Teen Titans Go To the Movies
DIRECTORS: Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath
CAST: Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire, Raven, Nicolas Cage, Will Arnett, Kristen Bell
Teen Titans Go to the Movies is a silly animated film based on the hit television show from the Cartoon Network.
I have only watched a few of the TV episodes, but I have seen some fantastic clips on YouTube. I wouldn’t say that I was a fan of the show, but I did like these characters, and after seeing the silly trailers I was definitely down to watch this movie. “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies” shows the teens trying to get some recognition after seeing all the “real” superheroes get the Hollywood big screen attention. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and now even Aquaman gets their own movie. Robin feels like he and the other Titans deserve to be up on the big screen too, and the other Teen Titans being the friends that they are, want to help Robin accomplish this dream.
This movie is filled with lots and lots of in-jokes to other superhero movie, mostly connected to the DC Universe. Some of them are just flat out hysterical! There’s one sequence where the Teen Titans travel back in time and it pays such loving homage to Back to the Future, I couldn’t help but smile through it.
There’s cameos from characters that are laugh out loud funny, and some deep cut superhero appearances that are mainly for old school comic fans. It even has a few decent songs that I found enjoyable, especially their theme song that sounds like a Beastie Boys knock-off.
Now, I did feel that there was definitely some issues with the pacing of the movie, because it felt like it was way longer than the actual running time. I was definitely checking my watch by the third act.
Another cool aspect of the film was that during different segments, the animation styles changed up to offer some variety from the familiar TV show designs.
I think if you’re a fan TV show, then you will enjoy “Teen Titans Go To The Movies” Unfortunately it doesn’t have the classic superhero comic book movie recipe like “The Lego Batman Movie” did, but it still has some great and silly in-jokes. It’s just too bad the pacing didn’t keep up the energy.
3.5 out of 5