Jeff Labrecque
March 10, 2011 AT 10:00 PM EST

For now, they’re still just a mutation in process, but that’s no reason you can’t enjoy the first glimpse of Nickelodeon’s new and improved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The cable network has greenlit 26 half-hour episodes for late 2012, and EW has the exclusive first look at the four heroes in a half-shell: Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo. Nickelodeon promises this version of the franchise will be “funnier and ninja-ier,” and from the look of fierce concentration on these turtles’ faces, they seem a little tougher than previous incarnations — the last of which went off the air in 2009. Check ’em out below:

How does the animation look, PopWatchers? Would Master Splinter approve?

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