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Kujundžić, Nada und Matúš Mišík: "Powering up the Technodrome. Energy Sustainability in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." In: Journal of Popular Culture 51.3 (2018), S. 575–594.
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BibTeX citation key: Kujundi2018
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Keywords: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", Adaption, Animation, Eastman. Kevin, Laird. Peter, Ökologie
Creators: Kujundžić, Mišík
Collection: Journal of Popular Culture
Situated within media studies, this article examines the portrayal of energy in the 1987 animated TMNT television series (1987–96). The show’s main villains (Shredder and Krang) use energy in an unsustainable way in their effort to conquer (and ultimately destroy) Earth; however, this type of energy utilization always has severe negative consequences and regularly backfires on the “bad guys.” Simply put, unsustainable energy use causes irreversible damage to the environment and ultimately leads to the destruction of humankind. By analyzing energy issues, a previously neglected topic within scholarship on children’s media and television, this article expands the discussion within television and children’s media studies to include representations, uses, and manifestations of energy, as well as the way in which children’s media—advertently or inadvertently—mirror pertinent social, political, cultural, environmental, and other issues of their day. Analysis of TMNT provides an important opportunity to contribute to this growing literature as well as to nascent discussion of energy humanities, a research niche focused on the interplay between energy and the social, cultural, and political realities of its production.
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