In the spring of 1984, a strange new comic book sat beside cash registers in select shops, too big to fit in the racks, and too weird to ignore. Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles presented a completely original breed of super hero. It was too bizarre, too crazy. It broke all the rules and should never have worked. Until it sold out. Again and again and again. For 30 years. Now, peek under the shell and see how this so-called “happy accident” defied every naysayer to become one of the most popular and beloved franchises in the world.


“Turtle Power” is a documentary about the 30 years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle existence. I normally wouldn’t give a flying crap about any of this, but the documentary revealed something that gives me an intellectual boner. While I don’t like to see creative partners fight, it was interesting to see the dynamic that went into creating the Turtles. So much back and forth on getting started, creating Mirage Studios and working through the initial business operations gives me hope. Of course, they also discuss not talking to each other for 20 years until they reunited in May 2014. Hopefully, we’ll see more from Eastman and Laird in the future.

I love it when I actually learn new factoids from documentaries. Robert Ben Garant and Michael Ian Black (The State, Reno 911, various other things) were the two Turtles that got sent out to cities before the Coming Out of Our Shells Tour would hit your town. In fact, it was what they were working on right before “The State” happened for them. Couple that with seeing the full animation cast of voice actors assembled was a treat. If anything, the documentary served to scratch that curiosity itch that so many adults have about the things they thought they left behind in childhood.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is really strong for a standard definition documentary. The transfer sports no signs of digital noise. Plus, the Dolby 5.1 track was pretty loud for material like this that included so much archive material. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to all TMNT fans and lovers of indie comics.

RELEASE DATE: 08/12/2014

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