Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Series Characters First Look

by Jay Cochran
February 01, 2018
Nickelodeon today revealed a first-look of the characters in its brand-new animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which follows the band of brothers as they discover new powers and encounter a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City. The 2D-animated series debuts later this year on Nickelodeon.

Nickelodeonís Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Pictured (clockwise): Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and April OíNeil


Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reimagines the characters in a fresh new way, featuring jagged-shelled Raphael as a snapping turtle, wielding twin tonfas as his weapons; Leonardo as a red-eared slider, using an ōdachi sword; Donatello as a soft-shell turtle, sporting a tech-bo staff; and Michelangelo as a box turtle, arming himself with a kusari-fundo. Along for the adventure is the Turtlesí most trusted ally, April OíNeil, a street savvy native New Yorker and Splinter, father figure and sensei to the Turtles.

The series stars the voice talent of Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith (Youíre The Worst) as Michelangelo, Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April OíNeil and Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Splinter. WWE Superstar John Cena lends his voice as villain, Baron Draxum, an alchemist warrior mutant who seeks to turn all of humanity into mutants.

The Turtlesí hold distinct personality traits and skills, including: Raphael, as the oldest and biggest brother, he is the leader full of enthusiasm and bravado; Leonardo, the self-professed Ďcoolestí brother possesses irreverent charm and a rebel heart; Donatello, a mechanical genius and tech wizard whose ninja skills are second only to his coding; and Michelangelo, the youngest brother, a skateboarder and artist who is wild and imaginative.

The new 26-episode series is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at Nickelodeon in Burbank. Veteran animation industry voice actor Rob Paulsen is voice directing the series.

Considered one of the most popular kidsí television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned numerous blockbuster theatrical releases. The property is a global consumer products powerhouse, winning in every category that has hit shelves to dateówith toys, apparel, video games, DVDs and moreóand generating billions of dollars at retail. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the number-one action figure for the past three years and the franchise is a previous recipient of the Toy Industry Associationís top honor for Property of the Year at the TOTY Awards.

Nickelodeonís Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael

Nickelodeonís Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo

Nickelodeonís Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello

Nickelodeonís Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Brandon Mychal Smith (Youíre The Worst) as Michelangelo

Nickelodeonís Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April OíNeil

Nickelodeonís Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Splinter.
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