NYCC 2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Panel Recap

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The Ninja Turtles are back! As someone who grew up with the classic TMNT cartoon, I can honestly say I love the latest take on the Turtles. So needless to say, I was pumped to check out this panel at the end of my second day at New York Comic-Con. Thankfully, it was every bit as awesome as I hoped and made the time spent in an absurdly long line totally worth it.

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I knew Executive Producers Ciro Nieli and Peter Hastings would attend but it was a nice surprise when the Turtles came out to bust a move. Then, one by one, the voice actors for the Turtles and Splinter made a surprise appearance. Greg Cipes (Mikey), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Sean Astin (Raphael) and Hoon Lee (Splinter) took to the stage. Unfortunately, Jason Biggs (Leo) couldn't make it.

A few jokes later and Ciro got to showcase some sketches for upcoming mutants in the show. One thing is clear -- the dude loves TMNT (he remarked on the Mirage comics a few times). He revealed sketches of Donatello's pet cockroach which tragically suffers not one, but two mutations. We also got a glimpse of Leatherhead and Mousers. Leatherhead looked incredibly intimidating (especially for a kids show) and the Mousers were covered in extremely shiny chrome and the inside of their mouths had vibrant red designs. Speaking of Leatherhead, Ciro showed us a quick (and not complete) video of the team battling the villain. There was no audio, so the voice actors ad libbed some hilarious dialogue and battle cries.

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Now it was time for the main event: 10 minutes of footage from upcoming episodes. Thankfully, it was every bit as good as what we saw in the pilot. We observed firsthand why they have "ninja" in their title as the team stealthily took out Foot Ninjas one by one in the sewers. In another scene, Splinter proved to be hysterical yet again as he provided mixed words of wisdom and we got a first look at Metal-Head! Donny creates the bot to fight for them and it was especially amusing to see him using the device like he was playing a video game. Unfortunately for them, the connection gets severed and a Krang takes over the overpowered creation. The footage also revealed Baxter Stockman in a huge combat armor. He humiliates the team in an especially entertaining action sequence but the real highlight was seeing him struggle to give himself a villainous name. It appears not everyone is as gifted as Mikey when it comes to nicknames.

When the panel appeared to be over, Vanilla Ice (yes, Vannila Ice) popped up on the video displays to introduce a new set of footage and no one could have guessed what would come next. The amazingly popular (and addictive) Gangnam Style began to play. That's right, we were treated to a music video of people in Ninja Turtle costumes doing the insanely famous dance around various places in New York (sadly, there was no elevator pelvic thrust but there was an elevator scene). Go Ninja, go Ninja, GO!

What do you think of the animated series so far? Nick has already renewed the show for a second season.

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#1 Posted by theTimeStreamer (2845 posts) - - Show Bio

yeah milk that dead cow

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#2 Posted by NightFang3 (12306 posts) - - Show Bio

@theTimeStreamer said:

yeah milk that dead cow

How is the TMNT a dead cow?

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#3 Posted by StMichalofWilson (5552 posts) - - Show Bio

Please tell me Agent Bishop and the characters of Usagi Yojimbo will make an appearance. Please!!!

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#4 Posted by KnightRise (4811 posts) - - Show Bio

@theTimeStreamer said:

yeah milk that dead cow

Do you just need a hug?

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#5 Edited by jorok_goldblade (69 posts) - - Show Bio

@StMichalofWilson said:

Please tell me Agent Bishop and the characters of Usagi Yojimbo will make an appearance. Please!!!

Stan Sakai has said there won't be a Usagi guest appearance. It seems without Peter Laird attached to the property anymore, there's no reason for the crossover (The crossovers so far were because of Stan and Peter's friendship.)
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#6 Posted by TheCowman (461 posts) - - Show Bio

Loving it so far. It strikes a good balance between the humor of the original cartoon and the more serious tone of the later ones.

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#7 Posted by BlueLantern1995 (3237 posts) - - Show Bio

The new animated series is truly a awesome series.

