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Rise of the TMNT Character Art Officially Revealed

by Justin W
Raphael is the new leader of this group, and he's looking pretty good! Image Source: Nickelodeon.

Ever since Nickelodeon announced that their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series would be coming to an end, fans have been eagerly awaiting a glimpse at the next iteration of our heroes in a half shell. Although we have learned a lot about Rise of the TMNT in the last few months, details on the actual character designs were sparse. That all changed today when Nick decided to host an awesome live event unveiling the first official character art from the new cartoon.

As you can see, the creators behind Rise of the TMNT have chosen to go with a very stylized approach. Sharp-eyed fans may note a bit of a nod to the artistic style that most viewers are familiar seeing from shows like Samurai Jack. Each character has very angular features with sharp and defined outlines. Although there are a few differences here and there, these turtles look very much like the heroes we remember from past cartoons, comic books and movies.

Leo is looking good as a red-eared slider! Image Source: Nickelodeon.
Donatello will let his technology speak for itself – perhaps literally! Image Source: Nickelodeon.

During the event, creators Andy Suriano and Ant Ward joined with Rob Paulsen to reveal key details about Rise of the TMNT. One of the most interesting revelations came when they announced that all four turtles would be a different breed. As Suriano pointed out, this allows them to give specific characteristics to each turtle which reflect the actions and behaviors of the breed they represent. For instance, Michelangelo is going to be a box turtle with the ability to hide his body in his shell.

In addition to the turtles, we also got the chance to see both April O’Neil and Master Splinter. Although the fans had questions about April’s bat, I’m personally very happy to see a version of her that is ready to kick butt from the get go. When it comes to Splinter, it’s clear that they’ve taken an entirely different approach with the character. During the live event, Eric Bauza provided a taste of what his Splinter sounds like to go with the artwork. All I can say is he had me in stitches with just one off-the-cuff line.

Mikey looks like he's ready to have some fun and kick some butt. Image Source: Nickelodeon.
Raphael is the new leader of this group, and he's looking pretty good! Image Source: Nickelodeon.
Raphael is the new leader of this group, and he's looking pretty good! Image Source: Nickelodeon.

If you’re still feeling unsure about Rise of the TMNT, just know that you are not alone. Although there was a lot of positive feedback throughout the live reveal, several fans were either frustrated or unhappy with what they were seeing. Ultimately, I feel like we need to wait this one out and see what Nickelodeon produces later this fall. Everyone attached to this show is incredibly talented, and I’ve got to believe that they know what they are doing.

This may be a wildly different take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. If past iterations have taught us anything, it is that there are several different versions of the turtles spread across several different dimensions. In other words, there is no one “correct” version of our half-shelled heroes, and this is just what they happen to look like in one specific dimension. By the way, this also means that there’s always a chance we’ll see previous versions of the turtles make a comeback in a crossover episode!

April O'Neil has a new look and a new weapon! Hopefully we'll get to see her use that bat to take down a few bad guys! Image Source: Nickelodeon.
Splinter may be a bit smaller than usual, but he could definitely pull a Yoda and reveal a surprising amount of strength. Image Source: Nickelodeon.

Say what you will, but I am personally very impressed with this character art. I’m also impressed that our own Machelle Noel managed to answer one of the toughest trivia questions asked during the event! Even though she was a bit nervous during some of the games they played, Machelle definitely held her own and we’re proud to count her as one of the crew. If you want to see what she was up to with Andre Meadows of Black Nerd Comedy, make sure to go back and watch the full event on Facebook while it’s still available!

What do you think? Are you happy with the new character art for Rise of the TMNT? Will you be watching this show when it finally hits the air this fall? Share your thoughts and feelings either in the comments below or on Facebook/Twitter.

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Will Ferrell February 1, 2018 - 4:25 pm

Terrible. Absolutely terrible.

Sean McLean February 1, 2018 - 4:30 pm

Excellent. Absolutely excellent.

Daryl February 1, 2018 - 4:44 pm

Not a fan yet. like most animation it will matter what it looks like in motion vs. these still shots. My biggest concern is that Splinter looks like a chubby chinchilla from that still. I will still reserve final judgement until after I’ve watched a few episodes.

tvmoviestuff February 1, 2018 - 5:01 pm

Not sure what to think yet. This new look has to grow on me.

Timothy Adam Murphy February 1, 2018 - 6:13 pm

I like April’s design. I’m not sure on the Turtles but I do not like Splinter’s design at all.

Tmnt Ex-Fan February 1, 2018 - 6:28 pm

No thank you, ill pass. I’m already looking toward the next reboot. Or 2003 repeat episodes.

Warner Cortez February 2, 2018 - 8:52 am

No Way !!!!!!

Schwifty Stardust February 4, 2018 - 9:24 am

I actually like this new direction.

Especially April’s redesign.

pumkinheadfan VHS Forever! February 4, 2018 - 2:07 pm

I’m fine with the way the animation has gone. except for the whole turning splinter into a mouse? WTF However I’m not a fan of the whole changes to the character identities, their weapons and their team dynamics(i.e.Ralph being team leader). Also I always thought April’s whole being a victim of a Foot Clan attack which is thwarted by the Turtles and in turn getting to know them, training with them(as well as splinter) and kinda becoming their fifth member(who can take care of herself) is a very empowering message. Why change things that weren’t broken(this taken by the bat April holding in the pic..I could be wrong which is fine, but if not well..) I’ll still probably give it a look, but I’d rather be pushing for the 2003 and the last series getting complete box set collections! We already seen Shout! Factory working with Nick on the 90’s classic stuff like Hey Arnold, Rocko’s Modern Life and Ahh! Real Monsters sets. This can and should happen!

NUMBER ONE TMNT FAN February 6, 2018 - 12:43 pm

I LOVE IT!!!! I’m personally very happy with these designs. I think basing them off different breeds is an awesome idea and i adore the new art style. Along with these images they also revealed a kind of poster that makes these turtles look even BETTER!!!! I was concerned about raph’s tonfa but after seeing them in the poster i’m not so worried. I also have to say that the voice actor’s they chose are absolute perfection. As long as they don’t take this series in too much of a TTG direction and keep it story based then this should be shaping up to be a fantastic series. Congrats on getting to be there Machelle!!!

Jubillee February 7, 2018 - 2:53 pm

I completely hate this new design. I was ok with Raph, however I hate the design of the other turtles especially Donnie. I am really dissapionted with Splinter’s design because he no longer gives off a wise father figure nature. April is actually acceptable but I do miss her and all of their designs in the 2012 reboot.

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