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June 25, 1990| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Copycat 'Turtles' Look for Trouble: Children enthralled with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles should be reminded that the swashbuckling exploits of the movie aren't meant to be played out in the streets, safety experts said. At the Northampton, Mass., studios where the popular characters were created, a few calls have been received, mainly dealing with children who apparently went looking for their heroes in real-life drainage systems, said Cheryl Prindle, executive director of Mirage Studios. Since the sewer-dwelling comic-book heroes made a smash screen debut in April, there have been a few reports of injuries. "Basically, our feeling is that kids need to be able to discern what is real and what isn't," Prindle said.

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