pupil, Mai Pai Chi, from China to New York City to help the now-trapped Splinter. When removing her hood, it is revealed that she is also a mutant turtle.
Part 2: Once meeting up with the Turtles in their lair in New York, Chung I's student explains that she too was mutated along with the Turtles in the sewers of New York City, and that she was washed downstream by herself and was found by Chung I in Chinatown. After being attacked by the Foot Clan, Michaelangelo names her "Venus de Milo", in reference to a statue's head she was carrying after the attack. As a group, they infiltrate the Foot Clan's headquarters and Venus uses her Shinobi magic to destroy Shredder's evil personality and end the Foot Clan.
Part 3: Venus successfully teaches the Turtles how to enter the Dream Realm and they are able to free Splinter, after which he awakens from his meditative state. Unfortunately, the Dragon Lord and his minions (called "The Rank") follow through the portal into the real world as well, and the Dragon Lord vows to kill and eat the Turtles to absorb their mutant powers for himself.
Part 4: The Dragon Lord sets his minion, Wick, and several Rank Dragons out into the world to gather ingredients for an invincibility serum. They are unable to find enough ingredients for more than a few doses, so they attempt to gather the exotic bones they require from the Bronx Zoo. The Turtles intercept them and work together to foil their plan.
Part 5: The Dragon Lord sends more Rank Dragons to the Zoo to finish off the Turtles, equipped with additional does of their invincibility serum. Donatello has discovered that the serum is actually just a placebo, which causes the Rank to retreat from the fight. While the Dragon Lord vows revenge, the Turtles realize that the differences in how they each handle situations is what contributes to making them a great team when working together.
Note: This is a two-hour pilot movie.
6"The Staff of Bu-Ki"October 17, 1997 (1997-10-17)
The Dragon Lord utilizes a time warp to steal the Staff of Bu-Ki, an ancient relic that renders Shinobi magic useless. He successfully lures Venus away from the Turtles in an attempt to neutralize her abilities and defeat her, but the Turtles show up in time to save her, thwarting the Dragon Lord once again.
7"All in the Family"October 24, 1997 (1997-10-24)
The Turtles encounter a poacher in the sewer: Simon Bonesteel. When they find out that he's trying to sell a baby sea turtle on the black market, they realize their innate connection to other turtles and devise a plan to save the baby turtle. Bonesteel is thwarted, but he escapes and vows to catch the Turtles.
8"Silver and Gold"October 31, 1997 (1997-10-31)
The Turtles think Michaelangelo is crazy when he runs into a giant talking gorilla gangster named Silver. When they discover that he's real and attempt to stop him from robbing a vault, Silver locks Venus in the vault with a timed bomb. Donatello hacks the vault's combination in the nick of time, saving Venus from certain doom while Silver escapes into the night.
9"Turtles' Night Out"November 7, 1997 (1997-11-07)
Michaelangelo's pirate radio show, The Sewer Hour, holds a costumed rave to raise money for endangered animals, which gives the Turtles a front for dancing the night away with fellow humans who believe that their appearance as turtles is merely a costume. Unfortunately, Bonesteel shows up and attempts to ruin the party. He ends up being the butt of the joke, and the party raises $1,200 for an endangered animal charity.
10"Meet Dr. Quease"November 14, 1997 (1997-11-14)
Donatello sneaks out to watch a lecture by his favorite eccentric biologist, Dr. Quease. The Rank captures the doctor for his knowledge regarding the science of mutation, and Donatello tries to convince the Turtles to rescue the doctor. When Donatello decides to go it alone, he finds that Dr. Quease has been swayed by the gift of a state-of-the-art laboratory provided by the Dragon Lord, and the Turtles initiate a rescue mission to save Donatello. They save their brother, but Quease remains under the employ of the Dragon Lord.
11"Windfall"November 21, 1997 (1997-11-21)
Silver attempts to steal a winning lottery ticket from an elderly man, but it ends up in Michaelangelo's hands instead. As Michaelangelo thinks of all the different ways he could spend his winnings, Silver makes every attempt to regain possession of the winning ticket. He is ultimately thwarted by the Turtles, and neither Silver nor the Turtles end up with the winning ticket.
12"Truce or Consequences"November 22, 1997 (1997-11-22)
Wick becomes a fan of The Sewer Hour, Michaelangelo's pirate radio show. After hearing a broadcast about rebelling against oppressive authority, the Dragon Lord enacts a plan to lure Michaelangelo by pretending to be fans. The Rank captures Michaelangelo, but the remaining Turtles concoct a plan to save Michaelangelo in which they pretend to surrender to the Dragon Lord.
