Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TV Series 2012-2017, also commonly referred to as TMNT, and called Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for it's fifth and final season) is an American 3D-rendered CGI animated martial arts action-adventure and drama television cartoon series developed by the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in the franchise of the same name. A one hour sneak peek was released on September 28, 2012, while the official premiere aired and debuted on Nickelodeon on September 29, 2012. The series premiered in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 1, 2012 and in Australia along with New Zealand on October 8, 2012. It is the third animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series. It was the third animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series. It was produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Composer Sebastian Evans provided the show's score. Nickelodeon acquired the global rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. and announced a new CGI-animated TMNT television series.
The 2012 version is 3D rendered and characterized by anime-like iconography and emphasis on mutagen continuing to wreak havoc on the everyday lives of the Turtles and their enemies. The series ran for five years with five seasons from late September of 2012 until mid-November of 2017.
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|
|Also known as||Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (season five title)|
|Based on||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
by Kevin Eastman
|Developed by||Ciro Nieli
|Opening theme||"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"|
|Ending theme||"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (instrumental)|
|Composer(s)||Sebastian Evans II|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||124 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Lowbar Productions|
|Picture format||480i NTSC|
|Original release||September 29, 2012 – November 12, 2017|
|Preceded by||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series)|
|Followed by||Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2018)|
The show proved to be popular with both audiences and critics, garnering 3.9 million viewers on its premiere night and hit a ratings high for Nickelodeon with boys 2-11, making it the network's top-rated premiere for an animated series since 2009. During its premiere weekend the series reached nearly 12 million total viewers. The premiere's success prompted Nickelodeon to order a second season on October 2, 2012 and in February 2013, the network renewed the show for a third season. On June 17, 2014, Nickelodeon ordered a fourth season of the show. On July 10, 2015, at San Diego Comic Con International, Nickelodeon announced a 20-episode pick-up for season five, as well as confirming that season four would also consist of 20 episodes.The series makes slight changes to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continuity, notably Michelangelo's new catchphrase is "Booyakasha" (which Greg Cipes himself-plays Michelangelo- came up with) instead of "Cowabunga" and his brother, Raphael, also has an un-mutated pet turtle named Spike. The series follows the four Ninja Turtles living in the underground sewers of Manhattan, where they're being trained in martial arts by the ratlike Master Splinter. Merchandise based on the series includes a new line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles consumer products, and six LEGO sets.
Two video game adaptations were released in 2013 for the show, the abysmally reviewed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (with the Turtles' radically redesigned from their television likenesses), followed shortly by kiddie-friendly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2013 (this one with the cartoon's aesthetics), which was slightly better received. A game for mobile devices has also been released, as well as a LEGO racing game on the LEGO website.
In a unique touch, each season of the show features the Turtles watching a cheesy cartoon (Space Heroes) that usually foreshadows events of an episode (which was outright lamp shaded on one occasion).
Before even finishing its first season, the series was renewed for a second and third season on October 2, 2012 and February 26, 2013 respectively. The first season concluded on August 8, 2013 with 26 episodes. Season 2 debuted on October 12, 2013 and concluded on September 26, 2014 with another 26 episodes. Season 3 was released on October 3, 2014 and concluded on September 27, 2015. Season 4 aired on October 25, 2015 and concluded on February 26, 2017, both seasons contained 26 episodes per season. The fourth season is the only season that has aired over a year, whereas the other seasons air less than a year. The fifth and final season, titled "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", began airing on March 19, 2017, distributing a shorter, 20 episodes.
After a five year run spanning five seasons and 124 episodes, the show concluded on November 12, 2017 and will be succeeded by a new 2D animated reboot series (which was revealed under the title Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), set to replace this series on Nickelodeon in September of 2018.
Donatello: Booyakasha! Michelangelo: Sounds weird when he says it. Raphael: It sounds weird when you say it!
