Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

The King

Season 1, Ep 16, Aired 5/31/03
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  • Episode Description
  • With all the turtles living in April's apartment, things are getting a little crazy. But, when Donatello stumbles upon a fantastic monster in the basement, things get crazier. Donatello meets up with Kirby, an artist renting April's basement apartment. Through the powers of a mysterious crystal tied to his pencil, Kirby is able to create anything he draws — including his own world, a world that he and Donatello get sucked into — where things get more and more curious.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Veronica Taylor

    April O'Neil

  • Darren Dunstan


  • Wayne Grayson


  • Frank Frankson


  • Michael Sinterniklaas


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The turtles are staying at April's apartment and things are a little hectic. Raphael makes Donatello go to the basement to fix the hot water, and Don meets Kriby, April's new tennant. Kirby has a crystal that causes all his drawing to come alive and then

    By DonatelloLuver, Oct 05, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Don: I came. I saw. I kicked monster butt!

    • Donatello (in the opening scene): Being a ninja turtle over the years, I've seen a lot of weird things. but this really takes the prize. At first I thought I was dreaming but then I wished I was. One thing's for sure, this is no dream, it's a nightmare.

    • April: I feel like I just went from happy single to mother of four overnight. Master Splinter: Tell me about it.

    • (April holds up two bags of Chinese takeout) April: Your order, I presume? Mikey and Don: (point at each other and say in unison) He did it! April: Can I get you anything else, my lords? Don: No, we're fine thanks. Mikey: Some from column A, some from column B. (both start eating messily)

    • Donatello: Man Kirby, did you draw all of those? Kirby: (embarrassed) Yeah, I have a habit of drawing a lot... Donatello: Did you have to be so prolific?! Couldn't you have drawn less?! Or at least some more friendly guys?! Kirby: Heck, how was I supposed to know they'd all come alive and attack us?

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    Notes (7)

    • Cartoon Network mistakenly aired this episode after Turtles in Space (5) in their weekday Miguzi lineup.

    • Villains: Kirby's Monsters.

    • Prologue Narrator: Donatello

    • If you taped this show when it was originally aired, hang onto it! Apparently Peter Laird was satisfied with the ending, so he paid to have it extended (see the DVD). Reruns of this episode use the new ending, where Donatello walks around a little more after exiting the portal and looks very frustrated about Kirby being gone.

    • Don's anti-gravity ray gun is actually based on an old sketch of him firing a Mac-10 machine gun.

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    Trivia (4)

    • Episode centers around Don.

    • April is watching the same monster movie Michelangelo was watching in Notes from the Underground (1).

    • When Kirby jumps through the portal Don has to catch him because the portal is in the air. At the end they just walk over to it. The portal is not in the air anymore, but on a hill.

    • Exactly why does Raphael need a towel? He doesn't have anything to hide.

    Allusions (6)

    • Mister Miracle/Jack Kirby's Fourth World "Life at best is bittersweet", the message on Kirby's final note to Donatello is an actual Jack Kirby quote. In the final issue (#18) of Jack Kirby's "Mister Miracle" (Originally published in 1974 and recently reprinted in trade paperback form under the title "Jack Kirby's Fourth World"), it's Darkseid's last line after he fails to prevent Scott Free and Barda's wedding However, he does succeed in driving them to flee from Earth to New Genesis as soon as vows are exchanged. The full quote was, "The ceremony had deep feeling but little joy. But then life at best is bittersweet."

    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles When the Turtles all hide from the delivery man, he spots Michelangelo by the chair. When he looks again, it's replaced by a stuffed purple bear. Mike used that same maneuver in original 1990 film. Danny, April's boss' son, spots him in a mirror under a table. When he looks over, he sees a stuffed panda instead.

    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) One of the monsters that Kirby drew looks like Wingnut, a villain from the original series' Zach and the Alien Invaders, circa 1991.

    • Kirby's World Being a tribute to Jack Kirby, the inhabitants of the fantasy world beyond the portal resemble Kirby's own New Gods which in turn were loosely based on old Norse Mythology--including the the rainbow bridge and a Thor-like hammer-wiedling warrior. Any similarities to Marvel's Asgard, Thor, etc. are unavoidable since they are also based on old Norse Mythology. Finally, the monsters attacking the human-like inhabitants are similar to Jack Kirby's parademons which are an integral part of the New Gods mythos--all of which eventually being absorbed into the more popular Superman mythos.

    • Asgard Due to its appearance, it is clear that the city which the heroes were guarding is based on the Marvel Comics version of Asgard, the home of the Mighty Thor. In the comics, Asgard is reached by a rainbow bridge, and has similar architecture. (Also, the heroes themselves look similar to the Asgardians, and one even uses a throwing hammer like Thor does.)

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