SDCC 2016: Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returns to New York

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Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will return in August with the second half of season 4. Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, April and Casey have spent a good amount of time in space, but things have changed with the Turtles being absent for some time. At San Diego Comic-Con, we had a chance to speak with the cast and writers including new face Gwendoline Yeo, who will play the role of Shinigami.

Executive producer Ciro Nieli revealed some information about the remaining season.

“We have been gone for so long,” said Nieli. “While our heroes have been in space, the bad guys have had time to bring their plans to a boil. We are just going to escalate the conflict and kind of resolve the core kind of canon drama for the first time finally. We’re kind of dubbing some of it as ‘City at War’, just to kind of set that off.” He also mentioned, “There is a lot more focus on Karai, and [she] brought her new friend along, Shinigami, played by Gwendoline, and there will be some interesting things we learn about Shredder this season.”

You can watch the first full interview below:

While we had the chance to chat with one turtle, Sean Astin (Raphael), we later had a chance with two more with Greg Cipes (Michelangelo) and Rob Paulsen (Donatello), who were joined by Eric Bauza (Tiger Claw).

When asked about how the series’ first half was in space and the second half finally coming back home, Greg Cipes mentioned, “It’s really fun to explore a new world and it never gets dull going out to outer space and having all the things we get to play with. Out there it is a blast, but it’s cool to be coming back to New York in the new episodes.”

Rob Paulsen added, “Not only do you get to work with your buddies, but having David Tennant on our show, even though he was not in the room with us, they had to record him from Scotland or England, but David ‘freaking’ Tennant! He is a world class actor from every angle and that was a huge thrill for me, just to be able to ‘work’ with David.”

You can watch the second full interview below:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returns on August 14th on Nickelodeon.

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.