It's the turtles' fifteenth birthday and they're itching to venture up to the surface and showcase their ninja skills. Master Splinter reluctantly agrees. At first, they love the surface with its weird lights and even stranger food (like pizza). However, things go awry when they witness a girl and her father being abducted by men in a van. They try to intervene, but don't fare well during the fight, with the van getting away, only to discover that the kidnappers are really robots with living brain creatures in their chest and were carrying the ooze that made them into mutants!
Eager to learn more of this strange connection, they regroup and begin to practice fighting as a team with Master Splinter appointing Leonardo as The Leader. After storming the enemy fortress, they learn that these creatures are called "The Kraang" and have sinister plans in store. They manage to rescue the girl, April, but the Kraang still have her father. They vow not to rest until they rescue him.
Unfortunately, the Turtles' attack has not gone unnoticed by the media, which alerts The Shredder to come to New York to take on Hamato Yoshi's students himself. What ensues is the escalating war between the Foot and Hamato Clan, a Myth Arc that turns out to have been in the works for far longer than most of the cast knows, as well as the unraveling mystery of the Kraang's agenda for Earth and humankind. Booyakasha!
Season 1 (2012-2013)
Ninjutsu master Hamato Yoshi (Splinter) is carrying his four pet turtles through the streets of Manhattan, New York City when he encounters members of an alien race called the Kraang. During an altercation with these aliens, Yoshi and the turtles are exposed to a mysterious radioactive alien chemical substance ooze called Mutagen and they undergo major physical transformations. Yoshi becomes a humanoid rat and the turtles become anthropomorphic. Taking upon the new name "Splinter", he retreats to the New York City sewers, where he raises the four turtles as his sons and imparts to them his knowledge of ninjutsu.
Now teenagers, the Turtles (Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo) venture to the surface for the first time in 15 years and learn that the Kraang are using the mutagen as part of their plan to take over New York City. The Turtles befriend the teenage April O'Neil after she and her scientist father, Kirby O'Neil, are abducted by the Kraang. Donatello develops a crush on April. While Kirby remains a prisoner of the Kraang, April becomes an ally of the Turtles, who try to help her locate her father. April is also trained by Splinter to be a kunoichi or female ninja.
The Turtles also learn that Splinter's long-time archenemy Oroku Saki (Shredder) has come to New York City and has ordered his Foot Clan to track down Splinter and his sons, and put an end to their clan. Learning about the Kraang's presence through his adopted daughter Karai, Shredder enters an alliance with the aliens to destroy their mutual enemies in the Hamato Clan.
The Turtles discover that the Kraang (led by Kraang Prime) have come to Earth from Dimension X and are plotting to use the mutagen to convert the Earth into a planet that will be suitable for their race. After the Turtles rescue Kirby, the Kraang invade New York, but the Turtles and April emerge triumphant when they are able to send the Technodrome crashing into the sea. Meanwhile, Splinter battles Shredder and learns that Karai is technically his own daughter, Miwa who was kidnapped by Shredder and who believes that Splinter killed her mother. The season ends with Turtles celebrating on their victory over Kraang as Splinter hides this secret from them.
Season 2 (2013-2014)
The Turtles struggle to contain an outbreak of mutations that occurs thanks to the leftover mutagen from the thwarted Kraang invasion. Kirby is among the victims of the outbreak, and a misunderstanding leads April to hate the Turtles and break off their friendship. However, the Turtles are able to earn her forgiveness when they save her after Karai, (who has taken temporary command of the Foot while the Shredder is away in Japan) continues hunting her down. The Hamato Clan also gains a new member when April's new friend Casey Jones helps repel an assault on the Turtles' lair. Kirby is eventually restored to his human form when Donatello manages to concoct a Retro-Mutagen, which causes organic beings to reverse their major physical transformations, and help keep it away from former T.C.R.I inventor Baxter Stockman, who gets mutated into Stockman-Fly while under Shredder's employ.
Meanwhile, Shredder returns from Japan with the mutated Japanese bounty hunter Tiger Claw as his new second-in-command. Tiger Claw is later sent through a portal to the 1987–1996 animated series reality, but later returns to the 2012 reality.
