Nickelodeon buys Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle license

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"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shares a comedic sensibility with the Nickelodeon DNA, with added layers of action and fantasy that have kept this property an evergreen favorite with multiple generations of audiences. We are extremely happy to have the opportunity to be able to focus on this property and creatively re-introduce it to a new generation of kids." - Cyma Zarghami, President of Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group
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If this was the mid-90's it would have been a good thing, in this day and age however its neither a good or bad thing.

I guess that means THQ will make the games from now on.
 

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I think it's a great idea. I'd love to see the turtles get revived and become as popular as it was when I was watching them as a kid. I don't know how good or popular the series was on 4Kids though. Anyway cool post.. I love the turtles.

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Once ubiquitous kid's franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been acquired by cable's Nickelodeon. The Viacom-owned network has purchased the global rights to the Turtles from The Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment (that produces the current-running TMNT Saturday morning show) in a deal that is estimated at around $60 million.

Additionally (perhaps, most notably,) the deal will also give Nickelodeon complete rights over merchandising, as it continues its decades-old relationship with toy manufacturer, Playmates. (Who made the original Turtles figures back in the late 80's-early 90's heyday.)

The acquisition could be a huge coup for the iconic network, who during the 90's, peaked with franchises like The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rugrats, All That, Doug, among a plethora of others that defined the childhoods of "mid-to-late 80's babies." (Personally, I jumped ship after Pinwheel and Today's Special. Anyone remember those shows?) According to Cyma Zarghami, President of Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group:

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shares a comedic sensibility with the Nickelodeon DNA, with added layers of action and fantasy that have kept this property an evergreen favorite with multiple generations of audiences. We are extremely happy to have the opportunity to be able to focus on this property and creatively re-introduce it to a new generation of kids."

It will be interesting to see how much of a game-changer this acquisition could become. Nickelodeon, along with The Cartoon Network, face some obstacles from a changing field where content distribution has changed, and overall cultural shifts seem to be leading a generation of younger viewers away from their specialty. There could be an argument that the atmosphere is one of a decreasing relevance of the Nickelodeon brand (which hasn't really made an impact during this decade) and even of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. (How long could tentpolling anime and comedic vanity projects in between Family Guy reruns really last?)

With Disney's recent $4 billion acquisition of Marvel, their already prospering cable channels (thanks to the Hannah Montana/Jonas Bros. era teeny-bopper revival) has just become an embarrassment of riches in the department of franchises. Whether the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (a quarter-century old franchise well past its peak in popularity) can serve as a watershed moment towards a Nickelodeon revival is uncertain. What we do know, is that the current TMNT animated series is still set to run on the CW Network's TheCW4Kids Saturday morning programming block until a Aug. 31, 2010 expiration. What will Nickelodeon have in store by then? Yet ANOTHER rebooted animated series? Perhaps they may even be bold enough to produce a live-action series? (In the spirit of countering Disney XD's live-action series, Aaron Stone?) The aforementioned statement by Cyma Zarghami sounded like a rather ambitious mission statement. It certainly doesn't sound like this will climax merely with old TMNT reruns. Rather, it seems that BIG things may be on the horizon.

Cowabunga, dudes -- it looks like we might have a gnarly fight on our hands!

Update: THR is now saying that the plan appears to be a new CGI-animated series, as well as a feature film set for 2012. Personally, I think a live-action series would have brought more momentum. However, you can never tell. Sometimes all it takes is the field to be made up of the right combination of nostalgic adults and children receptive to the mythos and "Turtlemania" could easily be revived.
 

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Well as far as me watching cartoons from NickToons, they can do a great job on the TMNT and not hold back any punches. At least them doing this will give them time to revitalize the series like it was in the old days. X-men Wolverine, anyone? =)
 

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Canonbeat234 said:
Well as far as me watching cartoons from NickToons, they can do a great job on the TMNT and not hold back any punches. At least them doing this will give them time to revitalize the series like it was in the old days. X-men Wolverine, anyone? =)

Wolverine and the X-Men is a well done series but I'm getting the feeling it will be short though since it's close to the halfway point. If this does go on Nicktoons as an exclusive, it will surely be good, trust me TMNT got the best deal, think of what Spiderman is going to get with Disney, they already have one Spiderman series that blows and there will surely be others.
 

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The franchise was going down hill anyway, this might as well be the curb stomp. I watched it as a kid, but nowadays it seems only capable of crappy video games. By that, I mean current, more recent TMNT games, since the older arcade-style ones were excellent.

Oh well. I don't really care.
 

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Vidboy10 said:
Law said:
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I wonder what The Nostalgia Critic thinks of this.

Who gives a shit?
...Was i asking you?

You'd have gotten the same answer from anybody, what you said was the equivalent of saying "hurr hurr i wonder what an unfunny basement nerd would think of this".
 

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Law said:
Vidboy10 said:
Law said:
Vidboy10 said:
I wonder what The Nostalgia Critic thinks of this.

Who gives a shit?
...Was i asking you?

You'd have gotten the same answer from anybody, what you said was the equivalent of saying "hurr hurr i wonder what an unfunny basement nerd would think of this".
Well still, if your just going to say ''Who gives a shit?'' Is pretty fucking pointless.
And really, if i were you i just wouldn't post.
 

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Enjoyed the cartoons for a short while, but it got boring fast. And I don't see what's the big deal about Nickelodeon buying the turtles. It's the same, right?
 

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The GBA TMNT that came out in 2007 was a great game.....that was the last TMNT game that was any good that I remember. It was just like the old arcade games.
 

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Rayder said:
The GBA TMNT that came out in 2007 was a great game.....that was the last TMNT game that was any good that I remember. It was just like the old arcade games.
You mean the movie one? Yeah, that game was awesome. Freaking great beat-'em-up game. Played Battle Nexus, but it wasn't as good as TMNT.
 

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