Sunday, May 13, 2018

Nickelodeon To Premiere 'Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' During Mid-September 2018; To Launch 'Rise Of The TMNT' Toy Line In The Run Up To Christmas [Updated]

Mark Kingston, the Senior Vice President (SVP) at Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP), recently revealed in an interview with TnP TV's Mirella Anstey at London Toy Fair 2018 that Nickelodeon is planning to premiere Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (RTMNT) during mid-September 2018! Additionally, Mark also reveals that Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) and Playmates Toys, the company behind the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninjas Turtles toy line over the last three decades, are slated to debut their Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line during the run up to the Christmas holidays!


Update (5/13): Nickelodeon has announced in the Nickelodeon Supplement of the summer 2018 edition of Licensing Source Book Europe that each episode of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will feature two 11-minute carts, telling self-contained, stand-alone stories to allow new viewers to join more easily - with hints of a larger plot.

Additionally, the Nickelodeon Supplement also announced that Nicktoons UK & UK FTA channel Channel 5 will debut Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in September 2018! COWABUNGA!!

Update (5/8): Nickelodeon has confirmed in a banner advertisement on licensing news website Licensing Source that Nickelodeon will debut Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in September 2018!


Additionally, to celebrate the upcoming launch of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a few international Nickelodeon channels have launched their official Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles websites!:

- Nickelodeon UK & Ireland - nick.co.uk

- Nicktoons UK & Ireland - nicktoons.co.uk

- Nickelodeon Asia - nick-asia.com (Rise of the TMNT debuts on Nick Asia in 2019)

- Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand - nick.com.au

- Nickelodeon Africa - nickelodeonafrica.com

- Nickelodeon International - nick.tv

- YTV (Canada) - ytv.com

Update (5/2): Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) have announced in the May 2018 issue of Licensing World that Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys will be available in the UK in October 2018! Cowabunga!


Check out Mark's fantastic interview with Toys 'n' Playthings, in which he also discusses the success of NVCP's PAW Patrol, JoJo Siwa and Shimmer and Shine toy lines, the brand-new Nella the Princess Knight toy line from Vivid, and SAMBRO's upcoming Nickelodeon Slime range, including the Nickelodeon Slime Hyper Blaster, in the super video below!:

TnP TV at Toy Fair 18: Viacom from TnP TV on Vimeo.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a brand-new 2D-animated series which 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.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reimagines the characters in a fresh new way, featuring jagged-shelled Raphael as a snapping turtle, wielding twin tonfas as his weapons; Leonardo as a red-eared slider, using an ōdachi sword; Donatello as a soft-shell turtle, sporting a tech-bo staff; and Michelangelo as a box turtle, arming himself with a kusari-fundo. Along for the adventure is the Turtles’ most trusted ally, April O’Neil, a street savvy native New Yorker and Splinter, father figure and sensei to the Turtles.

The series stars the voice talent of Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re The Worst) as Michelangelo, Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O’Neil and Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Splinter. WWE Superstar John Cena lends his voice as villain, Baron Draxum, an alchemist warrior mutant who seeks to turn all of humanity into mutants.


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

The Turtles’ hold distinct personality traits and skills, including: Raphael, as the oldest and biggest brother, he is the leader full of enthusiasm and bravado; Leonardo, the self-professed ‘coolest’ brother possesses irreverent charm and a rebel heart; Donatello, a mechanical genius and tech wizard whose ninja skills are second only to his coding; and Michelangelo, the youngest brother, a skateboarder and artist who is wild and imaginative.

Viewers can visit the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles page on Nick.com for more information and follow @TMNT for Turtle Power updates.

The new 26-episode series is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at Nickelodeon in Burbank. Veteran animation industry voice actor Rob Paulsen is voice directing the series.

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 numerous blockbuster theatrical releases. The property is a global consumer products powerhouse, winning in every category that has hit shelves to date—with toys, apparel, video games, DVDs and more—and generating billions of dollars at retail. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the number-one action figure for the past three years and the franchise is a previous recipient of the Toy Industry Association’s top honor for Property of the Year at the TOTY Awards.

More Nick: Nickelodeon Reveals First-Look At 'Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'!

Originally published: Sunday, February 11, 2018.

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