Okay, it's kind of a weird intro to a Ninja Turtles movie. Yes, pizza has been a staple of the Turtles' diet since day on of their cartoon in 1989. Every episode has them scarfing pies, with each consecutive appearance having worse and worse toppings. Check out this montage of their orders and see how disgusting it gets as the series went on.
"Forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza."
Domino's wasn't the only pizza place to get a chunk of the Ninja Turtles change. Between the first and second movie, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello were the stars of an atrocious touring music show. The less said on it the better, but guess who plugged $20 million into the tour's production - Pizza Hut. I can't find any pictures of that promotion, and it's definitely for the best, since the tour was so bad and Pizza Hut probably disavowed all knowledge of a promotion.
That takes us to the second movie with its mouth-watering opening. You'll notice none of the pizza has a special name. There's no company logo with it, besides the generic "Roy's Pizza" name (which may be some famous place in New York, and if it is, I'm sorry, Roy). Pizza plays a more important role in the movie too, being an important plot point for delivery boy and budding martial artist Keno to find the Turtles. More than that though, pizza's popularity kinda parallels the Turtle's own fame. Just as pizza is spreading across New York as this cultural icon, so too have the Turtles become the popular kids property at the time. They had become king of movies, and the further they went, so too would their desire for pizza, and so our own cravings would grow as well. There's not a more popular food in all of pop culture, I believe, and a lot of that has to come from the Turtles and their insatiable appetite.
This post was made in part of Silver Screenings and Speakeasy's Food in Film Blogathon. Make sure to check them out for all your scrumptious cravings.