Rise of the TMNT

NYCC: Rise of the TMNT is meant to turn NYC into a mystical playground for kids (and kids at heart)

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Oct 5, 2018

We got turtle-y enough for the Turtle Club at New York Comic Con.

Why?

It's because we attended the panel for Nickelodeon's Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Among those present were co-executive producers Andy Suriano and Ant Ward, who talked about the influences on the show's art style, which has its roots in the genre of fantasy, as depicted in the 1960s and 1970s. 

"We say everything with the show is about chemistry and fun," said Suriano, who heavily hinted at a future appearance of classic Turtles villain Krang. 

Ward added that they were fascinated with the idea of hidden realities, leading to the addition of more mystical elements to the property. One goal was to turn every facet of New York into a fantastical playground for kids watching at home. This is a show for kids who look up to their parents and ask with complete sincerity (the kind only children have) if there really are butt-kicking turtles living in the sewers.

Of course, that didn't mean they could deviate too much from the original property. Voice director Rob Paulsen (a legendary voice actor in his own right) went on record as saying that what surprises him most about the TMNT franchise is “the depth of love of the fan base.”

In the photo below, you can see (sitting from left, to right): Maurice LaMarche (Foot Lieutenant), Rob Paulsen (Foot Clan Lieutenant), Kat Graham (April O'Neil), Brandon Mychal Smith (Michelangelo), Josh Brener (Donatello), Omar Benson Miller (Raphael), Ward, and Suriano. The only principal cast member not present was Ben Schwartz, who voices Leonardo.

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Credit: Josh Weiss

And since Maurice LaMarche was also present, the audience was treated to some Pink and the Brain action. Both Paulsen and LaMarche voice characters on Rise, playing two members of the Foot Clan. However, their P&TB relationship is now reversed here, LaMarche said. He's the dim one now and Paulsen is the smart one. 

Josh Brener, talked about how his brothers wouldn't let him play with their Ninja Turtles action figures when they were growing up. But now, well, Brener's got his own toy. "Suck on that!" he exclaimed to his absentee siblings. Wow, that mustv'e been festering under the surface for a while. 

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Credit: Josh Weiss

The series (already renewed for a second season) is currently in the middle of its first season, with the next two episodes ("Shell in a Cell" and "Minotaur Maze") airing tomorrow, Oct. 6.

Click here for SYFY WIRE’s full coverage of NYCC 2018, including up-to-the-minute news, exclusive interviews, and videos.


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