"Packed full of references within the DC world, as well as outside and full of irreverent humour, with its tongue firmly in its cheek"
Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is the latest animated feature from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment that is directly linked to the popular animated Teen Titans GO! series, and whilst I am not the target demographic or familiar with the show, I must say that this film is hilarious!
So the story follows the Teen Titans; Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), Cyborg (Khary Payton), Starfire (Hynden Walch), Raven (Tara Strong) and de facto leader Robin (Scott Menville) as they embark on a quest to be taken seriously as heroes and to ultimately get their own movie made, with Robin especially wanting to be seen as more than just a side kick, to finally get out of the shadow of Batman.
As they go through their journey, which is predictable at times, they have a couple of dark moments, especially one that I won’t get into here, but it involves the origin of a certain hero, and them rolling back the choices they make with a definitive reference that will make you chuckle.
A testament to Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is that it features all the original voice cast from the series and gives them top billing in a film that is littered with A-Listers from the likes of Nicolas Cage as Superman, Kristen Bell as Jade Wilson and Will Arnett as the villain of the story Slade.
There are a few songs in Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, most notably the one where they introduce themselves, which in the context of the film makes sense as the majority of people, including the villains that they fight don’t know who they are.
Packed full of references within the DC world, as well as outside and full of irreverent humour, with its tongue firmly in its cheek, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is a fun ride from start to finish, it is colourful, and whist the main animation style of the show is rather simple in nature, there are times throughout the film where they employ different styles, that harken back to the animation of the past.
There is an end credits scene that I won’t spoil here, although given that it came out in America a week before the UK, it’s safe to say that this was already talked about, all I will say is that I hope Warner Bros. follow through on that promise, as I would like to see it and if they decided to make a sequel to Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, I would welcome it, it is harmless fun, and with DC having such a tough time bringing their heroes to live action, maybe animation is where they should stay, I’m not saying that they need to be as juvenile and irreverent as Teen Titans GO! to the Movies but there is no denying that they do animated features better than the live action counterparts.