The first official trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem gives our favorite turtles a whole new vibe. For one, the animation style of Seth Rogen’s Ninja Turtles movie is a departure from the usual bold colors and graphic forms of the Ninja Turtles. Instead, the trailer for Mutant Mayhem treats us to something more artistic. The animation feels almost scribbly but in a good way. And it calls to mind parts of the popular Spider-Verse films. For another, these Ninja Turtles are at the earliest stages of their heroic journeys in Mutant Mayhem. And they still have a long way to go… And some important choices to make.

Before we get into the movie’s actual trailer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem wants to remind you that sewers should actually be your dream home.

Got that? Great, now take a look at the trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem below:

A synopsis for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reveals more about the plot, shedding more light on the trailer. Here’s what we can expect from Mutant Mayhem:

After years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts. Their new friend April O’Neil helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them.

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Our favorite teenage turtles just want to be heroes. And, of course, they want to feel loved. It’s understandable since they’ve been living in the sewers. But should they even be defending the human world from harm? Maybe the super-villainous Superfly has a point in this Mutant Mayhem trailer, as villains so often do. The normal humans out there probably will never accept them. But we assume somewhere along the way, the TMNT gang will learn that they only need to accept themselves. And that anyone worth knowing will accept them as well. It’s an important lesson, but not as important as remembering not to say the phrase “rat me out” in front of a humanoid rat.

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The movie also features a star-studded cast that includes, among many other names, John Cena as Rocksteady, Jackie Chan as Splinter, Giancarlo Esposito as Baxter Stockman, and Paul Rudd as Mondo Gecko. We can’t way to see this team in action.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem will release in theaters on August 2. As they say, cowabunga!

Originally published on May 31, 2023.

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