The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been around for 30+ years (since 1984. And, yes, if you are an original fan from back in the day… you are old). Every decade or so, the property reinvents itself to a new generation of fans with a newly revised cartoon series and toy/merchandise lines. Currently, the turtles are still giving some shell to today’s youngsters in the wildly popular TMNT animated series on Nickelodeon. Fans of the original 80s/90s cartoon either like it, hate it, or hate that they like it. While the modern series looks a heck of a lot different from the original cartoon (and maybe for the better, classic 2D animation doesn’t quite hold up in retrospect) , it’s still pretty much the exact same product. Of, course, every generation is going to say their generation was the best, but hey, why not both?
In a move to bridge fans of the past and present together (or maybe just praying on nostalgia?) , Nickelodeon is doing something really fun – they’re crossing over the original animated series with the new one.
Nickelodeon’s TMNT animated series will the see today’s turtles meeting other versions of themselves from other dimensions; including the classic animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a new totally tubular cross-over episode Not only that, but the episode will also see the return original voice actors from the classic cartoon series.
The episode, called “Trans-Dimensional Turtles”, will first see Leonardo (Seth Green), Raphael (Sean Astin), Donatello (Rob Paulsen) and Michaelangelo (Greg Cipes) transported to another dimension where they meet their retro counterparts in the old animated world. The turtles will again be voiced by Cam Clarke, Rob Paulsen (only original voice actor to be in both shows), Barry Gordon and Townsend Coleman as Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo, respectively
Here are the old voice actors together again in the recording studio:
IGN adds all eight Turtles will team up to eliminate both the 1980s animated Krang and the current TMNT villain, Kraang Sub-Prime. The episode will feature different types of animation as well, as the modern Turtles go into their 1980s counterparts’ 2D world, before both teams travel back into the modern show’s CG-animated environment.”
You can check out a clip here:
Oh, and just so fans don’t feel like this is a complete retread of 2009’s Turtles Forever (a crossover film featuring three different incarnations of the Turtles), the episode will also go into another animated world that will look like Kevin Eastman‘s original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series.
Hey, if anything, it’s good to hear the original voice actors once more (something that we didn’t get in Turtles Forever due to logistics issues). It brings you back.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “Trans-Dimensional Turtles” airs Sunday, March 27th at 11:00am ET/PT on Nickelodeon.