According to Variety, the classic 1987 animated series “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will be shown on Nickelodeon. Before the release of the new movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,” Nickelodeon has obtained the global rights to the beloved Fred Wolf series. This show follows the exciting adventures of the four heroes in a half-shell: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo.
As part of the deal, all 193 episodes of the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” which aired from 1987 to 1996, will be available for the first time on Nickelodeon’s digital platforms like YouTube, Hulu, Pluto TV, and their own linear channels in the U.S. later this month. Afterward, the episodes will also be accessible on Nickelodeon channels and digital platforms worldwide.
During the Hall H presentation for the upcoming movie “Mutant Mayhem” at San Diego Comic-Con, some exciting news was revealed. The latest installment of the beloved kids’ franchise, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” will hit theaters on August 2nd. Director Jeff Rowe, wearing a “TMNT” T-shirt, and franchise co-creator Kevin Eastman were present to give fans a sneak peek of the new movie.
Due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, which prevented writers and actors from attending the convention, Comic-Con was a bit smaller this time. However, the “TMNT” panel in Hall H still drew a significant audience, with fans in red, purple, blue, and orange eye masks eagerly waiting for the 11:30 a.m. start.
Jeff Rowe expressed his joy at being surrounded by so many fans and shared that he has been a lifelong fan of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise. For him, it was not just entertainment but a part of his life that influenced his thinking.
Kevin Eastman surprised the crowd by announcing big news. Nickelodeon and Paramount have acquired the rights to broadcast the original cartoon series of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” This includes the episodes that first brought the characters to life with voices and movement, along with the memorable theme song by Chuck Lorre. The audience erupted in applause at this fantastic announcement.
Additionally, Kevin Eastman praised Jeff Rowe’s approach to the turtles in the new movie, further exciting fans about the upcoming release.
He expressed his immense pride in the team’s work and praised the movie as brilliant. He was reminded of the original underground comics style he and Peter Laird, the co-creator of “TMNT,” started. The film, titled “Mutant Mayhem,” is a CG-animated theatrical production, a first for Nickelodeon, and is produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Point Grey Productions, with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver involved.
The story follows the four Turtle brothers, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo, who have been sheltered from the human world. They set out to become accepted as normal teenagers by performing heroic acts to win the hearts of New Yorkers. However, their journey takes a dangerous turn when they face a mysterious crime syndicate and an army of mutants.
The movie features an impressive supporting cast, including Seth Rogen, Hannibal Buress, Rose Byrne, John Cena, Jackie Chan, Ice Cube, Natasia Demetriou, Giancarlo Esposito, Post Malone, Paul Rudd, and Maya Rudolph.
At Comic-Con, attendees got a sneak peek of the film with 20 minutes of footage, showing the origin story of the Ninja Turtles and their training to become skilled ninja warriors. The movie’s humor and action-packed scenes were well-received.
The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise has a rich history, starting as a comic book series in 1984. It gained massive popularity with the 1987 animated series, followed by a live-action TV series and various film adaptations. Nickelodeon and Paramount have continued to bring new life to the franchise with animated series and rebooted movies. Now, fans are eagerly awaiting the release of “Mutant Mayhem,” which promises to be a thrilling and entertaining addition to the TMNT legacy.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” is a movie made by Nickelodeon Movies and Point Grey. Ramsey Naito and Jason McConnell are in charge of production for Nickelodeon, while Lukas Williams is co-producing and Josh Fagen is an executive producer for Point Grey.