Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American 2D-animated television series based on the fictional superhero team the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It is a spin-off of the 2012 series and yet another reboot of the franchise, launching on July 20th, 2018.
Deep in the sewers of NYC, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo are four mutant turtle brothers in their early teens who take on new adventures where they end up "tapping into mystic ninja powers they never knew existed", while 'learning' (training) to work together as a team and navigate the perils of the modern age and hidden realms in order to fulfill their destiny to become the world's most fearsome fighting team.
Why It Rocks
- Glorious over-the-top spectacle battle sequences with beautiful fight choreography and GODLIKE animation to match! It even is inspired from anime.
- AWESOME theme song!
- It brings some fresh new changes to the formula, such as the Turtles being different species and April's design taking some cues from the original Mirage Comics.
- The storyline, while simple, gets more interesting as the show goes on.
- Brand new weapons for the Turtles, which is a great addition that spices things up a bit.
- The updated theme song is fantastic, rivaling the 2012 CGI incarnation in pure musical amazement.
- While the show isn't as serious as the last incarnation, it serves as a nice pallet cleanser with a lighter tone, quick-fun action scenes, and neon colors.
- Clever writing with numerous pieces of funny dialogue.
- Baron Draxum is an entertaining villian with John Cena giving a great performance.
- The Shredder makes a return in the Season 1 Finale and he looks more threatening than ever.
- Splinter gets more character development in later episodes, and his new backstory is a lot more interesting than previous incarnations since this is a breath of fresh air for the series.
- Speaking of Splinter, instead of being a no-nonsense, if at times strict, martial arts master who rarely gets to be funny, he becomes much more comical, goofy and open-minded, while at the same time being just as skilled and wise as ever.
- The team changes might throw off some fans; this time the hotheaded, muscular Raphael is now the leader instead of Leonardo, who has become the 'self-proclaimed coolest' brother.
- In the earlier episodes, the turtles don't really feel like a family and they all act the same.
- Season 2 felt really rushed as it has 13 episodes with 23 segments. It is said it’s gonna have 26 episodes, but for some reason the shortened it to 13.
- The Shredder is also underutilized as he only appeared in 4 episodes despite being the main antagonist in Season 2. Which has pretty much wasted potential.
- April O'Neil looks nothing like how she was in the 2012 series.
- It can be like one of these awful shows at times, but not that much at least this show is really not as bad as them.
- Baron Draxum unnecessarily came off as a Half-Baked Redemption in Season 2 out of nowhere without build up when Mikey convinced his family to let Baron Draxum become part of his own.
- Due to the low ratings and lack of recognition from other viewers, the show was moved to Nicktoons with the episodes being aired at an Outrageous Time-Slot, and the show has been on hiatus since Season 2 ended. It may have been cancelled.
- To include this, it wasn't renewed for a third season yet.
- Three of the actors, Ben Schwartz, Josh Brener, and Brandon Mychal Smith departed fellow Disney series Sonny with a Chance, 101 Dalmatian Street, DuckTales (2017) respectively while this series was in development in March 2017.
- Speaking of Ben Schwartz, he also played as Sonic the Hedgehog in the self-titled 2020 film.
- A movie based on the series is about to be set to be released on Netflix in 2021. Even though Nickelodeon didn't even renew the series for a third season.