If you’re a fan of civic minded reptiles or pizza loving turtles or a certain team of lean, green, ass-kicking machines, then you’re in luck. Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo — aka the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — are back and in full effect.
The good people at Nickelodeon have decided to breath new life into the TMNT franchise, reviving the anthropomorphic heroes to the delight of any and everyone who grew up watching cartoons in the ’90s.
Having debuted the new theme song last month, Nick now shares some details about the revamped show.
The new series stars American Pie‘s Jason Biggs as Leonardo, Rob Paulsen as Donatello, Lord of the Rings’ Sean Astin as team bad-boy Raphael and Greg Cipes as the orange-masked Michelangelo.
Set in present day New York, the thirty-minute show follows the adventures of four humanoid turtles their six-foot-tall rat sensei, Master Splinter.
A synopsis of the series explains:
One day, while living a life in seclusion with his four pet turtles, the once human Splinter encountered a mysterious green ooze that covered him and his pets. Overcome by the mutagen, he was transformed into a rat and his four pets became humanoid turtles. Fearing persecution from humans, he brought the Turtles underground and raised them, training them to become ninjas. Years have passed since that point and the four turtles, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, are now headstrong teenagers, filled with the confidence of youth and a burning desire to see the world.
The series’ hour-long premiere will see the quartet of mutants saving lives with their exciting heroics.
Master Splinter allows his teenage 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 plus missing scientists and come face-to-face with the same glowing green mutagen that mutated them in the first place.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is THE television event of the autumn for all the family,” Tina McCann, SVP of Nickelodeon UK, said of the new series. ”We know that the legions of Turtles fans as well as those that have never seen the half-shell heroes in action before are going to be blown away by the new series with its extraordinary animation and mix of comedy and action.”
Nickelodeon will launch the all-new, CG-animated series in a special one-hour television event on Monday 1st October at 5:00 p.m. (September 29th in the US).