Why did the change hero turtles to ninja?

Does anyone remember Teenage mutant HERO turtles?

Now the ninja turtles have, like, no eyes. D:

And there not the same Pizza loving party dudes anymore!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    [edit] Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

    The title screen from the TMHT version due to the Censorship.Upon TMNT's first arrival in the United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Poland, Austria and Germany, the name was changed to "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" (or TMHT, for short), since local censorship policies deemed the word ninja to have excessively violent connotations for a children's program. (although in Ireland the first season aired as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" before changing to "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles")[9] Consequently, everything related to the Turtles had to be renamed before being released in these nations (comic books, video games, toys, etc.) The lyrics were also changed, such as changing "Splinter taught them to be ninja teens" to the "Splinter taught them to be fighting teens."

    The policies also had other effects, such as removing use of Michaelangelo's nunchaku (which were at the time banned from appearing in even 18-rated movies) and generally toning down the usage of all the turtles' weapons. After many seasons of never using his nunchaku, they eventually disappeared entirely, replaced by a turtle shell shaped grappling hook called the "Turtle Line".

    However, when the live-action movie came out in 1990, the "Ninja" of the title was kept even in the UK. In time, nunchaku scenes were retained in previously-censored movies such as those of Bruce Lee.

    By the time of the 2003 TV series, these censorship policies had been abolished, and no changes have occurred in the content of the show. The name "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" remained unchanged for the 2003 TV series. As a result, in the UK, the 1987 TV series is still called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and the 2003 TV series is called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, hence a disambiguation between the two TV series

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    Does anyone remember Teenage mutant HERO turtles?

    Now the ninja turtles have, like, no eyes. D:

    And there not the same Pizza loving party dudes anymore!

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  • 3 years ago

    Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

  • 3 years ago

    Hero Turtles

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  • Karen
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    The correct name is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When offered, the BBC bought the UK rights and demanded the name be changed as they thought the word "Ninja" had violent connotations. The makers eventually came up with "Hero" to replace "Ninja", which made the BBC happy. They also changed the theme music. More evidence that Auntie Beeb believes we can't think for ourselves.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it was the other way around. teenage mutant ninja turtles was originally a comic, and had been for many years, then they made the toys, and then the 80's tv show. these were all called teenage mutant ninja turtles. but then when they tried to sell the show to us in the uk they thought it was too violent a name, so they only agreed to show it if our version could be changed to teenage mutant hero turtles.

    to be fair, the new series is a hell of alot more close to the original comics and how the turtles actually are. the first cartoon was really camp and kinda ruined them, even tho its what most of us remember.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yeh I remember having a VCR of the killer pizzas. Remember they put them in the microwave and they turned into monsters haha. That was the Hero turtles. Times change.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yea but ninja's are like the shizzzzzz

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They were always called ninja but were softened to hero in the UK

  • 1 decade ago

    I think the term HERO was first used in the kids TV series, which considered 'ninja' to convey unnecessary violence. This was in the early nineties, when the 'TV Violence' debate was in full swing.

    And yeah, they look weeeird now!! :)

    • ?5 years agoReport

      nope.. at least in the USA it was always Ninja from the debut of the series (1987). I just ran across this TMHT stuff in a documentary about the series and how they had to change the name in Europe. Nice to know its not just the USA that's crazy with some of their weird stuff.

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