Nickelodeon is bring back the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but will the show give fans and newcomers alike something to tune into on Saturday (or at least DVR it) to check it out?
The last time anyone seen the Turtles on TV was when 4Kids held the property and ended it with the TV movie Turtles Forever. Now, years later, Nickelodeon is bringing the series back to life (because they have the power to do that apparently) and I can tell you that it’s actually awesome. to be honest, I wasn’t thinking that it was going to be as good as thought it would be — and maybe that’s why it surprised me about the show.
Nothing has changed from the show’s premise which follows four turtle brothers named after 4 Renaissance artists who are trained in the art of the Ninja by ninjutsu Master Turned Mutant Rat-man Splinter. They leave their home from the sewers where they find out about their origins and face off against aliens and a foe from their master’s past.
The show is now in CGI with a little manga flair thrown in where it needs it without being all over the place. They made the last movie a CGI affair and it works just as well for (what seems to be) a half hour show. The animation for everything seem to be very smooth for fight scenes (which there are a lot). and just plain fits for a show like this. The City and most of the places they go to also look nice. And yes, the turtles look like teenagers–even April is a teen now. Master Splinter looks a little more bad ass now and so does Shredder (though not as buff like other versions but there is Ooze in show…).
Voice work is awesome. Rounding out the cast are Jason Biggs (American Pie) as Leonardo; Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings trilogy) as Raphael; Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raphael in the 1987 series taking over as Donatello and Greg Cipes as Michelangelo with Hoon Lee, Mae Whitman, Kevin Michael Richardson, Nolan North, Phil LaMarr and Kelly Hu playing Master Splinter, April O’Neil, Shredder, Kraang (which is a race of aliens and not just one thing), Baxter Stockman and Karai respectfully. Again, I was iffy with the picks for voice actors but they pull it off very well with Astin really taking the “being the tough guy” role in stride.
It’s pretty much this: If you like the original animated ones and have been holding out from watching the newer ones, check it out. This is only an impression of the first episode so I don’t really have any negatives for it like a normal review. By Season (or mid season) end, I will have something for you. Till then, I think you guys might enjoy it.
P.S. The opening theme is stuck in my head.