Watch: A Stop-Motion Re-Creation of Original TMNT Cartoon Titles

March 2, 2012
Source: Geek Tyrant

TMNT Cartoon Stop-Motion Titles

Though normally taking cues from television isn't our bag, this was just too good to pass up. After all, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have had four major motion pictures to date, so there's plenty of movie fans who love them some adolescent, expert martial artist, teenage amphibians. Director Kyle Roberts has made this spectacular stop-motion animated re-creation of the 1987 cartoon featuring Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo fighting Shredder, Krang and their insane Technodrome. Using a combination of action figures and hand-drawn backdrops, this is just a spectacular piece of work. Watch the video below!

Here's the stop-motion Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon opening credits via Geek Tyrant:

At the video page, it says, "With over 4,000 individual pictures, Kyle Roberts and crew wanted to recreate the nostalgic 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon introduction in stop motion. Artist, Nathan Poppe, created over 60 hand-drawn images to establish a bright and vibrant backdrop to complement Roberts' use of action figures. The original TMNT theme song was covered by Oklahoma native band, The Boom Bang, in their 'garage surf punk' style. Each of these pieces can stand alone by themselves, but when infused together they create a radical tribute." In addition, the Toy and Action Figure Museum, curated by Kevin Stark, who designed many of the pieces in the original 1990 TMNT toy line, sponsored the video. Pretty cool, right?

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Not really. 

franumple on Mar 2, 2012


Yea, I'm not too sure why this is on the site as it has nothing to do with film.  I could see it on geeksofdoom or funnyordie, but I don't think it fits here.  Whatever though, it's your site so you can post whatever you want and I will still consume it.

peloquin on Mar 2, 2012


Goodness, I'm sorry. I didn't realize this was so out of it! I thought it was a fun, throwback, awesome video, no worries. It's fairly quiet today, wanted to toss it up for fun.

Alex Billington on Mar 2, 2012


had to turn it off due to the horrible rendition of the theme song. 

quityosleanin on Mar 2, 2012


Have to agree while I though it was a pretty accurate portrayal of the title sequence the version of the theme song they used was atrocious. Might have had something to do with copyright why they did not use the original one from the cartoon though.

Gbmv on Mar 3, 2012


Please take this crap off such a waste of time. I would rather watch deleted scenes from the Jack and Jill movie

Cameron86 on Mar 2, 2012


Really? Jack and Jill, with three Razzie nominations? Over some good ole Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fun? Aw man...

Alex Billington on Mar 2, 2012


I actually loved it and I'm kinda envious of the guys that were able to create this tribute.

Chucho on Mar 2, 2012


That song was horrible. And the stop motion just wasn't very well done. Not saying I could even start to do it, but it isn't ready for production like this.

ccoltmanm on Mar 2, 2012


I thought it was cool. 

Thanos on Mar 2, 2012


Cowabunga Dude!

Ron on Mar 2, 2012


I dig it. I'm a huge Turtles fan, and grew up with that cartoon. Any homage to it that is well done and took care to create is alright by me.

grimjob on Mar 2, 2012


I liked it, the theme song bugged me but I was surprised it ran so smoothly, I expected it to be as choppy as...I dunno claymation or something

Barbara Ruiz on Mar 2, 2012


Well by the comments I guess you just have to be a fan to appreciate this WORK OF ART. So many memeries of awesomeness flooding back. And another win for the Oklahoma boys... Good post Alex, good post. Always With love, and a kiss John stamos

John stamos on Mar 2, 2012


 Fully agree, incredibly well done, and the shot for shot imagery of the original intro was stunning. Especially considering everything you saw on screen was real!

BMN667 on Mar 4, 2012


god damn... shredder 

DoomCanoe on Mar 2, 2012


I'm pretty cynical and generally moan about everything, but some folks need to lighten up slightly. Yep the music was pretty loud, more so loud than annoying, but the animation was good. Also those figures are great too, are those the original ones released in America? The one's we got were quite different. I still love the Turtles, the original comics were amayo-naising too. Fair play to you Alex, it's your site, do whatever you want with it!

Crapola on Mar 3, 2012


 main thing i loved was featuring legend...bruce lee

A5J4DX on Mar 3, 2012


The cover song was dreadful, and they should have used Playmates figures instead of the NECA TMNT line to be more authentic to the time period being recreated.

Max Renn on Mar 4, 2012


LOVED IT! Thanks for sharing this.

George Caltsoudas on Mar 4, 2012


dude, you guys need to get over the sunday morning critiques.. these guys did a damn good job with the stop motion, thats a lot of hard work and they did it pretty smooth.  I am willing to bet that none of the people bitching and moaning here can do little more than type (and using one or two fingers at a time-not even the correct typing standard) and have never done a creative thing in their lives (other than come up with goofy names) all you can contribute to society is your opinion and a reminder "Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one"  Including this a-hole. happy sunday, thanks alex.

theMatrixSucksAss on Mar 4, 2012

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