Release: Mar 12, 2011 - Author: pippovic - Translator: DaxRider123 - 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 8 cuts with a total runtime of 33.84 seconds. One of these cuts includes a fade to black. There is 1 scene that was repeated in the censored version (total runtime: 1 second).
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. Also, you should have a look at the report about episode 3 which has a more detailed description about the 2 changes that were made for the German DVD's version of the intro.
Comparison of the Versions
A docker talks about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
No difference in time.
Michelangelo swings his nunchucks around.
Michelangelo: "I'm ready for you, dudes".
He jumps on a barrel which the docker kicked towards him and then rolls backwards on it.
Leonardo splits the barrel in half with his sword. Michelangelo (who still was on the barrel) jumps up, however, you don't see him landing. He throws his nunchuck which then winds round the assailant's foot - he falls to the ground. he lands on a huge pile of fish.
Leonardo and Michelangelo are still hanging on the dragon which was created by Shredder. Michelangelo pulls out his nunchuck. However, you don't see him swinging it around.
At this point, they cut out a fade to black.
When the "mud monster" (which was created by Bexter) moves its leg, the censored version fades to a black screen. In the original version, the monster makes a whole step. Then you see the Turtles waiting for the monster to attack - Michelangelo swings his nunchucks around. Then, the original version fades to a black screen.
Again, you only see the beginning of a scene where the Turtle pull out their guns since Michelangelo again makes the bad circling movements with his weapons. In return, the censored version re-includes a scene that was already shown where the monster moves towards the Turtles. The material that was re-included is slightly longer.
Again, Michelangelo swings his nunchucks around. Leonardo lands next to him. He warns the others - they should not come in contact with the mud. Then he dodges mud that the monster throws at him. Then you see a close-up shot of Michelangelo who also says something. Then he turns his head and therefore is hit by a lump of mud.
Bexter is standing in front of his mud monster. When Donatello dashes towards them, he turns around in shock. The scene was cut since Donatello says: "Ninja-Class is about to begin".
During her news report, April uses the wors Ninja Turtles. In the UK Version she says Hero Turtles.
No difference in time.