By: Reel 127 (Four Beers) –
For those of you who haven’t watched Cartoon Network in years you might not know that “Teen Titans Go!” is their most popular series. It’s their most popular series because they play it all the time. Getting rid of reruns of any other shows, Cartoon Network has to play “Teen Titans Go!” There was even a time last year where they spent a whole week playing nothing but “Teen Titans Go!”. So logically, Warner Bros. needed to capitalize on this DC property.
If you thought they could escape a gritty reboot you were wrong.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies follows the titular group made up of Robin, Beast Boy, Starfire, Raven, and Cyborg, as they try to get their own superhero movie made. Along the way they run into Slade (or as he is referred to for most of the movie “Slaaaaaadde”), a super villain who the Teen Titans want to make their arch-nemesis. But the villain, along with all the heroes and Hollywood, see the Titans as a joke. It’s up to the team to prove themselves and save the day.
At least this movie’s got BoJack Horseman in it.
Totally justifies the 10 bucks I spent seeing it.
Personally, I groan every time I hear “Teen Titans Go!” these days. With its constant reruns, anything I liked about the show is overshadowed by how often it plays. When I first saw the trailer for this movie I was groaning a lot.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by what I got. It keeps itself mercifully short at 90 minutes (or 8 times a regular episode length) and doesn’t drag. The whole movie is very fast paced and sure to keep your attention. I enjoyed by how Teen Titans Go! pokes fun at not only Marvel, but DC as well, even making a joke about the infamous “Martha” scene in Batman vs. Superman. If I was grading this film solely on its humor it would be one beer.
Ten minutes into the movie I was ready to recommend it to anyone who was a fan of superhero movies. By the time I reached the end of the movie I was much more hesitant to recommend it. For starters, this could have been a TV movie rather than a theatrical release. But I suppose they wouldn’t have gotten the celebrity voice cast they did if it was just made for television. I didn’t even recognize half the voice actors until I saw the credits and I doubt any kids are seeing this movie because Michael Bolton sings in it. Apart from a few scenes there is nothing that justifies this being a theatrical film. The animation looking barely different from what is used for the TV show.
Just to be clear. This is a still from the movie, not the show.
In fact, Teen Titans Go! has a hard time breaking from its standard television format. In a film each scene should serve a purpose, feeding into the next part or strengthening the story and characters. About halfway through Robin decides they can get a superhero movie if they stop the tragic origins of all other superheroes. So the Teen Titans travel through time and stop Krypton from being destroyed, the Waynes from being murdered, etc. The whole sequence is very funny, but by the end of it they find out the world is worse off without heroes. So they go back again and undo all of their actions. It is never referenced again and ultimately serves no purpose but to distract the audience and pad the runtime.
Who knew all they needed was dubstep to save Krypton?
This was really the first animated film that I felt an age gap on. The screening I went to was filled with families. Parents taking their kids to see this. I noticed that on jokes I would be rolling my eyes at, kids were laughing hysterically. More than once, though, I found myself being the only person in an almost full theater laughing at a joke. Teen Titans Go! rapidly shifts between clever commentary and potty humor at a jarring rate. There is a scene where the Titans all say they “destroyed” the bathroom on a set, not realizing it’s fake, then moments later are beating up Shia LeBeouf. The movie can sometimes have a hard time finding a middle ground between jokes for kids and jokes for adults.
The last line of this movie is Robin looking directly at the audience and telling kids to ask their parents where babies come from. If that seems like your type of humor, or if you are already a fan of the show, then check it out. However, I do not recommend seeing it in theaters. Waiting till it is on home video or inevitably running on Cartoon Network five times a week will be much better.
How can you not say no to faces like that?
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Drinking Game
Take a Drink: every time the Warner Bros. or Cartoon Network logo is on screen.
Take a Drink: for every musical number.
Take a Drink: every time someone is shouting.
Take a Drink: every time someone says “Slaaaaaadde.”
Take a Drink: for every re-used joke.
Take a Drink: every time Stan Lee appears.
Do a Shot: every time you pity the parents who brought their kids to see this movie.