Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series)
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles logo
|Based on||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
by Kevin Eastman
|Developed by||Joshua Sternin
|Opening theme||"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"|
|Composer(s)||Sebastian Evans II|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||62 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Lowbar Productions
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
|Picture format||480i NTSC
|Original run||September 29, 2012– present|
|Preceded by||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series)|
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American 3D rendered computer animated television series that premiered on Nickelodeon September 29, 2012. It is the third animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series and is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio.
On June 17, 2014, Nickelodeon ordered a fourth season of the show.
Ninjutsu master Hamato Yoshi (Splinter) is carrying his four pet turtles through the streets of Manhattan, New York City when he encounters members of an alien race called the Kraang. During an altercation with these aliens, Hamato and the turtles are exposed to an alien chemical called mutagen (which is said to have unpredictable results) and they undergo major physical transformations. Hamato Yoshi becomes a humanoid rat and the turtles become anthropomorphic. Splinter retreats to the New York City sewers, where he raises the four turtles as his sons and imparts to them his knowledge of ninjutsu.
Now teenagers, the Turtles (Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo) venture to the surface for the first time and learn that the Kraang are using the mutagen as part of their plan to take over New York City. The Turtles befriend the teenage April O'Neil after she and her scientist father, Kirby, are abducted by the Kraang. Donatello develops a crush on April.
While Kirby remains a prisoner of the Kraang, April becomes an ally of the Turtles, who help her to find out where the Kraang have taken her father. April is also being trained by Splinter to be a kunoichi or female ninja.
The Turtles also learn that Splinter's long-time archenemy Oroku Saki (Shredder) has come to New York City and has ordered his Foot Clan to track down Splinter and his sons, and put an end to their clan. Though Shredder ends up learning about the Kraang through his adoptive daughter Karai. Shredder decides to befriend Kraang in order to defeat the turtles. Meanwhile, Turtles encounter Karai and also experiences the effect of mutagen on both their enemies (Dogpound and Fishface) and friends (Pulverizer, Leatherhead and Spike).
The Turtles discover that the Kraang (who are under the leadership of Kraang Prime) have come to Earth from Dimension X and are plotting to use the mutagen to convert the Earth into a planet that will be suitable for their race. Finally, the turtles send the Technodrome crashing and falling into the water towards the bottom of the sea. Meanwhile Splinter battles Shredder and learns that Karai is his own daughter, Miwa who was kidnapped by Shredder and who believes that Splinter killed her mother. The season ends with Turtles celebrating on their victory over Kraang as Splinter hides this secret from them.
The Turtles must now find and get rid of all of the remaining Kraang technology including mutagen before other people and animals get hold of it and are mutated by the Kraang which resulted in one of the missions having the Turtles unknowingly scattering the mutagen canisters throughout the city. During this time, the Turtles gain new allies to help them in their mission and new enemies that antagonize them. However, Splinter and the Turtles are still struggling with their battle against the Shredder who is now an ally of Kraang Prime and the rest of the Kraang. Dogpound falls into a vat of mutagen and becomes Rahzar. The Shredder travels back to Japan in order to recruit a mutant bounty hunter named Tiger Claw to help in his quest to defeat his enemies. Karai also learns that Splinter is her true father. Karai soon after is mutated into a snake.
Kraang Prime returns to Earth where it begins the Kraang invasion[clarification needed] by using perfected mutagen to turn any humans exposed to it into half-Kraang creatures. After Shredder had defeated Splinter and left him for dead, the Turtles, April, and Casey use Kirby's Party Wagon to leave the city and take refuge at the O'Neil family's summer home upstate.
Following the Kraang invasion and having been separated from Splinter, the Turtles recuperate from their fight at the O'Neil Family's summer house in Northampton, Fulton County, New York where they train to the point where they can return to Manhattan.
Once the training is complete, the Turtles, April, and Casey return to Manhattan in the improved Party Wagon in order to liberate Manhattan from the Kraang and the Foot Clan and find Splinter. When Splinter is found, the Turtles, Splinter, April, and Casey take refuge in the abandoned Antonio's Pizza restaurant. During the Turtles and the Foot Clan's search for Karai, Shredder has Anton Zeck and Ivan Steranko mutated into Bebop and Rocksteady to serve him.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||26||September 29, 2012||August 8, 2013|
|2||26||October 12, 2013||September 26, 2014|
|3||26||October 3, 2014||TBA|
On October 21, 2009, a press release was made indicating that Viacom had bought the complete rights of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise from Peter Laird for $60 million, and would be developing a CGI animated TV series for its Nickelodeon family of channels for broadcast in 2012. A feature film, released by Paramount Pictures (also a division of Viacom), debuted in 2014.
