Everyone knows that Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are references to great visual artists of the Renaissance. But most people don’t realize that many of the bad guys are musical references. Bebop and Rocksteady are both musical genres. And Shredder is a fast playing lead guitarist.
So it’s almost like TMNT’s underlying message is traditional visual artists are good and music is evil.
And if that didn’t blow your mind, Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince was the voice of Shredder http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qztWgjlAPy0&feature=related