This one is exciting for nerds like me for a bevy of reasons.
First off, Corey Feldman, who voiced Donatello in the live-action 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' feature film trilogy, is returning to the 'Turtles' mythos in an upcoming guest appearance on the new 2012 animated series on Nickelodeon.
Having auditioned for the role of Raphael in the new cartoon series, Feldman was eventually beaten out for the role by none other than Sean Astin--who Feldman starred with in the cult classic film 'The Goonies.'
With the news of Feldman's guest appearance, that means that Feldman is reuniting with the Ninja Turtles for the first time in twenty years, since 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III' hit theatres in 1993. But it also means that, after twenty-seven years, Feldman and Astin will be working on the same project in a 'Goonies' reunion. "The coolest part is it's two 'Goonies' kids working together again after all these years," said Feldman, "which is crazy, because we're all such good friends."
Reportedly, Feldman and Astin have kept in close contact since their days as Mouth and Mikey, which made it somewhat awkward when they found themselves in competition for the Raphael role on the new Nickelodeon series. When asked how he felt about Astin winning the part, Feldman said "If it was anyone else I would have taken it harder, but I love Sean."
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Exec Producer Ciro Nieli hasn't forgotten the friendship that exists between the two actors, nor their history on screen. When asked about the upcoming guest appearance, Nieli stated "[Corey's] role is a perfect complement to his relationship with Sean. It couldn't be any better."
The hit new cartoon series, which also sports the vocal talents of Jason Biggs and Rob Paulsen, has already been renewed for a second season. Here's hoping we can get as many terrific new episodes on the air as possible before Michael Bay ruins the franchise with his upcoming 'Ninja Turtles' feature, which promises to heavily edit the characters and their backstory.