Release: May 04, 2011 - Author: Forrest - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
The animated TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles about 4 mutated turtles quickly became popular all over the USA back in 1987. Because of the huge success, British companies decided to buy the publication rights for the UK. However, since the laws for the protection of children and youth were way more strict than in the USA, most of the episodes had to be censored. They even altered the title - the word Ninja was replaced by the word Hero. Several episodes either re-dubbed or cut out any dialogue that included the word ninja. Also, Michelangelo's nunchucks were very often an issue of censorship and sometimes they even censored the use of other weapons as well.
For this comparison, the shortened German Version (which is based on the UK cut of the episodes) was compared to the uncensored Original Version. Both of these Versions were included in the DVD box-set released by KSM. However, the German Version runs a little faster than the original Version (due to the problem of PAL-speedup), therefore it is a little harder to compare the exact differences in time. Therefore, it is very much possible that the time designations are not one-hundred percent accurate.
For this episode, the British publishers had to make 2 cuts (without black screens) with an overall runtime of 3.28 seconds.
Time index: UK Version/Original Version
For the UK Version of the series, the intro was lavishly re-cut. If you want to have a look at a more detailed report about the intro, have a look at the report for the very first episode of the first season of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" on our website.
When Leonardo is sitting in the dumpster, Shredder stands in front of him and raises his sword. Now a black screen. Then the exact same scene is both versions once again.
2.76 sec (without black screen)
Black screen in the Original Version.
Audio modification during the shot of Krang. In the UK Version, April talks about the "Hero Turtles", in the Original Version about the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (screen for orientation). The first couple of frames of the following shot with April are missing.