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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 3 (US Version)

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3.29 Blast from the Past

original title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


  • UK Version
  • US Version
Release: Apr 21, 2011 - Author: Forrest - Translator: Gladion - 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.

2 changed wordings without time difference
8 cuts (not counting black screens) = 15.24 sec.
Timecode: 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. 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.


Shredder uses the word "ninja" in the original version.
Original version: "Because of those accursed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
No time difference

The UK version cuts off earlier because Krang uses the bad word, too. In the original vesion, Krang has two lines, and uses the word "ninja" in the first one.
Krang: "I should never have clone forces with that ninja."
Krang's second line was prepended in the UK version.
3.92 sec.

Leonardo uses the word, too.
Original version: "With our ninja fighting skills..."
0.24 sec.

After Shredder has knocked the Turtles and Splinter out with a gas grenade, the UK Version misses the beginning of the next scene, showing Shredder turn around.
0.76 sec.

In the cut version, Shredder's "Ninja" was translated to "Warrior".
No time difference

Bebop and Rocksteady are shown a little longer.
1.16 sec.

While Leonardo tells Splinter of his past, his monologue was translated a little bit different.
Original version: "There was a ninja clan known as 'The Foot'..."
He does not use the word ninja.
No time difference

The ending of the scene is missing in the German version. You first see Leonardo train longer with his swords. Subsequently, Donatello starts training, too.
2.16 sec.

When Leonardo introduces his comrades, you see Michelangelo demonstrating his nunchucks longer in the original version.
2.68 sec.

Michelangelo and Leonardo approach the gangsters from the dark. Michelangelo twirls his nunchucks around.
2.52 sec.

There is a black screen here in the original version.
4.2 sec.

A Foot Soldier runs towards Michelangelo. He jumps up and hits his attacker's head with the nunchucks. The Foot Soldier drops to the ground.
1.8 sec.

There is a black screen here in the original version.
3.08 sec.