I'll begin by saying that I was wrong. I'm of the generation that lived and breathed the 1987 Ninja Turtles. I first saw the trailer for this cartoon and thought it was a cheap CGI ripoff of the franchise.
But then I watched the first episode and fell in love all over again. It made me feel the way I did all those years ago growing up with the Turtles. Except, unlike the 1987 cartoon, which hasn't aged well, this show looks and feels fresh. The 87 cartoon was corny and the animation was often inconsistent at best. By contrast, the writing for this series is actually pretty decent for a cartoon. Each episode is self-contained, but I like how the build upon a larger story with some continuous characters and elements. The action is well paced but also allows time for character moments. Best of all, the show is genuinely funny. Not goofy, corny, "I can't believe I'm watching this" funny, but some real "laugh out load" moments.
So far I'm really enjoying the new TMNT series. I have seen the first 4 episodes so far and always look forward to watching another episode of the series.
I am a fan of the 1987 TMNT series and this one reminds of it, except to me done a little bit better. Also the action is good as the 2003 TMNT series, even though I was not as big of a fan for that series.
For those unsure of the series, don't be, give it a chance.
As for a sort of spoiler, the whole thing with Donatello having a crush on the now teenage April, I actually kind of like and look forward to being developed over the course of the series. And I know, there are those weirded with idea of 1. Having a mutant turtle being in love with a human and April being a Teen instead of an adult, but this is my opinion.
Again, give this series a shot!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is back and better than ever! Nickelodeon's purchase of the classic franchise left me skeptical at first, but that may just be the best thing that's happened to the turtles since the original 80's cartoon!
I suppose I should start with the look. The animation is very impressive, especially considering how dull their other CGI shows look (I'm lookin' at you, Penguins of Madagascar!). You can see a lot of details in the characters, particularly on the turtles themselves. The humans, however, are hit-or-miss when it comes to animation. While primary characters like April and Shredder look pretty good, some of the random citizens you'll see look a little bland. All in all, I'd say this is one of the best looking TV shows currently running.
The story itself, while similar to other versions, is told in a way that you never know what's gonna happen next. Although, I must admit that there is a little too much mutating going on. I really hope...
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