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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme Song, for the 1987 TV series is the most iconic song in the franchise. The instrumental version plays during the action scenes and the end credits. In the Red Sky episodes, the song was remade.

Lyrics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Heroes in the half shell
Turtle Power!


They're the world's most fearsome fighting team (We're really hip!)
They're heroes in a half shell and they're green (Hey - get a grip!)
When the evil Shredder attacks
These turtle boys don't cut him no slack


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Splinter taught them to be ninja teens (He's a radical rat!)
Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines (That's a fact, jack!)
Raphael is cool but (c)rude (Gimmie a break!)*
Michelangelo is a party dude (Party!)


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Heroes in the half shell
Turtle Power!

Intro on YouTube

Censored UK version

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

Heroes in a half-shell

Turtle power!

They're the world's most fearsome fighting team (We're really hip!)

They're heroes in a half-shell and they're green (Hey - get a grip!)

When the evil Shredder attacks

These turtle boys don't cut him no slack!

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

Splinter taught them to be fightning teens (He's a radical rat!)

Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines (That's a fact, jack!)

Raphael is cool but (c)rude (Gimme a break!)

Michelangelo is a party dude (Party!)

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

Heroes in a half shell

Turtle power!

2nd Version

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Turtle Power!
They're the world's most fearsome fighting team
They're heroes in a half shell and they're green
When the evil Shredder attacks
Turtles fight back
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Turtle Power!

Trivia

  • In the European version a few words were replaced in the song, Ninja Turtles to Hero Turtles and ninja teens to fighting teens. Also the scene with Michelangelo's nunchaku were removed and was replaced with footage from the show.
  • This song was used by the Disney MGM Studios for the TMNT performance.
  • The Red Sky version of the theme song remained unchanged in the 9th and 10th seasons even though they had Lord Dregg replace the Shredder as the main antagonist.
  • Chuck Lorre, the famous sitcom creator's, first real television credit was penning the lyrics for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song.
  • Two sitcoms created by Lorre mentioned the theme song.
    • In Two and a half Men the main character, Charlie, tells his nephew, Jake, this theme song was one of his first works and plays its beginning on the piano.
    • In The Big Bang Theory Sheldon sings the beginning of the theme song while listing his favorite theme songs of all time. His friends Leonard, Howard and Raj follow him saying "turtle power" at the end.
  • Lorre also voiced the "get a grip" part of the song.
  • Some of the song's lyrics have been re-used for the openings of the 2012 TV series and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Michelangelo often hums this theme song in the 2012 TV series.
  • This theme song is also the T-Phones ringtone in the 2012 TV series.
  • In the 2014 film, the theme song was referenced via the honking of the Turtle Van's horn.
  • Whilst not a reference to the theme itself, in the game Injustice 2 one of Raphael's taunt animations depicts him splat his pizza towards the camera, which references the opening animation where his 1987 TV counterpart did the same thing.

Crude or Rude?

Throughout the years, it has been disputed whether the theme song defines Raphael as "cool but crude" or "cool but rude". The dispute stems from the fact both terms have similar meanings, both can apply to the character, and multiple official sources using both terms:

External Links

Chuck Lorre on writing the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" theme song

Chuck Lorre on writing the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" theme song