We're just a few hours away from the Netflix premiere of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie, but Netflix is giving us an early appetizer. The streaming service has shared the first four minutes of the upcoming animated film, which you can enjoy below.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant NInja Turtles: The Movie is actually a continuation of the series which ran for two seasons (39 episodes) from July 2018 through August 2020. The film follows Leonardo's rise as a leader of the turtles to help save the world from the Krang.
In the first four minutes, we're treated to some gorgeous 2D animated action as we're taken to a future in which the Krang are threatening world domination. But as the recent trailer alluded, Casey Jones is sent back in time to warn the younger version of the turtles of the impending alien invasion.
Facing almost certain defeat, we see a badly injured Leonardo turn to the greatest weapon a ninja has: hope. With the help of Michaelangelo, a badass mystic warrior, the turtles open a time gateway to send Casey Jones back in time with the hope that he can find the key that originally opened the mystic doorway that allowed the Krang to first come to Earth. We still don't know exactly who the people responsible for stealing that key and summoning the Krang are, but I'm sure we'll find out.
Traveling from the future, Casey Jones has one mission: find the key that stops the Krang to save the world! But he'll need the cowabunga crew's help in this epically awesome adventure based on the "Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series.
For just the first four minutes of the film, there's a bunch of action packed into this clip. And a surprising amount of emotion as well. Watching the future versions of Michelangelo and Leonardo sacrifice their lives for the greater good -- even though we know we'll see past versions of themselves -- was a pretty emotional moment.
The original voice cast of the animated series is returning for their roles, including Ben Schwartz (Sonic the Hedgehog) as Leonardo, Omar Benson Miller as Raphael, Brandon Mychal Smith as Michelangelo, Josh Brener as Donatello, Kat Graham as April O'Neil, and Eric Bauza as Splinter. It was also recently revealed that Haley Joel Osment is the voice of Casey Jones.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant NInja Turtles: The Movie arrives on Netflix on August 5. Make sure you've got the pizza delivery on speed dial.