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73 minutes | May 24, 2022
Turtle Tracks - 049 - Emilio Lopez
For an in-depth look into the behind-the-scenes of the 2003 TMNT series, host Brian VanHooker talks with artist Emilio Lopez. Lopez came on the show in the early seasons as a background artist and saw his artistic duties increase over time, taking on major roles for the Ninja Tribunal season, Fast Forward, Back to the Sewers and, everyone's Favorite, Turtles Forever! Sound engineering by Ian Williams
51 minutes | May 12, 2022
Turtle Tracks - 048 - Mark Edward Edens
In this episode of Turtle Tracks, host Brian VanHooker talks with prolific television writer Mark Edward Edens, who wrote for just about every cartoon from the 1980s and 1990s. In his extensive resume you'll find "X-Men: The Animated Series," "The Real Ghostbusters," "Beetlejuice," "Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers" and, of course, the 1987 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," for which he wrote such classics as "Mutagen Monster" and a personal favorite of the host, "Pizza by the Shred." Sound engineering by Ian Williams
29 minutes | May 2, 2022
Turtle Tracks - 047 - Jason Ybarra of @TMNTVAN
In this episode of Turtle Tracks, host Brian VanHooker talks to Jason Ybarra, who has created the coolest, life-size replica of The Ninja Turtles Party Wagon ever made — a vehicle so impressive that Ybarra and his van have become a regular part of Vanilla Ice's Entourage! Sound Editing by Ian Williams.
81 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Turtle Tracks - 046 - Chuck Patton
In this episode of Turtle Tracks, host Brian VanHooker dives deep into the origins of the 2003 animated series with Senior Supervising Director Chuck Patton, who developed the look of the Turtles in that series and many of its other major creative aspects. Patton talks about working with Peter Laird, the origins of Utrom Shredder and how Hun was one of his proudest creations. Sound editing by Ian Williams.
53 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Turtle Tracks - 045 - Gavin Hignight
In this installment of the Turtle Tracks podcast, host Brian VanHooker chats with television writer Gavin Hignight. Hignight got his start writing a few episodes of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and would later return to the franchise writing several episodes of the 2012 series. Within his 2012 episodes, he introduced Slash to the series as well as Armaggon and he wrote the first episode of the Wasteland Warrior finale. Sound Engineering by Ian Williams.
24 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
Turtle Tracks - 044 - Scott Williams
In this episode, host Brian VanHooker talks to artist, musician and voice actor Scott Williams, who played the role of Baxter Stockman on the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. He talks about how he got the role and how it became such an iconic take on the character, as well as his career working in art and music. Sound engineering by Ian Williams
22 minutes | Feb 19, 2022
Turtle Tracks Special: TMNT Director Kevin Munroe on Colorectal Cancer Awareness
A mini-episode featuring TMNT 2007 director Kevin Munroe talking about Colorectal Cancer Awareness. In the beginning of 2021, Munroe was diagnosed with Stage 3B colon cancer. A year later, Munroe is now cancer free and he's raising awareness about colorectal cancer with the help of Andrea Goodman from the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. Hosted by Brian VanHooker, sound engineering by Ian Williams. Links: Free colorectal cancer screening quiz: quiz.getscreened.org Colorectal Cancer Alliance: www.ccalliance.org Munroe's story: https://kevinmunroecom.wordpress.com/2022/01/24/chemo-colons-covid-cartoon-rocks-pt-1/ Munroe's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kevmunroe
35 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
Turtle Tracks - 043 - Ralph DiBernardo of Jetpack Comics
In this episode of Turtle Tracks, host Brian VanHooker talks to a guy who was with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since the very beginning: Ralph DiBernardo of Jetpack Comics in Rochester, New Hampshire. Ralph talks about his role in supporting his friends Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman with their first issue of TMNT and what they were like back in the early 1980s. He also recounts seeing Eastman and Laird reunite at Jetpack after not seeing each other in years. To visit the Jetpack website, head to https://jetpackcomics.com/ and when you do, tell 'em Turtle Tracks sent you! (this doesn't get you a discount or anything, I just want you to say it) sound engineering by Ian Williams
41 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Turtle Tracks - 042 - Kevin Burke & Chris "Doc" Wyatt
In the latest episode of the Turtle Tracks Podcast, host Brian VanHooker talks to a team of writers from the 2012 Nickelodeon cartoon. Kevin Burke and Chris "Doc" Wyatt have worked on a number of great cartoons — including "Avengers Assemble" and "Spider-Man" — and in the realm of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, they've contributed some of the most fun, bizarre and memorable episodes to the 2012 series, including "Meet Mondo Gecko," "Pizza Face" and the Napoleon Dynamite-inspired "The Croaking." Sound Engineering by Ian Williams
33 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Turtle Tracks - 041 - Kelly Hu
In this episode of Turtle Tracks, host Brian VanHooker talks with actress and model Kelly Hu, who supplied the voice for Karai in the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon on Nickelodeon. In addition to discussing her time as Karai, Hu talks about working with Ernie Reyes Jr. on "Surf Ninjas" and her fight scene with Hugh Jackman in the second X-Men film when she played Lady Deathstrike. Finally, there's a cameo appearance by the host's daughter, Lily, who gets to share her love for Karai with Hu. Sound engineering by Ian Williams.
