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THE long-run­ning an­i­mated TV series Teen Ti­tans Go!, a tongue-in-cheek spinoff from the DC Comics uni­verse, makes its big screen de­but with a grin-in­duc­ing flour­ish thanks to co-di­rec­tors Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Hor­vath.

Teen Ti­tans Go! To The Movies pokes gen­tle fun at the glut of su­per­hero films, which clog up mul­ti­plexes and earnestly ex­pand the mytholo­gies of well-known char­ac­ters torn from the pages of comic books.

A nim­ble script, co-writ­ten by the TV series’ creators Michael Je­lenic and Hor­vath, takes aim at pre­dictable tar­gets: The avoid­able tragedies in su­per­heroes’ pasts, Stan Lee’s oblig­a­tory cameos, that in­stantly for­get­table Green Lantern film star­ring Ryan Reynolds.

Most of the punch­lines elicit know­ing gig­gles as a per­func­tory plot ser­monises the im­por­tance of team­work and self­sac­ri­fice to younger au­di­ences.

Fleet­ing ver­bal gags, in­clud­ing a spoof of the Mar­vel Comics flip book ti­tle se­quence, are com­ple­mented by know­ing, self-ref­er­en­tial di­a­logue that glee­fully draws at­ten­tion to the film’s own short­com­ings in­clud­ing a big re­veal about the iden­tity of the chief vil­lain.

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