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Old 03-11-2017, 02:23 AM   #21
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Also I'm sure the "Big Bug Blunder" is based on some kind of old 50's movie with giant bugs roaming a city.
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Old 03-11-2017, 04:35 AM   #22
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Also I'm sure the "Big Bug Blunder" is based on some kind of old 50's movie with giant bugs roaming a city.
"Them!" from 1954?
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Old 03-11-2017, 05:50 AM   #23
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There was a parody of Freddy Krueger in one episode.

More non-80s references
Casey Jones' voice was based on Dirty Harry. I think he even used the famous "you feel lucky punk?" line at one point if memory serves right.
Baxter's computer buddy felt reminiscent of Hal from 2001: A space odyssey.
AI-computer inside spacecraft is a common sciece fiction theme in general.
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Old 03-11-2017, 09:40 AM   #24
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Damn, so many movie references. There's more than I realized.

Also I wonder if "Planet of the Turtles," (the Season 4 ep, not the Turtleoid planet), was based on Planet of the Apes. C'mon, an all-Turtle planet with that name? Seemed like a Planet of the Apes reference.
I'd say the season 7 ep "Escape from Planet of the Turtleoids" was a parody of Escape from Planet of the Apes.

The Season 6 ep "Phantom of the Sewers" was a parody of Phantom of the Opera.

The season 3 ep "Invasion of the Turtle Snatchers" derived its title from Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
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Attack of the Killer Pizzas monster design is definitely a homage to the aliens from the Alien franchise...
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Old 03-11-2017, 03:35 PM   #26
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The Mean Machines? That computer always reminded me of Andross form SNES Star Fox. Although the episode pre-dates the game. I wonder if both drew inspiration from the same source?
Boy now that you mention it, he really does, doesn't he.

While not necessarily a "movie" reference, to this day whenever I hear "book em Danno" I think to myself IT'S "book em Donno"!!!
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7. Maac the robot from the future in Season 3 is also vaguely based on Terminator.
That was mimicking Johnny Five from the Short Circuit movies than it was Terminator.

As for others, can't think of any off hand. But I like how AVGN did his TMNT review where he discusses the original toon, and says how a lot of the titles were based off of old 50s/60s B sci-fis. Skip ahead to 8:06 -




EDIT: Now that I've rewatched this review, another 80s reference would be Freddy Kruger.
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3. "Rondo In New York" from Season 4 is based on Rambo/Sylvester Stallone. The movie actor who becomes real jumping out of the cinema.
Wasn't that Last Action Hero with Arnold?
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Wasn't that Last Action Hero with Arnold?
Rondo is based on Rambo though, hence the name. He also looks like Sylvester Stallone.
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Rondo is based on Rambo though, hence the name. He also looks like Sylvester Stallone.
So its a double reference and/or it came out before LAH... cool.
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It came out before Last Action Hero. I just remembered the "Creepy Eddie" one that others mentioned as a Freddy Krueger reference, as well. Incredible Shrinking Turtles was also one, I believe. Or Funny, They Shrunk Michelangelo. Both probably nods to Fantastic Journey or other movies from the 50's-70's with people getting shrunk down.

And Baxter's computer "pal" probably WAS based on HAL. What about the Starchild? I seem to remember thinking he was based on something else, but I can't pinpoint it.
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I think April's aunt Agatha was based on Jessica Fletcher.
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I think April's aunt Agatha was based on Jessica Fletcher.
I'd say it's a combination between the character of Jessica Fletcher and Agatha Christie.
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Agreed. Murder, She Wrote was popular around that time.
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Was the episode, "Combat Land" a parody? An amusement park or area where all robots or attractions go out of control and try to kill people?
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Was the episode, "Combat Land" a parody? An amusement park or area where all robots or attractions go out of control and try to kill people?
Combat Land was a parody alright. It was based on the film Westworld.

Never realised that there were so many movie references in the Fred Wolf toon until reading this thread.
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Indeed. I also imagine "The Incredible Shrinking Turtles" is based on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids?

There were also a few time travel plots in the OT which I assume is based on any sci-fi time travel story.
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Old 03-13-2017, 12:15 PM   #38
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TMNT has always been a pop culture collage, every version pays homage to various films, comics, etc. I love it. & ever since Turtlemania hit, hundreds (thousands?) of other new series' have referenced the TMNT themelves, so they've come full circle.
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TMNT has always been a pop culture collage, every version pays homage to various films, comics, etc. I love it. & ever since Turtlemania hit, hundreds (thousands?) of other new series' have referenced the TMNT themelves, so they've come full circle.
It's no wonder that big TMNT fans also tend to be big movie buffs.
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Yeah that's why I don't understand why some people complain the Nick show has too many horror movie references or sci-fi references or whatever, because every previous TMNT series did the same thing. The Mirage comics were full of them, the whole space arc and Fugitoid are based on Star Wars respectively.

The 2k3 series had a lot of references to movies too like The Matrix, Rage against the Machines, all the mystic stuff was anime inspired, etc.
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