After purchasing the rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise back in 2009 and announcing plans to create a new CGI cartoon series last year - Nickelodeon has finally released a premiere date for the highly-anticipated animated TV reboot. Season 1 kicks off Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. with a one-hour special event; the entire season will consist of 26 half-hour episodes.
Check out the new trailer for Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles above (and please note the awesome use of the 90s theme song!).
For those unfamiliar franchise, TMNT follows a group of four baby pet turtles that are tossed in to the sewer where they are exposed to toxic waste that mutates them into 5-foot anthropomorphic ninja crime fighters. Trained by their human-size rat mentor, Splinter, the turtles - along with their friend, intrepid human reporter April O'Neill - battle the evil forces of The Shredder and his criminal organization known as the Foot Clan.
Unlike the considerably criticized (and recently shut down) Michael Bay movie reboot, The Nickelodeon version will remain truer to the much-beloved '90s cartoon, with the exception of a few cosmetic changes. In the official network release, Nickelodeon had this to say about the upcoming TMNT cartoon:
"[TMNT will be] Funnier and with more Ninjutsu than ever before, the show will explore the companionship of four teenage brothers learning to rely on themselves and one another as they unravel the mystery of their existence and grow to become the heroes in a half-shell that they are destined to be."
Along with the trailer, Nick has also released details on the star-studded voice cast for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
- Jason Biggs (American Pie) as Leonardo
- Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings) as Raphael
- Greg Cipes (Teen Titan) as Michelangelo
- And from the original Ninja Turtles series, Rob Paulsen as Donatello.
Joining the core team is Avatar the Last Airbender's Mae Whitman as April O'Neil, Hoon Lee (Royal Pains) as Master Splinter, Phil LaMarr (Justice League) as Baxter Stockman and finally Kevin Michael Richardson (Penguins of Madagascar) as the villainous Shredder.
Nickelodeon's TMNT character sheet (click to enlarge)
It may just be the nostalgia talking, but it’s kind of exciting to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back on television with its trademark '90s origin. Sure, the idea of giant mutant crime-fighting turtles is a weird one – but as a kid it seemed to make total sense. Although this new this new series will mostly be geared towards children, it still might be easier for adult fans to choke down than the alien origin story Michael Bay is pushing for with his movie reboot of the franchise.
Catch Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Saturday, Sept. 29, @ 11 am and check back with us for any updates.