The Shredder returns from Japan with the mutated bounty hunter Tiger Claw, who becomes the Shredder's new second-in-command, much to Karai's chagrin and ire. During a battle with the Turtles, Karai is informed of the truth about her life by Leonardo (who had feelings for her since their first encounter), however, she flatly distrusts Leo and harshly rejects this. After Tiger Claw enlists her in a devious scheme to find the Turtles' lair, she succeeds in deceiving Leo by pretending to believe that Splinter is her father. She is taken to the lair, much to Raphael's ire. As the brothers argue, Karai sneakily schemes an ambush by activating her tracking device, leading Tiger Claw to the lair. However, after she finally (and genuinely) does realize the truth herself (thanks to Splinter showing her photographs of him as a man with Tang shen and Karai as an infant), her feelings towards Splinter and the Turtles (especially Leonardo) change. Realizing the enormity of her treacherous schemes and mistreatment towards the Turtles and Splinter, she joins forces with them and disowns Shredder and Tiger Claw (for real this time) by leading Tiger Claw to an old, underground meat processing factory. After the battle that ensues, she is captured by Tiger Claw, taken back to Shredder's lair and imprisoned. Repeated attempts to free Karai ultimately succeed, but the Shredder captures Karai again and uses her as bait to kill the Hamato Clan. However, Karai ends up mutated into a feral serpent, to everyone's horror.
The Kraang perfect the previously unstable mutagen, and launch a second invasion of New York, starting by destroying the Turtles' lair and forcing them to abandon it. The Kraang begin mutating New York's populace, including Kirby, despite the efforts of Earth's military and the Turtles. A falling-out between Leo and Donnie jeopardizes the mission when Leonardo is separated from the rest of the team leading Donnie to lead, especially when he (Leo) is left to single-handedly battle the entire Foot Clan but despite his best efforts, Leo is gravely injured and knocked unconscious, as is Splinter after a battle with the Shredder. The Turtles, April, and Casey are forced to flee New York as the Kraang successfully conquer the city of Manhattan.
Season 3 (2014-2015)
The group takes refuge at the O'Neil family's summer home upstate in Northampton, New York in order to recuperate from their loss at the hands of the Kraang and the Foot Clan. Leonardo takes an extended amount of time to recover, but guided by an apparition of Splinter, is able to overcome his physical and mental wounds.
The group eventually returns to New York with the goal of finding Splinter, Karai, Kirby, and their other missing allies, and liberate the city from the Kraang. They are successful in finding Splinter, and set up a temporary base in the abandoned Antonio's Pizza. Donatello begins work on new samples of retro-mutagen as the search for Kirby and Karai continues. Shredder later mutates Anton Zeck and Ivan Steranko into his latest mutants Bebop and Rocksteady while the Purple Dragons gain Hun as their leader. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles even run into the The Mighty Mutanimals (consisting of Slash, Leatherhead, Tyler Rockwell, and Pete).
They manage to banish the Kraang back to Dimension X and free New York, but the effect of the invasion eventually earns Shredder cemented control of the city's criminal underworld for his efforts to create a mind-control serum meant for the turtles, Mutanimals and Karai.
The turtles are later offered by future time sorceress Renet to time travel to the past, where they meet up with a younger Hamato Yoshi and Oroku Saki, as well as Yoshi's late wife and Karai's mother, Teng Shen. During the battle between Yoshi and Saki inside the burning Hamato Clan dojo, Shen is accidentally killed by Saki, who meant to kill Yoshi instead. Saki leaves the dojo after his hair burns off from the fire and kidnaps Yoshi and Shen's baby daughter Miwa, vowing to raise her as Karai and leaving Yoshi to die. After his escape, the turtles save Yoshi, as they were "always destined to" before traveling back to the present with Renet.
When the Kraang return to Earth, the Turtles discover that the Kraang have another enemy from Dimension X in the form of the Triceraton Empire. Despite their best efforts and Shredder violating the Foot Clan's temporary truce with the Turtles by stabbing Splinter during the fight, the ruthless Triceratons activate the Heart of Darkness, a black hole-creating machine which annihilates both the Kraang, the Earth, and everyone on it. But just as it comes to the worst for the Turtles, April, and Casey, they are rescued by a friendly robot by the name of Professor Honeycutt (aka the Fugitoid) who uses a spacecraft to take the Turtles, April and Casey to a journey into outer space.
