“IGN TV: With Ninja Turtles, you’re coming on as a character that’s had many interpretations and different versions. How would you describe this version of the character?
Kelly Hu: I have to admit that I’ve never seen any other version of Karai, so I really have nothing to compare her to — which is kind of a good thing, because then I just get to play her as I see her myself. But she’s sort of feisty, badass and kicks butt. She gets to have a little going on with Leonardo. What I like about playing this character is she’s not all bad. She has a conscience that she has to wrestle with.”
“ComicsAlliance: When I first heard that Nickelodeon’s new series would be portraying Splinter as a younger, physically larger and more durable father figure, I had reservations. After the first episode, though, I really warmed up to the new take. What do you like about his modified dynamic with his sons on the new series?
Hoon Lee: For one thing it actually strengthens the sense of fatherhood for me. He’s at a more appropriate age to have teenage kids. It keeps his relationship with the boys less removed. Also, his greater physical capability means there are more conscious decisions being made. Letting the boys venture on their own means something different for instance. And choosing to remain at home when there’s danger abroad also means something different. These are all interesting avenues for the character.”
NST: How big a fan were you of the Turtles and what made you want to get involved with the new series?
SA: I was too old for the cartoons and I didn’t discover the value of comics until I turned 30 and worked on The Lord Of The Rings. I was certainly aware of the massive success of the (Turtles) toys but largely overlooked the Turtles movement. Yet, somehow, when I got the call that Nickelodeon was interested in me to play Raphael, I knew instantly that I wanted in. I had been working consistently in the animation world for a few years and I think I was more sensitised to how challenging it is for shows to connect with a wide audience.
As soon as I pictured myself as a Ninja Turtle, the world opened up for me. So, I would say that just knowing what a massive audience the Turtles have was enough to grab me. I trusted that, as I jumped into the world, there would be enough good stuff to be excited about. It was an added bonus that I get to be the “rad-est” one.” - New Straits Times
NZH: “You’ve got a few voice-acting jobs to your credit - how did you come up with Raphael’s voice?
SA: He’s kind of a 1950s mobster but for little kids. When I think about him, my voice doesn’t go any higher or lower, it just grips on to words a little tighter. The real test is whether fans of the characters like it, and when I’ve shown clips of it to fans, 99 will say, “Oh, that’s awesome”, and one will say, “Are you kidding me?” But I don’t think anything would have pleased that guy. It’s funny, Rob Paulsen, the original voice of Raphael, is now voicing Donatello for our show - I’ll look at him sometimes as if to say, “Did that suck?”, and he’s always, “No, no, it’s good”.” - The New Zealand Hearld
In the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, Rob Paulsen’sRaphael undoubtedly stole the show. Now, in today’s Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, we are honored with the presence and utterly amazing voice acting of Greg Cipes as Michelangelo. Ed Liu at Toonzone.com recently had the privilege of sitting down with Cipes to talk about his work as Mikey!
“TOONZONE NEWS: The new show definitely does have a lot of energy but there’s something really positive about it.
GREG CIPES: Yeah, it heals me. It heals me watching it. It’s wild, man…when I watched the first episode it was at a Turtle party before it came out on Nickelodeon, like a release party or a premiere party. It was the first time we saw the back-to-back episodes together. I never really saw them all the way through, and I literally cried a little bit. It wasn’t just because the show was so freakin’ awesome and touching and so positive, like you’re saying, but I had a flashback to me sitting in front of my TV at 8 years old, first time seeing the Turtles, and I really got to re-experience it. Because the show, like no other incarnation before this, really brought me back to the essence of what the show originally was. It really did affect me, and now it’s affecting me again. It changed my life. It is really positive, man. Splinter is a guru. He’s a Zen master. He’s so rad because the writers are so good…Brandon Auman and Peter Hastings and everyone else are really putting a lot of great content for adults in the writing so it’s entertaining for everyone. There’s a lot of enlightened material. And Ciro Nieli is an enlightened artist, so his work as an animator is just next level, man. It’s unmatchable. He is an innovator, and he changes the game. He did it again with the Turtles.”
[VIDEO] TheOneRing.net Interviews Kevin Eastman at Meltdown Comics
Clifford Broadway of TheOneRing.net had the opportunity to interview Kevin Eastman at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. The two talk on a slew of categories including the TMNT personalities, Nickelodeon’s new CG animated series, alien origins, Michael Bay’s ‘Ninja Turtles’ film reboot, the original live action film, the possibility of an Ernie Reyes Jr. cameo, romance and the TMNT, fan uproar, Comic-Con from the viewpoint of the creator, and inspiration from ‘The Avengers' and 'The Raid' films.
The following highlights are quoted by Screen Rant. Regarding alien origins and the ooze:
“As soon as [‘TMNT’ co-creator Peter Laird] and I had freedom, we took [the Turtles] into outer space and introduced the TCRI aliens [a.k.a. the Ultroms] and then we took you to the origin of the ooze, so they [the Turtles] have alien origins, they are from outer space… [‘Ninja Turtles’] has to be well-grounded in Turtle history and lore, we don’t wanna take that away from the fans.” - Kevin Eastman
Regarding the use of CG in Michael Bay’s live action reboot ‘Ninja Turtles’:
“[‘Ninja Turtles’ director Jonathan Liebesman] is a huge fan of Andy Serkis in [‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’]… we’re deciding whether it’s suits with CG enhancements or full CG.” - Kevin Eastman
Watch the full interview above. Primary TMNT info begins at 47:00.