Earlier we told you about Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the new 2D animated series coming to Nickelodeon next year. We mentioned the current CGI-animated series had one season left to go, and now we know more about it. The season is titled Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, because it consists of seven separate serialized stories.
The first of these stories, “Scroll of the Demodragon,” will begin in the season premiere. Mark Hamill voices Kavaxas, described as “a hotheaded dragon man with mystical powers.” As the story begins the Turtles think they’ve finally defeated all their old foes, only for Kavaxas to show up bringing some of the resurrected baddies with him. “Scroll of the Demodragon” is a story that will take three episodes to tell.
As for what the other six stories are about, the guest star list gives some hints. The Princess Bride) will star as Count Vlad Dracula, the lord of the vampires; Graham McTavish (The Hobbit trilogy) as Savanti Romero, an evil time master from the future; Dana DeLorenzo (Ash vs. Evil Dead) as Esmeralda, a kind and weary Romanian traveler with an expert knowledge of monsters; Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Revenge) as Sumo Kuma, a fierce and cunning Samurai commander; and Nyambi Nyambi (Mike & Molly) as Verminator Rex, the vicious leader of a gang.
Watch for Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starting Sunday, March 19 at 9 AM, on Nickelodeon.
UPDATED: The full press release follows:
NICKELODEON’S HEROES IN A HALF-SHELL RETURN WITH TALES OF THE
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, SEASON FIVE ANTHOLOGY SERIES,
PREMIERING SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017 AT 9 A.M. (ET/PT)
Mark Hamill Guest Stars as the Villainous Kavaxas in Premiere Story Arc
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BURBANK, Calif.–(March 7, 2017)–Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo return in Nickelodeon’s season five anthology series, Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, on Sunday, March 19, at 9:00 a.m. (ET/PT), which follows the Turtles through a variety of action-packed and bizarre adventures that have never been seen before. Produced at Nickelodeon in Burbank, premieres from the new 20-episode season will continue to air Sunday’s at 9:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.
Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles captures seven distinct stories from the hero brothers’ past and future, including their early days in New York City, encounters with villains and friends, and a peek into their distant, but wild future. Throughout the season, fans can expect to see both new and familiar friends and foes as each tale unfolds.
In the premiere episode, “Scroll of the Demodragon,” Mark Hamill (Star Wars) guest stars as Kavaxas, a hotheaded dragon man with mystical powers, who partners with some of the Turtles’ worst foes to bring chaos to New York City. In the episode, the Turtles believe they have defeated their old enemies, but they soon discover a new evil is rising. Hamill lends his voice as the villainous Kavaxas during the next three premiere episodes.
Additional season five guest stars include: Chris Sarandon (The Princess Bride) as Count Vlad Dracula, the lord of the vampires; Graham McTavish (The Hobbit trilogy) as Savanti Romero, an evil time master from the future; Dana DeLorenzo (Ash vs. Evil Dead) as Esmeralda, a kind and weary Romanian traveler with an expert knowledge of monsters; Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Revenge) as Sumo Kuma, a fierce and cunning Samurai commander; and Nyambi Nyambi (Mike & Molly) as Verminator Rex, the vicious leader of a gang.
The series voice cast returns with Seth Green (Robot Chicken) as Leonardo, Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) as Raphael, Rob Paulsen (Planet Sheen) as Donatello, Greg Cipes (Teen Titans) as Michelangelo, Mae Whitman (Parenthood) as April O’Neil, Hoon Lee (Royal Pains) as Master Splinter and Kevin Michael Richardson (Penguins of Madagascar) as Shredder. The series is executive produced by Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman.
Visit the Nick App, Nick.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more about Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Exclusively on Facebook, fans can tune-in to the brand-new weekly short series, Mikey & Mikey, to witness the wacky antics of Michelangelo and his voice cast counterpart, Greg Cipes. Episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are currently available on the Nick App, available for download on iOS, Apple TV, Roku, Android, and Android TV, Nick.com, and Nick On Demand.
Considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned numerous blockbuster theatrical releases. Since its launch in 2012, Nickelodeon’s all-new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has re-energized these iconic characters of this wildly popular franchise. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is seen in over 170 countries and territories and translated in 45+ languages.
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