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There’s a great episode of “The Simpsons” in which Roger Myers Jr., a cartoon producer who runs the hit show “Itchy & Scratchy,” attempts to introduce a new character into the series to rejuvenate declining ratings. Poochie, the sunglasses-wearing, surfboard-carrying dog the studio comes up with, is “a dog with attitude,” explains one of the network executives pushing the idea. “He’s edgy, he’s in your face. You’ve heard the expression ‘let’s get busy’? Well, this is a dog who gets biz-zay. Consistently and thoroughly.”

Poochie is a parody of a lot of different cartoon animals that have a group-friendly “attitude,” from Sonic the Hedgehog to Tony the Tiger. But perhaps the prime examples of the archetype are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — anthropomorphic reptiles with superpowers who live in the sewers beneath New York City, where they practice martial arts, chow down on pizza and spout hip 1980s catchphrases like “bodacious” and “cowabunga.”

Originally created in 1983 by the comic book artists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were imagined as a kind of postmodern, semi-ironic sendup of the popular superhero comics of the era, particularly Marvel’s Daredevil and X-Men. With their punky, slang-heavy bite and flip, easygoing demeanor, they were the embodiment of a certain brand of savvy Gen X cool that peaked with the arrival of the ’90s: sarcastic and streetwise, borrowing elements from prevailing trends like surf culture and hip-hop.

Ninja Turtles felt extremely of the moment, capturing the zeitgeist in a way that felt irresistible to kids. What’s remarkable is that the moment has yet to come to an end. Since its inception, the franchise has repeatedly reinvented itself with new iterations: live-action features, after-school cartoons, video games, graphic novels. It’s now back on Netflix with a new feature-length animated film, “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie.” The continual rejuvenation of a franchise that could have easily become just a pop-cultural relic begs an important question.

How have the Ninja Turtles remained popular for so long?

When I was a kid in the early ’90s, my most highly prized possession was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Thrower, a battery-operated, football-size toy truck that made an unbelievable amount of noise and emitted a faint scent of burning rubber, and whose “motorized disc-fire action” I used mainly to terrorize my much-aggrieved little sister.

The Pizza Thrower was the crown jewel of an extensive collection of Turtles-related merchandise that covered my suburban bedroom, which included not only action figures and accessories but coloring books, costumes, lunchboxes and PEZ dispensers. When I was 5, I had Turtles bedsheets; when I turned 6, I had a Turtles-themed birthday party. I was, in short, Turtles-obsessed.

I was hardly the only one. From the moment Eastman and Laird’s original Ninja Turtles comic book was adapted for broadcast syndication into an animated series of the same name in 1987, the four superpowered, wisecracking reptilian heroes at its center — Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo, named after Renaissance artists in a manner typical of the franchise’s winking humor — became veritable matinee idols, cartoon superstars adored by children throughout North America and beyond.

Like “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers” before it, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was created mainly to promote the various tie-in toys produced by Playmates, a company who also made action figures based on “Star Trek.” Even by those standards, the Turtles merchandise was enormously successful: Within the first four years of what came to be called Turtlemania, more than $1 billion of Turtles toys were sold worldwide, making them the third-best-selling toy franchise ever at that time.

The success continued through the ’90s: The animated “Turtles” series, in which the characters trained under their sensei, a rat called Splinter, while doing battle with their nemesis, the evil Shredder, ran for 10 seasons. A trilogy of live-action films aimed at a slightly older audience — “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (1990), “The Secret of the Ooze” (1991) and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III” (1993) — became surprise box office sensations, earning nearly $350 million and breaking box office records for independent productions. An early “Turtles” video game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, on Super Nintendo, became a best seller and has been ranked as one of the best games of its generation.

The Turtles’ versatility across a range of media properties helped amplify their popularity. Further adaptations — including several efforts to entirely overhaul or reboot the franchise — kept the Turtles fresh through the 2000s, albeit to varying degrees of effectiveness. A 2003 animated series on Fox and a 2012 digitally animated series on Nickelodeon both ran for multiple seasons and had their own enthusiastic fans. A 2007 animated movie, called simply “TMNT,” and a pair of big-budget blockbusters co-produced by Michael Bay, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (2014) and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” (2016), all found some commercial success, but were poorly received by both critics and longtime franchise fans.

