Cowabunga! First look at Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series

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Feb 2, 2018

It’s Ninja time! Nickelodeon’s brand-new animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is on its way, and the network has just released some rather awesome artwork for the show.

The 2D-animated series debuts later this year on Nickelodeon and will follow the band of brothers as they discover new powers and encounter a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City.

As previously announced, the A-list voice cast includes Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re The Worst) as Michelangelo and Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O’Neil, and Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Master Splinter.

Rise is replacing the 3D-animated TMNT series and is modeled more in the vein of the version from the late 1980s, but still “reimagines the characters in a fresh new way” according to the press release.

The new artwork shows jagged-shelled Raphael as a snapping turtle, wielding twin tonfas as his weapons; Leonardo as a red-eared slider, using an ōdachi sword; Donatello as a soft-shell turtle, sporting a tech-bo staff; and Michelangelo as a box turtle, arming himself with a kusari-fundo. Along for the adventure is the Turtles’ most trusted ally, April O’Neil (portrayed here as African-American for the first time ever), a street savvy native New Yorker; and Splinter, father figure and sensei to the Turtles.

Take a peek in the gallery below and let us know what you think of the Turtles’ new-look.