Wednesday, July 24, 2019

35 Years of TMNT - Kevin Eastman, Ant Ward, Andy Suriano, Ciro Nieli Interview



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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Kevin Eastman (co-creator), Andy Suriano and Ant Ward (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-executive producers), Ciro Nieli (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 executive producer).

Kevin Eastman was born on May 30, 1962 in Portland, Maine, USA as Kevin Brooks Eastman. He is a writer and actor, known for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991). He has been married to Courtney Eastman since October 5, 2013. He was previously married to April Fisher and Julie Strain.

Ant Ward is known for his work on The Penguins of Madagascar (2008), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2018).
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Ciro Nieli was born on February 5, 1974 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England. He is known for his work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (2004) and Teen Titans (2003).
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Andy Suriano is a graphic and digital artist who is employed by Walt Disney Television Studios Production Company. He has gained notoriety through his efforts as a character/prop designer and storyboard artist on various movies and television series. His notable efforts include Samurai Jack (2001-2004), Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-2005), Johnny Test (2005-2006), and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2013-2014). Presently, he is contributing to the Mickey Mouse (2013-2016) television series.
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Four mutant turtle brothers go on adventures where they end up tapping into mystic ninja powers.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American 2D-animated television series based on the fictional ninja team the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The series debuted on September 17, 2018 after a sneak preview aired on July 20, 2018. The first 5 episodes of the series were released online the same day. The series was announced by Nickelodeon in a press release on March 2, 2017 and is initially scheduled to run for at least 26 episodes. This re-imagined series has the Turtles go on new adventures as they seek to unlock the mystical secrets of New York City

On July 27, 2018, Nickelodeon renewed the series for a second season consisting of 26 episodes prior to the official debut of the first season

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN EASTMAN, ANDY SURIANO, ANT WARD AND CIRO NIELI
JOURNALIST: JOSEPH FLORES
LOCATION: SAN DIEGO, CA
CONVENTION DATE: COMIC CON JULY 17TH - 21ST
INTERVIEW: JULY 18, 2019


Video/Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES TRIVIA:

  • Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) and Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), serves as the voice director for this series.
  • Series producers Ant Ward and Andy Suriano cite the fantasy film Big Trouble in Little China (1986) as an influence on the show: "Modern New York is a melting pot. Wouldn't it be great if we found a way to explore that melting pot of mythological creatures and fables of all New York?"
  • For the first time, the Turtles will each be of a different species rather than being blood-brothers of the same species:Raphael is a snapping turtle.
    ―Leonardo is a red-eared slider turtle.
    ―Donatello is a softshell turtle.
    ―Micheangelo is a box turtle.
  • Donatello's gear in this series (a electrified bo staff, a drone) is based on his gear from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).
  • This is the first TMNT show where Raphael, Michaelangelo and April get African-American voice actors (Omar Benson Miller, Brandon Mychal Smith and Kat Graham).
  • The Turtles are visually based on their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) designs:Raphael is the most muscular and scarred, having a cracked shell and a du-rag bandana.
    ―Donatello is distinctly leaner than his brothers and incorporates tech gear into his body.
    ―Michelangelo is the shorter of the Turtles.
  • In this series, Raphael is the oldest brother and leader of the Turtles, while Leonardo is the most rebellious brother. This is the opposite of the norm in the TMNT saga, as Leo is usually the leader and eldest sibling while Raph is the rebel.
  • John Cena is the third wrestler to appear in a TMNT feature, after Kevin Nash in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and Stephen Farrelly in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).
  • Raphael wields tonfa batons for the first time, discarding his trademark sai weapons.
  • In nearly all TMNT media, Leonardo wields two ninjato (a medium-sized sword with a straight blade), which are often incorrectly called katana (longer sword with a curved blade). In this show, Leo wields only one sword which hasn't happened since the live-action TV series Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (1997).
  • Master Splinter is based on his design in the Platinum Dune TMNT films, where he has a brown robe and a samurai chonmage hairstyle.
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