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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (also known as TMNT 2003) is an American animation television series, based on the comic book characters of the same name. The series is mainly set in New York City. It first aired on February 8, 2003 and ended on March 27, 2010 in the UK, Ireland, and Australia and August 2, 2015 in the US and Canada. The series marked the revival of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a Saturday-morning cartoon on Fox's Fox Box programming block (later known as 4Kids TV).
The 2003 TMNT TV series was produced by 4Kids Entertainment, and Mirage Studios, which co-owned rights to the show, and animated by Dong Woo Animation. The series migrated to The CW4Kids in its final season after 4Kids's contract with Fox ended. Nickelodeon now owns the rights to this and any future Turtles series. Nickelodeon broadcast the series occasionally on their channel and Nicktoons normally during marathons for the TMNT series.
In the 2003 TV series, the four Turtles' personalities are in some ways different from the 1987 TV series in an attempt to follow the Mirage Comics versions of the characters more closely. All the characters are more complex individuals, and the Turtles have a stronger family bond. The tone is also somewhat more serious with a greater emphasis on action. The show does not feature nearly as much slapstick comedy or heavy puns as its animated predecessor, and the only turtle to use surfer slang is Michelangelo. The 2003 series also features magical powers absent from the earlier incarnation. Leonardo and Raphael often pick fights with each other, Michelangelo is now very obsessed with being cool and famous, and Donatello seems to take his inventions more seriously.
The series covers a large scope of the Turtles' adventures taking them from the sewers, to the streets of New York City (namely April's apartment), to the woodlands of rural New England, to outer space, alternate dimensions, to the future, and ultimately home once more. The first several seasons focus on the Turtles' battles against The Shredder and The Foot as well as the Purple Dragons, while the later seasons branch out to include other antagonists. Thus, making the stories more complex than the series that came before it.