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Brandon Auman Compares Nickelodeon’s TMNT to Transformers

For those unaware, Brandon Auman has been doing some pretty awesome work for Nickelodeon over the past few years. It all began in 2012 with the latest interpretation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is about to enter its fourth season. Although many fans were skeptical of the new series at first, it has won over quite a few die hard turtles aficionados over the years. Some (including myself) have even been bold enough to make the claim that this is the best TMNT series of all time.

Why are people so attached to Nick’s Ninja Turtles? Well, one of the big reasons has to do with the emotional gravity that the series holds. Not only does the show manage to pay homage to great characters and moments from throughout the history of the franchise, but it also weaves its own well told story that inspires viewers to grow attached to the turtles and their friends. TMNT season finales have become both exciting and terrifying, because fans know they can expect something big and action packed, but they also know that they will probably experience something truly heartbreaking as well.


The latest example of this happened just recently at the end of the third season. We aren’t going to spoil that moment for those who haven’t seen it yet, but suffice it to say that a lot of fans were incredibly upset by the events of that episode. During a recent interview with Pop-Break, Auman spoke about the emotional weight of this moment and compared it to rather weighty moments in the history of the original Transformers series, stating that this moment in Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might also stick with people for their whole lives. Needless to say, this may spoil both TMNT and Transformers for those who are not familiar with either series.


“I think it will stick with kids, too. Things that affected me – like watching animation in the 80s and 90s – there are still things that have stuck with me over the years like the death of Optimus Prime. Cartoons and animation really do have a strong emotional affect on kids. And who knows, I think this might stick with kids for the rest of their lives. I really think so.”


Speaking as a fan of Nickelodeon’s TMNT, I have to agree that this moment in the series will definitely stand out for years to come. The comparison to an important moment in Transformers lore is definitely on point, and I know that a lot of fans out there are currently feeling emotionally scarred by the event. Hopefully the fourth season will help to alleviate the pain that many fans are experiencing right now.

If you want to check out the rest of the interview, head on over to Pop-Break and discover what Greg Cipes and Rob Paulsen thought about this crucial moment in TMNT history. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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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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