Season 4 (2015-2017)
After the Turtles, April, and Casey are saved from the destruction of Earth, the Fugitoid uses his spacecraft the Ulixes to travel six months back in time in order for him and the Turtles to prevent the Triceraton Empire led by Emperor Zanmoran from again assembling the three components of the Heart of Darkness that are scattered throughout the universe before everything on Earth is lost. Besides fighting the Triceratons, the Turtles also face new enemies in outer space like Lord Vringath Dregg of the planet Sectoid and the bounty hunter Armaggon, and even have an adventure with their interdimensional 1987 counterparts and their enemy Krang who is an exiled relative of Kraang Subprime. Despite the efforts of the Turtles, the Triceratons are still able to collect all three pieces of the Black Hole Generator, only for the Turtles to return to Earth and join forces with their past selves to warn Splinter before he is killed by the Shredder, stop the detonator of the Heart of Darkness, and defeat the Triceratons. The Fugitoid destroys the Black Hole Generator near the Triceraton space-fleet, causing to explode, presumably killing the Triceratons. In the aftermath of the fight against the Triceratons, the past versions of the Turtles, April, and Casey leave Earth with the past Fugitoid in the Ulixes while the present Fugitoid's head reactivates in Earth's orbit.
Weeks later following the Triceraton Invasion being thwarted and the Foot Clan's disappearance, April is promoted to kunoichi at the time when the witch Shinigami arrives and is revealed that she is Karai's friend as they plot to rebuild the Hamato Clan and dispose of Shredder who is still recuperating from his last fight with Splinter. While Karai and Shinigami got some ninjas on their side, the Foot Clan strengthens the Footbot army by creating the Elite Footbots. Furthermore, some other crime organizations have been plotting to take over the Foot Clan's territory and a crystal shard of unimaginable power which April received from the alien Aeons during their space adventure is beginning to exert a baleful influence on her. Using a special mutagen formula made by Stockman-Fly, Oroku Saki recuperates and becomes Super-Shredder in order to take back control of the Foot Clan. Once a stable formula is made, Super-Shredder attacks the Turtles, the Mighty Mutanimals, Karai, and Shinigami which ends with Splinter falling in battle against Super-Shredder and is buried at the O'Neil family's summer home in North Hampton. This leads up to the final battle at Super-Shredder's hidden mansion where Leonardo manages to slay Super-Shredder and throw his mutated Kuro Kabuto to the other Turtles in victory.
Season 5 (2017)
Also distributed as "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". After the death of their father and master, and defeating the Shredder once and for all, the turtles try to adjust to the changes in their lives. With Splinter gone, Leonardo is given the responsibility of sensei, which adds more pressure onto him. Meanwhile, Tiger Claw has restarted the Foot Clan and summons a demodragon named Kavaxas to bring Shredder back from the dead.
The Turtles are then joined by the arrival of Raphael's Salamandrian girlfriend, Mona Lisa, and her fellow Salamandrian, Sal Commander, to defeat the Newtralizer who possess an ability to travel through and absorb electricity. He is later backed up by his old ally, Lord Dregg. After the destruction of the two extraterrestrial villains, the Turtles are whisked away to an alternate dimension, where they befriend Myiamoto Usagi and the pug child Kintaro from the evil wizard and wolf-demon Jei, an adventure featuring a possible future ruled by mutant animals, and another adventure involving the return of Savanti Romero where he collaborates with Count Dracula to make Earth more habitable for monsters.
The Turtles, April, Casey, Karai, Shinigami, and the Mighty Mutanimals soon teamed up with the 1987 counterparts of the Ninja Turtles where they face the return of Bebop and Rocksteady where they are recruited by the 1987 counterparts of the Shredder and Krang to conquer Earth of both the 1987 and 2012 realities with a fully powered Technodrome after their Bebop and Rocksteady were accidentally left behind. While the Turtles and their allies fight off a horde of Foot Soldiers from the 1987–1996 series reality and the 2012 Rock Soldiers led by Traag and Granitor, Bebop and Rocksteady discovers Shredder and Krang's treacherous scheme to destroy the Earth and choose to become heroes in order to save the planet.
