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1.03 A Thing about Rats

original title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


  • UK-Version
  • US-Version
Release: Mar 03, 2011 - Author: pippovic - Translator: Sakaro - external link: IMDB - more from this series
The cartoon series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which as the name suggests features four mutated ninja turtles, was first shown in the US in 1987 and became an instant TV-hit. Because of its big success, the British were soon eager to buy the series, but due to a strict “protection of minors” law, the series had to be censored there. For the most part only scenes showing Michelangelo use his nunchucks were edited or removed. Furthermore, dialogues were edited to turn the word ninja into hero. However, sometimes complete scenes are missing due to the use of that infamous word! In addition to that, sound effects were added in fighting scenes to make them sound funnier and less scary.

Comparison between the censored German version and the uncensored original US-version .
The German version of the complete Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles series is based on the censored UK-version and can therefore be used as a reference for the censorship of that version. However, it is possible that there are still minor changes between the two European versions, which are not listed here.

Both, the censored version and the original version were taken from the DVD-box released by KSM in Germany. The German version is played slightly faster, which makes it difficult to compare the two versions. Therefore, the time references might not be 100% accurate.

This episode was censored at 5 different points, amounting to a running-time difference of 17,16 seconds.

The Intro

The running-time of the Intros is 01:00.352 min. During the Intros many scenes were changed or edited.
A detailed comparison of those changes can be found in the censorship-report of episode 1.
For the German DVD release the title of the series was changed back to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and some images in the intro are also different. This is not really of interest here. However, if you are interested in those changes, go to our German language version of this censorship-report for more details.

Comparison of the Episode

Michelangelo uses his nunchucks to dismantle one of the rat-catching robots.
1,48 sec.

Two of the rat-catching robots sink their teeth into Donatello’s stick. He wants to get rid of them and spins his stick around, but the creatures keep their jaws locked. This is followed by a cut to Michelangelo, who again uses his nunchucks. This time the nunchucks are attacked by two biting robots which lock their jaws into them. However, Michelangelo manages to spin them around so skillfully that the robots are smashed into each other and have to let go. This is missing in the censored version. Then (both) versions cut back to Donatello, who is still struggling with the little beasts.
6,52 sec.

After Donatello has finished off the two robots, the uncensored version shows Michelangelo one more time. He kills off some more enemies in the off (hinted at by a loud bang of weapons) and then puts away his nunchucks.
1,4 sec.

Michelangelo storms out of the room spinning his nunchucks. Several rat-catching robots try to approach him but get to feel his weapon.
2,56 sec.

Shredder shoots at Michelangelo. The latter rolls to the side, draws his nunchucks and spins them around.
Michelangelo: "Oh, big man with a gun. Come on, fight like a turtle".
He throws his nunchucks at Shredder, but misses him.
5,2 sec.

As mentioned earlier, the title of the series was changed back to the original for the German DVD release. However, the editors forgot to change the title in the closing credits.

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