Thursday, October 25, 2018

Nickelodeon Asia to Fully Premiere 'Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' on Friday 16th November 2018

COWABUNGA! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nickelodeon's brand-new 2D-animated series which reimagines the characters in a fresh new way, set to premiere on Nickelodeon later this year, and to celebrate, Nickelodeon South East Asia will treat fans to a totally tubular sneak-peek of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featuring the first episode of all-new show on Monday 24th September 2018 at 6:00pm! Following the sneak-peek, Nickelodeon South East Asia will fully premiere Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Friday 16th November 2018, with new episodes airing every Friday at 5.30pm (MY/PH/SG) / 4.30pm (WIB).


Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Pictured (clockwise): Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and April O'Neil.


Raph, Leo, Donnie and Mikey emerge from the sewers and tap into undiscovered ninja powers in Nickelodeon's reimagined, 2D-animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, making its world debut on Monday 17th September 2018 on Nickelodeon USA. The action-comedy series follows the band of brothers as they discover new powers and encounter a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City. Following its US launch, the series will roll out globally across Nickelodeon's channels and branded blocks in 170+ countries and territories.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows the Turtles on all-new adventures as they master new powers, encounter absurd mutants and battle bizarre villains, each with their own motivations. Ranging from mystics, mutants and madmen, new creatures and villains emerge to take on Raph, Leo, Donnie and Mikey in battles across New York City. From the tallest skyscraper to the dankest sewer drain, the brothers learn to work together and navigate the perils of New York City and the hidden realms below in order to fulfill their destiny to become a team of heroes.

In the half-hour launch episode, "Mystic Mayhem," the Turtles discover for the first time that they're not the weirdest things in New York.


The US-dub of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars the voice talent of Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raph, a jagged-shelled snapping turtle; Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leo, a red-eared slider turtle; Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donnie, a soft-shell turtle; Brandon Mychal Smith (You're The Worst) as Mikey, a box turtle; Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O'Neil, a street savvy native New Yorker; Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Splinter, father figure and sensei to the Turtles; and WWE Superstar John Cena as the villainous, Baron Draxum.

The line-up of guest stars voicing new mutants and bizarre villains in the US-dub of RTMNT includes: Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) as Big Mama, a gigantic spider mutant; John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect) as Warren Stone, a former news anchor turned mutant earthworm; Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Albearto, a singing, birthday-loving rampaging robot; Sam Richardson and Tim Simons (Veep) as Muninn and Huginn, gargoyles who are never far from their master, Baron Draxum; John Rotten Lydon (Public Image Ltd 'PiL' and Sex Pistols) as Meat Sweats, a power-hungry mutant pig; Rhys Darby (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) as Hypno-Potamus, a mutant magician/hippo; and Jorge Gutierrez (El Tigre) as Ghostbear, a human pro-wrestler champion with a taste for cheating.

In addition, Rob Paulsen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Maurice LaMarche (Animaniacs) reunite behind the mic as Foot Lieutenant, the de-facto leader of the Foot Clan, and Foot Brute, the Foot Lieutenant's right hand man.

Watch the first episode for FREE on Nickelodeon Play App (Singapore)

The launch episode “Mystic Mayhem” is now available as an unlocked content on the Nickelodeon Play app. The Emmy® award-winning Nickelodeon Play app puts the best of Nickelodeon at your fingertips with full episodes, fun-tastic games, hilarious original videos, animated shorts, surprises and more. Download the app for free at Apple iTunes store and Google Play store.

Help the turtles claim victory in “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: City Showdown”

Power up in Nickelodeon's newest free and fun online action game, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: City Showdown, as you help Raph, Donnie, Leo, and Mikey fight off the bad guys and protect Manhattan. Guide the turtles through different quests and challenges. When you land on a green, yellow, or red spot it is time to battle a new mutant in each area of the city created by the villain Baron Daxum. Collect points, stickers or pizza for a high score with each battle.

Viewers can visit the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles page on nick-asia.com and Facebook for more information and follow @TMNT everywhere else for Turtle Power updates.

Update (25/10) - Below is Nickelodeon South East Asia's official press release announcing the turtle-tastic news!:

COWABUNGA! DISCOVER NEW TURTLE POWERS IN RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES THIS NOVEMBER


OMAR MILLER, BEN SCHWARTZ, JOSH BRENER, BRANDON MYCHAL SMITH AND KAT GRAHAM STAR AS THE SERIES’ ICONIC CHARACTERS. JOHN CENA, LENA HEADEY AND ROB PAULSEN AMONG GUEST STARS LENDING VOICES TO ORIGINAL VILLAINS


SINGAPORE, 25 OCTOBER 2018 – Nickelodeon Asia invites fans to celebrate the latest incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The all-new animation series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows the band of brothers as they encounter new allies and villains and discover a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City. Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles starts on 16 November at 4.30pm (WIB) and 5.30pm (SG/MAL/PH) on Nickelodeon in Asia. Catch new episodes on-air every Friday at the same time.

The 2D-animated series stars the voice talent of Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael, a jagged-shelled snapping turtle; Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, a red-eared slider turtle; Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello, a soft-shell turtle; Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re The Worst) as Michelangelo, a box turtle; Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O’Neil, a street savvy native New Yorker; Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Splinter, father figure and sensei to the Turtles; and WWE Superstar John Cena as the villainous, Baron Draxum.

The line-up of guest stars voicing these new mutants and bizarre villains includes: Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) as Big Mama, a gigantic spider mutant; John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect) as Warren Stone, a former news anchor turned mutant earthworm; Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Albearto, a singing, birthday-loving rampaging robot; Sam Richardson and Tim Simons (Veep) as Muninn and Huginn, gargoyles who are never far from their master, Baron Draxum; John Rotten Lydon (Public Image Ltd ‘PiL’ and Sex Pistols) as Meat Sweats, a power-hungry mutant pig; Rhys Darby (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) as Hypno-Potamus, a mutant magician/hippo; and Jorge Gutierrez (El Tigre) as Ghostbear, a human pro-wrestler champion with a taste for cheating. In addition, Rob Paulsen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Maurice LaMarche (Animaniacs) reunite behind the mic as Foot Lieutenant, the de-facto leader of the Foot Clan, and Foot Brute, the Foot Lieutenant’s right hand man.

All-New Adventures in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The highly comedic voice cast shapes the team in a fresh way and breathes new life into the characters’ distinct personalities, including: Raphael, as the oldest and physically biggest brother, he is now the leader and his enthusiasm and bravado puts him front and center for most of their bizarre adventures; Leonardo, the self-professed ‘coolest’ brother possesses irreverent charm and a rebel heart; Donatello, an unflappable mechanical genius and tech wizard whose ninja skills are second only to his coding; Michelangelo, the youngest brother, an artist and awesome skateboarder with a wild colorful, and imaginative personality; and the Turtles’ most trusted ally, April O’Neil, a street savvy native New Yorker who is always ready to join in the fun.

The action-comedy follows the Turtles on all-new adventures as they master new powers, encounter absurd mutants and battle bizarre villains, each with their own motivations. Ranging from mystics, mutants and madmen, new creatures and villains emerge to take on Raph, Leo, Donnie and Mikey in battles across New York City. From the tallest skyscraper to the dankest sewer drain, the brothers learn to work together and navigate the perils of New York City and the hidden realms beneath the streets in order to fulfill their destiny to become a team of heroes.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano and Ant Ward at Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif. Veteran animation industry voice actor Rob Paulsen is voice directing the series. Andy Suriano is an artist, illustrator and performer, and an Emmy and Annie Award-winning character designer and storyboard artist. His past credits include: Star Wars: Clone Wars, Disney’s Mickey Mouse shorts, Samurai Jack, and The Powerpuff Girls, among others. Ant Ward is an animator, writer and producer best known for his work as supervising producer on Penguins of Madagascar and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Emmy Award-winner was integral to developing Nickelodeon’s CG-animation pipeline.

Considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned four blockbuster theatrical releases. The property has also translated into a significant consumer products business—with toys apparel, home goods, video games, DVDs and more--that has generated billions of dollars at retail. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a top selling action figure and the franchise is a previous recipient of the Toy Industry Association’s top honor for Property of the Year at the TOTY Awards.

Watch the first episode for FREE on Nickelodeon Play App (Singapore)


The launch episode “Mystic Mayhem” is now available as an unlocked content on the Nickelodeon Play app. The Emmy® award-winning Nickelodeon Play app puts the best of Nickelodeon at your fingertips with full episodes, fun-tastic games, hilarious original videos, animated shorts, surprises and more. Download the app for free at Apple iTunes store and Google Play store.

Help the turtles claim victory in “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: City Showdown”


Power up in Nickelodeon's newest free and fun online action game, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: City Showdown, as you help Raph, Donnie, Leo, and Mikey fight off the bad guys and protect Manhattan. Guide the turtles through different quests and challenges. When you land on a green, yellow, or red spot it is time to battle a new mutant in each area of the city created by the villain Baron Daxum. Collect points, stickers or pizza for a high score with each battle.