After Viacom purchased the rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise in October 2009, a press release was issued unveiling that Nickelodeon would be developing a new CGI-animated television series slated to air in 2012. Though the franchise was brought out from Mirage Studios, the company is still able to publish up to 18, 48 paged black and white TMNT comics a year. Additionally, toy products would continue to be made through Playmates and the rumors of a new live-action TMNT movie were put to rest as the company also revealed that they'd be making a film for 2012 with Paramount Pictures, though the date has seen been pushed back.
At the time, details on the series were scarce. From March 2011, new details about the show were released to the public. Ciro Nieli, executive producer, cited that the series would be slightly different than past incarnations. The turtles will now have "more individual attributes" that will tell them apart, were as previously they could only be distinguished by the color of their masks, the color of their skin and their weapons. Also, Michelangelo's traditional nunchaku would be replaced by kusarigama. Along with this wealth of new information, a first glimpse of the show was released alongside an initial promotional image.
More information was unveiled at an invite-only fan event in March 2010. These details, however, were from a work-in-progress version of the series, and have the opportunity to change in the final product. Some details that have been made known, however, including a teenage April O'Neil, Hamato Yoshi becoming Splinter , and The Kraang, an homage to many different entities in TMNT lore (Kraang/Utroms/Foot Soldiers ). The series is said to have the dark elements and intense action of the 2003 TV series, but still have the jokes of the 1987 series while still being something of its own.
Images of the Ninja Turtles, Master Splinter, April, Shredder and the Kraang have all been revealed. Some confirmed changes to the series are |Donnie having a crush on April, Master Splinter being younger and having a more active role in the series, and Splinter training April to be a ninja so she can go out and battle enemies with the turtles. Mikey and Don can also extend their weapons into blades. Leo will also still be the skilled leader, albeit younger than Don and Raph, who will still be a hot-head.
Sometime in March 2011, a micro site for the new series was leaked on Nickelodeon's website. The micro site revealed pictures of April, Shredder, the Kraang, and Splinter with bios for all of them. The site was shut down for some time, but as of June 2011, it is back up and features a personality quiz, bios for the turtles, a newsletter, a new game called Dark Horizons, and the new trailer for the series. Merchandise for the series is already starting to get made, including action figures from playmates which will be released in August 2011, a set of stickers, Halloween costumes, and books based off the series.
An official trailer was released on June 23, 2011 and aired on Nickelodeon the following Saturday. The trailer revealed the turtle's new voices, the animation, and that the theme song of the new show will be a remixed/remade version of the original theme song from the 1987 cartoon.
Jason Biggs originally voiced Leonardo and Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raphael in the 1987 series, portrays Donatello . In June 2011, it was confirmed that Sean Astin is playing Raphael and Greg Cipes is Michelangelo. In August 2011, it was revealed that Mae Whitman will be the voice for April O'Neil. In April 2012, it was announced that Phil LaMarr will be playing the role of Baxter Stockman and Nolan North will be playing a race of aliens known as The Kraang. Actress Kelly Hu confirmed her role as Karai in May 2012.
Nickelodeon has ordered five seasons, all of which will have 26 episodes (except Season 5 which has only 20 episodes). Season 1 premiered on September 29, 2012. The premiere of season 2 was on October 12 2013. Season 3 has been announced on February 26, 2013. Season 4 has been announced on June 17, 2014. Season 5 has been announced on July 10, 2015.
