The March 27 episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nickelodeon, appropriately titled "Trans-Dimensional Turtles," will have you traveling back and forth in time enough to drown you in a big wave of nostalgia. That's right, the original Turtles from the 1980s will make an appearance and fight alongside their modern counterparts.
The Original Cast Will Be Voicing The Turtles
Not only are the original animated versions of the Turtles returning, they will be voiced by the same cast: Cam Clarke for Leonardo, Rob Paulsen for Raphael (who's also Donatello in the current Nickelodeon), Barry Gordon for Donatello and Townsend Coleman for Michelangelo. Pat Fraley will also be back to voice Krang, the TMNT villain. He hadn't reunited with the cast since the original show!
First The Old Villain, Then The New
In the episode, the 3D Turtles travel to a dimension where they meet the 2D Turtles from the 1980s. It doesn't take them too much time to get used to each other's differences in design, as they team up to defeat first the old Krang and then Kraang Subprime from the current show. Still following?
As if traveling back and forth between CG and traditional animation wasn't enough, the Turtles will also make a quick detour through a third world similar to the comic book series by Mirage Studios.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in 1984, when the two illustrators self-published a story that was supposed to be a single issue through Mirage Studios. The Turtles mocked the popular comics of the '80s, such as Marvel Comics' Daredevil and New Mutants, Dave Sim's Cerebus, and Frank Miller's Ronin. Since then, they have gone through a slew of adaptations, ranging from a manga version to an anime series to a live-action feature film. Going through all the versions would probably take an entire episode!
What do you think of Nickelodeon's idea to reunite the old TMNT and the new?