|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode|
|Original airdate||May 31, 2003|
|Written by||Michael Ryan|
|Supervising Producer||Lloyd Goldfine|
|Frederick U. Fierst|
|Supervising Director||Chuck Patton|
|Story Editor:||Lloyd Goldfine|
"The King" is the sixteenth episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It first aired on May 31st, 2003. It had 2.36 million views on the 4kids website as of 2007.
- April O'Neil (Veronica Taylor)
- Black Horde (debut)
- Leonardo (Michael Sinterniklaas)
- Michelangelo (Wayne Grayson)
- Raphael (Frank Frankson)
- Splinter (Darren Dunstan)
Main Locations, Vehicles and Accessories
Donatello: Being a Ninja Turtle, I've seen a lot crazy things in the past few years, but this really takes the prize. At first, I thought I was dreaming, then I wished I was. But this was no dream, this was definitely a nightmare.
The Ninja Turtles and Splinter are in April's apartment discussing when and how to go about finding out what the Foot is up to down in the sewers, and whether it is yet safe to return to the lair. April tells them that they are welcome to stay with her for as long necessary, in spite of the fact that they are not the greatest house guests in the world.
The one exception to the transitory nature of his drawings is a weird portal Kirby drew. It flew off his art page and has remained in his room since then. Always curious, Don goes over to the portal and sticks his hand into the energy field. Satisfied that it's safe - Donatello walks through the portal and disappears! Kirby calls out to his new friend in a panic, and thankfully Donatello pops his head through the gateway and invites the artist to join him on the other side, where they find an incredible and fantastic world.
As the guys survey the scene, Kirby realizes that most of what exists in this fantastic realm came from his sketchbook. Far off in the distance, Kirby and Don see a beautiful floating city, connected to the ground by a long, arcing bridge. The pair decide to check it out. As they approach the bridge, a strange creature passes them. Kirby flips through his sketch pad and finds the exact drawing that the creature came from. The two friends follow the beast and they see a battle is going on. Four strangely garbed human warriors are fighting a gang of weird monsters, and the situation doesn’t look good for the humans.
Donatello rushes to the aid of the humans. With Donny's help, the warriors defeat the group of monsters. The soldiers thank Don and Kirby for their assistance, but they explain that an army of beasts will be returning shortly. There will be too many enemies for the small band to be able to defend the bridge and city. Just as the lead warrior finishes this tale, a swarm of monsters flows over the horizon, and a battle royale erupts.
In spite of heroic efforts by Donatello and the four warriors, the monsters are winning the fight and making their way up the bridge towards the city. Suddenly, Kirby gets an inspiration. Since he drew all these creatures, perhaps he can draw some weapons and devices to help fight them off! The talented artist quickly whips out his paper and crystal-powered pencil and begins sketching furiously. He first draws a weapon for Donny to use that negates the gravity of the monsters and sends them flying into the air - unfortunately there are so many enemies that the ninja's new gun quickly overheats. Next, Kirby draws a giant robot that captures the monsters, but there are just too many to catch. As the beasts breech the bridge and make their way towards the women and children of the city, Kirby gets one last idea and he renews his efforts in the sketchbook. Just as it looks like the monsters' mission will succeed, they are suddenly bound! Kirby has drawn various forms of bindings to thwart the invading army - good thing he can draw so fast! The warriors look upon Kirby as a powerful sorcerer and state that he is welcome any time. Don pats his new friend on the back and tells him that it’s time to go home. Kirby reluctantly agrees (he'd like to spend more time investigating the marvelous world) and the two head back to the portal.
