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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit Nickelodeon in 2012

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit Nickelodeon in 2012

Nickelodeon is making some bold moves. Since acquiring the rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 4Kids and a few other groups, Nick has pumped millions into the recreation of the brand, hoping to breathe fresh life into the world of the four reptilian brothers. Producers declare that the new CG series (set to premiere in 2012) will begin as the turtles emerge from their lair in the sewers, ready to confront the wondrous and hostile world of New York City. The enemies will be more dangers. The pizza will be more delicious. And the toon promises to be the best representation yet of the TMNT franchise. Think they can pull it off? Only one way to find out, and it starts with your review of this teaser trailer footage!


TMNT Leonardo

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo

TMNT Donatello

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Donatello

TMNT Raphael

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael

TMNT Michelangelo

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo

ToonBarn Rob

um… the ToonBarn guy, of course! but you can call me Rob
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  1. Cherry Cherry

    I think the old ones (2003) were better… damn, what they do? >< I hope the story will be better than the graphics…

  2. viral9 viral9

    TMNT 2003 was awesome sauce! But this…turning them to CGI I hope it was a good idea and what up with the sharp weapons?

  3. Yven83 Yven83

    Graphicstyle looks great on this one, very moody. Might fit well with the feel of Eastman and Lairds comics and maybe (and hopefully) finally the sillyness went completely out of a TMNT TV series. At least Michelangelo looks serious now, thats a good sign.
    I liked the first season of the 2003 show very much, especially the visuals, too, though the characters left a bit to be desired with Leonardo being the outstanding hero and his 3 brothers being better sidekicks.
    I started to watch the second season but it did not catch me again and I just watched some episodes of the following seasons. Then when I later saw how it ended, with the Turtles transforming into dragons and such crap, I knew that something went completely the wrong way.
    I still love the first liveaction movie very much, one of my favourite comicbook movies ever and with lots of hommage to the original comics.
    Looking forward to this show.




    Nickelodeon is doing it wrong. Turtles Forever should be the end of TMNT.

  6. Jamocha101 Jamocha101

    I’ve been hearing tons of feedback about this soley sourcing from fans viewing the footage, and already I’ve been hearing, “Oh, the animation sucks; Nickelodeon will totally ruin them; the show will never be the same; it’ll get canceled quickly; it’s going to be stupid and for little kids…”

    Oh my gosh. I know the internet is full of nothing but individual critics, but the Ninja Turtle fandom seems to attract the lot of them, like honey and bees. Does no one else find judging the show over a year before it premiers on television the least bit childish? Obviously our green heroes are going through a lot of changes that their “loyal” fans don’t like, but why would the expect for the fandom to be entirely bought out and then live up to every last one of their expectations? It’s called a reboot, ladies and gentlemen. I don’t know how many people have noticed, but reboots are never the same as the source material. That’s not how it works.

    Yeah, the animation in this clip absolutely stinks to high heaven, but it’s been released early in the process; it’s just a rough rendering, so needless to say, it IS going to improve; we got a small two-second clip of the turtles in Nickelodeon’s 2011 bumper, and the animation and character designs were much better and distinct. Feedback from the fans that attended the preview also plainly remarked “the animation was awesome,” so I have no doubts in that respect. Of course, nothing beats the good old celluloid, but money-consumed networks like Disney and Nickelodeon don’t seem to comprehend that.

    So like I said, there are changes. And of course, the fanbase is not happy with them.

    It appears the biggest alternatives we’ll be seeing is the turtles’ height and mass differences, Splinter’s sudden not-crippled appearence and dimeanor, April as a teenager, Don, Mikey, and Raph all being smart alecks, voice acting, and weapon changes.

    So. Nickelodeon is worried about voilence, so they give their characters newly bladed weapons. Because that makes sense.