- Leonardo (Jason Biggs, Seasons 1-2), (Dominic Catrambone, various episodes in season 2), (Seth Green, Season 3-5)
- Donatello (Rob Paulsen)
- Raphael (Sean Astin)
- Michelangelo (Greg Cipes)
- Hamato Yoshi/Splinter (Hoon Lee)
- April O'Neil (Mae Whitman)
- Casey Jones (Josh Peck)
- Hamato Miwa/Karai (Kelly Hu)
- Foot Clan
- The Kraang (Nolan North)
- Purple Dragons
- Mr. Murakami (Sab Shimono)
- Kirby O'Neil (Keith Silverstein)
- Mighty Mutanimals
- Ice Cream Kitty (Kevin Eastman)
- Chompy Picasso
- Shinigami (Gwendoline Yeo)
- Dr. Victor Falco/Rat King (Jeffrey Combs)
- Timothy/The Pulverizer/Mutagen Man (Roger Craig Smith)
- Carlos Chiang O'Brien Gambe (Jim Meskimen)
- Fungus Humungous (Fred Tatasciore)
- Snake/Snakeweed (Danny Jacobs)
- Victor/Spider Bytez (Lewis Black)
- Mrs. Campbell (Cassandra Peterson)
- Newtralizer (Danny Trejo)
- Parasitica Wasp
- Biotroid (Nolan North)
- Chrome Dome
- Irma (Kate Micucci)
- Jack Kurtzman (Robert Forster)
- 80's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- 80's Krang (Pat Fraley)
- Sir Malachi (Paul Reubens)
- Antonio/Pizza Face (John DiMaggio)
- Long-Tongue Worms
- Living Atoms
- Knight/Kraang Subprime (Gilbert Gottfried)
- Ho Chan (James Hong)
- Bigfoot (Diedrich Bader)
- The Finger (Jesse Ventura)
- Mrs. O'Neil Clone (Renae Jacobs)
- Punk Frogs
- Dream Beavers
- Speed Demon (Steve Blum)
- Dr. Cluckingsworth
- Don Vizioso (Brian Bloom)
- Fulci Twins (Eric Bauza)
- Renet (Ashley Johnson)
- Savanti Romero (Graham McTavish)
- Lord Simultaneous (Jim Piddock)
- Tang Shen (Minae Noji)
- Hamato Yūta (Hoon Lee)
- Son of Snakeweed
- Fugitoid (David Tennant)
- Lord Vringath Dregg (Peter Stormare)
- Armaggon (Ron Perlman)
- Sal Commander (Keith David)
- Mona Lisa (Zelda Williams)
- Wyrm (Dwight Schultz)
- Vrax Belebome (Charlie Murphy)
- Utrom High Council
- Hiidrala (Lucy Lawless)
- Scumbug (Ted Biaselli)
- The Hammer (Eric Bauza)
- Wingnut (Daran Norris)
- Screwloose (Jeff Bennett)
- Skullface McGillin (Fred Tatasciore)
- Alopex (Minae Noji)
- Kavaxas (Mark Hamill)
- Tatsu (Michael Hagiwara)
- Miyamoto Usagi (Yuki Matsuzaki)
- Jei (Keone Young)
- Akemi (Brittany Ishibashi)
- Sumo Kuma (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa)
- Kintaro (Evan Kishiyama)
- Joroguma (Brittany Ishibashi)
- Verminator Rex (Nyambi Nyambi)
- Mira (Jessica DiCicco)
- Imperius Reptilicus (Keith Morris)
- Pharaoh (Grant Moninger)
- Vulko (Dimitri Diatchenko)
- Esmerelda (Dana Delorenzo)
- Dracula (Chris Sarandon)
- Frankenstein's Monster (Grant Moninger)
- Victor Frankenstein (Grant Moninger)
- Igor (Grant Moninger)
- Andrea Romano (Voice Director)
- Ciro Nieli (Executive Producer)
- J.R. Ventimilia (Executive Producer)
- Joshua Sternin (Executive Producer)
- Sebastian Evans (Composer)
- Kenny Byerly (Staff Writer)
- Russ Carney (Staff Writer)
- Ron Corcillo (Staff Writer)
- Peter DiCicco (Script Coordinator)
- Michael Chang (Animation Director)
- Alan Wan (Animation Director)
- Ant Ward (Supervising Producer)
- Alex Deligiannis (Art Department)
- Juan Jose Meza-Leon (Animation Director)
- Rie Koga (Animation Director)
- Sebastian Montes (Animation Director)
- Brandon Auman (Staff Writer)
- Gavin Hignight (Staff Writer)
- Randolph Heard (Staff Writer)
- Nadia Vurbenova-Mouri (Art Director)
On October 21, 2009, a press release was made indicating that Viacom had bought the complete rights of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise from Peter Laird for $60 million, and would be developing a CGI animated TV series for its Nickelodeon family of channels for broadcast in 2012. A feature film, released by Paramount Pictures (also a division of Viacom), debuted in 2014.
