If you’re like me, you grew up with a religious love for the green machine itself, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There’s been far more hits than there have been misses (The Next Mutation, I am looking right at you), and though Michael Bay’s announcement of an upcoming reboot turning the Turtles into aliens has been met with an..understandable amount of backlash, fans can seek some solace in the upcoming all-CGI series, the third TMNT animated series and the first new series since Nickelodeon acquired the rights a few years back.
Today, we’ve got some leaked images [source]. They come courtesy of a panel at the MCM Expo London Comic Con, and are our first real look at the new designs aside from a leaked trailer a while back.
The designs do feel somewhat simplistic, but I”m not really complaining. I think it’s a great fit for the classic tone of the Turtles, and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes of this.
We’ve also gotten our hands on some voice casting though, to be quite frank, I’m not 100% sure this is new news as this series honestly fell off my radar a while back. But here’s the rundown nonetheless:
Jason Biggs, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes and Rob Paulsen voice Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello respectively. This is Paulsen’s second runa s a Ninja Turtle; he voiced Raphael in the 1987 cartoon. Hoon Lee voices Splinter, while Mae W hitman (…her?) voices April O’Neil, who appears to be cast much younger than in previous incarnations.
Rounding out the villains, we have Kevin Michael Richardson voicing The Shredder, while Nolan North comes on as Kraang, seemingly returned to his villainous ways. There’s also further confirmation of appearances from Baxter Stockman (Phil LaMarr), Karai (Kelly Hu) and other classic TMNT villains.
The series, which will air on Nickelodeon, is set to debut sometime this Fall, roughly a year before the expected earliest possible release of Bay’s upcoming Ninja Turtles revamp.