    Whatever. As long as they actually draw them every once and a while (because in the first three movies, and the first cartoon, Leonardo hardly ever even drew his swords, and it drove me absolutely insane), I’m good. As for Splinter being tall and agile…that’s kind of a dissapointment. I loved the 2003 series Splinter, because he was small, old, and slow. That’s what’s awesome about him, because when he breaks into his occasional battle mode, he’s pretty goshdarn skilled, and because he’s all old guy-ish you expect less from him, which makes the climax of his fighting seem epicer. If he’s tall and entirely abled, you expect more from him, so when push comes to shove with his fighting, it’s just not as cool. I like the totally kick-butt little old guy cliche. It was a good disposition for Master Splinter…

    That’s not much of a real big thing for me, so I’m just on the fence about it. If they go through with it, I’m sure I can adapt, but I won’t be all that elated about it.

    And with the height differences, it kind of makes me mad. Donatello that tallest, Raph and Leo the same size, and Mikey the shortest. Mikey being smaller than eveyone else is something I can deal with. Donatello being the tallest is what irks me. We’ve seen it all the time before, and it’s just so stereotypical…he’s the nerd so he’s automatically taller and lankier than the other turtles. Because all smart people are tall and lanky, oh yes. Not to mention, Leo is the oldest. Something about that just gives me the impression he should be the tallest…just this once, I would like to see their ages clearly represented in something other than personality and what’s among the talk of the fanbase, I would just love for Nick to make sense of their characters, and when it comes to height, I am not getting that. But, Raph is said to be the bulkiest, which is something I most definitely can deal with. He’s Raph, of course he should be the biggest.

    April as a teenager…that’s just another iffy kind of thing. I really haven’t made up my mind about it. April was always the older sister, the person who looked after the turtles and stood by their side, and remained their link to the outside world. When she’s a teenager that’s about the same age as the turtles, it’s very Mary Sue-esque, not to mention another burden on their shoulders. The 1987 April was just a really annoying damsal in distress, her only role being kidnapping potentail, and it drove me up the wall. The 2003 April, on the other hand, was awesome. Yeah, she was a Mary Sue, or on the very brink of it, but she was a likeable Mary Sue especailly compared to her former counterpart, AND she ACTUALLY took care of herself. What, now. And this teenage April is said to have her parents killed early in the series, so…where is she staying? She obviously doesn’t have a big enough income or the legal rights to own her own place, so…She boards the turtles’ lair, right? Oy vey.

    And Don is supposed to have a crush on her. I could rant forever about how stupid, cheesy, and non-sensible that is, but I choose not to.

    As for the whole smart aleck thing, I love that. Absolutely love that. I don’t know about other people, but being a wise-cracker is a trait I highly love in my cartoon characters, and the turtles sharing that characteristic would just be a dream come true, AND more than that, it will give the feeling that they’re actual teenagers instead of warriors that have sticks up their backs. Okay, maybe that was just Leo, but I often forgot sometimes that the turtles were indeed fifteen-year-old, and it’s something like a certain tartness that would keep their likeable and childishness up to par. Why do we love classic characters like Bugs Bunny and Yakko Warner so much? Because they’re some of the biggest wise guys in all of cartoon history.

    I personally don’t mind the voice acting. The only one I have a problem with is Rob Paulsen as Donatello. Don’t get me wrong, I am a Rob Paulsen FANATIC, after all, he’s done at least one cartoon voice in just about every last cartoon that was ever made in the universe since he was born, but he obviously has a rather…goofy voice, and I don’t think there’s any variation of it that can suit Donatello. I hated the purple banded turtle’s voice in the ’87 cartoon, it was nasal and the last thing you would expect to hear from a teenager (all of their voices were a little far-fetched, but his was by far the worst), but at least you could visualize his geekiness with it. With his voice resembling Raphael…I can’t fathom it. It just doesn’t make sense. Unless he finds a safe line between all of Stanley, Yakko, and Pinky, I think maybe he’ll be able to pull it off, but I just don’t see it. Sorry, Rob.

    Over all, I’m looking foward to the show and can’t wait to see how these changes turn out…I am bother nervous and excited. Hopefully Nickelodeon pulls it off; the only thing I know for sure they’ll screw up is their comedy because the way they perceive children as idiots results in rediculously stupid cliched un-funny jokes, Back at the Barnyard and Mighty Bee being just two of many examples. And iCarly as well as their other stupid sit coms, but their idiotic comedy is in a whole new league.

    Okay. Venting over. Carry on.


    bring back 1987 version or else let tmnt put to bed.
    nikledeon always sucked as usual

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