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#8 Posted by RoTheKid (259 posts) - - Show Bio

Great article, Gregg! I have to admit, I've been pleasantly surprised by the show! And just from the recent panel, looks like fans of the show will be in for a real treat! Thanks so much for this article! :D

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#9 Posted by Cancer the Conqueror (83 posts) - - Show Bio

So Vanilla Ice made a random appearance to start a turtle Gangnam dance, but Jason Biggs couldn't make it? I guess he's just so busy with...*Beavis & Butt-head snicker*...his career.

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#10 Posted by Duke_Nasty (1021 posts) - - Show Bio

@Cancer the Conqueror said:

So Vanilla Ice made a random appearance to start a turtle Gangnam dance, but Jason Biggs couldn't make it? I guess he's just so busy with...*Beavis & Butt-head snicker*...his career.

He's filming a new straight to DVD American Pie movie.

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#11 Posted by kid Apollo (961 posts) - - Show Bio

@Duke_Nasty: American Funeral

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#12 Edited by Inverno (13756 posts) - - Show Bio

Well I am surprised the good word on it is pretty good. Perhaps I may enjoy it just like the Green Lantern cartoon...

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#13 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6958 posts) - - Show Bio

Vanilla Ice?! Wow, pretty sweet! I haven't gotten into the show yet but after reading this and all this stuff for what this panel did in promoting it...I think I just might now!

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#14 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio

I knew I could count on you to be at this panel LOL I love that hot nunchuck action

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#15 Posted by ms__omega (5091 posts) - - Show Bio

I for one am in love with this show makes me feel like a kid again. Was a huge fan of The Ninja Turtles back in the day.

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#16 Posted by notoriousmistersims (92 posts) - - Show Bio

i like the show so far looks good hopefully it will run a few seasons so get some more characters appearances old n new

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#17 Posted by Lurkero (507 posts) - - Show Bio

The first few episodes of the series has impressed me. The best cartoons are the ones that can appeal to younger and older audiences and I think this show fits that balance just like the 4Kids show did. I was worried Nick would make the show something too different, but if the current quality keeps up I will certainly keep watching.

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#18 Posted by k4tzm4n (40156 posts) - - Show Bio
@RoTheKid said:

Great article, Gregg! I have to admit, I've been pleasantly surprised by the show! And just from the recent panel, looks like fans of the show will be in for a real treat! Thanks so much for this article! :D

Thank you! 
 
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@k4tzm4n I knew I could count on you to be at this panel LOL I love that hot nunchuck action

It immediately caught my eye when I reviewed the panel schedule :D
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#19 Posted by mattwing87 (441 posts) - - Show Bio

The new show and the new comic series by IDW are awesome!!! I am still not looking forward to Michael Bay's TMNT movie >:\

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#20 Posted by Funrush (1486 posts) - - Show Bio

@jorok_goldblade said:

@StMichalofWilson said:

Please tell me Agent Bishop and the characters of Usagi Yojimbo will make an appearance. Please!!!

Stan Sakai has said there won't be a Usagi guest appearance. It seems without Peter Laird attached to the property anymore, there's no reason for the crossover (The crossovers so far were because of Stan and Peter's friendship.)

Aw, that would've been really cool.

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#21 Posted by Webjaker (369 posts) - - Show Bio

I was a huge fan of the original series and Im loving this one

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#22 Posted by jointron33 (2107 posts) - - Show Bio

I really hate this new show. Total step down from the 2003 series. It is to that series what The Batman is to B:TAS.

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#23 Posted by Reignmaker (2482 posts) - - Show Bio

@jointron33 said:

I really hate this new show. Total step down from the 2003 series. It is to that series what The Batman is to B:TAS.

Some men need their cartoons to be serious. Frankly, I never saw the point of having all your cartoons and comics mature alongside you. At the end of the day, more of this stuff should be accessible to kids.

I applaud the new show. It's something I can watch with my son.

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#24 Posted by k4tzm4n (40156 posts) - - Show Bio

My DVR didn't record the latest episode :(

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