Jason Biggs originally voiced Leonardo and Rob Paulsen voices Donatello. In June 2011, it was confirmed that Sean Astin is playing Raphael and Greg Cipes is Michelangelo. In August 2011, it was revealed that Mae Whitman would be the voice for April O'Neil. In April 2012, it was announced that Phil LaMarr would be playing the role of Baxter Stockman and Nolan North would be playing a race of aliens known as the Kraang, while Roseanne Barr was confirmed to voice their leader, Kraang Prime. Actress Kelly Hu confirmed her role as Karai in May 2012. Corey Feldman has been confirmed to play the role of Slash. Recurring TMNT character Casey Jones began appearing in the second season, and is voiced by former Nickelodeon star Josh Peck.
Production art was leaked on the Nickelodeon website before it was taken down. The images showed the designs of all four Turtles, Shredder, Splinter, a teenage April O'Neil and the Kraang, an alien race that combines elements of both Krang and the Utroms. A trailer for the series was released on June 21, 2012, on Nickelodeon USA. In June 2014, it was announced that Seth Green would replace Jason Biggs as the voice of Leonardo in season 3.
Playmates Toys created a new line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles consumer products to go along with the show.
In mid 2012, Playmates Toys released their first wave of basic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures which consisted of "hero figures" Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Splinter and April O'Neil as well as "villain characters" Shredder, Kraang, and a Foot Soldier. In later 2012, Playmates released series 2 which consisted of the new "hero" character Metalhead as well as new villains Dogpound and Fishface. In April 2013, the third wave appeared which included the "hero" character Leatherhead as well as villains Snakeweed and Baxter Stockman. Wave four was released in early August and it featured the villains Rat King and Cockroach Terminator as well as new "Stealth Tech" versions of the four turtles. Wave 5 was released in October with a 7 pack of Mousers as well as four baby versions of the Turtles (Turtles in training) October saw the final release of 2013 with wave six which included two new villains: Spider Bytez and a newly sculpted Shredder figure featuring a removable helmet and cape. Wave seven first appeared in February 2014 with figures for Kirby Bat, Squirrelanoid , Casey Jones, and Mutagen Man.
The Lego Group released a Lego theme of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2013.
in July 2014, Build-A-Bear Workshop released a series of plush versions of the Turtles, as well as other TMNT themed apparel including an outfit of Shredder, along with items such as the Turtles' signature weapons
In 2013, Nickelodeon released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run for iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
On August 28, 2013, Activision released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, a downloadable 3D beat 'em up game, for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. On April 15, 2014 a version was released for the Playstation 3. The game features an online multiplayer co-op for up to four players.
Activision also released a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game based on the series for Wii, Xbox 360, and Nintendo 3DS on October 22, 2013.
On September 4, 2014. Activision announced a second game based on the show called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze. The game was released on Nintendo 3DS and Xbox 360, and was also released on the PlayStation 3 instead of the Wii. The game was developed by WayForward.
The series debuted on Canadian channel YTV on September 29, 2012. It also premiered on Nickelodeon (UK and Ireland) on October 1, 2012. Then Nickelodeon (Australia and New Zealand) debuted the show on October 8, 2012. It aired on Nickelodeon (Canada) on September 2, 2013.
IGN has given the show positive reviews, with many episodes reviewed being given the "Editor's Choice" title. "Invasion" has received the highest rating of 10/10. The series premiered in the U.S. to 3.9 million viewers.
