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Teen Titans Go! (TV series)

Teen Titans Go! is an American animated television series airing in the U.S. on Cartoon Network since April 23, 2013, and based on the DC Comics fictional superhero team. The series was announced following the popularity of DC Nation's New Teen Titans shorts.[3]

Teen Titans Go!
Teen Titans Go! horizontal logo.svg
Based on Teen Titans
by Bob Haney
Bruno Premiani
Developed by Aaron Horvath
Michael Jelenic
Voices of
Theme music composer Andy Sturmer (remixed by Mix Master Mike)
Opening theme "Teen Titans Theme" by Puffy AmiYumi
Composer(s) Armen Chakmakian
Jason Brandt
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 207 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Aaron Horvath
Michael Jelenic
Peter Rida Michail
Peggy Regan
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Copernicus Studios[1]
Bardel Entertainment
DC Entertainment
Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network Cartoon Network
Original release April 23, 2013 (2013-04-23)[2] – present
Chronology
Preceded by Teen Titans
External links
Website

Sporting a new animation style, Teen Titans Go! serves as a comedic spin-off with little to no continuity to the previous series or any other media in the DC Comics franchise. Many DC characters make cameo appearances and are referenced in the background. The original principal voice cast returns to reprise their respective roles. This series explores what the Titans do when they are hanging out around the tower.

On March 8, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a fifth season, scheduled to air on June 25, 2018.[4] A feature film, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, is scheduled for a theatrical release on July 27, 2018, including Will Arnett and Kristen Bell voicing characters in the film. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation were the production companies for the series, with the animation outsourced in Canada at Copernicus Studios and Bardel Entertainment.[citation needed]

Contents

Plot

Teen Titans Go! is an animated series that follows the adventures of the young Titans, residing in Jump City, when they are not saving the world while living together as teenagers without adults who intrude. Unlike most of the other superhero series, the situations are comic, crazy and parodic - for example, juvenile jokes that reach new heights of danger, obtaining the license to drive after destroying the Batmobile or washing the suits after staining them when fighting their enemies. The show regularly features characters who have appeared in the original series, albeit with reduced roles and/or exaggerated personalities. It also features greater attachment to the DC Universe at large, with more references to other characters in the Justice League, plus a few appearances by Batman and Commissioner Gordon in lighthearted moments.

The show is littered with in-jokes regarding the whole of DC's library, many of them in blink-and-miss moments, as well as numerous jokes at the expense of the show itself.

Characters

Main cast members
       
Scott Menville Hynden Walch Khary Payton Tara Strong Greg Cipes
Robin, Speedy, Detective Chimp, Killer Moth, Robin (Tim Drake), Robin (Carrie Kelley), Brain, additional voices Starfire, Blackfire, Sparkleface, additional voices Cyborg, Zan, Couch, Universe Tree, Halloween Spirit, additional voices Raven, Silkie, Jayna, Batgirl, additional voices Beast Boy, Adonis, Private H.I.V.E., additional voices

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 52 April 23, 2013 (2013-04-23) June 5, 2014 (2014-06-05)
2 52 June 12, 2014 (2014-06-12) July 30, 2015 (2015-07-30)
3 53 July 31, 2015 (2015-07-31) October 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)
4 52 October 20, 2016 (2016-10-20) June 25, 2018 (2018-06-25)
5 52 June 25, 2018 (2018-06-25) TBA
Film July 27, 2018 (2018-07-27)

Reception

Teen Titans Go! has received generally mixed reviews by critics. Common Sense Media gave the show 4 out of 5 stars and wrote that it "manages a few positive messages alongside the clever comedy and characterizations".[5] IGN writer Scott Collura gave the pilot episode a score of 7.8 out of 10, stating that "DC Animation revamps the beloved Teen Titans series for a new generation – with pretty fun results".[6] Randy Schiff of The Buffalo News praised its writing and animation, calling it a "consistently quirky comedy that is often laced with keen social commentary".[7] After the trailer for the series' film adaptation was released, Scott Mendelson of Forbes praised the series and its "nihilistic madness", writing that "Taken on its own terms, it is blisteringly funny and endlessly clever, offering grimly cynical history lessons, comedically grimdark holiday specials, and occasional pure fantasy freak-outs... amid some serious superhero genre trolling and self-commentary."[8]

Writing for Slant Magazine, Lee Wang gave the show 2 stars out of 4, saying "Teen Titans Go! would offer little to even the most ardent Titans nostalgists and completists".[9] Aaron Wiseman of Moviepilot cited various criticisms of the show, noting slight appreciation for the characters of Starfire and Raven.[10] Joseph Murphy of the website WhatCulture believed the show had "so much potential, which is why it is upsetting that to date, Teen Titans Go! has been a failure."[11]

