Character Designs from ‘Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

Nickelodeon has released images from their upcoming animated series, which will debut later this year. The 2-D series is the follow-up to the popular CG show that premiered in 2012.

Leonardo: Nice Tyson tat

Michelangelo: Alright, this fits

Donatello: Written by Tom Clancy

Raphael: Bro, do you even lift?

Splinter: Victor Wong in a rat costume

April: (insert fan-outrage)

The Turtles’ hold distinct personality traits and skills, including: Raphael, as the oldest and biggest brother, he is the leader full of enthusiasm and bravado; Leonardo, the self-professed ‘coolest’ brother possesses irreverent charm and a rebel heart; Donatello, a mechanical genius and tech wizard whose ninja skills are second only to his coding; and Michelangelo, the youngest brother, a skateboarder and artist who is wild and imaginative.

My knee-jerk reaction to this is… Ew. I don’t like the character designs, weapon changes, and I especially don’t like making Raphael the leader. The animation will also probably be cheaper (as will the gags), similar to series like Teen Titans Go. However, making each brother a different species of turtle is an interesting idea. And I’m fine with April. Plus she was “racially ambiguous” in the comics, so there’s that.

But most importantly, this is for kids, so my opinion is moot. Plus the original cartoon hasn’t aged well at all, so I don’t have a green leg to stand on.

What do you think of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Will your kids be watching this? Can’t be any worse than The Next Mutation, right?

Via Collider