One would think that a ‘Teen Titans Go!’ movie would be unnecessary, and not worth the time, but in my case (and many other critics who saw this), as juvenile as it is, it could be entertaining at times. The idea that the titular Titans have never had a theatrical movie when compared to the over-saturation of ‘Superman’ and ‘Batman’ films is fodder for satire. Not to mention that ‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’ is a fun animated rush, even if it does run out of steam during its second act.
The plot revolves around Robin’s (Voice of Scott Menville) desire to have a movie based around him and his friends, Cyborg (Voice of Khary Payton), Starfire (Voice of Hynden Walch), Beast Boy (Voice of Greg Cipes), and Raven (Voice of Tara Strong), much like all the other superheroes, but as Superman (Voice of Nicolas Cage, who finally gets a chance to play the character after that infamous cancelled Tim Burton movie) puts it: “You guys are never actually doing anything heroic”; a commentary on the show itself for pandering too much to children. Yes, all these “Titans” do is twerk, make funny faces, and care about partying to dance music, which sidetracks them from saving the world.
However, their opportunity for celebrity stardom arises when they cross paths with Slade (Voice of Will Arnett), who the titans mistake as a certain off-brand character, yet much to this dastardly supervillain’s annoyance, the titans will not stop until he takes them on, leading to action-packed results and a plot to take over the world. Kristen Bell also joins the cast as superhero filmmaker, Jade Wilson, who the titans turn to in order to get their own movie.
While I did enjoy ‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’ in-jokes and slapstick gags, the movie sort-of loses its appeal when it gets sidetracked with a ridiculous, unnecessary time travel subplot and potty humor. Though, I do have to say, if you liked the original ‘Teen Titans’, there is a scene at the end credits that will feel like a breath of fresh air.