Fans have been eating up the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series that debuted on Nickelodeon in 2012. There were some slight changes here and there but at the core it still felt like the same characters we all love. All your favorites were back including Master Splinter voiced by Hoon Lee, Leonardo voiced by Jason Biggs, Raphael voiced by Sean Astin, Donatello (now sporting a naginata) voiced by Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raphael in the 1987 series, Michelangelo (now sporting a kusarigama) voiced by Greg Cipes, April voiced by Mae Whitman, and Shredder voiced Kevin Micheal Richardson. If you never got a chance to check out this fun new entry into the TMNT world, now is your chance as Nickelodeon and Paramount are giving you a chance to bring the complete first and second season’s home in one complete set.
In case you were too deep in the sewer to remember what this iconic series is about, it follows Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo, better known as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, an unstoppable crime-fighting team fighting to take down robotic kraangdroids, mutated villains, and the merciless leader of the Foot Clan, Shredder. This new series brings new energy and fun to the characters while maintaining everything that fans want in the series. The animation is awesome and works perfectly for these characters. The personalities are all spot on and keeps the world that the fans want the way it was meant to be while still bringing some new ideas and designs to it all. The vibrant colors are perfectly matched with the dark undertones of the city to keep the series closer to the original source material while still injecting the light tones of the original animated series. One of the most notable aspects to this series is the attention to detail within the action. A lot of cartoons tend to just throw it together, but here it feels like they have actually taken martial arts techniques and fused them into the series for a more traditional direction and authentic feel of the fighting. There is plenty of action, humor and pizza to please every fan out there while still bringing some new players to the game. The voice cast are all great including Jason Biggs, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen and Kevin Michael Richardson and while it’s not necessarily a selling point for an entire series sports a great catchy opening theme song that brings the original series song together with a modern rap twist that fans will no doubt have stuck in their head for quite some time.
By the time the series got into its second season it had already found its rhythm and set out to step up the stories and make the world a lot bigger. The villains got bigger, badder and a lot more fun making for some great action and character designs. Season two not only brought even more fun, but finally brought more popular characters into the mix including fan favorite Casey Jones in an all-new way that once again capture the essence of the original character while still updating him voiced by Josh Peck. In addition Jason Biggs left the series as the voice of Leonardo with Dominic Catrambone finishing out the season. This season would have been fine on its own, but they stepped it up even further with a special hour long episode that featured the original cast of the 1987 series reprising their original counterparts of the turtles. This season not only took the show to the next level it leaves you hanging with a pretty big cliffhanger that is sure to change the series on numerous levels in season 3.
While the individual DVD’s have been released this set brings both seasons 1 and 2 together for the first time in one collection. In addition to all 26 episodes from both seasons it includes numerous featurettes, theme song Karaoke music video, animated comic books, and new bonus content not on the original individual releases. Join the fight against the Kraang and Foot clan when Teenage Mutnat Ninja Turtles the complete 1st and 2nd season set hits DVD on October 6th.
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