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Monday, August 7, 2017

Everything We Know About "Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

In March, Nickelodeon announced that the current TMNT CGI series would be replaced next year by a new 2D-animated series, "Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." The series will be headed by Andy Suriano (character designer for Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer of the 2012 series). "Rise of the TMNT" is said to be lighter and more humor-oriented than the 2012 series.

There has been a blurry reveal of the new logo via Twitter user @TMNTfan86:

UPDATE: The first official details, including the voice cast, have been revealed! Read about it here!

NOTE: The following 4chan "leaks" are confirmed FAKE by Nickelodeon Animation Studios. I am keeping it posted here to keep clear what is and isn't confirmed.

A couple of 4chan users, who are said to have inside knowledge of Nickelodeon studios, stated we can expect:
  • 2D animation, said to be in the vein of Motorcity, FLCL/Gainax
  • More humor oriented than the last one, no clue to what extent
  • The turtles are going to have some sort of mystical powers. Think Ninja Tribunal from the 4kids series. It ties into their origin somehow, which is supposedly pretty different. They have stones in their belts that help them channel their energy. Probably a toy gimmick
  • The turtle designs are like Mirage meets the Michael Bay movies. They all look pretty similar except for Donny’s goggles, Leo’s got some armor, Raph has the du-rag like in the new movies, and Michelangelo’s got some “cool” accessories
  • Splinter plays a much lesser role
  • April is a teenager again, looks a bit like the current version but with really puffy pigtails and she’s sorta chubby. And she has a sword
  • There is no Shredder in this series. Not sure if that’s just at first or a permanent thing
  • Pizza is literally the turtles’ biggest weakness now. They have to deal with how it negatively affects their focus and physical condition
  • No word on voice cast yet
This supposed character design for Donatello is also 100% fake. The new designs are actually said to be nothing close to this.

Expect the new designs to be officially revealed next February during Toy Fair.

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