Michelangelo, Memes and Internet Madness are the first trailer reactions to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.

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Just a few hours ago, Paramount Pictures released the official trailer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, an upcoming computer-animated movie that will reinvent the turtles (again!) for a modern audience while presenting a cinematic style that it was made famous by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – blending CGI rendered imagery with traditional hand-drawn elements. Jeff Rowe directs his directorial debut, adapting a screenplay by Brendan O’Brien, best known for writing the 2014 film Neighbors.

A reboot for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, Mutant Mayhem will be the franchise’s first animated entry since TMNT (2007). The brothers – Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael – are voiced by Nicolas Cantu, Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr. and Brady Noon respectively. Some famous faces also found supporting roles in an ensemble cast that consisted of Jackie Chan, Ayo Edebiri, Seth Rogen, John Cena, Hannibal Buress, Rose Byrne, Ice Cube, Post Malone, Paul Rudd, Maya Rudolph, Natasia Demetriou and Giancarlo Esposito.

Needless to say, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans have lost their minds over the trailer, which wants to explore the brothers’ youth more than previous episodes. When the internet got wind of the trailer being dropped, social media was deluged with fan reactions, particularly memes, mayhem (pardon the pun) and lots of ecstatic virtual screams.

Although Mutant Mayhem was announced in June 2020, the main cast was only revealed to the public a few hours ago. Courtesy of PeaTos, here’s the official synopsis:

“After years of shelter from the human world, the Turtles set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic deeds. Their new friend April O’Neil helps them take on a notorious crime syndicate, but they soon get over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed on them.”

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The trailer appears to have an animation style similar to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, inspired by sketch drawings Rowe drew on his school notebooks as a teenager, according to SlashFilm. Animation has a built-in aesthetic that makes the finished product more imaginative, lively, and consequently more enjoyable as a viewing experience. Judging by this analogy, there’s no reason Mutant Mayhem wouldn’t be as successful and groundbreaking as Into the Spider-Verse.

Some fans have promised to talk about Mutant Mayhem for many more months.

Others appreciated the comedic timing, and shared that one scene in particular – in which Donatello is impaled by one of Raphael’s sais – which had her cackling uncontrollably. Who wouldn’t be surprised? With Seth Rogen as producer, there was never any doubt.

Of course, there’s a unanimous love for the animation style, which incorporates digitally hand-drawn doodles into scenes to exaggerate sound, movement, and light against a darker background. There is a distinct contrast between cool and warm colors which adds another layer to the 3D animation.

And then there’s the part of the internet that memes everything. We couldn’t be more grateful for their services. As if Mutant Mayhem wasn’t hilarious enough, the memes take this comedy to a whole new level.

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Be sure to catch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem in theaters on August 4, 2023.