Variety has praised the show, saying "...handsomely produced effort, with a strong vocal cast, considerable humor and scads of high-spirited action. If the goal was to introduce the Turtles to a new generation — amphibious mission accomplished.
- This is the first series in which each turtle has a definitive spotting detail, beyond the colored masks, skin color, and weapons
- Michelangelo has freckles, a childlike face, and is the shortest.
- Donatello has diastema (a gap between the front teeth), and is the tallest and leanest of the brothers.
- Raphael has a lightning bolt chip broken off on the top right of his plastron. He is also the 2nd shortest.
- Leonardo has, for the most part, been unchanged, but if you look closely, you can see that his skin is a darker shade of green from the others, and he's also the second tallest.
- They all have different mask lengths, in order from longest to shortest: Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, and Michelangelo.
- The turtles all have distinct eye colors. Raphael has green, Donatello has red/brown, and Michelangelo and Leonardo have blue eyes, though Mikey's are a lighter blue.
- On another note, they all have pupils except when they become serious in some segments, to when they have white, empty eyes.
- Each turtle's head is distinctly shaped.
- All the Turtles have their own skateboard, which was shown in a trailer.
- The Turtles are 15 years old in this series, though it is obvious Leonardo is the oldest, with Raphael and Donatello in the middle and Michelangelo being the youngest.
- They have three toes on each foot instead of two as in previous incarnations.
- They don't have visible tails unlike in some previous incarnations.
- They have different color wraps on their feet and wrists with Leonardo having light peach, Donatello having golden brown, Michelangelo having light brown, and Raphael having dark brown.
- Leonardo's favorite television series, Space Heroes, has similar art and story to the Filmation Star Trek animated series. However, it was replaced in the second season by SRMFF.
- The romantic element of the story is more emphasized in this series, where Donatello develops a crush on April, Leonardo develops feelings for Karai, Michelangelo forges a relationship with Renet and Raphael falls for Mona Lisa.
- This is the second incarnation of Shredder to be voiced by an African-American actor. James Avery was the villain for most of the 1987 series' run, along with Dorian Harewood, who voiced him for several Season 3 episodes. This Shredder is played by Kevin Michael Richardson.
- The show tends to shift into 3 different styles, mainly the mouth movement.
- The show's opening ends with the turtles in the same poses as the original turtles on the cover of the first issue of the Mirage comic book.
- In the 1987 series and the 2003 series a young boy purchased the Ninja Turtles, but in this version, it's Hamato Yoshi who bought them.
- This is the first TMNT series that uses anime-style expressions.
- Except for the IDW comics, this new series uses elements from all incarnations of TMNT.
- This is the third TV series to show the Ninja Turtles as kids.
- ↑ Matt Edwards (2012-07-30). New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song. Den of Geek. Retrieved on March 26, 2013.
- ↑ All new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series comes to Nickelodeon in October. Throng (2012-07-19). Retrieved on March 26, 2013.
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- ↑ Goldman, Eric (October 2, 2012). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Renewed for Season 2. IGN. Retrieved on February 26, 2013.
- ↑ Nicholson, Max (February 26, 2012). Nickelodeon Renews Ninja Turtles for Season 3. IGN. Retrieved on February 26, 2012.
- ↑ Albert, Brian (July 10, 2015). COMIC CON 2015: DAVID TENNANT GUEST STARS IN TMNT SEASON 5. IGN. Retrieved on July 10, 2015.
- ↑ Rahman, Ray (September 26, 2012). 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' producer: How 'booyakasha' became the new 'cowabunga'. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on March 12, 2012.
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TMNT/status/930153363664244737
- ↑ Castro, Manny (October 21, 2009). Viacom Buys The Ninja Turtles!. NowPublic. Retrieved on February 26, 2012.
- ↑ Nickelodeon Acquires Global Rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Reuters (October 21, 2009). Retrieved on February 26, 2012.
- ↑ Nick's new TMNT cartoon; preview art revealed. The Allspark (March 7, 2011). Retrieved on March 20, 2013.