In preparation for next Tuesday’s (and the following Sunday’s) screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we asked our friends and co-presenters Jay n’ J to talk about what the Turtles mean to them. What we got was this heartwarming exchange…
Jay Runham: Is it fair to assume that you got into the Ninja Turtles the same way I did?
Jordan Blackburn: Well if you mean when I was a kid and watching the cartoon. Yes, that is where my love started.
JR: And the toys? And the slippers? The T-Shirts and pajamas?
JB: It was an obsession.
JR: And our parents fed it. I loved that cartoon as a kid. We’d go crazy every Saturday morning making sure that we got to see it.
JR: Do you remember any particular episodes? When was the last time you even saw the cartoon?
JB: Oh man, I don’t remember. They all meld together. What I watched over and over was: Ninja Turtles: Coming Out of Their Shells Tour. Of course I watched all the movies and the cartoon religiously but I think my mom had to buy that movie more than once the VHS got so worn out.
JR: I remember very specifically the first time I saw the live action movie. My parents almost didn’t let us watch it because they heard their was swearing in it. We ended up renting it at my Aunty and Uncle’s place (my parents were there too).
JB: You would have been way more of a rebel if your parents weren’t there. Now you just sound like a mama’s boy. Let me guess your favorite turtle is Leo.
JR: Ha! My favorite was always Mikey. Or Raph if somebody called Mikey first.
JB: Well we would have never had overlap. Come on! Leo carries two Katanas. That is one bad turtle. And Donny is just cool.
JR: I always loved Donny’s banter with Casey Jones in the Live-Action Movie. That’s one of the reasons I loved the Turtles so much. I think they’re funny teens as well as trained assassins.
JB: Everything a growing boy loves to watch. Almost….
JR: Why do you love the Turtles so much?
JB: They are just cool. They are ninjas and reptiles. And I love anything with ninjas and reptiles.
JR: Haha… no love for the Samurai Pizza Cats then? I think I love them so much because they’re so versatile. Anyone at any age can get into the Turtles.
JR: There’s the kid’s shows, the live action movies, the kids comics, the adult comics, the toys, the games, so many ways to join in on the fun…I LOVED the Archie comics as a kid and as a teen. I remember the day I found out about the Original Adult Comics, blew my mind that the Turtles were once so graphic.
JB: That’s true… most of what I get out of watching the turtles now is nostalgia. Thinking back to the time when I would wear my PJ’s…. sit in my turtles chair….with the strip of cloth I used for a blue headband…and rock out.
JR: And the Nintendo games! My nostalgia for the games has no bounds. I even still own a copy of the SNES Turtles in Time game (and I don’t even own an SNES system anymore).
JB: Well you’re on your own there, bud. Never had an SNES. Went straight from NES to 64.
JR: But of course my main love will always be for those first two live action movies (not the third one, I pretend like that one doesn’t exist)
JB: What movie? I think I may go get some pizza now and watch me some turtles.
JR: I’ll need to go find my slippers…and my Nunchucks.
JB: I’ll bring my Katana. Meet in 10?
Jay and Jordan are obviously stoked to be joining forces with us to bring this beloved film to the screen. So stoked in fact, they want to send some of your for free. All you have to do is send out a tweet helping to promote the event and the Jay n’ J. show. Full contest details available here on their site.