Whether you are yourself an animator or you just want to follow the progress of this show, chances are you’ll be happy to hear that Nickelodeon is currently in the process of hiring creative minds to work on Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For those who aren’t aware, Rise is the planned 2D TMNT reboot which is currently scheduled to hit the air in 2018. The latest iteration of our heroes in a half shell will be co-executive produced by Andy Suriano & Ant Ward. Suriano is notable for working on such projects as Samurai Jack and Powerpuff Girls while Ward has been an active participant behind the scenes of Nick’s current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.
Earlier today, Animation Insider posted a job application from Nickelodeon indicating that they are currently looking for animators to work on the new TMNT reboot. If we’ve got any animators in the crowd, feel free to apply for this position and show Nick everything you’ve got to contribute! The role they are trying to fill is that of a Character Designer, which makes sense given some of the details that have been revealed about Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. According to the initial press release, it seems like Viacom wants to introduce a lot of new characters in this series.
“From the tallest skyscraper to the dankest sewer drain, the Turtles will encounter absurd new mutants and battle bizarre creatures all while enjoying their favorite slice of pizza.”
If they have plans to create a lot of “absurd new mutants” and “bizarre creatures,” it only makes sense that they’ll need to hire on a new Character Designer for the show. Before anyone cries foul, just remember that the original animated series introduced a lot of the characters that we know and love today. There’s plenty of room in this franchise for even more awesome characters, and it’s definitely exciting to see Nickelodeon investing some real money into that.
One of the most interesting aspects of this job posting is something they mention under the Responsibilities section: “Ensure quality & style of show is achieved.” This definitely indicates that Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will have its own unique style, but we still don’t know exactly what it will look like. Some have speculated that Nick will be aiming for a Teen Titans Go approach, but other fans are hoping that Andy Suriano will bring us more of the style we saw from Samurai Jack. Whatever the case may be, it’s very exciting to see Nickelodeon hiring on new animators to make this awesome TMNT reboot.