13
14
15
16
"Unchain My Heart"February 6, 1998 (1998-02-06) (Part 1)
February 13, 1998 (1998-02-13) (Part 2)
February 20, 1998 (1998-02-20) (Part 3)
February 27, 1998 (1998-02-27) (Part 4)
Part 1: Two children in China named Chi Chu and Bing are shown opening a mysterious coffin. An anthropomorphic skeleton rises from the coffin, at which time Chi Chu pours a magical elixir onto the skeleton to give it the form of a human woman. It is revealed that the children are her associates (and are actually 1,200 years old), and that she is a 2,000 year old vampire named "Vam-Mi". She was defeated 17 years ago by Venus's former master Chung I, at which time he removed her heart and stored it in a wooden box while she was locked away in a coffin. She reveals that she needs to find her heart and put it back in place within four days, otherwise she will lose her human illusion will die once and for all. When Bing informs her that Venus (along with the ancient box containing her heart) is now in America, they travel to New York City on a mission to recover her missing heart from Venus. While Bonesteel is trying to ambush the Turtles, Vam-Mi & Co. appear and attack Venus. The Turtles escape, and Venus discovers that the mysterious dried herb in her antique wooden box has now turned into a beating heart.
Part 2: With Bonesteel still unsuccessfully hunting the Turtles, Vam-Mi continues to try to find her heart. Due to her close proximity, the heart begins moving on its own in an attempt to make its way back to her. Venus insists that they need keep it away from her, however the other Turtles are under the impression that they would be better off giving the heart back to Vam-Mi in exchange for her leaving the Turtles alone. While Venus is asleep, Raphael secretly lets the heart out onto the streets by itself in the middle of the night. However, after running into Vam-Mi and hearing her admit that they want to kill Venus, the Turtles change their mind and battle Vam-Mi instead. The vampires are forced to flee when the sun rises, and Raphael secretly returns the heart to Venus while she is still asleep so she wouldn't know that they took the heart and almost gave it back to Vam-Mi.
Part 3: After an argument about whose problem Vam-Mi is, Venus leaves the Turtles to study a pile of ancient Shinobi scrolls by herself, in an attempt to learn a Shinobi magic spell to destroy vampires. Vam-Mi tracks her down and attacks her, however Leonardo appears and saves the day. Bonesteel, who is also currently chasing Venus, obtains Vam-Mi's heart during her confrontation with Vam-Mi. After returning to the Turtles' lair and admitting that she had lost the heart during the fray, Leonardo convinces the Turtles that if they find Bonesteel, they'll find the heart. Both the Turtles and Vam-Mi end up tracking down Bonesteel at the same time, and after a fight between the three parties, Bonesteel captures Vam-Mi & Co. in a cage, while the Turtles end up with the heart back in their possession. They lock the heart in a safe, unsure about what to do with it now that they have it back.
Part 4: Bonesteel negotiates a deal with Vam-Mi & Co. to work together to defeat the Turtles. While the Turtles work on various gadgets with which to locate and fight Vam-Mi, Venus continues to practice Shinobi magic spells to defeat Vam-Mi. She is unsuccessful at first, but is able to finally master the Shinobi spell from her ancient scrolls. The Turtles track down Vam-Mi who proves to be more powerful than they had imagined. Bonesteel takes advantage of the fight and ends up capturing Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael, while Splinter and Venus flee. The Turtles trick Bonesteel and escape back to the lair, where Venus uses her telepathy to commune with the heart. Vam-Mi uses magic to teleport to her heart, and the Turtles ambush her with sunlight. Vam-Mi dissolves into ash and she is finally defeated. Venus reflects on her experiences and realizes that she is now part of the Turtles' family and is a true Shinobi warrior.
Note: This is a second and final two-hour episode.
17"Mutant Reflections"April 6, 1998 (1998-04-06)
Dr. Quease develops several robotic Turtles at the request of the Dragon Lord, and sends them to attack the real Turtles. When Donatello discovers the plot, he infiltrates Dr. Quease's lab and executes a successful plan with the real Turtles to destroy the robots for good.
18"King Wick"April 23, 1998 (1998-04-23)
Wick is exposed to an experimental magic potion that he was brewing to treat the Dragon Lord's headache and suddenly becomes powerful and arrogant. He disables the Dragon Lord with magic and declares himself as "King Wick", with the former Dragon Lord being relegated to his personal companion (now referred to as "Weenie"). After leading an unsuccessful attack on the Turtles, Wick's own magic reverts him back to his former self, forcing him to resume his duties as the Dragon Lord's companion.
