In a superhero universe, its characters like Marvel’s Deadpool or DC’s Superman who have taken over the tights-and-cape wearing flicks out there, but five animated superhero wannabes are trying their best to change that.
After the ongoing success of the popular Cartoon Network series Teen Titans Go!, the comical superheroes make their first big screen debut in the feature film Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. This DC Comics film will not only leave children laughing at the endless jokes, but provide many chuckles for their adult chaperones as well.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies depicts the adventures of five highly self-aware teen titan heroes including Robin (Scott Menville), Starfire (Hynden Walch), Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), Cyborg (Khary Payton), and Raven (Tara Strong). Every superhero on the planet seems to have their own movie, that is, except for the teen titans. The story revolves around the efforts of the group, disappointed over not starring in a superhero movie of their own because they’re simply not famous enough, and do everything they can to have their own film. Robin, who is Batman’s sidekick, is tired of being left on the sidelines- having his own franchise is his biggest dream.
“Having a movie is the only way to be seen as a real hero,” intones Robin.
The group band together to force Hollywood to take them seriously and convince a notable Hollywood director (Kristen Bell) to produce one for them. In order to make it to the big screen, the titans need an arch-nemesis to legitimize them. They find one in Slade, who is constantly mistaken by a DC version of Deadpool, in which provides amusing gags throughout the film. Part of the reason the crew decide on Slade voiced by Will Arnett, is because his name is “fun to say in a dramatic way.” But like any superhero film, Slade is the wicked villain who has a scheme to conquer the world. The crews proceedings are constantly interrupted by dances and musical numbers. There’s even an amusing scene where they rather eat sandwiches than conquer evil.
This is a film that adores mocking itself in a blithe-spirited comedy proving that no DC or Marvel character is safe. The meta jokes take on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lion King, and Apocalypse Now. There is even an appearance by the Marvel icon, Stan Lee who makes fun of himself in a cameo scene.
“This is Stan Lee- dig my subtle cameo! This is a DC movie? I gotta get outta here!”
The filmmakers are brimming with hilarious ideas, from time-travel montages to diarrhea jokes, and colorful unicorns, jet skis and dolphins as Michael Bolton sings one of the original songs, the incredibly cheesy “Upbeat Inspirational Song About Life.” The film proves to not be afraid to bite the hand that feeds them as most of the shenanigans take place on the Warner Bros. back lot in many of the scenes.
Some of the guest voices include singer Halsey as Wonder Woman, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel as Batman, actress Kristen Bell as the Hollywood director, Nicolas Cage voiced by Superman, and rapper Lil Yachty as Green Lantern.
This superhero franchise created by directors and writers Peter Rida Michail, Michael Jelenic and Aaron Horvath, transitioned the 22-minute TV series into a big screen silly film that children as well as adults can both enjoy and escape to an animated universe of laughter. One of the scenes that would provide many gags is watching Green Lantern make fun of the disastrous movie and how we simply “dont talk about it.”
The film consists of endless jokes but children will also takeaway life lessons such as the importance of friendship and teamwork.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is a meta-humor film that would have fans wanting more after this comical release filled with goofs and jokes that add on to the DC universe.
Rated PG, 92 minutes