Welcome to Episode 255 of Turtle Soup Podcast! On this episode we do our best to review the live action stage show titled TMNT Live Auckland, New Zealand 1990. This live show is a collaboration with a New Zealand children’s television programming block called EBS (Early Bird Special?) and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s an officially licensed program from Mirage Studios and was filmed in front of a live audience at the height of Turtle mania. It mashes up elements from the TMNT 1987 Animated Series and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990 Movie Soundtrack with lots of dancing, puppets, and crowd participation!
The only real redeeming factor (and main reason for our coverage of this) is that this show features full on live action costumes for Bebop and Rocksteady! After being snubbed by the 90s live action Turtles movies, we felt like it was important enough to mention this brief live appearance of two of our favorite TMNT villains as to our knowledge, this is all they get for this time period of Ninja Turtle hype.
That being said, the actual stage show is very dark to presumably mask some of the costumes short comings. Which is a great idea for those in attendance but makes for an almost irritating TV viewing experience. Luckily, we braved through the almost hour long mire of puppets cracking jokes, children dancing, more puppets playing a strange song about a toxic relationship with a character called “Johnny Lee,” and a ballet that is an interpretive dance version of the 1990 TMNT movie soundtrack cut T.U.R.T.L.E. Power, all so you don’t have to.
Personal Garbage: 6:51
Post Show: 2:19:10
- Are you a fan of these types of live shows?
- Did you happen to witness this in person?
- Why do you think we didn’t have more of these types of shows in the U.S.A.?
- What did you think of the costumes?
- Do you think Bebop and Rocksteady are overhyped or underrated?
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Here’s the link to the video we’re reviewing: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Live Auckland, New Zealand 1990 – https://youtu.be/REwgqPjwZlo
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