Donatello Makes Time
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 Cartoon) episode
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Season Code: 04
Episode: 23
Original airdate October 20, 1990
Written by Dennis Marks
Supervising Producer Fred Wolf
Producers: Walt Kubiak
Supervising Director  Bill Wolf
Episode chronology
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990 Season
September 10, 1990 - December 8, 1990
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  • Syndication
  1. "Plan Six From Outer Space"
  2. "Turtles of the Jungle"
  3. "Michelangelo Toys Around"
  4. "Peking Turtle"
  5. "Shredder's Mom"
  6. "Four Turtles and a Baby"
  7. "Turtlemaniac"
  8. "Rondo in New York"
  9. "Planet of the Turtles"
  10. "Name That Toon"
  11. "Menace Maestro, Please"
  12. "Superhero for a Day"
  13. "Back to the Egg"
  • Saturday Mornings
  1. "Son of Return of the Fly II"
  2. "Raphael Knocks 'em Dead"
  3. "Bebop and Rocksteady Conquer the Universe"
  4. "Raphael Meets His Match"
  5. "Slash - The Evil Turtle from Dimension X"
  6. "Leonardo Lightens Up"
  7. "Were-Rats from Channel 6"
  8. "Funny, They Shrunk Michelangelo"
  9. "The Big Zipp Attack"
  10. "Donatello Makes Time"
  11. "Farewell, Lotus Blossom"
  12. "Rebel Without a Fin"
  13. "Rhino-Man"
  14. "Michelangelo Meets Bugman"
  15. "Poor Little Rich Turtle"
  16. "What's Michelangelo Good For?"
  17. "The Dimension X Story"
  18. "Donatello's Degree"
  19. "The Big Cufflink Caper!"
  20. "Leonardo Versus Tempestra"
  21. "Splinter Vanishes"
  22. "Raphael Drives 'Em Wild"
  23. "Beyond the Donatello Nebula"
  24. "Big Bug Blunder"
  25. "The Foot Soldiers are Revolting"
  26. "Unidentified Flying Leonardo"

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Donatello Makes Time is a season 4 episode of the 1987-1996 series.

Character voices


Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo watch eagerly as Donatello puts the finishing touches on a new device, which they believe to be a new microwave pizza oven. Instead, it turns out to be a time-stopping machine, and the disinterest of the other three Turtles irritates Donatello. Anything that the machine is focused on will be frozen in time.

Meanwhile, a mad scientist known as Professor Lloyd Cycloid floats through the sewers on a homemade raft. His goal: create a satellite that will turn the rest of the human race stupid, so he can dominate them with his intellect. While Donatello is having pizza with the others, Cycloid spots the Time-Stopper and steals it. The Turtles try to intercept him, but are zapped by the Time-Stopper.

April covers the theft of a solid gold Egyptian statue (later revealed to actually be iridium), and Splinter recognizes the effect of the Time Stopper. He is horrified to find the Turtles frozen in mid-air, but fortunately they snap back into normal time shortly thereafter.

Cycloid uses the Time-Stopper a second time, this time to steal a powerful laser gun. April recognizes him from the camera footage, and Donatello sets out on his Sewer Ski to find Cycloid and reclaim his invention, leaving a trail of arrows for the other Turtles to follow.

Cycloid and his stolen items arrive back at his long-abandoned home, shortly followed by Donatello. Donatello is hit by the Time-Stopper again. While he's frozen, Cycloid dangles him over a vast pool of toxic slime that will kill him if anyone opens the door. Despite his perilous situation, Donatello manages to sabotage Cycloid's laser device, causing it to blast out of the house.

The other Turtles follow Donatello's trail through the sewers, and burst into the room where Donatello is suspended. Just before Donatello can fall into the acidic slime, Leonardo uses the Time-Stopper to save his life and proceeds to hand Cycloid to the authorities.

The priceless Egyptian relic is returned to the museum (and presumably the laser ray is returned as well). The other Turtles are in favor of getting rid of the Time-Stopper, but Donatello is outraged by the idea. Raphael responds by deliberately dropping the Time-Stopper, destroying it, and a mournful Donatello laments that it might take years for him to fix it.




Home media releases


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Donatello's Degree


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection



  • The Turtles' weapons did not made a clashing sound when they and the Turtles fell to the floor after the effects of the Time Stopper wore off.
  • The Time Stopper was drawn mirror-flipped during the final scene.
  • The mushrooms on Michelangelo and Raphael's pizzas were colored red in the final shot at the tail end of the episode.
  • When Leonardo spoke to Donatello on the Turtlecom at Cycloid's house he was seen with Raphael's sai.
  • When the turtles are frozen after the commercial, they are in different positions.
  • When April is interviewing the scientist, the tip of her microphone vanished.
  • When Donatello is watching the rays from Cycloid's malfunctioning laser cutter, the knob on the lab door is missing.
  • The tips of Raphael's sais were missing when Donatello said that the Time Stopper could be dangerous in thw wrong hands.


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