After Cartoon Network’s immature adaptation of the Teen Titans, ‘Teen Titans GO!,’ ruthlessly destroyed a loved show with terrible humor, appalling writing, cheap animation style and vile episodes, fans gave up all hope of seeing the team back together in what used to be the ‘good, meaningful days’.

With a show that offends and disgusts viewers of the beloved classic and an upcoming live-action series that doesn’t look to meet fan expectations, the thought of a movie seemed to be the last thing fans needed to add onto their list of dreadful disappointments.

Though at first it was easy to judge the film based on the show’s disgraceful popularity, a score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and critics describing it as ‘refreshingly lighthearted’ and ‘absolutely super’, really started raising everyone’s eyebrows.

After noticing how a world full of superheroes doesn’t take them seriously, the Teen Titans go to Los Angeles to help their leader, Robin, become a true superhero star instead of a sidekick by trying to convince famous superhero movie director, Jade Wilson, into making Robin a movie of his own.

Though the show is now brought into the big screen, “Teen Titans GO! To the Movies” doesn’t step too far from the show’s typical shenanigans. Farts, bizarre animation sequences, pancakes, silly dance moves and catchy musical numbers give the film a hilarious, yet brilliant return to the the world of superheroes as well as to the characters of a show once hated by all. “Teen Titans GO! To The Movies” satirizes DC films while taking shots at popular superhero franchises by including elements such as superhero clichés, a Stan-Lee cameo and a powerful final message to its viewers about self-acceptance, courage and the value of friendship.

With the nostalgic, yet amazing voice acting of the original titans (Tara Strong, Greg Cipes, Scott Melville, Hyden Walch and Khary Payton) along with stars like Kristen Bell, Will Arnett and Nicholas Cage, DC manages to deliver a film worthy of the title that guarantees to make even the humorless laugh.

If you still don’t feel that the silly jokes, superhero references or the original voice actors are enough reasons to go and see ‘Teen Titans GO! To The Movies’, then the film’s post-credits scene will definitely change your mind. 

In the brief scene, Robin says, “This is the Teen Titans. Can anyone hear us?”. Just after the screen stabilizes, fans will be able to see the Titans in their original 2003 animation style. ‘We think we’ve found a way back’, is the last line said by the leader of the titans, before the screen goes back to the credits and fans try to catch their breath again. 

Tara Strong, who voices the mysterious and dark Raven, implied through a tweet that the chances of seeing the Teen Titans back in action for a sixth season is quite probable, all depending on how the movie does on the Box Office. Though no official confirmation has been made by the team of producers or Cartoon Network, fans are sure running to the theaters in hopes of bringing the beloved show back from its shadows. 

‘Teen Titans GO! To the Movies’ is a fresh, new look at superhero films that seem just too serious to laugh about. With a brilliantly made, hilarious turn from DC’s notable tragedies, from the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents to the Green Lantern movie, ‘Teen Titans GO! To the Movies’ earns its place in film history, making it hysterically and unexpectedly clever.

Samantha Aguilar Hernandez
Sam is communication major with minors in digital media / video production and marketing. She enjoys watching animated shows and writing about them for the Arts and Entertainment section of The Penmen Press. When she is not working on a new review, Sam can be found in the RadioSNHU booth conducting the first show in Spanish.