There’s no doubt that these more recent “Turtles” iterations — including the latest for television, the animated reboot “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (2018), which retooled elements of the basic premise and implemented some fairly drastic character redesigns — have introduced younger viewers to the franchise, many of whom have no doubt sought out new “Turtles” merch.

But an essential factor in the ongoing popularity of the Ninja Turtles are those very fans who adored “Ninja Turtles” as kids — children of the ’80s and ’90s who never outgrew them. Their nostalgia has effectively fueled the continuing relevance of a franchise that might have otherwise faded into quirky obsolescence, becoming another He-Man or Garbage Pail Kids.

I know a guy in his early 40s who recently got a giant Ninja Turtle tattooed across his right forearm. I know a CrossFit coach in his late 30s who names his workouts after Turtles settings and bad guys: the Sewers, Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady. A new video game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, is built from the ground up as a faithful replica of the Turtles games of the early 1990s. And the new Netflix film, while certainly goofy, is surprisingly dark and violent for a film aimed nominally at kids — until it occurs to you that maybe it’s not aimed at kids at all.

As a child, I found the seemingly grown-up style of the action and humor in “Ninja Turtles” essential to the appeal. It was a family-friendly cartoon, of course, but there was something about the attitude — hip, defiant, a tiny bit subversive — that made kids feel like they were tapped into something more aspirational than the other cartoons on TV at the time. I think it’s that sense of spiky coolness, what the Turtles would have called bodaciousness, that has kept so many fans coming back.

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This Soft Turtleneck Sweater Dress Will Keep You Warm All Winter — Only $40!

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Sweater dresses are delightful in theory but difficult in execution. They’re usually either too long or too short, too thin or too thick, too tight or too loose. We can never seem to strike the perfect balance — so, then we end up wearing pants and tops all season instead. Boring! Time to switch up our winter wardrobe with a sweater dress that keeps Us warm without concealing our shape. We deserve to look hot and feel hot at the same time!

After many failed attempts in the past, we finally tracked down a sweater dress that delivers. This fashion-forward turtleneck frock toes the line between a mini and a midi — it’s the optimal length to rock with knee-high boots! You can style the sweater dress as is if you prefer a relaxed fit or add a belt if you want to accentuate your waist. Even the turtleneck itself is a happy medium, a drapey fold-over style that will shield you from the cold but won’t constrict you. Keep scrolling to shop this versatile sweater dress from Amazon!

Get the Miessial Women’s Oversized Loose Sweater Dress for just $40 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, December 5, 2022, but are subject to change.

The Miessial Women’s Oversized Loose Sweater Dress is a closet staple for sweater weather! Now that it’s December, we’ll only don knit dresses. Shoppers say that this style is both warm and flattering — and the knit blend is so soft!

The intricate detailing makes this sweater dress seem like a piece you might find in a boutique — no one will believe you got this frock from Amazon! Available in six solid shades, this turtleneck really is an everyday essential. Take this dress from daytime to date night!

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We always rely on reviews before settling any shopping debates! And the overall consensus from customers is that this sweater dress slays.

  • “Great winter dress. Good sturdy material. Not too heavy or thin.”
  • “The fabric is SO soft. For the price, this is an amazing sweater dress! It’s very warm and flattering. Also, the turtleneck part is loose for those of you who get claustrophobic with tight things.”
  • “I would recommend this thick sweater dress. Its fabric is very soft and comfortable. And it’s a good thick material, but not heavy. Can make you feel warm in cold weather. This will be the perfect choice for winter wear. I love it so much.”

As Ramona Singer would say, “It’s turtle time!” Warm up your neck and spice up your style with the softest sweater dress from Amazon!

See it! Get the Miessial Women’s Oversized Loose Sweater Dress for just $40 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, December 5, 2022, but are subject to change. 

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Khloe Kardashian – who weighs only 123lbs – claims to pull ‘over 100lbs’ of weights

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‘An hour of torture’: Khloe Kardashian – who weighs 123lbs – claims to ‘pull over 100lbs’ of weights in a gym… as she appears thinner than ever

Khloe Kardashian took to Instagram on Monday morning to share videos of herself working out.

