I will admit it: I watched the Power Rangers when I was a kid. I was also a big fan of the Ninja Turtles, the movies and the cartoon. But by the time both series got into their later iterations, I wasn’t watching them as much. Which is probably a good thing. Just… just look at this video.
OK, first and foremost, I need to address what might be the most horrific abomination in this video. Namely, the presence of Venus, the fifth ninja turtle. It was bad enough that they added a fifth ninja turtle. The first thing I said when I watched the video was, “Wait, did I just see five? No, that can’t be right… oh my GOD, I just counted five!” But that wasn’t as bad as seeing how creepy the design of Venus is. Look at this picture, courtesy of Wikipedia:
Ugh, it’s hard to even look that that picture. It’s so very furry-friendly. It might be worse that Alicia Silverstone’s Batgirl suit. I also have a big problem with her name. The rest of the turtles were named after legendary artists… and she is named after a picture, the work of a male artist. Couldn’t they have found a good female artist to name her after? Maybe Frida?
The other thing that really bothered me is that the Power Rangers exclaimed, “OMG, it’s the Ninja Turtles!” If the Turtles are supposed to be a secret within New York, how the heck do the Power Rangers know about them? This will probably only matter to my fellow 20-somethings who grew up with the movies and cartoon, but it just bugged me.
For those of you who grew up with the original shows, did you cringe as much as I did? Do you think there could have been a way to make a good crossover of these two series?
I don't think I'll ever be same again. Watching the execution of a franchise right in front of you changes you from the core. I too grew up with the cartoons, movies, comics, action figures, etc. I had bed sheets and four individual pillows as each turtle. How can they even justify her existence based on the original story. I don't know how to feel.
I grew up loving the Turtles and enjoying Power Rangers, but when watching that clip I just thought, "Oh no… just… no." I'm OK with kids these days having shows that aren't as good as the ones we grew up with, but when they take something we loved and make it even crappier it makes me really quite sad!
One counterpoint, though, is that sometimes the things we thought were awesome when we were growing up really don't hold up well at all when viewing them again. I tried watching some of the original Transformers cartoons a little while ago, and across 4 different seasons there were maybe a dozen episodes that I'd still consider good. Sometimes it's best to just let your memories stay just that; as memories.
Would this make anyone roll over in their grave?