In the 80’s and 90’s, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were an institution; almost required curriculum for growing up. It was an unavoidable pop sensation that absolutely everyone knew about, unless you weren’t a kid, didn’t have kids, and didn’t want to have anything to do with kids…or happiness. When the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cartoon hit airwaves in October of 1988 (A 5 episode pilot aired in 1987), pizza fever was rampant. You couldn’t really go anywhere without hearing about or seeing something Ninja Turtles related. It was a fact of life.