TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES
released OUT NOW! 2018 | PG | Blu-ray/dVd/download
Directors Peter rida Michail, aaron Horvath
Cast scott Menville, Hynden Walch, Khary Payton, Tara strong
The consensus is that DC has, since 2013, had a pretty rocky ride on the big screen, while enjoying triumphs on the small screen. It comes as no surprise, then, that the best DC flick since The Dark Knight comes spun-off from a TV show (Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go!), as the ’toon superheroes try to break Hollywood.
Taking its cue from the similarly styled The Lego Movie, Teen Titans rips into every comic book movie cliché it can fit into its punchy 84 minutes, from the dramatic soundstretch of the villain’s name (altogether now: “Slaaaaaade!”) to cheekily mocking that bonding moment from Batman v Superman (“My mommy’s name is Martha too!”).
There’s more concentrated meta here than in a thousand episodes of Community, so don’t be put off by the elementary animation: this is cleverer and more inspired than anything in the main DC movie universe.
Extras The HMV exclusive Blu-ray has plenty, including a mini-movie featuring Batgirl (four minutes), a deleted song (presented in storyboard form), a montage of foreign dubs, two storyboard animatics, a music video, singalong stuff, and a short live-action bit showing people dressed as the cartoon characters invading the Warner Bros lot. The DVD just has the animatics. Steve O’Brien