Sunday, March 29, 2015

Cuteagen


Originally published in: TMNT New Animated Adventures #21
Publication date: March 25, 2015

Story: Caleb Goellner
Art: Billy Martin
Colors: Heather Breckel
Letters: Shawn Lee
Edits: Bobby Curnow

“Cuteagen”

Summary:

In his lab, Donnie is working on perfecting a retromutagen formula when Mikey comes storming in, insisting that he’s got shellacne again.  It turns out he just fell asleep on a slice of pizza, but in his hysterics he slips on a banana peel and crashes into Don, spilling the retromutagen experiment all over himself.  The stuff turns Mikey into a hyperactive, “pwecious” toddler.


Donatello quickly synthesizes an antidote, but Li'l Mikey snatches it and decides to play keep-away.  Don rallies his brothers to help him catch Li'l Mikey, but the toddler Turtle is too fast and energetic for them to pin down.

Eventually, Splinter enters the living room and disciplines Li'l Mikey (who dutifully obeys his father).  He forces the brat to endure a gauntlet of training exercises until he passes out, exhausted.  Splinter tells Donnie to administer the antidote, but everything starts to get blurry…

Donatello wakes up in his lab, having fallen asleep by his chemistry set.  Splinter tells him that it is time for his exercises.  In fact, Splinter has come up with a new exercise to test stealth, speed and endurance.  It’s called: “Catch Michelangelo”.


Turtle Tips:

*The story continues in TMNT New Animated Adventures #22.

*Mikey got shellacne in the season 2 episode… “Mikey Gets Shellacne”.


Review:

So this story felt like it could have been an episode of the old Fred Wolf TMNT cartoon.  Probably because it WAS an episode of the old Fred Wolf TMNT cartoon.  Hell, I think it might have been TWO episodes.  That series recycled its own ideas a lot.

Overall, it sort of feels like Goellner came up with the pun for the title first and then the actual story after that.  The plot is mostly obnoxious and there isn’t much to it.  Billy Martin’s energetic visuals make the best of this comedy relief back-up.



2 comments:

Adam Winters said...

You're probably right about the story's name preceding the actual plot. It's funny that Donnie actually names the stuff as soon as he sees what's happened to Mikey.

Between the comics and the cartoons, I think Donatello might be the Turtle with some of the strangest dream sequences... he's at least in the running for 2nd place to Mikey.

Chet said...

Wasn't Michelangelo the only turtle NOT to convert into a toddler in an episode of the Fred Wolf cartoon? It was pretty obnoxious, as I remembered it, as well as a cartoon staple done many, many times (I think even Shredder became a child at the end of the very same episode).