Cowabunga! The new turtles are in town with this trailer for their new animated film
As the resurgence of animated films rolls on, including this year’s The Super Mario Bros Movie, audiences don’t have to look far for the next hit. In two short months Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem hits the big screen. The second trailer for the anticipated reboot of Splinter’s students has just been released. Unlike past TMNT films, this story follows them as early teens, not yet mature heroes; which is sure to be equally as fun and chaotic.
Retelling or Reimagining?
Rightfully so, most fans have come to know the origin story of the ninja turtles as each film makes sure to retell it. Other films’ plots focus on the turtles fighting Shredder, saving New York City, or a big, loud, explosion filled live action saga. Nickelodeon made sure to bring on fans of the franchise for the reboot for a fresh take. Those fans come in the form of comedy writing duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg coming on as producers. Joining them as the director of the film is Jeff Rowe, who has written for Gravity Falls and co-directed The Mitchells vs. the Machines. All three came together to pen the script along with Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit, who both co-wrote Pokémon Detective Pikachu.
The writing team credits staying close to the teenage aspect of the turtles: Rowe went on to say they wanted to create “the ultimate teenage coming-of-age film.” The story is sure to resonate with audiences and bring out the laughs.
In this animated film, the ninja turtles find themselves sheltered from New York City for their whole lives. To combat this, they go out on a mission to be accepted as normal teenagers by committing acts of heroism. They get help from the human friend they make, April O’Neil, but they soon get mixed up in the wrong crowd and have to face a crime syndicate and army of mutants.
For the first time in history, real life teenage actors will be portraying the titular turtles. Lending their voices are Nicholas Cantu (The Amazing World of Gumball) as Leonardo, Micah Abbey (Cousins for Life) as Donatello, Shamon Brown Jr. (The Chi) as Michelangelo, and Brady Noon (Good Boys) as Raphael. With the main roles being a younger cast, the rest of the film contains some of Hollywood’s most famous personalities. Playing the role of the turtles’ mentor, Splinter, is the acclaimed action star and martial artist Jackie Chan. April will be played by Ayo Edebiri of Big Mouth and The Bear fame. The fun does not end there.
On the villain and friend side of things is where the casting goes up a notch. Playing the duo of Bebop and Rocksteady are Seth Rogen and John Cena. Audiences will be sure to recognize famed villain actor Giancarlo Esposito voice Baxter Stockman, the mad scientist and famed enemy of the turtles. Hannibal Buress and Rose Byrne will make appearances as Genghis Frog and Leatherhead, respectively. In the film’s title, mutants are playing a big role. The names attached are Natasia Demetriou as Wingnut, Post Malone as Ray Fillet, and Paul Rudd as Mondo Gecko.
In addition to those characters, the writing team has incorporated two new characters into the TMNT world. Playing Superfly is famed musician and comedy actor Ice Cube. Accompanying him is Maya Rudolph who voices Cynthia Utrom. One final surprise for fans looking forward to the film as it was announced this month that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross from Nine Inch Nails are composing the score. The duo has composed the scores for films such as Mank, The Social Network, and Soul, having received Academy Awards for the latter two.
Premiere and Trailer
At the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem will make its debut on June 12, 2023. The film releases in theaters on August 2nd of this year. The second trailer of the TMNT can be seen below.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2023) Official Paramount Trailer