It was just one of my earliest memories. It’s hard to explain why I was obsessed and in love with it. I just really liked the cartoon—I watched it as often as I could, bought as many VHS tapes as humanly possible. I begged my parents to buy me as many toys, as many of the TMNT toys as they could allow. I was a greedy child, at the age of 3.
I don’t remember any specific episode or specific scene that stands out. I feel part of it was I really thought the pizza they were eating was really good. It always looked very good. It was a show that made me laugh—that somehow was able to hold my jumpy 3-year-old mind for an extended period of time, even if it did so with a lot of flashing colors.
To a toddler boy, you’re going to be drawn to the ninja turtles who are always fighting robots and other giant animals.
I saw the Ninja Turtles in concert twice. One was at a theater, and there were all these kids…so crazy. The ninja turtles played instruments and everything. I may have worn a headband, like the turtles did. I might have worn a t-shirt as well.
I associated a lot with those early memories of childhood. I had a Ninja Turtle birthday party, that’s a big memory. My first friend I made in kindergarten was because of ninja turtles — that was how we bonded.
It was the first thing I really enjoyed and tried to … I don’t know if stay up on is the right word…but I just obsessed over it. There was nothing in that period I was excited about on a weekly basis. Oh, a new cartoon. Life’s good. It was such a central focus of my life then. I’d say that’s why it’s love. I loved this franchise of giant fighting turtles.
It was the first thing I remember loving.