64 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Turtle Tracks - 040 - Partners In Kryme
Host Brian VanHooker is joined by Richard Usher of Partners in Kryme in this edition of Turtle Tracks. The two discuss his smash hit "Turtle Power," including how it topped record charts and the behind-the-scenes of the music video. He also answers why Raphael was referred to as the "Leader" in the song! Sound Editing by Ian Williams
105 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Turtle Tracks - 039 - Customizers Special #3
In another special customizers episode, host Brian VanHooker talks to three more talented TMNT customizers. First up is Baxter's Laboratory ( @baxterslaboratory ) who has been creating awesome customs from NECA's cartoon line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toys. Then there's Leo( @oeleooeleo ) who has started a craze by customizing a Channel 6 News Van for his NECA toys. Finally there's Duzmachines ( @duzmachines84 ) who has been intricately painting classic Playmates toys to show off all of their amazing detail. As a bonus, we've also thrown in some classic commercial breaks that you'll no doubt remember from your childhood. Sound engineering by Ian Williams.
61 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Turtle Tracks - 038 - Chris Fawcett
In this episode of Turtle Tracks, host Brian VanHooker talks to Rad Plastic author Chris Fawcett! Rad Plastic is a fantastic art book about the history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Playmates Toys line featuring hundreds of beautiful pictures and lots of behind-the-scenes insight. Fawcett is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for a second printing so if you want a copy of this sold out book, contribute to the Kickstarter by August 2! Sound engineering by Ian Williams.
43 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Turtle Tracks - 037 - François Chau
In this installment of Turtle Tracks, host Brian VanHooker talks to actor François Chau, who portrayed Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Chau shares what it was like wearing Shredder's armor (especially that helmet), working with actor David Warner and why Shredder never actually fights in the sequel. Sound engineering by Ian Williams.
46 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Turtle Tracks - 036 - Customizers Special #2
In another special customizers episode, host Brian VanHooker talks to three talented TMNT customizers. First up is Collector Dibbs ( @collectordibbs ) who has created a number of unproduced figures from the classic Playmates toys line like Knight Mike from the Warriors of the Forgotten Sewer. Then there's MOTUCustoms ( @motucustoms ) who has created some other unproduced figures like Jim Lee's Leonardo. Finally there's Dimension X Toys ( @dimensionxtoys ) who has been doing some awesome experiments with his 3D printer, like creating a giant-sized Scratch the Cat. As a bonus, we've also thrown in some classic commercial breaks that you'll no doubt remember from your childhood. Sound engineering by Ian Williams.
82 minutes | May 26, 2021
Turtle Tracks - 035 - Michele Ivey
In this edition of Turtle Tracks, Brian VanHooker interviews the number one TMNT fan Michele Ivey. In it, Michele recalls her memories of seeing the Coming Out of Their Shells Tour, pays tribute to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles writer David Wise, makes the case that TMNT 3 is a good movie and much much more! Sound engineering by Ian Williams.
70 minutes | May 17, 2021
Turtle Tracks - 034 - Customizers Special #1
In a different kind of episode of Turtle Tracks, host Brian VanHooker holds three mini-interviews with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy customizers. The first is with "Death by Toys" ( @deathbytoys )a toy artist responsible for four very famous horror-inspired TMNT customs. Then there's "Da Foot Toys" ( @dafoot_toys ), who specialize in original designs inspired by Playmates toys, including a badass Jagwar figure. Then there's "Barretticus" ( @barretticus ) who is creating a series of mutant sidekicks inspired by the classic Playmates line. As a bonus, we've also thrown in some classic commercial breaks that you'll no doubt remember from your childhood. Sound engineering by Ian Williams.
105 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
Turtle Tracks - 033 - Ciro Nieli
In this episode, host Brian VanHooker talks with Ciro Nieli, the showrunner and mastermind behind the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series for Nickelodeon. Nieli reveals how the series evolved from his original plans, his thoughts about the "Mutant Wasteland" finale and even shares some would-be stories that never made it to air! Sound engineering by Ian Williams.
54 minutes | Jan 23, 2021
Turtle Tracks - 032 - Scott Hensey
In this episode, host Brian VanHooker talks to toy legend Scott Hensey, the owner of Anaglyph Studios, which sculpted many of the Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys. From Shredder to Bebop to Ray Fillet to Leatherhead, Scott and his team sculpted some of the most memorable toys from your childhood. Scott even reveals what happened to Pizza Face's notorious second head! Sound engineering by Ian Williams.
72 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Turtle Tracks - 031 - Jon Sommariva
Happy Holidays TMNT fans! In this episode, host Brian VanHooker talks to comic book artist Jon Sommariva, who did the artwork for the 2012 Toon/Batman: The Animated Series comic crossover and many issues of TMNT: Amazing Adventures. Most importantly, the two discuss Sommariva's amazing Christmas Cover for IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #112, an exclusive through Shellheads United!
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