Release: Mar 28, 2011 - Author: hudemx - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Runtime of the US episode: 22:17 minutes
Runtime of the episode (uncut without opening and closing credits): 20:33 minutes
Runtime of the episode (shortened without opening and closing credits): 20:00.760 minutes
Comparison between the German TV version (which is based on the UK version) and the uncut US version (released on DVD by Lionsgate.
The German version of the "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" series was based on the shortened UK version. Most of the time they only edited or deleted scenes where you see Michelangelo using his nunchucks. Additionally, any dialogue that included the word Ninja either had to be redubbed by replacing the word with Hero or was just cut out! They also added a lot of sound effects to "belittle" the violence.
8 cuts = 33.619 sec
Runtime of the intro = 01:00.352 min.
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
Clayton Kellerman gets worked up over the "terror" of the sewers and also names it.
UK Version: Hero Turtles!
US Version: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Then he lowers his raised hand.
Just after Donatello derailed one of the gangsters, another one immediately drops next to the first for no particular reason. In the US Version you see Michelangelo swinging his nunchucks around and throwing it at the gangster. The nunchucks wind round the gangster's legs and he falls to the ground.
In the original version the title cards are shown a little longer.
In the original version, Michelangelo says Major brainstorm!. For the German version (and therefore probably also for the UK version) they changed his sentence (the UK version cuts to Bebop instead of Shredder and Michelangelo probably wouldn't refer to Bebop as "Major brainstorm").
After Shredder shot at the Turtles with his crossbow, Michelangelo has an ingenious idea to disarm Shredder. He puts on a knight's armour and then attacks Shredder with his nunchucks. After he chased Shredder around the museum for a while, Michelangelo is hit by a cannonball that comes from above. His armour breaks into pieces.
After Shredder took April O'Neil hostage, he tells Bebop and Rocksteady to attack the Turtles (who now are disarmed). The UK version misses out on a short sequence where Bebop swings his weapon around (a spiked mice). The UK version continues when the spinning part of the weapon can't be seen anymore.
In the UK version, a short repetition of a scene was cut out that in the USA was shown after the commercial break. They again show Bebop and Rocksteady (both armed) approaching the Turtles.
Shredder pulls out a throwing star from under his cape and throws it at the Turtles. He misses the Turtles and instead hits a showcase that contains weapons of war - they explode. In the UK version you don't see the Shredder throwing the throwing star.
14:59.280 until 15:09.080
At this point, several frames were replaced by other material - in this way they were able to cut away the nunchucks without also cutting the dialogue out.