The show's pilot episode brought in over 3 million viewers. On June 11, 2013, Cartoon Network renewed Teen Titans Go! for a second season, citing successful ratings.[12] According to Hope King, a tech reporter for CNNMoney,[13] Teen Titans Go! was one out of three of the most viewed television shows and other media to contribute to a record setting 1.3 million simultaneous Xfinity On-Demand viewings during the January 2016 United States blizzard.[14]

Home media

DVD

Main Series

Region 1
Season DVD Title Episode Count Aspect Ratio Total running time Release Date
1 "Mission to Misbehave" 26 16:9 289 minutes March 4, 2014
"Couch Crusaders" 286 minutes July 29, 2014
2 "Appetite for Disruption" April 14, 2015
"House Pests" August 18, 2015
3 "Eat, Dance, Punch!" May 31, 2016
"Get In, Pig Out" 27 298 minutes January 24, 2017
4 "Recess is Over" 26 286 minutes September 12, 2017

Compilations

Region 1
DVD Title Episode Count Aspect Ratio Total running time Release Date
"Holiday Collection" 9 16:9 97 minutes October 24, 2017
"Be My Valentine" 11 121 minutes January 9, 2018
"Robin and Friends" 8 88 minutes February 6, 2018
"Cyborg and Friends"
"Starfire and Friends" 89 minutes
"Raven and Friends" 88 minutes
"Beast Boy and Friends" 89 minutes
"Pumped for Spring" 9 100 minutes March 6, 2018

Blu-ray

Main Series

Region 1
Season(s) Blu-ray Title Episode Count Aspect Ratio Total running time Release Date
1 "The Complete First Season" 52 16:9 578 minutes April 21, 2015

In other media

Video games

Teen Titans Go! content is featured as part of the toys-to-life video game Lego Dimensions, via two packs released on September 12, 2017. These include a Team Pack containing Beast Boy and Raven minifigures and constructible T-Car and Spellbook of Azarath items; and a Fun pack containing a Starfire minifigure and constructible Titan Robot. The characters are able to access a Teen Titans Go!-themed Adventure World featuring locations from the series, as well as an exclusive episode themed after the game. Additionally, the pre-existing mini figures of Cyborg from DC Comics and Robin from The Lego Batman Movie are able to turn into their Teen Titans Go! counterparts when used in the Teen Titans Go! Adventure World.[15]

Film

On September 25, 2017, a theatrical film adaptation of the series was announced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group for release on July 27, 2018.[16] Titled Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, the film will be written by series executive producers and developers Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, and directed by Horvath and fellow producer Peter Rida Michail. The voice cast of the TV series will reprise their roles, with Will Arnett and Kristen Bell also starring.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Teen Titans Go". Copernicus Studios. Copernicus Studios Inc. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cartoon Network Gets In Front of the Upfront" (Press release). Business Wire. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Goldman, Eric (9 June 2011). "Teen Titans Returning With New Full Length Episodes". IGN. Ziff Davis, LLC. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "CARTOON NETWORK USHERS IN A NEW WAVE OF CREATORS FOR TODAY'S KIDS". Turner. Retrieved 2018-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Cartoon Network - Teen Titans Go!". Common Sense Media. Jim Steyer. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Collura, Scott (22 April 2012). "Teen Titans Go series premiere review". IGN. Ziff Davis, LLC. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Schiff, Randy (15 August 2016). "You Should Be Watching: 'Teen Titans Go!'". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Mendelson, Scott (10 January 2018). "'Teen Titans Go To The Movies' Trailer Gives The People What They Want". Forbes. Forbes Media LLC. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 
  9. ^ Wang, Lee (23 April 2012). "Teen Titans Go!: Season One". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Wiseman, Aaron (19 July 2014). "Teen Titans Go! This show truly a mockery to the original?". Moviepilot. Creators Media, Inc. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  11. ^ Murphy, Joseph (21 March 2014). "7 Reasons Why Teen Titans Go! Has Failed". WhatCulture. What Culture Ltd. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "Teen Titans Go! Renewed". Seat42f.com. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Hope King - Anchor at Cheddar". LinkedIn. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  14. ^ King, Hope (25 January 2016). "Blizzard helps set record for on-demand TV viewing". CNNMoney. Cable News Network. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  15. ^ Osborn, Alex (31 May 2017). "Teen Titans Go!, The Powerpuff Girls and Beetlejuice Packs Coming to LEGO Dimensions". IGN. Ziff Davis, LLC. 
  16. ^ "Teen Titans GO! Animated Film Gets a Summer 2018 Release Date". Screen Rant. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  17. ^ "Will Arnett and Kristen Bell Join Voice Cast of Warner Bros. Pictures' New Animated Feature "Teen Titans GO! To the Movies"" (Press release). Business Wire. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 

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