We had the awesome chance to meet and catch up with the all new and improved cast of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles newest franchise “Rise of TMNT” at 2018’s Comic Convention in San Diego. The wait has been long, anticipated, and continues for fans of the turtles to see what this series is going to bring to the table. The cast makes it clear in this interview that the new series will make Ninja Turtle history as one of the greats only causing more interest amongst fans and they can only wait. We get a chance to talk with the voice actors and give more information as to what they can expect out of “Rise of TMNT.” They spend some time talking about their experiences working on the new series, their relationships in the studio, and how fun and difficult it has been for them to put together a brand-new franchise and what the process has been like establishing the character roles. The cast also gives insight as to what kinds of changes we are to expect amongst the characters, be it the Turtles themselves or other characters like Master Splinter and April O’Neal. It is apparent that the cast is in very high spirits having big and wonderful expectations for this brand-new series, giving the fans many more concrete details about the show and things they can look forward to.

118191._SX360_QL80_TTD_Rise up! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in Nickelodeon’s brand-new mutation of New York’s half-shell heroes. Featuring Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raph, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donnie, Brandon Smith (You’re the Worst) as Mikey, Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April, and Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012) as Splinter. Joining the cast are co-executive producers Andy Suriano and Ant Ward and legendary voice director Rob Paulsen. Panel highlights to include never-before-seen clips from the upcoming series. Moderated by Buzzfeed’s Keely Flaherty. | Schedule

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Some may refer to a man of many interests as purely indecisive. However, Bilal Mohamed believes that possessing deep interests in many realms of work lay a varied foundation to build upon, preferring to refer to those of expounding curiosity as all but the most intriguing and experienced “Modern-Day Renaissance Men”. Bilal is man of many tastes and attractions. A passionate writer and performer, artist, poet, business co-owner, designer, skateboarder, Adventure Time advocate, lover of literature, mentor, and actor, (and is only working to keep this list growing). He spends his days spreading love in the beautiful city and soul-filling sun of San Diego, California, and studies Comparative Literature at San Diego State University with his head passionately buried in books. His open mind and positive attitude towards the world of the unexpected has paved his way to many opportunities, which is exactly how he was able to attain a position here writing for GeekRockTV and their wonderful website and blog. An open mind and an open heart is a simple cliché that he lives by, pouring himself into his work and appreciating all the blessings and beautiful people that come into his life. His plans for the future consist of publishing books and writing screenplays, acting in films and movies, making his way into the world of fine art, and accepting any new experience that bursts its way into his life. Instagram @bicknessView My Blogs 

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TMNT For All!

 

slide-4.jpgThree eras of the Ninja Turtles collide in one room! Co-creator Kevin Eastman is joined by the current comic book creative team of Tom Waltz and Bobby Curnow, as they talk about the past, present, and future of the heroes in a half shell. Turtle power! There will also be a special Turtle Trivia with prizes for the ultimate TMNT fan. | Schedule

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Rise of The TMNT: Panel

 

The extremely talented and hilarious cast of the new series in the franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles present a panel on the new show “Rise of TMNT.” The panel dedicates their conversation to shedding light on the groundbreaking elements the new series has in store for their passionate and eager fans. We get lots of background on the cast and their personal relationships with TMNT, from growing up with the older television versions, comics, toys, video games, costumes and more. We also get a chance to learn about the audition process for the current cast, what it was like for each of them individually, and how they were able to secure their roles. The panel also sets a focus on the character of April O’Neal and what it means for her to be the first African American version of April in the TMNT franchise. We learn about the new version of Master Splinter, as well as all the brand-new villains “Rise of TMNT” is bringing to the franchise. The voice actors talk about the new shapes, designs, walks, and characteristics that the Turtles will have in this series being that the animators made it a specific point to make the Turtles unique when in comparison to each other. Through this panel fans are able to see first hand the special connection and comfortability that these great voice actors have with each other, giving us an informative and humorous panel filled with insight and exciting reveals.

118191._SX360_QL80_TTD_Rise up! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in Nickelodeon’s brand-new mutation of New York’s half-shell heroes. Featuring Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raph, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donnie, Brandon Smith (You’re the Worst) as Mikey, Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April, and Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012) as Splinter. Joining the cast are co-executive producers Andy Suriano and Ant Ward and legendary voice director Rob Paulsen. Panel highlights to include never-before-seen clips from the upcoming series. Moderated by Buzzfeed’s Keely Flaherty. | Schedule

