There’s nothing like finding out your favorite childhood characters are turning 25 to make you feel old. With TMNT: Turtles Forever, we’re celebrating this great anniversary with a made-for-TV animated movie so amazing that it has me forgetting about my age-related insecurities.

Produced by 4Kids Entertainment (the folks behind the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series), this television event combines multiple era’s of Ninja Turtles in a story that’s so great, I really can’t explain it in words. Although, this article is relying heavily on words, so I should at least try, but I apologize ahead of time for any (more) fanboy-ism.

Here’s the low-down. The Turtles from the 80’s try and send the Technodrome back to Dimension X, but something goes wrong and they end up in a parallel universe – one that’s populated with its own version of the Turtles – the ones from today’s cartoon. So, we’ve got 2 sets of Turtles, but that’s not all… The turtles from the 80’s brought with them Shredder , Krang, Bebop, Rocksteady and the entire Foot Clan.

That’s really all I can say without writing out the entire story. That’s how amazing it is and that’s how much I love it. Sure, I may sound crazy, but I promise you, I’m not. This story is so great that I would have  paid to see it in a theater. I can’t believe they’re airing this on Saturday morning because while it’s “aimed” at kids, it’s clearly written for the child-at-heart.

Enough butt-kissing. Check out the trailer and after, I’ve got some good news.

Don’t lie, how amazing was that? Unless your answer to that question is “really amazing,” you’re lying.

If you watched the trailer – like I told you to – you would know that this was going to air on The CW November 21 and since it’s December, you missed it. Well, yeah, that’s true. You missed the entire hour-long airing of the movie, but that was the bad news.

Here’s where all the good news comes in: While you’ve missed the first airing, they’re re-airing the special in 3 parts on Saturday mornings. Just wait, that’s not the good news because you’ve already missed the first and second part re-airing.

The good news is that 4Kids Entertainment are putting the parts on their website ( after they air. On December 16, they’re going to release an extended directors cut of the movie on their website. At some point this is all going to come out on DVD, but nothing has been announced – yet.

So, to kick things off, here’s the first part of the movie directly from 4 Kids Entertainment.

For those fans who don’t love the mash-up created for this anniversary, you can also watch full TMNT episodes from the 80’s on their website.

Sometimes I like to be a “Negative Nancy” and sometimes I pull on my fanboy pants. Well, pants are on and I’m fanboying it up. Still, it’s all about you.

What did you think of the trailer? Are you as excited as I am?

Catch the director’s cut of TMNT: Turtles Forever December 16 on 4Kids.TV