When they arrive at the gateway, it is fluctuating wildly, threatening to close entirely. Kirby insists that Donatello go first, so the ninja dives through headfirst. Unfortunately the portal closes quickly and Donny gets stuck with his body half in the real world and half in the fantastic world! Kirby grabs Don’s feet and gives a mighty push, popping the mutant through the portal and into the basement of April's apartment building Donny was about to save Kirby but he is too late as the portal shrinks a paper plane comes out of the portal to Donny and he unfolds to reveal Kirby's drawing of Donatello with an anti gravity gun with a message saying:
Don -"Life at best is bitter sweet." see ya around pal!- Kirby
- Michelangelo: I thought with the Shredder gone we'd seen the last of those bozos. Do you really think they could find our lair? I just got my room the way I like it. And my famous ninja trading card collection is just lying out in the open! If they that, I'll-
- April: (sees Splinter and the Turtles back in place as if nothing happened.) Wow, you guys are good.
- Leonardo:: It's our job.
- Donatello: We're ninja.
- Michelangelo: Yeah! Check out my mad stealth skills! Now you see me (covers face with chip bag), no you don't! Now you see me, now you don't!
- Donatello Relax, Mikey. With all the techno camouflage and security devices I've installed, there's no way they'll find our place. BBQ soy chip?
- Michelangelo: Fire away, bro! [munch]
- [April holds up Chinese takeout bag in front of Don and Mike]
- April: Your order, I presume?
- Don and Mike: [points at each other] He did it!
- April: May I have the privilege of getting you anything else, m'lords?
- Donatello: No, we're fine. Thanks.
- Michelangelo: One from column A, and one from column B!
- [April sighs as she watches Don and Mike pig out]
- April: I feel like I've gone from happily single to mother of four overnight.
- Splinter: Tell me about it.
- Raphael: Yo Donny! Can ya' do somethin' about the hot water? A turtle can't even take a decent shower in this joint.
- Donatello: Been there, done that.
- Raphael: :Well go there, and do it again!
- Donatello: Why is it always me? Why don't you ask Mikey to fix something once in a while?
- [They watch Mikey humming while eating chips]
- Michelangelo: What?
- Donatello: Don't worry, April. I'm a ninja. Piece of cake.
- Michelangelo: There's cake?! I love cake!
- Donatello: Say, doesn't my appearance freak you out a little?
- Kirby: Fella, since my sketches started leapin' off the page, I've seen freakier, believe me.
- Donatello:I wonder if there's some sort of bio-molecular energy transfer involved...?
- Kirby: Don, just draw something.
- Donatello: Haha, okay. But I'm afraid a stick person is the best I can do.
- Donatello: I came. I saw. I kicked monster butt!
- Donatello: Eat negative gravity, you loser!
- [Blows the smoke off the gun on his wrist]
- Donatello: The gravity-equalizer. Don't leave home without it.
- Donatello: Kirby, my friend. You are the king!
- Before the episode begins, it gives a dedication to Jack Kirby, one of the comic book authors for the Mirage comic book series to whom is dubbed 'King of the Comics'.
- There is an extended ending in which Donny, after leaving the dimension with Kirby's drawing, bumps into Raph, still demanding hot water. Donny glares at Raph before silently walking by. Raph wonders what's bothering him. The last sentence in Kirby's note also says "Take care of yourself".
- This episode was based on the original Mirage comic Donatello #1, entitled "Kirby and the Warp Crystal". It was printed in February 1986.
- Kirby is a homage to the legendary comic book artist Jack "The King" Kirby.
- When we get a glance at the TV, we see that April is watching the horror movie Mikey was watching in "Notes from the Underground, Part 1".
- When the Turtles hide from the delivery man, he spots Michelangelo by the chair. When he looks again, it's replaced by a stuffed purple bear. Michelangelo used that same maneuver in the first TMNT movie.
- This is probably the only episode we get to hear Raph sing.
- One of the Warriors yells, "You shall not pass!" to the Fantastic Monsters, Gandalf says the same thing in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
- For a brief second, Mikey's eyes turn blue.
- April wears a yellow shirt in this episode. This is her trademark color in other incarnations.
- This episode is Donatello's first individually-focused episode.