Your favorite "Heroes in a Half Shell" are returning to Nickelodeon in a brand-new animated series, but these aren't the ninja turtles you think you know. With a zany art style and an origin story approach, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles promises to put a fresh spin on these classic reptilian crime fighters. The network released the show's first trailer today and it looks like it'll be a lot of fun as Raph, Leo, Donnie, and Mikey develop their combat skills with the help of April O’Neil.
Rise will replace the current 3D-animated TMNT series and take after the version from the late 1980s with a more traditional 2D approach. Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Animation, Chris Viscardi, said that the reboot is "filled with humor, loads of action and a dynamic look, and it’s packed with all new heroes, villains and cityscapes for the Turtles to explore.”
Order a pizza and then check out the trailer below!
As you can see, we finally have our first clip of John Cena as Baron Draxum, an alchemist warrior mutant who wants to mutate everyone. He thinks that the turtles "fight like untrained buffoons," but they have to figuratively cut their shells on some villains before their archnemesis, Shredder, shows up on the scene. One day, they'll be great ninjas, says Master Splinter, but they still need a lot of practice.
The cast consists of 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.
The first 26 episodes are being directed by legendary voice actor Rob Paulsen (Yakko from The Animaniacs) who voiced Raphael and Donatello in the 1987 and 2012 TMNT cartoons respectively. Season 1 is expected to air sometime in September.