bilal-e1530121153259.jpgBilal Mohamed | Writing Contributor
B.A | Comparative Literature | San Diego State University
Some may refer to a man of many interests as purely indecisive. However, Bilal Mohamed believes that possessing deep interests in many realms of work lay a varied foundation to build upon, preferring to refer to those of expounding curiosity as all but the most intriguing and experienced “Modern-Day Renaissance Men”. Bilal is man of many tastes and attractions. A passionate writer and performer, artist, poet, business co-owner, designer, skateboarder, Adventure Time advocate, lover of literature, mentor, and actor, (and is only working to keep this list growing). He spends his days spreading love in the beautiful city and soul-filling sun of San Diego, California, and studies Comparative Literature at San Diego State University with his head passionately buried in books. His open mind and positive attitude towards the world of the unexpected has paved his way to many opportunities, which is exactly how he was able to attain a position here writing for GeekRockTV and their wonderful website and blog. An open mind and an open heart is a simple cliché that he lives by, pouring himself into his work and appreciating all the blessings and beautiful people that come into his life. His plans for the future consist of publishing books and writing screenplays, acting in films and movies, making his way into the world of fine art, and accepting any new experience that bursts its way into his life. Instagram @bicknessView My Blogs 

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Rise of The TMNT – Character Art Revealed

maxresdefaultEver since Nickelodeon announced that their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series would be coming to an end, fans have been eagerly awaiting a glimpse at the next iteration of our heroes in a half shell. Although we have learned a lot about Rise of the TMNT in the last few months, details on the actual character designs were sparse. That all changed today when Nick decided to host an awesome live event unveiling the first official character art from the new cartoon.

As you can see, the creators behind Rise of the TMNT have chosen to go with a very stylized approach. Sharp-eyed fans may note a bit of a nod to the artistic style that most viewers are familiar seeing from shows like Samurai Jack. Each character has very angular features with sharp and defined outlines. Although there are a few differences here and there, these turtles look very much like the heroes we remember from past cartoons, comic books and movies.

  • Raphael is the new leader of this group, and he’s looking pretty good! Image Source: Nickelodeon.
  • Leo is looking good as a red-eared slider! Image Source: Nickelodeon.
  • Donatello will let his technology speak for itself – perhaps literally! Image Source: Nickelodeon.
  • Mikey looks like he’s ready to have some fun and kick some butt. Image Source: Nickelodeon.

During the event, creators Andy Suriano and Ant Ward joined with Rob Paulsen to reveal key details about Rise of the TMNT. One of the most interesting revelations came when they announced that all four turtles would be a different breed. As Suriano pointed out, this allows them to give specific characteristics to each turtle which reflect the actions and behaviors of the breed they represent. For instance, Michelangelo is going to be a box turtle with the ability to hide his body in his shell.

In addition to the turtles, we also got the chance to see both April O’Neil and Master Splinter. Although the fans had questions about April’s bat, I’m personally very happy to see a version of her that is ready to kick butt from the get go. When it comes to Splinter, it’s clear that they’ve taken an entirely different approach with the character. During the live event, Eric Bauza provided a taste of what his Splinter sounds like to go with the artwork. All I can say is he had me in stitches with just one off-the-cuff line.

  • April O’Neil has a new look and a new weapon! Hopefully we’ll get to see her use that bat to take down a few bad guys! Image Source: Nickelodeon.
  • Splinter may be a bit smaller than usual, but he could definitely pull a Yoda and reveal a surprising amount of strength. Image Source: Nickelodeon.

If you’re still feeling unsure about Rise of the TMNT, just know that you are not alone. Although there was a lot of positive feedback throughout the live reveal, several fans were either frustrated or unhappy with what they were seeing. Ultimately, I feel like we need to wait this one out and see what Nickelodeon produces later this fall. Everyone attached to this show is incredibly talented, and I’ve got to believe that they know what they are doing.

This may be a wildly different take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. If past iterations have taught us anything, it is that there are several different versions of the turtles spread across several different dimensions. In other words, there is no one “correct” version of our half-shelled heroes, and this is just what they happen to look like in one specific dimension. By the way, this also means that there’s always a chance we’ll see previous versions of the turtles make a comeback in a crossover episode!

Say what you will, but I am personally very impressed with this character art. I’m also impressed that our own Machelle Noel managed to answer one of the toughest trivia questions asked during the event! Even though she was a bit nervous during some of the games they played, Machelle definitely held her own and we’re proud to count her as one of the crew. If you want to see what she was up to with Andre Meadows of Black Nerd Comedy, make sure to go back and watch the full event on Facebook while it’s still available!

Set Visits 2018 | Nickelodeon | Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles| Season 1
Writer: Justin Wren | Article Source: www.TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com
Date: February 1, 2018 | Location: Nickelodeon Animation Studios

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33Founder | Editor-In-Chief | Talk Show Host
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Cowabunga Dudes! I’m Machelle Noel reporting to you as April O’Neil. Much more than just a cartoon tv series, comic book, movie and action figure junkie, it’s now apparent that my presence as your April O’Neil is much more needed at these organized comic convention events and at the moment, guilty-pleasure is good. But perhaps the most exciting adventure is geeking out with other ‘awesome’ celebrities who are also ‘excellent’ TMNT fanatics as well. April O’Neill, @GeekRockTV (that’s my Youtube Channel) Shell-Shocked News. Hahaa- I made another funny!