19"Like Brothers"April 24, 1998 (1998-04-24)
After an intense sparring session, Leonardo and Raphael argue while recalling the events of several previous episodes in this clip-based recap episode. In the context of a back and forth argument, the events of the "East Meets West" story arc are summarized. Clips from several additional episodes are used to demonstrate each Turtles' thoughts on their interpersonal relationships. Venus reminds the Turtles how they're like brothers and eventually convinces them to make up.
20"Going Ape"April 27, 1998 (1998-04-27)
Raphael runs into Bonesteel as he is out for a motorcycle ride and is chased into an abandoned house. The Rank track Raphael to the house as well. All three parties soon discover that a giant gorilla named Bongo (who escaped from the Bronx Zoo) is hiding in the same house. Raphael and Bonesteel are forced to temporarily work together to escape the predicament in one piece, after which Raphael befriends the escaped gorilla.
21"The Guest"May 4, 1998 (1998-05-04)
Splinter's blind human friend Andre was evicted from his apartment, and Splinter insists that he stays with him in the Turtle lair until he finds a new place to live. On their way to the lair, they bump into Dr. Quease and accidentally swap Andre's walking stick for Quease's experimental "bio-disrupter rod", a new weapon that he is testing for the Dragon Lord which causes biological matter to combust. Although initially resistant, the Turtles quickly befriend Andre due to his kind nature. After Andre leaves, Raphael discovers that Quease is trying to track down Andre to retrieve the bio-disrupter, resulting in Splinter leading an attack on Dr. Quease and The Rank. Venus breaks the bio-disrupter rod causing Quease to flee, while Andre finally moves into a new apartment with the help of Splinter and the Turtles.
22"Trusting Dr. Quease"May 11, 1998 (1998-05-11)
After having a disagreement with the Dragon Lord regarding Dr. Quease's desire to run tests on the Turtles instead of killing them, Dr. Quease reaches out to Donatello to help him further his research on mutation. Donatello agrees despite his fellow Turtles' distrust of Quease, and he soon finds out that Quease is still evil after the Turtles embark on a mission to save Donatello.
23"The Good Dragon"May 12, 1998 (1998-05-12)
The Rank interrupts a game of laser tag between Venus and Raphael, during which Venus discovers a morally conscious "Good Dragon" who saves her during the ambush. He reveals that all dragons were good until the Dragon Lord corrupted them using trickery in the Dream Realm. After a battle between The Rank and the Turtles, the "Good Dragon" confronts the Dragon Lord and voluntarily returns to the Dream Realm via the Glass Prison, vowing to one day come back to the human world to slay the Dragon Lord.
24"Sewer Crash"May 13, 1998 (1998-05-13)
While chatting in an online chat room, Donatello is brainwashed by Silver via a computer virus that exposes him to hypnotic suggestions. Under this hypnosis, Donatello begins committing high-tech jewelry robberies for Silver until Raphael discovers what's going on and helps Donatello escape from Silver's grasp by snapping him out of his hypnotic state by using the trigger word "banana".
25"Enemy of My Enemy"May 14, 1998 (1998-05-14)
Splinter finds Oroku Saki (formerly Shredder), now a beggar, being assaulted by teens. He saves Oroku and brings him back to the Turtles' lair. The Dragon Lord discovers that Oroku possess an ancient battle relic that can increase his power which Oroku stole from Splinter's former master, called the "Golden Shuriken". After Oroku has a disagreement with Splinter and leaves the Turtles' lair, The Rank tracks down Oroku, who ends up escaping with the Golden Shuriken in hand and vows to soon return to his former evil glory.
26"Who Needs Her"May 15, 1998 (1998-05-15)
After making fun of Venus's failure to learn a Shinobi togetherness spell properly, Venus storms out of the lair, leaving the other Turtles magically affixed to each other with Shinobi magic. This is a clip-based recap episode focused around the Turtles' memories of Venus. While stuck together, the "Unchain My Heart" story arc is summarized using clips as the Turtles reminisce, in addition to remembering the events of several other episodes. Splinter is able to undo the spell and the Turtles realize that Venus is indeed a valued member of their family, so they track her down only to find that she had already freed herself from The Rank's grasp. Venus explains why all five Turtles work so well together and, excited and united, they run off to their next adventure.
Note: This is the series finale.

