This incarnation of Donatello appeared in the Turtles Forever crossover special voiced by Christopher C. Adams.
In the video games based on the 1987 animated series, Donatello has the longest range, although he cannot inflict as much damage as Leonardo, who has the second-longest range; one notable exception is the first NES game, where Donatello both did the most damage and had the longest range, though his attacks were slow. This has been carried over into the games inspired by the 2003 animated series. In TMNT: Smash Up, he is voiced by Sam Riegel.
Donatello or Don/Donnie is one of the four main protagonists in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a member of the TMNT. He is the tallest turtle and best friend of April O’Neil, younger adoptive brother of Karai, younger brother to Leonardo and Raphael, and the older brother of Michelangelo. He is “The Brains” of the team.
Donatello is the team inventor and weaponeer. He creates all their gadgets from the simplest bo-staff to their incredible vehicles. He’s utterly brilliant, able to cobble together fantastic stuff from things he’s literally scrounged from a trash heap. He’s obsessively detail-oriented and often impatient that his brothers can’t keep up with him intellectually. But Donnie also happens to be the most reclusive and socially awkward of the Turtles – especially when April is on her way!
An actor for over 30 years, Rob Paulsen’s notable works include the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon (Raphael) and the 2012 series (Donatello), Animaniacs (Yakko), Pinky and the Brain (Pinky), and The Tick (Arthur). He also hosts Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, a podcast recorded before a live audience featuring Paulsen and other voice actors.
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The Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film features the meeting of Gotham’s Dark Knight and the Hamato Clan. The turtles track Shredder to Gotham City and encounter the Batman, only to be defeated by him. While regrouping and planning their next steps, Donatello manages to develop an algorithm that allows him to triangulate the position of Batman’s lair through sightings around Gotham. Donatello and his brothers then casually swim right into the Batcave, complete with Donatello pointing out a number of security vulnerabilities.
The “lost” season of the 2003 animated adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is referred to as the “Ninja Tribunal” arc. During this arc, the turtles are recruited by ancient ninja masters, along with four humans to deal with a major threat. In order to combat this threat, a Tengu that was the original Shredder, the turtles received amulets to channel their chi in order to develop mystical avatars. Donny, despite not being much for the spiritual, was the most focused of the brothers and was the first to summon his dragon avatar.
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An original interpretation crafted out of polyresin, Donatello is a fitting edition to those who look back and remember a time when anthropomorphic turtles and pizza were the only things that really mattered.