Nickelodeon has released the fast paced, stylish first footage from their upcoming Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. While the look may be different, the tropes of everybody's favorite Ninja Turtles are intact, complete with one-liners and some clumsy action. Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, and Michelangelo have different roles, personalities, and even names this time around, but it seems that the roles are only slightly changed. For instance, Leonardo seems a little more head-strong in this new series while Michelangelo stays in party mode.
Other differences that are evident from the new trailer for Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows off their ally April O'Neil as an African-American girl. Other than that, it looks like the turtles are going to have to learn some pretty big lessons before they become the masters of martial arts that they have been in previous iterations. Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also takes place in an area underneath New York City that we've never seen before. It's clear right from the opening seconds that this is not the Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird version of our heroes in a half shell.
The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is clearly aimed at a younger generation and is definitely not for old school fans who remember the comics and first cartoon series or movie franchise. The names have been shortened to Raph, Mikey, Leo, and Donnie and the action is surely ready for the short attention span generation. The iconic theme song even has a new hipster remake that is sure to rub some fans the wrong way. However, the new series was not created for old fans.
Additionally, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles introduces all four of the turtle brothers as different species of turtles to further educate the youth in diversity. John Cena's Baron Draxum is reportedly supposed to be even scarier than Shredder was in the original series, which seems like a tough task. But if anybody can help to give a villain an extra edge, it's Cena. It's also been reported that Cena's Draxum villain will bring in a supernatural vibe to the series that hasn't been seen in the older version of the Ninja Turtles.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will show yet another version of the world's favorite turtles and hopefully introduce the characters to a brand-new generation. From the looks of the new trailer, the fun is definitely intact, which is the most important theme in anything having to do with the Ninja Turtles. Nickelodeon more than likely has a huge hit on their hands with the upcoming Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is evident in the first footage. There is no official release date set for the new series, but that news is expected to be announced very soon. Until then, you can check out the first footage of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles below, courtesy of Nickelodeon's YouTube channel.