With the current trend for superhero movies the Teen Titans are feeling left out, so leader of the group Robin tries to get them their own film. But film director Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell) think they lack an arch nemesis, can new villain Slade (Will Arnett – who is Lego Batman as well remember) change that?
Teen Titans Go is a fun cartoon series on Cartoon Network that follows some more obscure heroes around their day to day lives and is a spin off of a slightly more serious cartoon called simply Teen Titans (information worth knowing for a mid credits sting). As a result I think many adults out there will be expecting a child friendly film with no adult crossover. That would be a big mistake. Anyone with a passing knowledge of superhero films and comics will have a blast with this film as it features numerous in jokes and has the energy and verve of the Lego movies.
The Titans are Robin (Scott Manville), Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), Cyborg (Khary Payton), Raven (Tara Strong) and Starfire (Hynden Walch). All of whom are the original voice cast from the cartoon. Along their adventure they will meet the Justice League and many other heroes which gives the casting team the opportunity to have Nicolas Cage finally play Superman. Cage was once cast as the character in a never realised Tim Burton project and is a huge fan. Something epitomised by his son being called Kal-El Cage (yes, seriously) and getting a role as a young Bruce Wayne here. All of these in jokes aren’t just behind the camera either. Keep your eyes peeled for posters and visual gags throughout as well as some serious digs at high profile bones of contention in other DC films. Martha I’m looking at you!
And that just skims the surface of the ideas on show. Because Teen Titans Go! is also a musical in many ways and when Michael Bolton starts belting out “Upbeat Inspirational Song About Life” I defy you not to be having fun! It also features the Back to the Future theme during an inspired time travel sequence looking at superhero origins (Aquaman’s scene is blackly funny) and especially for the kids some fart jokes.
It does slow down a tiny bit just before the final third to set up some morals for the kids, but then has a joke at the expense of morals in kids films right at the end, so we can let it off. Your kids will love it and hopefully you will too, but at 84 minutes even if you don’t you won’t be looking at your watch very long.
You also get treated to an animated short featuring Batgirl and the female DC heroes before the film, possibly the best cameo of the year during the film and a mid and end credits sting. Which strikes me as a great cinema trip with the family. (Or just go to a later screening if you don’t have little ones)