Power Rangers crossover[edit]

Outside of The Next Mutation, the Turtles also guest-starred alongside the Power Rangers in Power Rangers in Space. The end of the episode "Save Our Ship" leads directly into "Shell Shocked," where the Turtles are summoned and brainwashed by Astronema to fight the Rangers. Her control over them is later broken, and they team up with the Space Rangers to battle Astronema's forces. Before returning to New York, the Turtles have one request from the Rangers: space surfing on the Galaxy Gliders.

Venus de Milo[edit]

The show's most notable contribution to the Turtles mythos was a fifth mutant turtle, a female named Venus de Milo (initially named Mei Pieh Chi), who 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. She was also shown to have a lack of knowledge of modern culture and sayings. Venus was portrayed by Nicole Parker and voiced by Lalainia Lindbjerg.

Venus de Milo only appeared in The Next Mutation. In a 2007 interview, director Kevin Munroe elaborated on the instructions Peter Laird gave to him for TMNT. Munroe admitted that among those rules was, "there’s absolutely no mention of Venus de Milo, the female Turtle. You can’t even joke about that with Peter. It’s just one of those things that he hates with a passion."[9][10]

Cancellation[edit]

The show was cancelled in the summer of 1998. 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.

The ratings were not strong enough for Fox to want to continue spending money producing the show. Since they did not own the Ninja Turtles, they did not profit from airing it as much as they would by airing a series that they owned the rights to.

Home video[edit]

The five-part pilot episodes were released in a heavily edited VHS compilation shortly following the series premiere.

The complete series of the "Hero Turtles" version was released on DVD in the UK by Maximum Entertainment in 2004. Some foreign territories have released the full-length form of episodes in their native languages, including Germany, France, Israel, Poland and Italy. Shout! Factory released the first volume of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation on DVD on September 4, 2012.[11] On December 4, 2012 Shout! Factory released the second volume on DVD.[12]

The series is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

VHS[edit]

VHS name Ep No. Release Date Additional Information
East Meets West episode 1-5 highlights 1998[13]
Unchain My Heart 4 1999[13] UK and Australia
All in the Family 3 1998[13] UK only

DVD[edit]

Region 1[edit]

Title Ep No. Release Date Additional Information
Volume One 13 4 September 2012[14] Episodes 1-13
Volume Two 13+2 4 December 2012[15] Episodes 14-26, plus the two Power Rangers in Space crossover episodes: "Save Our Ship" & "Shell Shocked"
East Meets West 7 4 March 2014[16] Episodes 1-7
Turtle Power! 6+2 5 August 2014[17] Episodes 21-26, plus the two Power Rangers in Space crossover episodes: "Save Our Ship" & "Shell Shocked"
The Complete Series 26+2 10 May 2016[18] Episodes 1-26, plus the two Power Rangers in Space crossover episodes: "Save Our Ship" & "Shell Shocked"

Region 2[edit]

Title Ep No. Release Date Additional Information
Volume One 8 2 August 2004[19] Region 2
Volume One, Version Two 5 October 2004[19] Region 2
Volume Two 3 21 March 2005[19] Region 2
Volume Two 15 11 February 2008[19] Region 2

Region 4[edit]

Title Ep No. Additional Information
East Meets West 7 Episodes 1-7
Mutant Reflections 7 Episodes 8-14
The Good Dragon 6 Episodes 15-20
Brothers 6 Episodes 21-26

Broadcast history[edit]

In the United States of America, the show first aired from 1997 to 1998 on Friday afternoons on Fox Kids at 4:30 p.m.[20]

The show was aired in the Republic of Ireland on RTÉ Two from 1998 to 1999.[21]

The show was aired in the United Kingdom on CITV in 1997 to 1998 and then on Fox Kids UK from 1997 to 2003 and then on Kix! from 2012 to 2013.

The show was aired in Australia on Network Ten on 1998 to 2001 and Fox Kids Australia from 1999 to 2000.

The show was aired in India on Star Plus' Fox Kids block from 2003 to 2004 and Nickelodeon Sonic in 2013.

The show was aired in Bulgaria on bTV in the mid-2000s. The edited "Hero Turtles" version was aired.

On January 12, 2013, the United States broadcast rights to Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation were held by Hub Network, which aired the show on Saturday afternoons in 2013.

The show was aired in Serbia on Happy TV in 2012.

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  21. ^ RTÉ Guide: 10–16. December 1998. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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