Never in my life would I believe my eyes when I found out that Jason Biggs, the one we all know as the pie molester from American Pie, would be the voice of the leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Back in my hey day, TMNT was my go to cartoon, next to The Real Ghostbuters, Transformers, and of course 90s Nickelodeon. Revitalizing the franchise for the umpteenth time, the turtles are back in an all new CG-animated series on Nickelodeon.
Come this September 29, witness a special one-hour television event that will spark up a new wave of action when the turtles hit the small screen once again. Nickelodeon promises that this reboot will revitalize the franchise, bringing the classic mythology and comedic elements to a new generation that fans of the 1987 original animated cartoon know and love.
Starring Jason Biggs, as Leonardo, the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also consists of Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Raphael, Rob Paulsen (Planet Sheen) as Donatello, and Greg Cipes (Teen Titans) as Michelangelo. But who could forget Master Spinter voiced by Hoon Lee (Royal Pains), Mae Whiteman (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as April O’Neil, and Kevin Michael Richardson (Penguins of Madagascar) as The Shredder.
After the one-hour special event, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will continue as a half-hour weekly series that will air regularly on Saturdays at 11am (ET/PT). President of Animation, Nickelodeon believes the show has the same great mentality as the original animated series:
“With its heart, humor and larger-than-life adventures, our new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series builds on the legacy of these great characters and moves their story forward for a whole new generation of fans. Every episode features non-stop action and fun from the first frame to the last, and the gorgeous CG-animation offers a whole new way to experience the world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
The all new CG-animated TMNT series will be set in present day New York City, where a man encounters a mysterious green ooze that covered him and his pet turtles. Newly mutated, our yet to be heroes, flee into the sewers in fear of persecution by the human race. Training his now humanoid turtles in the arts of ninjitsu, and teaching the the difference between good and evil, years have passed and the sewers can no longer contain the headstrong teenagers who desire to see the world.
Here is the plot synopsis for the first one-hour premiere episode:
Master Splinter allows his teenaged sons to visit the surface for the first time, with strict instructions to remain unseen. But when they spy a group of thugs attempting to kidnap a teenage girl (April O’Neil) and her father, the Turtles must leap into action. They soon discover that the surface world isn’t as simple as it first appears, as they find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy involving alien creatures, robotic droids, missing scientists and come face-to-face with the same glowing green mutagen that mutated them in the first place.
Nickelodeon Animation has assured that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be heavy on the action and will explore all facets of what makes this franchise so incredible. We will see the bonds of brotherhood and camaraderie among the four teenage turtles, who must rely on one another to discover their true potential. Check out the new opening sequence for the series below:
The animation looks pretty slick, but my main concern is whether or not they will deliver on their word of a show that will embrace the wonders of one of my beloved childhood shows. Click on the images from the gallery below to enlarge:
A clip has also been made available that features the fast action and some character moments from our heroes. Each turtle seems to keep their personalities intact based on the original. It looks pretty polished and should have turtles fans’ interest. The voice acting also seems pretty strong. Take a look:
Watch the all new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series starting on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 11AM (ET/PT) only on Nickelodeon.