You've Gotta Be F***ing Kidding Me: New Ninja Turtles Cartoon Replaces 'Cowabunga' With 'Booyakasha' :(

October 1, 2012

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In stupid idiot news, the Nickelodeon reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has decided to replace the turtles' traditional "cowabunga" with the much dumber "booyakasha". Dammit, I told myself I wasn't going to drink today either. Now look at me! "Tongue kissing a bottle of rye whiskey." YEP. Pure sadness:

Says producer Ciro Neili:


There was a lot of talk about what the new 'cowabunga' was, or whether it should even remain 'cowabunga.' We hadn't initially come up with anything yet because we didn't really necessarily need it [at the time].


But then when we were at the record, one of the actors -- Greg Cipes, who actually plays Michelangelo -- just kind of went for it. When he said it in the room, there were a lot of executives there. I think it was our first record. And it was that moment when he said it -- I think he just really pulled it off and kind of won everybody over in the room. And it stuck.

Listen: yelling booyakasha during voice-recording is not "going for it." That is the opposite of going for it. If I had been in that room and "booyakasha" came out of anybody's mouth I would have dragged them out back and shot them in both knees.

Thanks again to chichi, who, for two tips in a day, gets *looking around* a dog or a wireless mouse -- your pick.

  • i think it would be great for the kids if this legendary cartoon remake.thanks for the post.3D virtual world kids

  • Brad Downam

    Wow...getting upset about a cartoon for...."kids".

  • Danny P

    Look at this grown-ass human being whining like a baby that a cartoon for kids didn't do a dumb thing it did when he was a child.

  • What please me off is that Don is not a nerd anymore and has a missing tooth.

  • Katayani

    boyakasha is a jamaican, and some say native african word that means "death to the white man" which can be heard in jungle drum and bass which Ali G i.e Sasha Baren Cohen regularly listen too. GO NINJA GO NINJA GO!

  • ricken

    i have to say that this, in spanish, means litterally "I am going home" THXBYE

  • CrazyUncleNicola

    Are we really making a big deal about one word? I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
    #Firstworldcomplaints

  • kaos9

    You complaining about someone on the internet complaining about a cartoon is even sadder than the actual fact.

  • Stelio Freeman

    anyone mad at this is an idiot.
    this show is NOT FOR YOU OR YOUR DAMN NOSTALGIA. it's for your kids. getting mad at this is just retarded, and if you planned on watching it @ 25+ with any sort of seriousness - your life has taken a bad turn.

  • Mr. Bones

    I'm 26, but I watch it for fun because it's a good show. and who cares about one word. it's not like it's ruining the entire formula of the show.

  • Guest

    I don't like this and the Urban Dictionary's definitions. However, Splinter's redesign is awesome. :D

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    Ali G has been around since 2000. Why not pick a catchphrase from this generation then? The little turds that will be watching this TMNT were not even alive when Sacha Baron Cohen started saying "Booyakasha."

    If you are going to use an old tired catchphrase then at least keep the original because then it makes the most sense to the parents who in the end are the ones that hold the purse strings and will support their little rugrats with Christmas presents of TMNT goodies.

    All these reboots are taken from shows in our generation and we are the parents now. Our generation is still alive and kicking and are the ones holding the jobs at this moment. Don't mess with our childhood if you want us to spend any money on this crap.

  • Mr. Bones

    Nobody is messing with your childhood. Grow up. Deal with it. Things change. Your memories and childhood are still intact, or are you suggesting that you're a giant baby and that THIS is still considered your childhood?

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    No I am saying look at who your market is. It does not matter about the kids. In the end its about the parents. That is why all the commercials now from cars to toothpaste use background music from a certain generational time. It associates the memories of the people that at this current time are holding the jobs and the money. My generation is the target generation when it comes to corporations focusing on the money. TMNT came from my generational time. I suggest before you start trying to change it, the corporations really need to think about where little 10 year old Timmy is going to get his money from to purchase the new TMNT doll.

  • AdamCoates

    Though I don't approve of this, I also don't get why people say this is ruining their childhood. They aren't remaking the old series and replacing a line, they're adding it to something completely new. If anything it's not your childhood they're ruining, it's the childhoods of all the young viewers this is targeting. They're the ones who are being short changed by not getting cowabunga.

    I just wish that instead of this show they made another movie that followed up the cg TMNT. I liked the style of that much more than this new stylized animation.

  • Mr. Bones

    Really? Short changed by not getting a catchphrase they're not familiar with, and that nobody's used since 1994? (I know the series ran to '96, but really, who watched those last few seasons?).

  • AdamCoates

    They used it in the 2003 series that ran until 2010, and I actually like that series much more than the original cartoon. but again, who really watched the final few seasons.

  • Mr. Bones

    I don't really see the problem. this show isn't for old school turtles fans, hence the Y7 rating (for you people out there who don't know what that means, it means it's for 7 - 10 year olds. I'm most certain you don't fall into that category). I've watched it, and I think it's pretty good. The Turtles you remember, is still that, the Turtles YOU remember... this is for a new generation, and anyone mature enough to let go of their nostalgia of a tired phrase from the 80s. Grow up, and move on... or stay put and stew over something so trivial as the catchphrase of a cartoon character from 1987. deal with it.

  • captaindash

    This reeks of the Transformers. They changed Spike to Sam. Why? Does it help advance the story? They also called a tank Devastator during the first one. Hundreds of millions and they can't even get the fucking names right. TMNT, like Transformers, relies on now 35 yr olds to promote it to their own kids, so they should appeal to the actual target audience first. The updated part is fine, the CG. They didn't have CG back then so that's understandable. Silly as it sounds, this makes me sick. Some asshole consultants justifying their salaries is all. Lawyers do it, engineers do it, why not cartoon consultants?

  • Danny P

    Why do you give a shit?

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