Rise of the TMNT past and future plans make me even sadder that the show is over

short-lived Nickelodeon The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Turtles may have been criticized when it first debuted, but it soon found itself with an audience that has been very happy to sing the praises of the show for years. Now that the newest iteration of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has gotten its own movie on Netflix, which also contains the entire first season, it’s been the perfect time to talk about what the future might have in store (and possibly still does?) reserved for this. new version of Leo, Raph, Mikey and Donnie.

On Saturday, Raise fan Colin Stein held a Twitch stream of the film that featured several members of the show’s production team, including executive producer Ant Ward, character designer Bryce Collins, storyboard artist Laura Gille, and film director. JJ Conway series. Beyond hearing the crew talk about what had to be cut from the movie to get bigger or more clever ideas, there is a version of this movie where April could have piloted a mechanical version of Raph that Donnie did, and the prologue originally featured the show’s main cast as older, battle tested heroes in the future of New York controlled by Krang: there was a discussion about the things the team wanted to do with the show before knowing that it would end sooner than expected.

Rise of the TMNT past and future plans make me even sadder that the show is over

The show’s second season had a noticeably shorter episode count than the first, with a lot left on the cutting room floor, including an episode that would have been a parody of the Star Wars Holiday special, of all things. One storyline that had to be removed entirely was that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had other siblings whom Splinter was unable to save when he escaped from the Hidden City of New York. One of these siblings would have ended up in the possession of Baron Draxum, and the other would have been raised by Hidden City’s spider crime boss, Big Mama.

Another casualty of the truncated season was Karai, reimagined in Raise as the ancestor of the Turtles. The character was on the verge of being written out of the entire season entirely because he couldn’t give her any real character with a small handful of episodes. Even after Ward convinced the crew to keep Karai close to her, killing her to save the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles understandably didn’t feel right. great to much of the staff. So the writers chose for her to continue living by transferring her soul to April. However, prior to her death, she would have had more time to spend with the Turtles individually.

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Dyed Raise reached the third season, the Krang would have become the main villains of that particular season, followed by the rat king in a hypothetical fourth season. After the movie, the tone of the show would gradually change from goofy slapstick (Nickeldeon is said to have ordered it) to a darker tone, a space that the Raise film takes up most of its running time through Krang. Unlike previous incarnations, the Krang in Raise they’re not played for laughs, and the team wanted to go as far into body horror as possible. Presumably, the detained surviving Krang would have served as that big bad.

The full stream contains other interesting nuggets of information for fans to peruse, like what the Raise crew hoped to do with the Hidden City and the ideas they had for the program Casey Jones version. Perhaps in the not-too-distant future, we’ll see this iteration of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, sorry Mad Dogs, get a second chance at life, like other animated superheroes have done before. By all accounts, it appears that this show had more than enough gas left in the tank.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie is available on Netflix now, and the show can be viewed on Netflix or Paramount+.

[H/T Rise of the TMNT Daily Clips]

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