Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (also known as Hero Turtles: The Next Mutation in the UK) is an American-Canadian live-action television series produced by Saban Entertainment, which ran on the Fox Kids network from September 12th 1997 to March 20th 1998 based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles published by Mirage Studios. As of September 16, 2011, the series is distributed by Saban Brands, as Saban regained the rights to the show from Disney, only for the rights to be transferred to Hasbro in 2018. It is also made to cash in on the success of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as well.
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.
Why It Sucks
- Somewhat poor acting.
- Horrible and painful soundtrack.
- Cringeworthy and poorly made fighting scenes, which are made even more cheesy with cartoony sound effects.
- The Rank is just the Foot Clan but with dragons.
- False advertising: The show was advertised as a continuation of the 1987 cartoon. However, it barely has anything to do with that series. Instead, it has a loose connection to the 1990's film trilogy.
- The turtles don't even act like actual Ninja Turtles. They instead act more like Power Rangers.
- Venus De Milo was a controversial addition to the TMNT lore.
- It killed off the popularity of TMNT for a while, until its comeback in 2003 with the animated series co-produced by Mirage Studios and 4Kids Entertainment.
- As stated above, it's pretty much more like a clone of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers than an actual TMNT TV series.
- The costumes are extremely cheap, there's even an episode where there's a big torn part of Venus' costume under her armpit.
- The show coined the controversial concept that the turtles aren't actually related.
- April O'Neil and Casey Jones aren't anywhere in this show.
- The Hero Turtles version removes certain scenes for mostly stupid reasons.
- The costumes, although cheap, are better than both the ones in TMNT III, and the ones in Turtle Tunes and We Wish You A Turtle Christmas.
- Dragon Lord is a very intimidating main antagonist, compared to most replacements for the Shredder.
- Speaking of Power Rangers, the show actually had a crossover with Power Rangers In Space. While the latter is great, the crossover was rather mediocre.
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation was panned by critics. Backlash came for how the characters were portrayed. It currently sits at a 4.4/10 on IMDb.
Almost every Ninja Turtle Fan considers this the worst of the whole franchise. It ranked #4 on WatchMojo's Top 10 Worst TV Shows of All Time.
- Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation was one of the spin-offs of the franchise not acquired by Nickelodeon. Hasbro currently owns the rights as a Power Rangers spin-off.
- This series was originally envisioned as the fourth TMNT movie, taking place after TMNT III, which would explain why the series has a connection to the movies rather than the cartoon series and that it uses some of the leftover sets and props from those movies.