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Top 10 Lessons Learned About TMNT From SDCC 2014

by Justin W

San Diego Comic-con is one of the biggest events in the geek world, and you know that the turtles are going to make their presence felt in a big way at a convention like this. With that in mind, we’ve decided to share some of the most awesome revelations that we discovered about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles over the weekend at SDCC.


1. Freddy Kreuger and The Crypt Keeper Will be on Nickelodeon’s TMNT



…well, maybe not their characters, but the famous actors who portrayed these characters will also be doing some voice acting for the hit show during Season 3. Robert Englund (Freddy) and John Kassir (Crypt Keeper) both have unforgettably amazing voice acting skills, so it will be interesting to see and hear their characters on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Apparently they are set to play two oversized beavers known as “The Dream Beavers.” I wouldn’t expect anything less crazy from the Ninja Turtles!


2. The Shredder Looks Even More Menacing in Lego Form


Lego set up this amazing display of a life sized Shredder built from Legos!

Life Size Lego Shredder


3. Michael Bay Isn’t the Only One Making Lifelike Turtles


The guys at Figment Foundry created some pretty awesome TMNT costumes that actually look a lot like real turtles!



4. Jon Heder Will Also Voice a Character in Nickelodeon’s TMNT


Well known for his role as Napoleon in the cult classic Napoleon Dynamite, Heder will be playing a mutant frog (perhaps a reference to the Punk Frogs?) known as Napoleon Dyna-frog. We’re not sure where this one is going, but it definitely sounds interesting.



5. Robbie Rist is Making a Comeback in Nick’s Series as Mondo Gecko


That’s right, not only is Mondo Gecko making a comeback, but so is the voice actor who played Michelangelo in the all three live action films from the 90’s! Welcome back to the show, Robbie! We can’t wait to see what you do with everyone’s favorite Gecko.



6. Muckman is Also Returning to the Show

Yet another popular villain from the original animated series, Muckman will also be making an appearance once more in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles very soon.



7. The Turtles of the New Movie Won’t Be Speaking in Hashtags


When asked whether or not the latest iteration of the turtles would still be using surfer speak in their dialogue, director CraveOnline’s William Bibbiani asked director Jonathan Liebesman whether or not they would be speaking in hashtags. The director emphatically answered thus:


“No. No hashtags. No, there’s definitely still surfer speak. Maybe there should have been hashtags, but I don’t want hashtags.”

Well, that’s definitely nice to know.



8. Liebesman Also Confirmed (once more) the Turtles Are Not Aliens


During the same interview with CraveOnline, Liebesman said “I’m not sure they were ever really aliens, but they’re mutants.” He also expressed that making them mutants was important to him.


9. April O’Neil’s Fight Scene Was Cut From the New Movie


This is actually kind of sad news, given how little we actually see strong female characters in pop culture nowadays and given that April is typically thought of as a pretty strong female character (especially by those who have played her in the past). Megan Fox had this to say about the issue:

“I had a really awesome scene where I was fighting The Foot Clan,” Fox said,”but I think they were like, ‘Why would a tiny journalist be able to kick so much ass? A lot of girl power ended up on the cutting room floor, unfortunately.’”



10. Mondo is Making TMNT Toys


Taking a break from making some of the most awesome posters and artwork that any pop culture aficionado has ever seen, Mondo will soon start making toys for a variety of properties, one of them being Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The one toy they did show off is an awesomely kid-like interpretation of Michelangelo holding an original Michelangelo Ice Cream Bar. Get ready to put this one on your wishlist, guys – it looks totally awesome.

Mondo Little Mikey TMNT Toy


What do all my shellhead brethren think? Thankfully there was more good news than bad news, but what was your favorite lesson learned from SDCC 2014? Let us know in the comments below or sound off in the forums!

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Keith July 28, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Robbie Rist did Michelangelo in the live action movies (1-3). Townsend Coleman did Michelangelo in the first animated series.

Stoud July 28, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Oh man, you’re right! That’s my bad, I apologize. I’ll get them to fix it right away.

The funny thing is I was just talking about Townsend Coleman the other day. I literally just flipped them in my head for some reason while writing this. Funny how that happens sometimes.

tvmoviestuff July 28, 2014 - 1:19 pm

You’re exactly correct @keith

TigerClaw305 July 28, 2014 - 1:52 pm

I’m pretty excited about Mondo Gecko making a comeback, Hes one of my favorite characters in the comics. But I wonder, Which origin will the Nick series use? Will they go with the Archies Series comic origin where he was a human before mutating, Or like in the Fred Wolf series, Where he was a regular Gecko to happen to stumble upon the same location the 4 Turtles at when they mutated?

Stoud July 28, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Knowing the Nick series, they might just find an entirely new creation story for him. That being said, I don’t think they ever found all of the canisters of ooze that dropped on the city, so it could just be another case of some poor kid who happened upon some ooze in an alley. I can’t wait to see what they do with the character, his design in the concept art looks really cool!

TigerClaw305 July 28, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Plus it’ll be interesting to see how Mikey will react, They are both very much alike.

Billy Bob Throrton July 29, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Corey Feldman-DONATELLO from the original movies is Slash,now Mondo is Robbie Rist HMMMNMMMNMMMM
Are they getting the Mighty Mutanimals together – voiced by the movie turtles?!?

obscurelyfamous July 28, 2014 - 8:20 pm

When it’s all said and done, at least the new movie won’t have a hashtag reference.

I suppose “yolo” is still a possibility, so we’ll have to tread carefully.

tvmoviestuff July 29, 2014 - 9:23 am

I wouldn’t be upset if Mikey throws “yolo” out. He’s too funny. @danielha:disqus

Billy Bob Throrton July 29, 2014 - 7:17 pm

pffft you think Yolo is funny?
only if you’re saying it to make fun of people who say it

you really shouldnt be running a tmnt site if you’re going to pollute the franchise like that.

Billy Bob Throrton July 29, 2014 - 7:38 pm

I don’t care much about Muckman or Mondo Gecko-where’s the Triceratons?!

Robert Englund being a character that stupid is a dissapointment,they better not go overboard with the comedy episodes,no other version even has those,it’s usually the TMNT live in a badass world but they’re teenagers so they react to it certain ways,one of those ways is to make jokes and all that.

Leo_leader July 30, 2014 - 3:00 pm

To answer the question “Why would a tiny journalist be able to kick so much ass?” Because it would be awesome! In TMNT (nick version), April kicked Karai’s sorry butt (Sorry for the choice of words. This is how I thought when that episode aired). It would be cool for April to kick some Foot-Clan butt in the movie or the show.

DOShow July 30, 2014 - 8:03 pm

I know the guy who designed the Lil’ Mikey by Mondo figure. It should be going on pre sale next month!

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