Nickelodeon has released the first artwork from Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the newest upcoming animated incarnation of the heroes on the half-shell scheduled for release later this year. The 2-D animated series is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), with veteran voice actor Rob Paulsen serving as voice director.
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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reimagines the characters from their usual archetypes. Jagged-shelled Raphael (voiced by Omar Miller) is a snapping turtle wielding twin tonfas as his weapons, and is now the group’s oldest brother and leader; Leonardo (Ben Schwartz) is a red-eared slider, using an ōdachi sword with his irreverent charm and rebel heart; Donatello (Josh Brener) is a soft-shell turtle, sporting a tech-bo staff and his usual skills as a mechanical genius and technical wizard; and Michelangelo (Brandon Mychal Smith) is a box turtle, arming himself with a kusari-fundo and a wild, imaginative attitude and skateboarding skills. Along for the adventure is the Turtles’ most trusted ally, April O’Neil (Kat Graham), a street savvy native New Yorker; and Splinter (Eric Bauza), father figure and sensei to the Turtles. WWE Superstar John Cena lends his voice as villain, Baron Draxum, an alchemist warrior mutant who seeks to turn all of humanity into mutants.