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New TMNT Revealed!

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a sacred franchise to me. Along with The Simpsons, they pretty much defined my childhood.

The original animated series was amazing, and the movies had their moments. The latest CGI feature was ok. It wasn’t bad, but it was far from being great.

But, according to The Wall Street Journal, in 2012, the Turtles will be making their triumphant return to television with a brand-new animated show from Viacom and Nikelodeon (about time too, as they spent over $60 million to buy the franchise back in 2009).

According to the article, and the show’s executive producer Ciro Nieli, the turtles will each have more well defined “individual attributes” as well as different character styles, as shown in the picture above. Sadly, not much info is provided about the show, but hopefully more will pop out of the sewers soon.

All is still not roses and rainbows though.

Transformers director Michael Bay is still reportedly working on a new TMNT live action film, and to quote Star Wars, “I have a bad feeling about this.”

Here is a link to the original opening for the TMNT animated show that aired in the late 1980’s here. In my career as a TV watcher, no theme song has ever come close to its awesomeness.

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According to Variety (via Topless):

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are taking their crime-fighting ways to Viacom.

Conglom has plunked down $60 million for the global rights to the property, considered one of the most successful franchises in the past 25 years given the myriad TV series, films, videogames and toy lines based on the sewer-dwelling characters.

Viacom acquired the rights from the Mirage Group — which has owned the property since 1984 — and 4Kids Entertainment. Paramount will now steer a new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” feature to the bigscreen, planned for 2012.

What does that mean for us TMNT fans? Well, lets see…a new movie (totally rad) and new toys (totally awesome). So don’t go crying to your mom. This isn’t such a bad thing. After all, ‘they’re the worlds most fearsome fighting team.’ And I’m sure they are fine with the situation.