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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SDCC 2017: Interview w/ The Cast

San Diego Comic-con 2017 was a blast, but it was also somewhat bittersweet. While we once again got the opportunity to see the cast and creators of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it was with the knowledge that they were there to talk about the final season of the show. We still don’t know if any of them will be brought on board for the new series, but that didn’t stop them from talking turtles with us! We sent Machelle Noel (AKA April O’Neil) of GeekRockTV to the convention to speak with the creative minds behind this franchise and ask them a variety of questions about our heroes in a half shell.

During this SDCC interview, we heard from Kevin Eastman, Ciro Nieli, Rob Paulsen, Greg Cipes, Eric Bauza, Stan Sakai and Yuki Matsuzaki. Although the subject of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did come up, all Ciro Nieli could say was that it wasn’t his show and he was passing on the reigns to a new creator. It’s definitely sad to see him leave the franchise, but he seems genuinely appreciative of the opportunity he was given. Nieli and his fellow shellheads all seem very upbeat about the new animated series, and that’s definitely a good sign.

Kevin Eastman also spoke up, expressing that he was happy to see the network give Nieli and his fellow creators an opportunity to have some fun with the final season. Considering the fact that they were able to bring Usagi Yojimbo into the universe and there are plans for a three-episode crossover with the 80’s turtles later this year, it’s safe to say that Nickelodeon has indeed provided a wonderful send-off for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

In addition to this interview, Machelle also spoke with some of the most well known actors behind the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – Jason David Frank and Walter E Jones. You may remember them as the Green Ranger and Black Ranger, but they’re also fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When asked about why both franchises tend to draw the same loyal viewership, Jones suggested that it was a love of martial arts that binds both fan communities. Jason also mentioned the turtles, noting that fans would always confuse the franchises at the time he was working on Power Rangers. He also enjoyed the crossover event, indicating that it was very cool and he loved the TMNT at the time.

These interviews were a lot of fun to watch and you can tell that they were pretty fun to conduct as well. In addition to the nerdy discussions, we also get to see co-host Jimmy Blu Mendez taking part in the festivities. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to experience SDCC first hand, there’s nothing quite like seeing it through the eyes of a fellow shellhead.

Of course, conducting interviews isn’t always easy, so there were also plenty of bloopers which have been posted for your enjoyment. In this video, you’ll find plenty of excerpts from interviews related to hit TV shows and popular franchises such as Gotham, Supernatural, Flash, Krypton, IZombie, Riverdale, Teen Titans Go!, Justice League Action, Unikitty, Black Lighting, Supergirl, Once Upon A Time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers and more!

If you want to see everything else Machelle has been up to, check out her work on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @MachelleNoelTV and @GeekRockTV. Special Thanks to Machelle Noel, Jimmy Blu Mendez, Leticia Ruiz, Matthew Weatherson, Mike Jeffs, Mason Banks, Matt Beck, Emily Beck, Susy Botello (Int’l Mobile Film Festival), Raymond Montemayor (A Star War Toy Story) and GeekRockTV.com.

San Diego Comic Con 2017 | Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Interviewer: Machelle Noel | Writer: Justin Wren
Article Source: www.TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com
Date: Friday – July 21, 2017 | Location: San Diego Convention Center

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SDCC 2017: Power Rangers Talk Turtles

Back in the early 90’s, it wasn’t uncommon for fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to watch Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as well. Although the two shows weren’t exactly the same, they did share some similarities which appealed to both fan communities. In fact, they went together so well that Saban eventually had the Power Rangers team up with our heroes in a half shell. Although some fans were very critical of the crossover, it was still pretty cool to see the two franchises clash.

Perhaps that is why it was so cool to hear none other than Jason David Frank sharing his thoughts about the TMNT during an interview at SDCC 2017. Jason played the Green Ranger and has been a vocal supporter of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers franchise ever since. As a member of the original crew, he has a unique perspective on what it was like to be on the show while the turtles were at the height of their popularity. During the interview, he shared his thoughts about both properties:

“I used to really like the turtles, and we used to get compared to the turtles all the time. I used to be like ‘oh, I do a show called Power Rangers,’ and they’d be like ‘oh, like that cartoon Ninja Turtles?’ and I’d be like “no, man — we’re the Power Rangers… soon you will find out!”

It’s not surprising to find that some people would confuse the two franchises, but it’s nice to see that Jason took it in stride. During the interview, he also answered some other questions relating to the TMNT. Here’s a rundown of his responses:

  • His favorite pizza topping is extra cheese
  • He enjoyed the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie
  • He prefers the slogan “Cowabunga” over “Turtle Power”

Although Jason only spent a short amount of time talking turtles, we recommend watching the entire interview to hear his thoughts on other subjects such as life, faith and – of course – Power Rangers! Machelle Noel also had the opportunity to speak with Walter E. Jones, the actor behind the Black Ranger. He also had some interesting thoughts about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, denoting some of the similarities between both franchises.

Alternatively, if you want to know more about when the TMNT joined forces with the Power Rangers, feel free to check out a synopsis of the episode or see it for yourself in the fourth episode of Power Rangers in Space.

Special thanks to Machelle Noel (AKA our very own April O’Neil) for conducting this interview. If you want to see more of her work, check out @GeekRockTV and @MachelleNoelTV on Instagram. Alternatively, you can also check out an interview she conducted with the cast and crew of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

We would also like to thank co-host Jimmy Blu Mendez, Leticia Ruiz, Matthew Weatherson, Mike Jeffs, Mason Banks, Matt Beck, Emily Beck, Susy Botello (Int’l Mobile Film Festival), Raymond Montemayor (A Star War Toy Story) and GeekRockTV.com.

San Diego Comic Con 2017 | Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Interviewer: Machelle Noel | Writer: Justin Wren
Article Source: www.TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com
Date: Thursday – July 20, 2017 | Location: San Diego Convention Center

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Keywords: TMNT | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | Rise | Rise of The TMNT | RiseOfTheTMNT | http://www.TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com

 

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