- December 6th, 2023, 4:33 pm#4989030
The Turtles started out in a black and white independent comic book released in 1984, but it was a much darker, more mature portrayal compared to the 1987 animation. It was also started as a bit of an homage/parody of Frank Miller's comic Ronin. I've never seen or heard anything suggesting Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the TMNT creators, drew any inspiration from Ghostbusters
The 1987 cartoon, on the other hand, had some of the same writers: Micheal Reaves, Mark and Micheal Edens, Francis Moss, Duane Capizzi, and Bob Forward have writing credits in both series. Cam Clarke (Leonardo) even lent his voice to a character in the RGB parody of the Turtles, "Mean Green Teen Machine" Other voice actors with roles in both are Maurice LaMarche and Peter Cullen. (There was an American cartoon in the 1980's that didn't have Frank Welker in it? Was this even allowed?)
The personalities do have some similarities, but some differences; Leo's a lot more serious than Venkman, and I think Ray's a bit more serious than Mikey. And in RGB a lot of the time you got the feeling that Egon was the real leader, something I don't think has often been said about Don.