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Upcoming Bebop & Rocksteady Episodes Will Include 80’s TMNT Crossover

When Playmates revealed the TMNT toy lines they had planned for 2017, I was curious about what it all meant. At the time, they unofficially announced that each set would be based around one of the “tales” that would be told during the final season of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This was big news, because we still didn’t know exactly what to expect from the upcoming season. Two of the action figures they revealed were Bebop & Rocksteady wearing gear from the original animated series, but they wouldn’t tell us anything else about this design.

Thankfully, we can now safely assume what they were going for with the retro motif. Various screencaps have been surfacing online over the past few days, revealing significant details about the upcoming tale featuring Bebop & Rocksteady. These pictures confirm without a doubt that the episodes in question will serve as yet another crossover into the alternate dimension of the original animated series. Not only will we get to see the original turtles once again, but the original Shredder, Krang, Bebop & Rocksteady will all be making their own appearances as well.

Unfortunately, there is one thing we can confirm for certain: Shredder will not be voiced by his original actor. Sadly, James Avery passed away in 2013 and took his iconic voice with him. Although there will never be another voice quite like his, I’m certain that Kevin Michael Richardson will do an excellent job with the role. Kevin currently voices the 2012 Shredder, and he has now been tasked with taking on the role of 80’s Shredder. If Rob Paulsen can do two voices in one show, I’m sure Richardson is also capable of that feat.

The 80's TMNT are back once again in another crossover event! Image Source: Paramount Home Video, Nickelodeon.
The 80’s TMNT are back once again in another crossover event! Image Source: Paramount Home Video, Nickelodeon.

Cam Clarke, Barry Gordon, Townsend Coleman and Rob Paulsen will once again reprise their roles as the 80’s TMNT. Pat Fraley was also brought in to reprise his role as Krang, so you can rest assured that most of the characters will sound almost exactly the same as they did three decades ago. Although Trans-Dimensional Turtles was definitely awesome, it’s nice to see that they’re giving fans yet another crossover in 2017 – the 30th anniversary of the original animated series.

Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady will hit the air on September 17th, 2017, roughly a week after being released on DVD. That’s right – you can actually see this “tale” of the TMNT ahead of time by purchasing the DVD when it comes out on September 12th! This release includes episodes 15, 16, 17 and 10 from the fifth season. It might seem like an odd pairing, but the tenth episode was actually Lone Rat and Cubs, which was its own individual tale. Episodes 15-17 will serve as an epic three-part crossover featuring the retro turtles and villains alongside their modern counterparts.

Although I am disappointed that Nickelodeon has chosen to break with tradition by releasing these episodes out of order, it’s clear that this release offers some serious value. Not only do you get an episode written by Kevin Eastman, but you also get a three episode crossover event with significant 80’s TMNT heroes and villains. The Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady DVD also includes the Ice Cream Kitty music video, something a lot of fans have been hoping to see for quite some time.

Even in another dimension, Shredder and Krang still plot the destruction of our favorite heroes in a half shell. Image Source: Paramount Home Video, Nickelodeon.
Even in another dimension, Shredder and Krang still plot the destruction of our favorite heroes in a half shell. Image Source: Paramount Home Video, Nickelodeon.

Say what you will about Nickelodeon’s decisions regarding this release, but at least they’re giving you several reasons to pick it up. No matter what you decide to do, it looks like these episodes are going to be a lot of fun. By now, it should be clear that creators Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman decided to go out with a bang. Finishing up this season with a three-part crossover is the perfect way to show some love and appreciation to the fans, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

UPDATE: There have been contradictory reports about when these episodes will air. As of now, we can assume one of two things:

  • 1. Nickelodeon will release these episodes a week earlier than originally scheduled (September 10th instead of September 17th) in order to make room for the monster episodes that will most likely hit the air during October.
  • 2. Nickelodeon will push these episodes to the end of the season, airing them sometime after October.

Whatever they decide to do with the schedule, we’ll do our best to keep you informed.

Will you be picking up the Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady DVD upon release, or are you going to watch these crossover episodes as they air on Nickelodeon? Are you happy to see the show crossing over with the 80’s TMNT once again? Share your thoughts and plans either in the comments below or on facebook/twitter.

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Justin W

Justin W

My name is Justin Wren and I love to write about the TMNT! I've been a big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan since the late 80's. Back then, I would watch the original animated series and play with the Playmates toys all the time. I have been following the boys ever since I was a kid, and I'm very happy to see them back in the limelight after all these years. Needless to say, I'm proud to be a member of the team on this awesome TMNT Fan Site!

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  • Totaldrama Icequeen

    Are you sure the premiere date is right? I know the DVD is though

    • Stoud

      According to IMDb, the date is correct. However, air dates are subject to change. According to Wikipedia, the monster episodes will start on October 8th — which could push the Bebop & Rocksteady episodes up a week. Unfortunately, we won’t know exactly what they have planned until the air date gets closer. All we know for sure are details about the DVD and the episodes themselves. When it comes to the rest, it’s up to them to accurately present the information on sites like Wikipedia and IMDb — which they have sadly failed to do in the past.

      • vickyuk

        IMDB is not reliable and Ciro did say on Instagram that the next lot of episode airs in October which is the Monster Arc. Also the news site that were promoting the Wanted Bebop and Rocksteady DVD said that the episodes will air on tv 2 months after they come out on DVD.

        • Stoud

          Thanks for the info! I wish Nickelodeon would be more clear about these things.

          • vgiannell5

            They probably wouldn’t have time for that.

          • newsball

            well and now we have a clearer timeline, as on nicktoons there will be 7 episodes the next two arcs mutant apoloylpcse and the monsters, mutant aployclypse all 3 episodes of the arc next friday 90 minute special, then the next two weds. the monster arcs with two episodes each week, and then culminating with the retro arc

  • Totaldrama Icequeen

    Squeee I’m excited!

    #voiceactorjokesreturn

  • NUMBER ONE TMNT FAN

    DANG THATS AWESOME!!!! I HAVE TO GET THAT DVD NOW! OMG HYYYYPE! Is this gonna be the season finale!?

    • newsball

      no as they still have 9 more episodes as were only at episode 11

    • Totaldrama Icequeen

      I’m getting it

    • newsball

      yes it appears that way although they are really messing with the timeline, as the special set to air this friday, mutant appoclypse actually are epiodes 18-20, and are 50 years in the future, as they have episodes 14-17 involving the monsters and renet airing the next two weeks, and the crossover eps serving as finale

      • NUMBER ONE TMNT FAN

        wow weird. i was wondering about all that. thanks!

  • Robby Bevard

    It’s pretty clear that the Kevin Eastman episode was actually meant to be the last episode of the series, and that this retro callback was probably meant to the be last arc before it… hence their dvd packaging order. But because there’s no real continuity this season, they could air it earlier to have the themes match up more closely… this set to the anniversary, and a Halloween story in October.

    • newsball

      well and were going to be really messed up, as the 3 eps airing on nicktoons in the 90 minute special mutant aplocplyse were going to be the finale

  • Ruth Horne

    Wish they would get 80’s Splinter back as well. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Randy Marsh

    Awesome as this is, it makes me wonder if we’ll be seeing Rahzar, Stockman, and Dregg’s 80’s counterpart as well?

  • Supporter

    It’s good to see classic Bebop, Rocksteady and Shredder again. 🙂