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Blu-ray Review: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

October 30, 2018

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

Based on the Cartoon Network series Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is a feature length version of the show that uses meta humour to further the adventures of teen superhero friends Robin (Scott Menville), Cyborg (Khary Payton), Raven (Tara Strong), Starfire (Hynden Walch) and Beast Boy (Greg Cipes).

Desperate to prove themselves as real heroes, the film finds them longing to step out of the shadow of the more famous DC superheroes like Batman (Jimmy Kimmel), Superman (Nicolas Cage) and Wonder Woman (Halsey), and get their own movie.

They plan to do this by infiltrating the Warner Bros. lot and getting the attention of blockbuster director Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell), but our heroes also find themselves having to go up against a supervillain named Slade (Will Arnett), who has a plan for world domination by sending mind control signals through screens. Their friendship is also threatened in the process, with issues of jealousy and Robin’s determination to be seen as a star instead of just a sidekick leading to friction within the group.

Mainly functioning as a sendup of superhero movies, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is filled with self-aware humour and comic book references, and there are some moments of cleverness along the way, including a pretty great gag at the expense of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and a fun cameo from a certain someone who usually appears in Marvel movies. The film is also a quasi-musical, and features several amusingly tongue-in-cheek song numbers.

The film is pretty thin in terms of plot, and feels a bit stretched even at a scant 84 minutes including credits, with some of the humour clearly aimed at younger members of the audience. But Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is still an upbeat and amusing enough feature length cartoon. It will likely be most appreciated by fans of the show, but is still mildly enjoyable even for those of us who aren’t really familiar with the series.

The Blu-ray also includes the mini-movie DC Super Hero Girls: The Late Batsby, the Lil Yachty music video “Teen Titans GO! Rap”,  the deleted song “Everything is Fake”, as well a couple of featurettes and some storyboard animatics.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release. It’s 84 minutes and rated PG.

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