Since the 30th Anniversary special, it has been my pleasure as your April O’Neil to bring all of the Comic-Con experiences to your homes as well. Here’s to many more years of ‘Turtle Power, Go Ninja Go, and Booyakasha’s to come. So grab a slice of pizza and enjoy the site!

16195365_10210126904061463_2528511742171603780_nDigital Media Ninja by day. Warrior Actress by night. Prior to starting her own small businesses, Machelle interned for several marketing and production departments including Disney, Yahoo!, Adobe and IHeartRadio. Currently, Machelle is back to acting professionally (independent films, commercials, and theaters), as well as voice-acting and on-air radio hosting (college, independent & corporate radio) for a variety of projects in San Diego, San Francisco & New York. She also started her own production company, photography studio and digital marketing agency at www.TheNoelStudios.com. Catch her latest projects playing as Lois Lane/April O’Neil @MachelleNoelTV, Kryptonian Journalist – FB.com/Supergirl & Producer (About Me) – TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com. | View My Blogs 

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WonderCon 2018: Eric Bauza

As our time ran out with the good people of Unikitty we thankfully got a few minutes with voice actors Eric Bauza and Roger Craig Smith about not just their role on the show but also their upcoming work on Batman: Ninja. We truly valued this one because of the fun that these guys have when talking about all the quirkiness of the show as well as answer a few miscellaneous questions. Who doesn’t love to hear about a voice actor’s favorite pizza toppings and the preference of chocolate, right?

Voicing Master Frown Eric Buaza talks about how it’s easy to voice a character who’s voice is similar to his own and tells us that he enjoys the classic pepperoni dot on his pizza. Roger Craig Smith who voices both Hawkadile and Richard appreciates how different the two characters are from one another but actually prefers the healthier option of veggies on his pizza. Moving into Batman: Ninja Bauza described how his role as 2 Face actually taught him how hard it was to flip a coin oddly enough but Smith, who voices the caped crusader, tells about the honor of voicing Batman. Bauza also says it is a dream come true so be sure to not only tune in for Unikitty but also be on the lookout for the visually stunning Batman: Ninja.

Wonder Con 2018 | Cartoon Network | Teen Titans Go! | Season 4
Interviewer: Machelle Noel | Writer: Sean Plundeke
Date: Friday – March 23, 2018 | Location: Anaheim Convention Center

index2WonderCon attendees will be transported to a joyous kingdom full of sparkle matter, happy thoughts, and the occasional rage-out when Unikitty! takes the stage. Bring your positive vibes as a panel of producers and members of the voice cast present a behind-the-scenes look at the hit animated series starring your favorite character from The LEGO Movie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Unikitty! airs Fridays at 6:30/5:30c on Cartoon Network. | Unikitty! Video Presentation and Q&A

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WonderCon 2017: Greg Cipes

Probably my most favorite of all the Teen Titans is Beast Boy so it was incredible to be able to listen to Greg Cipes talk about voicing the green googly-eyed shape shifter. As we see the fashionably dressed Cipes with his dog Wing Man we truly get a feel for how invested he is with the character. Expressing a true love for animals and surfing it’s really hard to not find an immediate liking towards the guy who really is trying to use his role for the betterment of those who can’t fight for themselves. We got into talking about Beast Boy but also about Cipes’ surfing habits and his other projects that revolve around his humanitarian efforts so listen carefully and you may get a lot more than Teen Titans GO!.

While Cipes is here for Wonder Con he simply says that he is here to celebrate and promote life for all and how Beast Boy who constantly shifts from various animal forms allows him to do so. Fair treatment towards animals is very important to Cipes just as the 200th episode was where Cipes actually got to talk to Beast Boy in the show. We also learn that Cipes is a big wave surfer who has actually caught waves with dolphins, an experience not many surfers have the privilege of getting. Also highlighting on his project Un Amor tries to provide support for homeless humans as well as animals will be directly support by a new album from Cipes called Green Man so be sure to stay tuned for those that surround the Teen Titans GO! star.

Wonder Con 2018 | Cartoon Network | Teen Titans Go! | Season 4
Interviewer: Machelle Noel | Writer: Sean Plundeke
Date: Friday – March 23, 2018 | Location: Anaheim Convention Center

index12The Titans are back at WonderCon and they’re bringing all the fun, laughs, and hilarious hijinks that are part of every Teen Titans Go! panel. You only need to bring your questions (and maybe some waffles and pie) for this packed panel of producers and members of the voice cast. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Fridays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network. | Teen Titans Go! Video Presentation and Q&A

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