Every Ninja Turtles remake is going to be a little different. I was skeptical when I first saw the new character designs (months before it came out) because the brothers were different species of turtles from each other, with different weapons, and I was afraid that since Donatello was SO obviously tech-ed up and a soft-shell, that he'd just be behind-the-scenes-IT-guy and not fight much. It's not like that at all, though!
Rise is a beautiful contrast to the previous 2012 and 2003 series. It takes brighter and very aesthetically pleasing colors into character designs as well as the backgrounds. The style is different and refreshing. The action/fighting animations are also exciting and energetic.
As for the brothers' personalities, the creators did a FANTASTIC job! They took the extremes from the previous series and created a better BALANCE.
That angsty, responsible Leo with a katana up his butt you saw from 2003 and 2012? Nope. He's still shown strong leadership/analytical qualities in Rise, but you get to see him having fun AS A TEENAGER and not be 100% serious.
Angry Raph with no fuse that fights all the time with Leo? Not really. In Rise, he's still quick to rush into a fight, but it's not super-angry-like, and he shows his lovable nature more prominently. He's the leader (because he's the oldest) and has to take more responsibility in this series, and it honestly works really well with the family-dynamic. His brothers look up to him and do tease him a little, but it's with a very modern, loving-sibling-like attitude.
Mikey is still the youngest, but he's not overly annoying and not, as so many people put it, "the dumb one." He's "the artist" of the group, and you can also see the energetic-younger-sibling side of him. He's the super nice, soft-hearted and playful one. It's adorable how you can see him climbing over all his brothers so casually all the time.
Donnie isn't completely dorky or placed more in the background in comparison to the other brothers. He's good for more than just his inventions! In the first episode, it was great to see him so engaged and capable when fighting! His intelligence is still prominent, but they introduced a more pronounced, dry, sarcastic humor to accompany it.
A lot of people have complained that they're all "Mikeys" or "dumb ones" now. But that's just because they all have a youthful, humorous side to them!
The personalities are still pretty traditional to each turtle, but it's in a more realistic light! I mean, you can't really expect only one sibling to have a modern sense of humor, or to really like movies! These are supposed to be teenagers! For a kids show! It's lighthearted so far, and enjoyable if you can just stop yourself from expecting it to be a continuation of previous series.
Also, April O'neil is an awesome, spunky, sassy sister to the turtles! She's basically family and is just as ready to jump into a fight as they are! 10/10.
Side note: The voice acting is great, too. Great casting.
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