During one of the Insta Stories clips the 38-year-old beauty – who is 5ft10in – claimed that she was exerting herself more than usual as she pulled 100lbs worth of weights. The TV icon said the gym workout was ‘torture.’

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians vet was having difficulty with the workout as she weighs only about 123lbs, it has been claimed, after a recent weight loss.

Ouch: Khloe Kardashian took to Instagram on Monday morning to share videos of herself working out. During one of the Insta Stories clips the 38-year-old beauty – who is 5ft10in – claimed that she was exerting herself more than usual as she pulled 100lbs worth of weights

Thinner than ever: The Keeping Up With The Kardashians vet was having difficulty with the workout as he weighs only 123lbs, it has been claimed, after recent weight loss; seen last week

Thinner than ever: The Keeping Up With The Kardashians vet was having difficulty with the workout as he weighs only 123lbs, it has been claimed, after recent weight loss; seen last week

‘Bear crawls with pulling over 100 pounds,’ she wrote over a photo as she linked to Don-A-Matrix Training.

Over a video the TV siren wrote, ‘I do not care about my form here. I am dying. An hour of torture from this monster Don-A-Matrix.’

She is referring to Don-A-Matrix, a workout center on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.

Khloe wore a light brown crop top and leggings with her honey blonde hair pulled up into a ponytail as she stopped to take selfies in the mirror.

The mother of two is seen in a gym as she works up a sweat.

Committed: Over a video the TV siren wrote, 'I do not care about my form here. I am dying. An hour of torture from this monster Don-A-Matrix'

Committed: Over a video the TV siren wrote, ‘I do not care about my form here. I am dying. An hour of torture from this monster Don-A-Matrix’

In one image she can be seen pulling a very heavy weight structure and in another Khloe is pulled on two straps connected to a weight bundle.

The Revenge Body star was also on the treadmill, she shared.

In February, Khloe confirmed she has lost weight. She did not say how much but it looked to be over 10lbs.

‘About 3 months apart,’ began the designer in her caption for her followers. ‘Let’s go @coachjoe.paris we are sculpting my back and arms.’

Gym lover: Khloe wore a light brown crop top and leggings with her honey blonde hair pulled up into a ponytail as she stopped to take selfies in the mirror

Gym lover: Khloe wore a light brown crop top and leggings with her honey blonde hair pulled up into a ponytail as she stopped to take selfies in the mirror

Run it out: The Revenge Body star was also on the treadmill, she shared

Run it out: The Revenge Body star was also on the treadmill, she shared

Her back looked very different as in the ‘after’ photo her muscles and bones can be seen thanks to her workouts and weight loss. 

The siren linked to her French-born personal trainer Joël Bouraïma who now lives in Los Angeles.

He has often appeared on KUWTK as he trains Khloe as well as Kourtney on the grounds of their mansions.

Speaking to USA Today, Khloe recently admitted that ‘it was hard’ to learn the news of Tristan’s latest infidelity while cameras were capturing her every move.

DailyMail.com exclusively revealed details of the paternity battle in December after Maralee Nichols filed a lawsuit against the NBA player.

In February, Khloe confirmed she has lost weight. She did not say how much but it looked to be over 10lbs (pictured in

Out of this world: In February, Khloe confirmed she has lost weight. She did not say how much but it looked to be over 10lbs (pictured in 2021) 

Koko before and after: Khloe seen left, in December 2021, and right, in February 2022. She has admitted to losing weight

Betrayal: Tristan was caught cheating on Khloe in 2018  just days before she welcomed their first child together, and a paternity test revealed that he had fathered a child last year

Betrayal: Tristan was caught cheating on Khloe in 2018  just days before she welcomed their first child together, and a paternity test revealed that he had fathered a child last year 

In 2018, just days before Khloé gave birth to her and Tristan’s daughter True, DailyMail.com published video and photos of Tristan kissing a strip club worker and also taking her up to his hotel room in New York City.

The couple managed to weather the storm, but they split in 2019 after Tristan kissed Kylie Jenner’s then-BFF Jordyn Woods.

The couple patched up their issues to reunite in the summer of 2020 while spending time together in the early days of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but they split again in June of last year.

Baby mama: DailyMail.com exclusively revealed details of the paternity battle in December after Maralee Nichols filed a lawsuit against the NBA player 

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