Fans can visit the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles page on Nick-Asia.com and Facebook for more information and follow @TMNT everywhere else for Turtle Power updates.

About Nickelodeon International:

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information about Nickelodeon in Asia, visit www.nick-asia.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

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Also, from InqPOP!:

POP! Exclusive: Kat Graham inspires fans through character ‘April O’ Neil’

Fans who loved Kat Graham as Bonnie in the CW series “The Vampire Diaries,” are in for a treat as the actress returns to TV as April O’ Neil in the Nickelodeon show “The Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

In this exclusive interview with InqPOP!, Kat Graham gets personal with us about her career in the film industry, her new series, her role in inspiring fans as April O’ Neil, and her special message for Filipino fans.

Here’s what the American actress shared with us:

On her acting and music career

At 3 or 4 years old, Kat Graham told her mom that she wanted to be an actress. But unlike many aspiring thespians, Graham didn’t find her inspiration from movie actresses and actors; rather she found them through female singers. She names Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Jennifer Lopez as the artists that influenced her decision to be a part of the entertainment industry.

Though her interest in music did not come out of nowhere. As Graham tells InqPOP!, her career in Hollywood actually began as a singer.

“I got into music when I was about 14. [At that age,] I was making music, engineering [songs] and also, producing. I started singing when I was probably 16 or 17. And that’s when I started working with Will.I.Am. – I toured with him for a while. And then, I went solo and that’s when I got signed to Interscope. After releasing a couple of dance hits, I decided to go independent – then, that’s when I started working with Babyface,” Graham shares.

However, she never forgot her love for acting and she returned to landing roles in the film and television industry.

On “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

Kat Graham admits that she’s been a fan of the Ninja Turtles growing up.

“I’ve watched almost every single incarnation of Ninja Turtles. I grew up watching it in 2D,” the actress exclaims. “It was just about these four brothers that come together to fight crime and it just felt superheroic. Children should be able to have a show like that on TV.”

And being a part of “The Rise of the Ninja Turtles” series elevated her excitement in reliving happy childhood memories. She says, “When I found out that they had made our show 2D, I was very excited ‘cause I remembered the classic, iconic 2D toons.”

Graham adds that fans of the franchise will be pleased to know that some aspects of the pre-existing Ninja Turtles films and series have been retained in the new Nickelodeon show. But she hints at some surprising differences, as well.

“We still have a lot of the classic elements to it like the colors, but the animation is different. Even the set they’ve drawn for the show is very different. The villains are also super colorful and really interesting. Obviously, April is African-American now and that’s different from the pre-existing April. But it’s weird, cool, and wild – and there are just so many new and amazing things to watch out for in this show!”

On inspiring fans through her role as April O’Neil

When it comes to choosing roles, Kat Graham takes three things into consideration.

“I look at the people that are a part of it (movie or television production). I look at the script. And then, I ask myself, ‘is this a character that girls are going to be inspired by – that women are going to be inspired by?’ – I look at all that before I decide to take on anything or any job,” Graham explains. “It has to have a much more deeper, more profound root. It has to grow into something that will mean a lot to someone.”

So when she was given the role of April O’ Neil, she was ecstatic to play a character that would be able to inspire a generation of young girls everywhere.

“April was a part of everything that the turtles would do, but she also stood on her own and had her own sense of self. And I just love how powerful she seems. [And] because she’s a young girl, I think it’ll really inspire a lot of people if I did it right.”

When we asked how she felt about representing an African-American April O’ Neil in television, the actress says, “I hope I’m bringing a different dimension to the character. I think there’s no one way to be black and showing this character as a young woman, who dresses how she dresses and is very much her own person, will inspire other girls of color.”

On her Filipino fans

Before we ended our interview, Kat Graham shared this special message to her Filipino fans:

“I always felt that I was an honorary Filipino. And I hope you will feel connected to April O’ Neil. I hope you’ll enjoy seeing a kickass girl fighting crime alongside these super iconic, heroic characters. Lastly, I hope you’ll see yourselves in her and feel super empowered.”

Filipino fans can watch the actress lend her voice to April O’ Neil in “The Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” on Nickelodeon.

For more details on the series, visit www.nick-asia.com.

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Originally published: Monday, September 3, 2018.

Original source: ToonZone Forums /@jackz167.
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