Uncle Phil Voicing TMNT’s Shredder Is The Last Fitting Piece That Is Shattering The Tetris Game of My Childhood

Not to sound like I’m formulated or a broken record but…COUPLE OF THINGS HERE:

  • I loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the point that I have to say that I currently love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. My parents used to ask me, adorably I’m sure, what I wanted to be when I grew up. My immediate answer was “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.” I figured as soon as I could get my hand on some nuclear ooze, I’d be good to go. When I was told that was impossible, I became inconsolable, retreating to my closet where I, of course, played with my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys in the dark. Only after I realized that one grew out of being a teenager at the age of 20 did I start thinking about other more feasible careers, such as being one of the Power Rangers and Batman.
  • How intently is Uncle Phil talking about being the voice of Shredder? It’s not even the bit role that made his career happen. That’s the role of UNCLE PHIL. Here’s how much I don’t care about any of his other roles outside of Uncle Phil: I’m not even bothering to play the video again to see what Uncle Phil’s real name is. HE’S UNCLE PHIL. DEAL WITH IT UNCLE PHIL.
  • I had a pillow that was Crang the Brain from TMNT. Bet you didn’t.
  • It’s so weird how if you had asked me what Shredder’s voice sounded like three minutes ago, I wouldn’t have been able to give you an impression. But just after hearing it ONCE, I recognized it immediately. Evil-monocle-wearing-British-man-whose-plan-to-tie-damsels-in-distress-to-railroads-is-foiled-maybe-due-to-his-bronchitis? GOT IT.
  • Every time I see the New Line Cinema logo, I half-expect it to be followed by a turtle spinning on his shell and the rest of the original TMNT live-action movie trailer. It was only after Jim Carey’s “The Mask” that I started to not fully expect it.

Courtesy of Steve Lattimer.

Published by Zack Stovall

Writer living in New York, NY.

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