Aback in 2009, Viacom purchased the Boyish Aberrant Ninja Turtles property. Since then, assorted new Ninja Turtles projects accept been set into motion. The new banana book series, appear by IDW, is able-bodied underway, with several issues and reissues already on the market. A new movie, produced by Michael Bay and accountable to abundant Internet fury, is currently targeted for a UK absolution in February 2014.
That’s not abundant though, is it? Afterwards all, it wouldn’t be Boyish Aberrant Ninja Turtles afterwards a animation alternation on TV. Fortunately for us, Nickelodeon accept been alive on bringing the Turtles aback to the baby screen. A CG appearance will be ablution in the Autumn and, abundant to the activity of acquisitive TMNT enthusiasts, the MCM Expo in London offered UK admirers their aboriginal adventitious of a ‘sneak peek’ at the show.
I struggled through the backbreaking London calefaction because I had to awning the examination for this site. Er, and because I basically begged to go. Seriously, it’s Ninja Turtles. You don’t absence Ninja Turtles because of a bit of sun.
The accident itself was a one hour affair in a ample allowance at the aback of the Expo. I got there aboriginal and begin myself sitting alone in the columnist area, while my wife and brother fabricated themselves comfortable in the accepted basement area, which was starting to ample up. On the seats were a chargeless banana (one of the contempo IDW ones), a canteen of Turtles’ characterization airy baptize and a coloured headband. I didn’t apprehension abounding of the added journalists blockage their seats as they sat down, strangely, but I fabricated abiding to accept a appropriate appearance and a Raphael red afore acrimonious my spot.
A host took to the date (Nickelodeon doesn’t still accept alive TV hosts, do they?), and we were alien to Nickelodeon’s Senior VP of Animation Rich Magallanes (who has formed on Rugrats and Spongebob Squarepants, amidst added things) and TMNT co-creator/the greatest actuality there is, Kevin Eastman. There were a few abrupt questions at the beginning, again Rich led anybody through a PowerPoint-like presentation of advice about the new series, which included a brace of abrupt clips, and again the admirers were arrive to ask questions.
Early on in the presentation we were a of the accent on the boyish aspect of the characters. In this new Nick series, the Turtles are still acquirements their abilities and are behaving like four boyish siblings, arguing and fighting.
We were additionally told that, unsurprisingly, the appearance will be a admixture of activity and comedy. While the attending of the characters implied, and what we saw in clips (which we’ll appear to in a minute) approved the comedic aspect of the show, we were assured that assignment was activity into the activity scenes, too. In fact, Rich revealed, one of the assembly aggregation studies Ninjitsu in his his additional time, and is an black Ninja, and so allegedly we can apprehend some accurate attractive activity scenes. We were additionally told that animation artists would watch Ninja training sessions and absorb what they had apparent into the action. How this will assignment out, I don’t know, but it was a fun nut and suggests that they’re demography it seriously.
Much of the presentation consisted of ‘character slides’, which told us who to apprehend and how to apprehend them.
Leonardo will be acquirements to lead. In this series, Leonardo has a hero – the captain of a spaceship from a 70s science fiction program. Account that Leonardo will be accurate by American Pie’s Jason Biggs was acquiescently accustomed by the crowd.
A bigger acclamation came aback it was appear that Raphael would be accurate by The Lord of the Rings and The Goonies ablaze Sean Astin. Raphael was declared by Rich as a ‘pitbull with knives’. His animosity with Leonardo over administration and his atmosphere will acquaint his character.
Michelangelo, who was pictured aing to the adage ‘Chuck you later’, will be accurate by animation articulation amateur Gregg Cipes, who I am not accustomed with, but who I came to apperceive about over the advance of the accident (every acknowledgment of his name at the accident was greeted acquiescently by Rich and Kevin). Michelangelo will serve as the banana relief, it seems, although he was declared as actuality physically able and witty.
Taller than his brothers (it was accent that anniversary Turtle is visually unique, rather than attractive the aforementioned but with a altered colour headband), Donatello is additionally missing a tooth. No absolute changes to his role in the accumulation – he’s the able one and he makes all the Turtles’ cartage (including the Shellraiser, a van fabricated from an alone alternation carriage). What is new is that Donatello has a drove on April, which the added Turtles will aggravate him about. Rob Paulson has been casting as Donatello, which is a fun best as he provided the articulation for Raphael in the 80s cartoon.
April O’Neil and Splinter will both be featured in this series, although they’ll be a little adolescent than we’re acclimated to seeing them. A added alive Splinter is advised as a aces foe for the Shredder. April, meanwhile, was age-old bottomward to accord girls an attainable character. April will be a teenager, the aforementioned age as the Turtles, which, we were told, removes the amateurishness of accepting a 30 year old woman blind about boyish boys (who are aberrant ninjas).
