Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)



Movie Title: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Year Released: 2018

Rated: PG

Runtime: 1h 24min

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical, Sci-Fi

Director: Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail

Writer: Michael Jelenic and Aaron Horvath

Starring: Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, Michael Bolton, Nicolas Cage, Patton Oswalt, Greg Davies, John DiMaggio, Halsey, Tom Kenny, Jimmy Kimmel, Stan Lee, Phil Morris, Meredith Salenger, Wil Wheaton

Review: Just about all super heroes are getting their own movies these days...well, all except the Teen Titans! When their fearless leader Robin vows to get the quirky quintet up on the big screen the super-villainous Slade (Will Arnett) has his sights set on meddling maniacally in their movie-making merriment. So to save their film...and the world as we know it...there's only one thing our heroes can do...Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.

If you are a fan of the Teen Titans Go! animated TV series on Cartoon Network then you will absolutely love Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. The film version keeps the same tone, humor and energy level of the television show, but because it's feature length, it can tackle a heftier plot while enjoying the occasionally detour to a joyously silly subplot or non-sequitur visual joke.

What I like most about Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, besides the humor and the characters, is how it playfully criticizes superhero culture and the superhero movies that seem to come out on the regular. And it's not a DC versus Marvel movie either. The Teen Titans really go after Warner Brothers, DC Comics, and the DC film universe. It's also nice to see a DC movie that's not dower and depressing, but enjoyable, humorous, and positive. There's even an upbeat inspirational song about life called Upbeat Inspirational Song About Life, performed by the Titans and the skilled songbird Michael Bolton. It's a toe-tapper!

And the Titans are all wonderful characters individually and as a team. Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), Robin (Scott Menville), Cyborg (Khary Payton), Raven (Tara Strong), and Starfire (Hynden Walch) may not be Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman, but they are all very funny, rude, lovable, silly, manic, lazy, and hungry.

Since viewing this superhero surprise my kids and I have taken a deep dive into the TV show and we have become huge fans! If you enjoy irreverent humor, silly sight gags, super hero hijinks, Upbeat musical numbers, fart jokes, Nicolas Cage voicing Superman, and looking at the best and worst of comic book culture, then get yourself a ticket and follow our heroes as the Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.

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Fun Fact: Khary Payton is listed among the contacts on Cyborg's phone. That's the name of the actor who voices Cyborg.



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