Jason Biggs originally voiced Leonardo and Rob Paulsen voices Donatello. In June 2011, it was confirmed that Sean Astin is playing Raphael and Greg Cipes is Michelangelo. In August 2011, it was revealed that Mae Whitman would be the voice for April O'Neil. In April 2012, it was announced that Phil LaMarr would be playing the role of Baxter Stockman and Nolan North would be playing a race of aliens known as the Kraang, while Roseanne Barr is confirmed to voice their leader, Kraang Prime. Actress Kelly Hu confirmed her role as Karai in May 2012. Corey Feldman has been confirmed to play the role of Slash. Recurring TMNT character Casey Jones began appearing in the second season, and is voiced by former Nickelodeon star Josh Peck.
Production art was leaked on the Nickelodeon website before it was taken down. The images showed the designs of all four Turtles, Shredder, Splinter, a teenage April O'Neil and the Kraang, an alien race that combines elements of both Krang and the Utroms. A trailer for the series was released on June 21, 2012, on Nickelodeon USA. In June 2014, it was announced that Seth Green would replace Jason Biggs as the voice of Leonardo in season 3.
|Season||Episodes||DVD release dates|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||26||Volume 1: February 26, 2013
Volume 2: July 9, 2013
Volume 3: October 1, 2013
|Complete Season: November 18, 2013||Volume 1: March 6, 2013
Volume 2: June 26, 2013
Volume 3: September 4, 2013 
Volume 4: October 23, 2013
|2||26||Volume 1: March 11, 2014
Volume 2: July 1, 2014
|Volume 1: March 31, 2014||Volume 1: June 25, 2014|
In mid 2012, Playmates Toys released their first wave of basic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures which consisted of "hero figures" Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Splinter and April O'Neil as well as "villain characters" Shredder, Kraang, and a Foot Soldier. In early 2013, Playmates released series 2 which consisted of the new "hero" character Metalhead as well as new villains Dogpound and Fishface. In April 2013, the third wave appeared which included the "hero" character Leatherhead as well as villains Snakeweed and Baxter Stockman. Wave four was released in early August and it featured the villains Rat King and Spyroach as well as new "Stealth Tech" versions of the four turtles. Wave 5 was released in October with a 7 pack of Mousers as well as four baby versions of the Turtles (Turtles in training) October saw the final release of 2013 with wave six which included two new villains: Spider Bytez and a newly sculpted Shredder figure featuring a removable helmet and cape. Wave seven first appeared in February 2014 with figures for Kirby Bat, Squirrelanoid, Casey Jones, and Mutagen Man.
in July 2014, Build-A-Bear Workshop released a series of plush versions of the Turtles, as well as other TMNT themed apparel including an outfit of Shredder, along with items such as the Turtles' signature weapons.
On August 28, 2013, Activision released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, a downloadable 3D beat 'em up game, for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. On April 15, 2014 a version was released for the Playstation 3. The game features an online multiplayer co-op for up to four players.
On September 4, 2014. Activision announced a second game based on the show called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze. The game will be released on Nintendo 3DS and Xbox 360, and will also be released on the PlayStation 3 instead of the Wii. The game is being developed by WayForward.
The series debuted on Canadian channel YTV on September 29, 2012. It also premiered on Nickelodeon (UK and Ireland) on October 1, 2012. Then Nickelodeon (Australia and New Zealand) debuted the show on October 8, 2012. It aired on Nickelodeon (Canada) on September 2, 2013.
IGN has given the show positive reviews, with many episodes reviewed being given the "Editor's Choice" title. "Invasion" has received the highest rating of 10/10. The series premiered in the U.S. to 3.9 million viewers.
Variety has praised the show, saying "...handsomely produced effort, with a strong vocal cast, considerable humor and scads of high-spirited action. If the goal was to introduce the Turtles to a new generation — amphibious mission accomplished."
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|66th Primetime Emmy Awards||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)||"The Manhattan Project"||Nominated|
|2014 British Academy Children's Awards||International||Alan Wan, Brandon Auman, Ciro Nieli||Nominated|
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