When Shout Factory announced, with much fanfare, the acquisition of the first seven seasons of Power Rangers, their press release also mentioned in passing that the company had picked up more of Saban’s live action kids shows, such as Beetlegorgs, VR Troopers, and, most importantly, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, which was produced after the first three movies and between the two animated series, has a dubious reputation amongst fans, mostly stemming from the inclusion of the much-hated fifth turtle, Venus De Milo.
Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird is one of Venus’s main detractors:
In a 2007 interview director Kevin Munroe elaborated on the instructions Peter Laird gave to him for TMNT. Munroe admitted that among those rules was, “There’s absolutely no mention of Venus de Milo, the female Turtle. You can’t even joke about that with Peter. It’s just one of those things that he hates with a passion.
Shout Factory has set a release date of September 4th, 2012, for volume one of their release of the series, which seems to include about half of the 26 episodes produced (it’s possible that it will only have 12, as episode 13 is the first part of a four part story).