I love it when shows come to home video with episodes that have yet to air on TV, and that’s exactly what you’re getting here with Nickelodeon’s Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady DVD. Featuring not one, not two, but four episodes that have not yet aired on TV in the states, there’s enough ninja turtle action here to keep viewers jumping out of their shells until more new adventures come along.
Continuing things in their farewell season, the turtle heroes get a bit shaken up as the past and present collide thanks to the classic ’80s Shredder and Krang warping themselves to the modern universe of our ninja brothers. If that wasn’t bad enough, they come across and team up with Bebop and Rocksteady for more retro-action against the teens. Luckily in the next episode, “The Foot Walks Again”, the turtles from the 80’s also happen to appear and team up with the stars of this series. They’ll have to work together to bring down 80’s Shredder and Krang, but with their conflicting personalities, it’ll be easier said than done. Then in “The Big Blow-Out” the turtles reach out to the Mighty Mutanimals for help in stopping Bebop and Rocksteady from wreaking havoc, with Raph’s girlfriend Mona Lisa joining in on the action. Then to wrap things up, there’s the touching episode “Lone Rat and Cubs” that goes back to when Splinter was first mutated and discovering his soon-to-be turtle sons in the sewer. Here we get to see some of the trouble he went through keeping the turtles safe while also staying hidden from humanity.
As with all of the TMNT DVD’s from Nickelodeon, I loved this collection of adventures as it pays a homage to the classic 80’s show while also having a touching episode dealing with their origins. The action and comedy continues to be on point as well as the dramatic bits here and there, and everything looks and sounds good despite the DVD release (still holding out for the high def Blu-rays…). As far as special features go, there’s a trippy animated music video called “Ice Cream Kitty” that’s written and performed by voice actor Greg Cipes (Michelangelo) and DJ Hymn. While it would’ve been nice to have some other extras, this one was a nice treat and is pretty fun to check out.
The Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady DVD is a short but excellent entry in the TMNT series that fans young and old will enjoy. Featuring some episodes paying tribute to the classic 80’s series as well as a touching origins adventure that shows exactly why this series continues to be a hit, and a zany music video make this a collection you’ll want to watch the shell out of.