Now that we have enough episodes of the reboot of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I can finally share my thoughts on it. Essentially, it’s awesome. If you’re not already watching it (shame on you!), here are some reasons why you should catch TMNT every Saturday.
1. The theme song
Some purists of the original show might turn their nose up at this update hip-hop version of the theme song, but I’m enjoying bopping my head along to it every week. I really need to put it on my iPod. It’s catchy, fun and matches the energy of the show perfectly. And Nick has put a karaoke version of it on their website so you can learn the lyrics! Wins all around.
2. The animation
The new look of the show is probably my favorite thing about it. I was a bit skeptical of the CGI approach but it is some of the most beautiful animation I’ve ever seen. There’s a great mixture of CGI and hand drawing that gives the show a unique look. The animation has a paper look about it, essentially like a 3D version of South Park’s animation, which somehow adds to this Japanese vibe it gives off. Speaking of the Japanese vibe, the little touches of anime at certain moments are gold and increase the comedy and action the perfect amount.
3. The voice over
Now, this cast is a blend of talented actors known both for their voice over work as well as their on screen work. Having that mix of screen actors (Jason Biggs, Sean Astin), voice actors (Rob Paulsen, Kevin Michael Richardson) and actors who do both (Mae Whitman) adds a new level of depth to the character. Everyone has their moments of brilliance but the true breakout star of this show is Greg Cipes (Michelangelo). There is no one on this planet who can play a more perfect Mikey than Greg Cipes. Watch this show for him alone.
4. The Krangs
The Krangs have only appeared in a couple of episodes thus far but I expect them to show up more often as the series progresses. After all, besides Shredder, they seem to be the Turtles’ main villain. They’re my favorite just because of how their speech patterns are written. Seriously, it’s hilarious.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles airs on Saturdays at 11am on Nickelodeon.