A Hobbit to Voice a Turtle in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Series

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series will begin to air in Fall 2012, with select fans getting the chance to catch a sneak peek at San Diego Comic Con International.

Samwise Gamgee, aka Sean Astin, has revealed the voice actors behind the show. He will be voicing Raphael, the red-masked rebel of the group, while Jason Biggs will be Leonardo, Greg Cipes will be Michelangelo, and Rob Paulsen will be Donatello. I was starting to wonder what happened to Jason Bigg after the American Pie movies. It’s also nice to see Rob Paulsen, the voice behind Pinky and Yakko in Animaniacs, in this project.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Raphael has typically been portrayed as the grumpiest Turtle. Is that still true in the new series?

SEAN ASTIN: Do you mean to say the coolest?

Well, he was explicitly “cool, but rude” in the original cartoon. Is he still rude?

He’s still working through issues. He’s really good at what he does, and he doesn’t suffer fools lightly. Sometimes that arrogance can get him in a little bit of trouble.

You’re obviously a little biased, but is he your favorite Ninja Turtle?

He’s everybody‘s favorite Ninja Turtle. Raphael’s the coolest, no question about it. Ask anybody.

Hmmm, I dunno, I know a lot of people who think Michelangelo is the coolest. He’s the party dude!

Yeah, if you like that sort of thing. [Laughs] But Raphael is Raphael, you know what I mean? Everyone tells me, “Raphael! He’s the red one with the sai?” Everybody knows the Turtles by their identifying characteristic, which I just think is hilarious.

Source: EW

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