The other day I found myself thinking about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and, though I’ve known about the show for over 20 years and can still remember and sing a worrying amount of the theme song, for the first time ever I noticed every single word in the title. The show is about turtles. Ninja turtles. Mutant ninja turtles. Teenage mutant ninja turtles.
No matter where I put the emphasis, I simply cannot understand what about the show appealed to the younger version of me who watched it religiously.