It’s not surprising that this panel filled with die hard Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans in an instant, many of them screaming Booyakasha as the talented voice cast walked on stage. First came moderator and VP of Ninja Turtles Megan Casey, then Executive Producers Ciro Nieli and Head writer and Executive Producer Brandon Auman. Then came the really exciting part! Seth Green (Leonardo), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Eric Bauza (Tiger Claw), who greeted each of their microphones with a bit of voice acting, which was awesome to hear.
For those of you who don’t know, Eric Bauza plays the voice of a new character named Tiger Claw. Brandon Auman spoke about the creation of Tiger Claw by saying, “We always wanted a cat type character so he would fight with our giant rat Splinter.” The process happened naturally for Brandon, and choosing Eric Bauza was quite easy for the team.
A clip of Tiger Claw facing Splinter followed immediately after the discussion. Bauza spoke about playing the role and claimed to be the “whitest Asian guy you’ll ever meet” For him, learning to speak some Japanese for the role was a challenge that took about eight weeks.
Rob Paulsen thanked everyone in the audience for supporting him. This is his second time playing the voice of a turtle. “It’s arguably one of the biggest franchises that has swept across two decades.” He did a short Raphael and Donatello conversation, which was awesome to witness.
Some fantastic news for TMNT fans; Bebop and Rocksteady are coming back! We also got to see a fantastic clip that featured Bebop and Rocksteady and we actually witness their mutation. Take my word for it, the animations for Bebop and Rocksteady look great! When asked what he thought about Bebop and Rocksteady growing up, Seth Green said, “I just thought they were ridiculous. And I like bad guys that are scary and borderline incompetent.”
We got to see a multitude of Season 3 Sneak Peeks which included a new villain also voiced by Eric Bauza, Hun. Another clip that featured an altercation between Michelangelo and Rahzar, followed by two more clips: one with Leonardo and Fishface, and Donatello and Tiger Claw.
The panel wrapped up with an early screening of the third episode of Season 3 entitled, “Buried Secrets.” I don’t want to give away any major spoilers, but I will tell you that the episode began with a comical cleaning sequence in which the turtles use their ninja skills to clean in a creative way. Donatello cleans the windows while saying, “Window cleaner on, window cleaner off,” which I find hilarious! That episode will air on October 17th.
Christine Marie Vinciquarra is a writer and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. Some of her favorite things include: Batgirl, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Saga, Game of Thrones (the books and the show), Johnny Depp, and all things Disney. She spends her weekends feeding her competitive side while she plays tabletop and/or video games with her husband and friends. She is currently working on a series of young adult fantasy novels. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.