Nickelodeon rebooting Ninja Turtles as a throwback 2D animated series

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Mar 3, 2017

Nickelodeon has been running its CGI Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series for a few years, but now the franchise is getting a throwback reboot.

Variety reports the network is preparing to launch the new 2D animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which will replace the shinier CGI series in Fall 2018. The series is being produced by Samurai Jack character designer Andy Suriano and current Ninja Turtles producer Ant Ward.

"The Turtles is a property that has reinvention in its DNA, which keeps it fresh and relevant to every new generation while satisfying the demand from its adult fans," Nickelodeon group president Cyma Zarghami said. "Turtles has been an incredibly important franchise for us since we reignited it five years ago, and we're excited for the new series to take the characters in a different direction with more humor, a younger and lighter feel and all-new dimensions to explore."

As for the logline, the network says the series will follow Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo as they embark on "all-new adventures as they seek to unlock the mystical secrets of New York City." It also mentions a bit about mystic ninja powers — so there could be a magical angle in here, too. The series seems like it'll be largely NYC-focused, as their adventures will take them to "the tallest skyscraper" and "the dankest sewer drain."

Getting the Turtles back in animated form will be a nice change of pace after a few years of CGI. What do you think of the concept? Are you ready for a TMNT reboot?

The final season of the CGI Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kicks off later this month.

(via Variety)