- This article is about the TV series. For the team, see the Turtles. For other uses, see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (disambiguation).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American CGI animated series, based on the eponymous franchise, that premiered on Nickelodeon on September 29, 2012. It was developed by Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin, and J.R. Ventimilia.
The series is being developed by Nickelodeon Studios, whose parent company, Viacom, purchased the rights to everything TMNT from Peter Laird in 2009, after he sold the franchise to them. Mirage Studios is still able to publish up to 18 48-paged black and white TMNT comics a year.
The series is said to have the dark elements and intense action of the 2003 TV series, but still have the jokes of the 1987 series, while still being something of its own. It premiered on September 29, 2012.
Some changes to the series are Donatello having a crush on April, Master Splinter being younger and having a more active role in the series, and Splinter training April to be a ninja so she can go out and battle enemies with the turtles. Michelangelo and Don can also extend their weapons into blades. Leonardo will also still be the skilled leader and Raphael will still be a hot-head. April will also be younger at the age of 16.
Sometime in March 2011, a micro site for the new series was leaked on Nickelodeon's website. The micro site revealed pictures of April, Shredder, the Kraang, and Splinter with bios for all of them. The site was shut down for some time, but as of June 2012, it is back up and features a personality quiz, bios for the turtles, a newsletter, a new game called Dark Horizons, and the new trailer for the series. Merchandise for the series is already starting to get made, including action figures from Playmates which will be released in august 2012, a set of stickers, Halloween costumes, and books based off the series. A new official trailer was released on June 21, 2012 and aired on Nickelodeon the following Saturday. The trailer reveals the turtle's new voices, the animation, and that the theme song of the new show will be a remixed/remade version of the original theme song from the 1987 cartoon. Michelangelo's new catchphrase is "Booyakasha" instead of "Cowabunga". Raphael also has an un-mutated pet turtle named Spike.
- Main article: List of episodes
Season 1 premiered on September 29, 2012.
- This is the first time a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series is animated with CGI.
- Most of the actors and actresses from the previous 1980's series and live films are voicing in this series.