No actors were appear for these roles, but aloof as the advice about who was delivery the Turtles has been attainable online for some time, advice from the consistently reliable internet suggests that April will be articulation by Mae Whitman (her?) of Arrested Development and Scott Pilgrim fame. Although I begin it a little aberrant that Nickelodeon couldn’t advertise advice that was already attainable knowledge, I’ve never had to advance a multi-million dollar TV alternation before, so conceivably my insights are actuality are best boarded to my personal, tear-stained journal.
Villains were covered, too. The Shredder (voiced by Michael Kevin Richardson, although Kevin Eastman joked that he’d appropriate Bobcat Goldthwait for the role) was declared a austere villain, as against to a brace of the added bungling incarnations we’ve apparent previously, who is bedeviled with activity afterwards Splinter. He has a huge blister beyond his eye and armour featuring colossal blades. The Foot Clan were apparent to be cutting acceptable ‘Ninja’ dress, and will be a annoyance that biking in ample numbers.
Finally, we got a attending at the Kraang. Brain-shaped aliens with tentacles, admirers will recognise the Kraang as actuality agnate to either Utrom aliens or Krang. Unable to allege alfresco of their exoskeletons, the Kraang intend on colonising the Earth, but are borderline of how to. They additionally like to agreement with mutagen. Amusingly, they are all alleged Kraang, but can acquaint which Kraang is actuality announced to regardless.
The aboriginal of the two clips we got came tacked assimilate the end of a abbreviate abaft the scenes feature. It was brief, but offered us our aboriginal attending at the Turtles in motion and in their new setting, as able-bodied as absolution us apprehend their voices.
Showcasing the Turtles in a bit of rooftop action, I’m captivated with how the blow showed the alternation to look. You can see the Turtles from the pictures in this, and the apple about them is accurately matched. There was a fun, asinine accent throughout and, as I’ll appear to in a moment, Michelangelo’s atrocity bedeviled the clip. As far as the articulation casting goes, they all assignment well, and I absolutely like the casting of Jason Biggs as Leonardo.
The additional blow was about a bivouac and again some of the footage from the antecedent clip. However, we got a attending at the Foot Clan in this one, and we got to see Mikey aggressive with a Kraang that had absorbed itself to his head.
There was not a lot of footage to abject any opinions on, but what I anticipate we can booty from the clips is that it’s activity to attending abundant and that Michelangelo is activity to be a ton of fun in this new series. Gregg Cipes stands out amidst the articulation casting and it looks like Nickelodeon are absolutely assimilate article with this booty on the character. Silly, absurd and fun.
Finally, the admirers were arrive to ask questions. We got a lot of questions allurement if a accurate appearance or adage would be aback (which were about all met with a ‘we can’t absolutely say’) and a brace of beneath than amusing non-questions about the Michael Bay movie/alien Turtles adventure (which Kevin Eastman responded to by cogent bodies he was alive with Platinum Dunes, that he wishes he could acquaint us about it but that the adventure is respectful).
We abstruse that Bebop and Rocksteady won’t be back, that the affair song will possibly be a bit like the one from the aboriginal cartoon, that Baxter Stockman and Leatherhead will be featured (although it was not referenced, artwork for a toy of the robot-turtle Metalhead is about, so accept he will be too), that Casey Jones is actuality advised for a return, that the Triceratons aren’t currently planned but are attainable and that bodies still don’t like the girl-Turtle Venus (although Kevin Eastman seemed to accept 18-carat amore for the character).
The best absorbing things to appear of this area were acceptance that there would be a new computer game, absolution dates for the new toys (August in the US, January in the UK) and advice on the way episodes in the new alternation will work. In acknowledgment to a catechism about whether the episodes will be standalone or whether they will chase an advancing adventure (and whoever asked this catechism deserves a aerial five), we were told that they were accomplishing a ‘soft serialisation’. Episodes will be accessible, but due to the bulk of adventure they accept to tell, there will be some on-going stories.
Not allotment of the ‘event’, but on a angle outside, were examination displays of the toys that are advancing out. Pictures were appear online beforehand in the year, but it was abundant to see them up close. The Nick Turtle toys attending great, but I was decidedly aflame by the accessible ‘classics’ range, which will amore the Turtles from the aboriginal cartoon. Incidentally, I am about thirty years old.
So, to summarise – I anticipate Nickelodeon’s Boyish Aberrant Ninja Turtles looks brilliant. It’s too aboriginal to tell, and a bit added footage and a beneath coy attitude with advice ability accept generated added of a response, but so far so good. Aback the acknowledgment is that you appetite more, it’s fair to say that the examination has done its job. The attitude from the bodies complex was enthusiastic, and they were agog to accent that they were accessible to alert to the fans. If you appetite a appearance to appear back, accomplish some babble about it, was the message. The Twitter hashtag #NickTurtles was accounting everywhere I looked, so maybe use that.
To me, this reboot looks like abundant fun. Apprehend to see advantage of the alternation on this site.
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