Why Are Ninja Turtles Named After Artists?
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been beloved by kids of all ages since the franchise started in the 80s. The four turtles, named after the four Renaissance artists; Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael, each have their own distinct personality and characteristics. But why did the creators decide to name the four turtles after renaissance painters and sculptors?
The original comic book series and later the animated series, were created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. While they did not have any prior knowledge of Renaissance art or Renaissance artists, Eastman and Laird were both enthusiastic about art. This can be seen through the intricate details and references to art history that appear in the comics.
A Different Take on Art
The ninja turtles are a new twist on the classic Renaissance artist motif. Eastman and Laird put their own unique spin on the characters by drawing inspiration from the skills and techniques each artist was known for. For example, Leonardo is described as being a master swordsman, a reference to Leonardo da Vinci’s own talent as an artist and engineer.
Using Appropriate Names
Eastman and Laird chose to name the turtles Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael because it sounded better than named them Fred, Tom, Jerry and Mark. This choice also helped to give the turtles a sense of sophistication, a touch of culture and provide them with a connection to art.
The names of the four ninja turtles have become iconic in pop culture, and it’s easy to see why. They are a perfect example of how art and creativity can be used to create something new and exciting. So next time you see the turtles, why not take a moment to appreciate the creativity and ingenuity of Eastman and Laird for their use of Renaissance art.
- The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
- The four turtles were named after Renaissance artists; Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael.
- Eastman and Laird drew inspiration from the skills and techniques of these Renaissance artists.
- The turtles’ names provided the characters with a sense of sophistication and a connection to art.