Paradox: The Time Travel Podcast

Episode 12: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

Finally, we’ve come to the totally nonsensical “giant anthropomorphic turtles with googly eyes that make you uncomfortable” of time travel: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.”

The lesser of the three original “Turtles” films, “TMNT III” includes time travel back to 1600s Japan for some reason. This is accomplished by a weird scepter, the rules of which make zero sense.

Somewhat in honor of the release of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”, the second movie in the new rebooted Turtles continuity that Phil rather likes, we’re digging into 1993’s ignoble end to the live-action “Turtles” movies. It’s technically a time travel movie!

By the way, here’s the ZZ Top song from the beginning of the movie that Nick incorrectly disparaged as being a knock-off of “I’m Turning Japanese.” It makes sense in context!

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We’ll be hitting up the Terry Gilliam movie “12 Monkeys” on our next episode, combined with “La Jetee,” the French short that inspired the film. You can check it out on Vimeo (but you might want to find it in French with subtitles instead).

Listen to this week’s episode below:

In this episode:

  • Hey, remember “Out of Our Shells“?
  • Turtle Predestination Paradox
  • The Ancient Scroll of Weirdness
  • Teenage Mutant Niceguy Turtles II
  • What’s the Deal With This Scepter Anyway
  • TMNT III Trailer Nostalgia
  • Oh Hey It’s That Illustration from THE SPACE HERO’S GUIDE TO GLORY That We Mentioned
  • Turtles in Time

Then come find us on Twitter at @hewizard and @philhornshaw!

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