Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is directed Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath, it’s based of the Teen Titans Go! show on Cartoon Network. This movie follows the Teen Titans as they try to get an arch-nemesis so they can become official superheroes. Only then can they have their own movie. This movie includes the voice-talents of Scott Menville, Greg Cipes, Khary Payton, Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, Will Arnett and Kristen Bell.
Before I start my movie review, I just want to say a few things about the DC Super Hero Girls short that came on before the movie. It’s called #TheGreatBatsby and it’s basically Batgirl waiting for her father to go to sleep so she can go fight crime. I thought it was a waste of time, it wasn’t funny, the animation wasn’t all that great either and it ended up coming across as annoying rather than cute. I don’t know why they didn’t show a Adventure Time short, it’s from Cartoon Network so it could’ve happened. It was just a weird an unnecessary short.
When this movie was announced, I was so against it it was amazing to behold. I didn’t like the show one bit. I thought this movie would come crashing down with horrible reviews. Then the teaser came out and I started to think to myself reluctantly that it doesn’t look as bad as I thought it would. The full trailer came out and I found myself laughing at some of the jokes, I was taken aback by it. When the reviews came out I was a little shocked, I say a little because deep down I saw it coming. Eventually I started to rewatch a few episodes of the show and having seen them with an open-mind, it made the biggest difference, the show was actually funny and entertaining. By the time the movie ended, I was considering watching some more episodes just for the fun of it. That’s how good this movie is. It’s powerful. Not in the way you think.
When the opening logos came on, I found myself smiling from ear to ear. There is a scene which involves time-travelling and it the humor was so dark and hilarious, I thought “Are they really going there?” and they did. Also the choice of music for the time-travelling scenes are brilliant. It was pure joy. The humor is one of the strong points of the movie although, it’s confusing because sometime they use mature and dark humor and other times they use dumb jokes and farts. The movie doesn’t know who to appeal to, it’s a mix between adult comic-book fans who will understand the references and little kids who will laugh at the poop jokes.
Having seen the show, I can say that the movie is a lot better. The jokes are better and there is an actual plot. The only downside is that the while the movie is already short, it’s only 88 minutes, I thought that there were some scenes that could’ve been cut. It does take a while to the third act. However the third act does pay off. While this movie does have an original premise, the plot does have a sense of predictability to it. What I love about this movie is how it pokes fun at the superhero genre in the best way possible. It’s a superhero movie about a team of superheroes wanting to star in their own superhero movie. That’s meta! It’s a breath of fresh air to see a movie of this genre to just have childish, innocent fun. It’s the breather we need from both Marvel and DC.
The biggest flaw that this movie faces isn’t even all the movie’s fault. It has to do with tone and reputation. This movie’s tone feels like a kids’s movie as it should but it’s trying to appeal to adults as well and it does for the most part. This is where the reputation comes in and ruins everything. Most people don’t like Teen Titans Go!, most of those people are fans of the original 2000’s Teen Titans show. Their nostalgia is clouding their judgement. It’s extremely important that when you see this movie, that you go in with the right mindset. This movie is goofy and for kids, it has some fart jokes but it still provides plenty of dark humor and comic book references for you to enjoy. Also if you’re a fan of the original show stick around for the credits, you will blown away with excitement!
The voice acting is great. My favourite has to be Scott Menville as Robin. His voice is perfect for this version of Robin. He is hilarious and I can’t imagine anyone else playing the part except for him. I like Greg Cipes, he is really good at voice acting but I couldn’t stand his voice in this movie or in the show for that matter, he whines and yells and doesn’t speak properly. Tara Strong, Hynden Walch and Khary Payton are great as their respective characters. Bell and Arnett are also some really great stand-outs. I also loved how they used different types of animation. It felt great watching a good old fashioned 2D animated movie. I think it’s safe to say that this is the best animated movie this summer next to Incredibles 2!
Overall, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies succeeds at being the superhero movie we need. It’s a breath of fresh air to see a movie which focuses on being entertaining and funny for both children and adults. As someone who disliked the show heavily, I can gladly say this movie is endlessly fun and humorous and every comic-book fan should see it.