During the Kids Choice Awards, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon announced they would be releasing the first trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem — the franchise’s new animated film. Fans have been anticipating how the animation would look like wondering will it be similar to what they have seen in the past? With the release of Mutant Mayhem’s first trailer, that question has been answered and it’s similar to another animated film about a web slinger.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem takes a page out of Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse and Across the Spiderverse style of animation and we think it’s perfect for the TMNT franchise. The Mutant Mayhem trailer looks visually appealing and we’re sure it’ll come with a kick-ass soundtrack.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem trailer comes after Seth Rogen, who serves as producer for the film, announced the CG-animated film’s voice actors. They include Micah Abbey as Donatello, Shamon Brown Jr. as Michelangelo, Nicolas Cantu as Leonardo, and Brady Noon Raphael. Joining the voice cast are Hannibal Buress as Genghis Frog, Rose Byrne as Leatherhead, John Cena as Rocksteady, Jackie Chan as Splinter, Ice Cube as Superfly, Natasia Demetriou as Wingnut, Ayo Edebiri as April O’Neil, Giancarlo Esposito as Baxter Stockman, Post Malone as Ray Fillet, Seth Rogen as Bebop, Paul Rudd as Mondo Gecko, and Maya Rudolph as Cynthia Utrom.
“We are beyond thrilled by this world-class cast we’ve assembled to bring these iconic, beloved characters to life in a new chapter of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe,” Ramsey Naito, president of Nickelodeon Animation and Paramount Animation, said in a previous statement. “This really sets a new bar for this globally celebrated franchise, and we can’t wait to show audiences this film.”
Rogen has mentioned before that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem would emphasize the Turtles youthfulness along with what to expect from the film.
“They do skate, actually,” Rogen said during an interview with the Hawk vs. Wolf podcast. “What’s funny is we were having a call with the music supervisor because we were pretty far along on and there’s a lot of music in it and they’re like ‘The music doesn’t go together…It goes together but in a weird way like how would you describe it?’ And our director was like ‘I kind of describe it as what you would kind of hear playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.’ It’s like a random assortment of music, kind of, but it all fits together perfectly, it kind of has that same energy and spirit. But it really it actually it’s like very similar and there are literally some songs that are from like the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. It’s amazing it’s really cool, and it’s fully animated and it comes out in August and it’s incredible. I’m really psyched about it.”
According to Comicbook.com, the film’s synopsis reads: “In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, after years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts. Their new friend April O’Neil helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem premieres in theaters August 4, 2023. You can watch the trailer below: