First Look At New ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ TV Show

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:07 pm,

New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show footage First Look At New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV Show

It’s been three years since Nickelodeon purchased the rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, with plans to create yet another television series that features the titular martial arts trained reptiles in animated form – not to be confused with Platinum Dune’s live-action TMNT reboot.

The Nickelodeon series isn’t due out until next year, but there’s now an official preview which offers a very brief glimpse at the new-and-improved mutant warriors that are named after Renaissance artists and have a fondness for pizza (how often do you get to write those words together?).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be a computer-animated series, and according to executive producer Ciro Nieli, each of the turtles (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael) will possess “more individual attributes.” The theme song for the original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show did actually distinguish the characters by means other than their mask color and weapon of choice, but it wouldn’t hurt to give each of the turtles a bit more personality, all the same.

Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive first look at the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show, which can be viewed HERE.

The first still image from the series has also been released, and can be seen below:

Conceptual art for new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV Show First Look At New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV Show

While each of the Turtles still possess their trademark weaponry (though Donatello’s bo staff has now been upgraded with a blade at the end), the animators are clearly aiming to give each of the characters a more fearsome makeover. The glinting white slits for eyes and blocky appendages are slight exaggerations of the Turtles’ design in the 2007 TMNT movie, but these new CGI Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles are noticeably more stylized than their predecessors.

TMNT movie with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles First Look At New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV Show

The crew from 'TMNT'.

While the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies released during the 1990s were more light-hearted and humorous than the original comic book series, recent film and TV versions alike have sought to return the characters to their darker roots. Obviously, given the nature of the franchise, these mutated masked vigilantes won’t ever be taken quite as seriously as their peers – and, in all honesty, that’s probably for the best.

Will you be checking out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when it airs on Nickelodeon next year?

Source: EW

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  1. I have to say, I’ve neither read the comics nor seen the more recent animated TV series (though I did see TMNT). My entire exposure to the franchise has been through the cartoon and the live action movies, and that’s how I see them. They’re teenagers! They’re supposed to act goofy, eat pizza, and say things like “Excellent!”, “Radical!”, and, most especially, “Cowabunga!”

    I am … almost prepared to accept a different theme song; but if they take out the wisecracking, laid back attitudes that made the cartoon and movies enjoyable in the first place, then I will not be happy with the new show. Why does everything have to be “The Dark Knight”?

    • yeah see this is where people that are only familiar with the pop culture version start screaming, But see long before there was the dark Knight there was the Dark turtles, the original comics which where published in B/W , always portrayed the turtles are bad asses and not so much the childish catoons you are familiar with, i personally look forward ti the more serious brothers. The art work looks more of a throw back to the ogiginal comicbook style anyways which is great IMO

      • Exactly…the original Turtles were often grim, frequently gritty, and quite adult in many of their motivations. At least visually, this seems like it will hearken back to that time in Mutant Turtles history.

        As has been said for a variety of other things in life: “It’s a good thing.”

  2. TURTLE POWER!!!!!!!!!! WOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Oh look another bastardization of the TMNT franchise.

  4. Can’t wait. TURTLE POWER!!!! Big, big fan of the Turtles and their universe.

  5. The first TMNT movie was the best. It wasn’t too overtly kid-friendly. They swore, there was plenty of violence, and the Turtles themselves were flawlessly brought to life by Jim Henson’s shop. That film is the best of the series and I doubt it will ever be knocked out of that spot.

    • Thats why they toned down the to sequals because they thought the original live action movie was to violent.

  6. I love the TMNT show that came out in the early 2000s! I felt it had a more serious tone than the movies and 80s show did. I loved the adventurers and the awesome stories they had in them-Usagi having some cameos was pretty great too. :D

    Then it was ruined with Tmnt: Fast Forward(they sent the turtles into the future and did a whole series off that concept… It sucked and the animation art style didn’t look as good as the show that came before)… I stopped watching after a season or two of that garbage. I hear that after a few seasons of that they sent them back to the present(TMNT: Back To The Sewers) but I didn’t watch that one cus it still had that same art style of TMNT:FF.

    Anyway I’m a huge turtles fan. And have been waiting for them make a show a great as the one that came out in the early 2000s and I hope this will be as good or better.

    P.S. Anyone here watch the TMNT: The Lost Episodes?… EPIC!!!! :D

    • I couldn’t agree more TMNT(FF) was a very limited and probably inexpensive (lazy) way of creating TMNT cartoons, like a campy 1966 Batman trying to imitate the original 1943 darker Batman.These little details such as extra cross hatching and shadows in the backgrounds of TMNT original comic is what makes them so convincingly entertaining. They are down to earth teenagers, whom had nothing but time to study and learn ninja(for at least 15 years or so) They are unique as long as other cartoonist don’t over shadow the fact that they are mutated turtles, by adding other weird talking creatures to their stories.

  7. And btw am I missing something, cus I don’t see any blade on Don’s bow staff?… I do however see Mike with a new weapon instead of his classic ones… Don’t like that :(

    • Donatello’s staff is just that: a staff; it’s not supposed to have a blade. As for Mikey’s weapon, how can you tell WHAT he’s holding in that particular pic? It COULD be a nunchuk…?

      • I know Don is supposed to just have a bow staff, but this article said it had a blade on the end of it, so I was curious if I was missing something… And Mike is clearly holding a weapon with long chain connected to a bladed weapon(it’s not nudchucks he’s holding)…

        • It’s the same weapon Sango’s brother used in “Inu Yasha” (I think). I don’t know what it’s called, but it has a blade that is perpendicular to the handle with a slight curve to it, attached by a long chain to a metal weight. You’re right; it is most certainly NOT nunchaku.

          • If My weapon history serves me right I believe its called a “Kusari-Gama” It was a very popular ninja weapon used in a lot of the old ninja movies back in the day. The user would twirl the weighted chain around an enemy’s appendage, give a good yank then follow up with the sickle.

            • Thanks for the weapon info. Though I think that weapon is cooler than nudchucks I’m disappointed they aren’t sticking with the classic weapon he’s always had. But I’m still hoping this will be a great show. The fact that it has a blade on it implies that the site might have more violence and action than previous versions have, and I’m all for that. :D

  8. Though they have messed up the ninja turtles in the passed couple of years, i still have to hope that they did this series right this time.

  9. Wither it’s the silly turtles or the more serious ones that will be portrayed in this series…heck even if it’s a combination of both I just hope that the story is well written and that their is character development.

  10. Why do u guys judge everything about it mikey has a weapon that is similar to the nunchuk Donny has the bow staff it’s not suppose to have a blade on it why cant u guys just accept ya I would like it to have it with the classical weapons but I’m excited for this because I’m a huge fan I watch all the episodes of the different series of the turtles

  11. Baxter Stockman as the Fly

  12. The Rat King would be good villain for the series.

  13. I believe Toka and Razar should be reunited the Shredder in the new series, o even in the movie.

  14. Hell ya can’t wait to check it out! :8