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Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie Hits Netflix August 5

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Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

When Nickelodeon bought the Ninja Turtles, there was a risk they would just try something once and then keep the IP vaulted up. But it hasn’t happened. They have been invaluable stewards, invested in keeping the franchise alive and fresh for new generations. The latest incarnation, Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, gets its own movie next month on Netflix.

Rise differs from the previous animated shows in many ways. For one thing, the turtles aren’t biological brothers in this one, though they still consider themselves family. Each member of the team is a different species of turtle, meaning for the first time it’s possible to tell them apart without the bandanas. They also have abilities beyond just their ninja training — each turtle possesses a special power.

The animation style is also wildly different from any Turtle show that has come before it. It’s more cartoony, more fluid, and insanely expressive. The thing isn’t to everyone’s taste (those who are highly attached to a previous Turtle show tend to not like it) but we won’t tell you it sucks, because it doesn’t. It’s very enjoyable.

You’re getting a couple of familiar faces in Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie, though of course they have been mutated to fit the show’s style. Casey Jones is here….from the future! He’s come to warn the Turtles about the Krang, a pink fleshy alien race that is about to conquer Earth. Of course, their leader is Krang himself.

Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie features the voices of Ben Schwartz, Omar Miller, Brandon Mychal Smith, and Josh Brener as the Turtles, accompanied by Kat Graham, Eric Bauza, Haley Joel Osment, Rhys Darby and John Michael Higgins.

One might expect a Turtles movie in this day an age to be hoarded by Paramount+, not given to its competitor by the people who made it, but….dunno. Must be a contract thing. Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie comes to Netflix August 5.