CalArtians Direct Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

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Jeff Rowe (Film/Video 11) makes his feature directorial debut with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, also co-directed by fellow CalArtian Kyler Spears (Film/Video 13). 

The franchise’s first animated theatrical release since TMNT (2007), Mutant Mayhem follows anthropomorphic turtle brothers Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael as they try to be accepted by their fellow New Yorkers as normal teenagers—all while taking on a crime syndicate and its mutant army.

In a 2020 tweet announcing his involvement with the film, Rowe described working on the project, featuring characters he’d known as a child, as an “absolute pleasure.”

Rowe is an Annie Award-winning film director and writer known for his work on Gravity Falls, Disenchantment, and the Oscar-nominated adventure comedy The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021). He was a co-guest of honor at the 2022 Producers’ Show with fellow CalArtian and Mitchells co-creator Mike Rianda (Film/Video 11). 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is slated for a US release on Aug. 4 by Paramount Pictures. Watch the trailer above. 

Listen to Rowe and Rianda on CalArts’ 24700 podcast, recorded before the 2022 Producers’ Show:


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As digital content and social media producer, Taya enjoys lifting up the stories and accomplishments of CalArts' students, alums, and faculty. She fancies herself a visual artist but is really more of an overzealous collector of art supplies.

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