Welcome ghost & ghouls to Horrors In A Halfshell! In this 13-part Halloween series, I'll be opening the cartoon crypt, revisiting the best and most bodacious blood-curdling episodes from the original TMNT show. Each spooky story will be dissected with the following categories:
SCARY SYNOPSIS: What is the plot of this eerie episode?
HALLOWEEN HORRORS: Any iconic Halloween imagery?
MONSTERS & MUTANTS: Crazy creatures?
SPOOKIEST SCENE: A moment that gives me the heebie jeebies.BOO! CHEESIEST MOMENT: An eye-rolling moment that makes me giggle.
13 days. 13 episodes. 13 more reasons to love Halloween.
Let's take a trip to the country with Day 3 in Unidentified Flying Leonardo from Season 4!
The giant, fear-inducing Jack O'Lantern. That monstrosity is certainly spooky. But, it's the innards that are even spookier. During his gauntlet against the Jack O'Lantern, Leonardo wildly hacks away with his swords at the villainous pumpkin. You'd expect pulpy, seed-filled clumps to fly from his weapons. But instead, the sharp metal cuts into the pumpkin and a red, blood-like substance splatters from the carving. It's a sinister visual that's pretty dark for a kids show.
The escalation of zany, scary mayhem reaches insane heights when an army of huge tomatoes roll through town. This scene is an obvious riff (that attempts no subtlety) on Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, another goofy cartoon that also aired in the early 90s. In Unidentified Flying Leonardo, two locals have a vocal exchange, adding to the absurdity.
Local Dude 1: "What an incredible story - The Attack of the Mutant Tomatoes!"
Local Dude 2: "It's already been done."
The cartoon is very self-aware of its own silliness.
Unidentified Flying Leonardo is filled with blatant winks and nods to the Halloween season. Although the holiday is never mentioned, there's a real love for All Hallows' Eve.
Check back tomorrow for Day 4 of Horrors In A Halfshell!