What’s the next move for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? They’re rising in Nickelodeon’s new animated series, coming this September. The first big trailer was released today at SDCC. Wanna watch?
The first thing that strikes you is how different everything looks. After dabbling in CGI for the last few years, the Ninja Turtles have embraced 2D animation again — with a bullhorn. Extremely stylized art, fast-paced action, wild expressions and quick timing: everything a drawing can do better than a static model is taken advantage of here. We hope the trailer is an indicator of the animation for the full show.
For the first time ever, the Turtles don’t cast identical silhouettes. Instead, each Turtle is a different breed: Raph is a snapping turtle, Leo is a slider turtle, Don is a soft-shell turtle and Mikey is a box turtle. Does this mean they’re no longer brothers? (They still could be; it’s a cartoon…)
Not seen in this trailer, but confirmed, is Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O’Neil. The Nina Turtles have had three distinct shows prior to this one (Next Mutation didn’t happen) and each one has used a different April. There have been grown-up and child Aprils in the past; this one is a teenager.
And here are the new villains the Turtles will face! They’re not the only things mutating in the sewers anymore. Sitting among this group is Big Mama, a gigantic spider mutant (played by Lena Headey); a power-hungry giant pig named Meat Sweats (John Rotten Lydon), Rhys Darby as Hypno-Potamus (we’ll let you guess what he does), and El Tigre’s Jorge Gutierrez as pro wrestler Ghostbear, among others.
They’ve been TV mainstays since the 1980s, but the Ninja Turtles should continue to prosper on television for years to come. Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premieres on Nickelodeon September 17.