Teenage mutant Hero turtles
This was one of many favourites of mine. The cartoon was based on Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's early 80's comic books. Teenage mutant ninja turtles is about a group of 4 normal turtles that accidently fell down in to the sewers in a puddle of glowing ooze. This causes the turtles to become humanoid. At the same time a man named Yoshi, who was a ninja master and been in the sewers around rats, was exposed to the same ooze. Which also turns him to humanoid rat. Yoshi took on the name of Splinter and brought the turtles up as his sons.
"The initial motivation behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series was that, upon being approached to create a toy line, Playmates Toys was uneasy with the comic book characters' small cult following. They requested that a television deal be acquired first, and after the initial five-episode series debuted, the California toy company released their first series of Ninja Turtles action figures in the summer of 1988. The two media would correspond in marketing style and popularity for many years to come."
This seems to be the case with a lot of the old 1980's cartoons I used to watch. But it goes show that there strategy
worked well, as I had pretty much every Turtle action figure available.
I think the reason I liked it so much was that there wasn't anything else like it on T.V and that as an imaginative child, I one day maybe able to grow my own mutant turtle. There is always an adventure in each episode. There is a villain to provide the never ending conflict. And there is always a happy ending. I think one thing that made the characters even more interesting is that they all have there own character traits. Each had there own specialized weapon, different coloured bandana and personality. This would result in children having a favoured ninja turtle.