Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

Season 3 Episode 10

Turtles at the Earth's Core

Aired Unknown Nov 01, 1989 on CBS
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Episode Summary


The Turtles receive a blast from the past when Dinosaurs invade the Big Apple. The TMNT attempt to coral the beasts, and more or less succeed.
Befriending a young diplodocus they dub "Dippy", the Turtles trace the invading dinos to their source, and they are shocked by what they find there: a "lost world", hidden deep beneath the earth's core, where the ferocious creatures of yesterday still thrive. The TMNT find out that the reason for the Dinosaur's continued preservation is the radiation sent off by a mystical energy crystal.
Before the turtles can relax and explore this "new world", they find out Shredder and Krang are after the crystal, intending to use it in another diabolical scheme to re-power the Technodrome. The Turtles join forces with Dippy to stop the villains, they are able to drive Shredder back at first, but their actions provoke Krang to take a trip to the savage land himself.
Upon arriving, he builds a hi-tech titanium plated battle fortress, from where he can harness the crystal's powerful energies and channel them into the Technodrome directly from this base. Shredder eventually manages to outwit the TMNT, and succeeds in obtaining the crystal.
But things go awry when Shredder accidentally drops the crystal, damaging it, without the crystal, (the source of their life-energy), Dippy and his fellow dinos begin to slowly die.
The TMNT attempt to penetrate Krang's fortress with Dippy's help, but his strength alone isn't enough, Just when the green machine think all is lost, Dippy calls on other dinosaurs to assist him, with their combined efforts, the dinos are able to break into Krang's fortress, and a fierce battle ensues...


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    Barry Gordon

    Barry Gordon


    Cam Clarke

    Cam Clarke


    James Avery (I)

    James Avery (I)

    Shredder (Oroku Saki)

    Pat Fraley

    Pat Fraley


    Peter Renaday

    Peter Renaday

    Splinter (Hamato Yoshi)

    Renae Jacobs

    Renae Jacobs

    April O'Neil

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (6)

      • Blooper: In the beginning when the turtles try to chase Dippy away, Donatello's bo staff is black and not brown as the color of wood.

      • Episode included on VHS titled, Turtles at the Earth's Core.

      • Episode included on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Volume 3 on DVD.

      • In real life the T-Rex has two fingers on each hand, in this episode the T-Rex has three fingers on each hand. This mistake is understandable, as when the second T-Rex skeleton was dug up in 1904 a fore limb found nearby was believed to be it's third finger. It wasn't until 1990 (One year after this episode aired) that when the tenth T-Rex was dug up, the palaeontologists dicovered that the third finger was actually from another dinosaur skeleton.

      • when Shredder is talking to Krang on the com link, he is talking in Tragg's voice.

      • In one part of the episode, when the Turtles & April are riding Dippy.. Donatello says "Oh, no Rock Soldiers!" but you can clearly see that they are Foot Soldiers not Rock Soldiers.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Shredder: (In response to the Turtles) The turtles?! (Drops the crystal in disbelief) Even in the lost world I can't lose you. (Takes out remote) This microwave ray will guarantee them a warm reception.
        (Lava melts)
        April: The lava! It's melting!
        Donatello: There's never an ice age around when you need one.

      • (T-Rex roars)
        April: Is that what I think it is?
        Donatello: It sure is. A Tyrannosaurus Rex. The most ferocious flesh-eater that ever lived.
        (Another T-Rex comes up and challenges the first one.)
        Donatello: Looks like they're fighting over lunch.
        Raphael: I wonder if they'll fight like this over the check?
        Leonardo: Let's not wait around to find out.
        (The Turtles and April run.)
        Leonardo: Is everyone alright?
        Raphael: (Feels his pulse) I'll let you know when my pulse catches up.
        (Heavy footsteps occur)
        Michelangelo: What is that?
        Leonardo: Whatever it is, we're ready for it!
        (The creature is the Diplodicus.)
        Michelangelo: Alright! It's the Colossal Fossil!
        Donatello: It's okay. He won't hurt us.
        Raphael: Unless he tries to climb into our laps.
        (The Diplodicus licks Michelangelo.)
        Michelangelo: Chill, dude! That tickles!
        April: I think he likes you, Michelangelo.
        (The Turtles and April get on the Diplodicus's back.)
        Donatello: This is perfect. Nobody will hurt us while we're on Dippy's back.
        Raphael: Dippy?
        Donatello: Yeah, Dippy the Diplodicus.
        (The Turtles see a bunch of Transport Modules.)
        April: Look! It's a bunch of Shredder's modules!
        Leonardo: You were right, Donatello. They did break through the Earth's crust.
        Donatello: Come on Dippy, mush!

      • April: A dinosaur! A real, live dinosaur!
        Donatello: A Diplodicus, to be exact. They were- (Diplodicus crushes a car) are plant eaters. Huge, but harmless.
        Michelangelo: Dude, you've got a weird definition of harmless!!
        Leonardo: Harmless or not, we have to stop it.
        Raphael: How? I left my nuclear bazooka in my other shell.

      • (When the Turtles and April are thrown in the tar pit)
        April: Yuck! Tar!
        Michaelangelo: Yeah, and we're, like, sinking deeper.
        Leonardo: Now, don't panic. Maybe someone will come along and pull us out.
        Raphael: Yeah, like some archaeologist. 50 million years from now!

      • (Rocksteady misinterprets jungle code)
        Shredder: Since we can't use the skimmers to reach the crystal, we'll just have to do it on foot, all right mutants, into the jungle!
        Rocksteady: Sure thing, Banana!
        Shredder: That's...GWANA, now move it!

      • (Shredder presents Krang with the stolen energy crystal, not yet realizing it's damaged, until Krang inspects it)
        Shredder: Here, Krang, your precious crystal.
        Krang: Shredder, this crystal is just like you
        Shredder: You mean it's flawness?
        Krang: No..I mean it's cracked! Shredder, you metal-faced moron. This ruins everything. It damaged the harmonic structure. It's entire energy flow will be flawed.
        Shredder: This is all your fault, you mutant morons!
        Bebop: But Boss, you was the one who dropped it.
        Krang: Stop your squabbling, all of you! I guess that once again I'll have to save your pathetic posteriors.

      • Rocksteady: It ain't easy getting dinosaurs to obey.
        Bebop: Yeah, they're all muscle and no brains.
        Shredder: I won't say it. It's too easy.

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