Teen Titans Go! (TV series)

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Teen Titans Go!
Teen Titans Go! logotype.png
Genre Adventure
Action
Surreal humor
Slapstick
Black comedy
Format Animated sitcom
Developed by Michael Jelenic
Aaron Horvath
Voices of Greg Cipes
Scott Menville
Khary Payton
Tara Strong
Hynden Walch
Opening theme "Teen Titans Go!" by Puffy AmiYumi
Remixed by Mix Master Mike
Composer(s) Andy Sturmer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 62 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Sam Register
Producer(s) Aaron Horvath
Michael Jelenic
Editor(s) Jhoanne Reyes
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) DC Entertainment
Warner Bros. Animation
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original run April 23, 2013 (2013-04-23)[1] – present
Chronology
Preceded by Teen Titans
New Teen Titans
External links
Website

Teen Titans Go! is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics fictional superhero team, the Teen Titans. The series was announced following the popularity of DC Nation's New Teen Titans shorts,[2][3] both of which are based on the 2003 Teen Titans TV series. Teen Titans Go! is a more comedic take on the DC Comics franchise, dealing with situations that happen outside of saving the world.[3]

Sporting a new animation style, Teen Titans Go! serves as a "comedic" spin-off with no continuity to the previous series, and only certain elements are retained. Many DC characters make cameo appearances and are referenced in the background. The original principal voice cast returns to reprise their respective roles. The series is rated TV-PG.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

Teen Titans Go! is a TV show that follows the Teen Titans when not saving the world and when living together as teenagers without adult supervision.[3] The Teen Titans must deal with situations such as teenage pranks reaching a whole new level, having to retake a driver's test after wrecking the Batmobile, taking part in dodgeball tournaments, and other "humorous" antics.[citation needed]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Robin (voiced by Scott Menville) - Robin (Dick Grayson) is the slightly power-mad, perfectionist leader of the Teen Titans. He shows signs of mental instability and has an inferiority complex due to the fact he is the only member of the team that does not have special abilities. He is head-over-heels in love with Starfire. However, he is too nervous to admit his crush but has tricked her into spending time with him and asked her out twice ( first time in "The Date", second in "I See You".) .
  • Starfire (voiced by Hynden Walch) - Starfire (Princess Koriand'r) is an extraterrestrial alien princess, second in line for the distant planet Tamaran. She struggles to fit in and learn the ways of Earth. She is very optimistic, kind-hearted and is almost always in a good mood. When angry, her eyes glow bright green and she throws a barrage of starbolts (bright green-colored, glowing energy blasts) from her hands. Although it is clear she does not reciprocate Robin's feelings, it is hinted in the episode "Starfire The Terrible" that she may harbor romantic feelings for him but in the episode "I See You" it's shown that he asked her but she declined this could be because of what he did in the date but she doesn't consider him more than a brother. In this series, she is shown to be not as emotional but more bubbly than in the original series.
  • Cyborg (voiced by Khary Payton) - Cyborg (Victor Stone) is a laid-back, half-human, half-robot who's more interested in eating pizza and playing video games than in fighting crime. He also has strong romantic crush on Jinx, despite that she is one of his enemies.
  • Raven (voiced by Tara Strong) - Raven (Rachel Roth) is a cynical, sarcastic, deadpan demon girl who would rather be left alone. She is the daughter of the evil interdimensional demon Trigon. When enraged she manifests four red eyes, sharp teeth and a distorted demonic voice. In this version, her short hair is black as opposed to being all violet-purple as it was in the original series. She also hides romantic feelings for Beast Boy unlike the original series, but similar to the comic book source material. In the original series, Raven is shown as Starfire's best friend. In this series, they often hang out and chat, especially when the boys are gone, but Raven often enjoys her peaceful alone time. in the episode "Salty Codgers" it's revealed that Death is her uncle.
  • Beast Boy (voiced by Greg Cipes) - Beast Boy (Garfield Mark Logan) is a bright green-skinned boy who is Cyborg's best buddy. He is a slightly dim but lovable loafer who transforms into all sorts of animals, which are always bright green, when he's not eating pickles, burritos, tofu, playing video games and watching TV. It is made clear in the episodes "Pirates" and "Real Magic" that he does indeed have romantic feelings towards Raven all other times were because of Cyborg's machine.
  • Silkie (Voiced by Tara Strong) - Starfire's pet silkworm and mascot of the Teen Titans. In "Missing" it's revealed that he originally belonged to Killer Moth.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • SparkleFace and ButterBean - Characters from "Pretty Pretty Pegasus", a fictional television show that Raven enjoys watching, probably a parody of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic which Tara Strong (Raven's voice actress) voices Twilight Sparkle.
  • H.I.V.E. Five - A group of young super villains that work for the H.I.V.E.
    • Jinx (voiced by Lauren Tom) - Member of the H.I.V.E. Five who has the ability to cause bad luck. She is also Cyborg's "girlfriend".
    • Gizmo (voiced by Lauren Tom) - The leader of the H.I.V.E. Five who is a mechanical genius he is usually the head of the group and it's confirmed in "Opposites" when Cyborg makes fun of him.
    • Mammoth - Member of the H.I.V.E. Five who is muscular and unusually strong but is also the most vulnerable as shown in "In and Out".
    • Billy Numerous - Member of the H.I.V.E. Five who has the ability to make, and recall copies of himself.
    • See-More - Member of the H.I.V.E. Five who uses an eye helmet with super-sight and eye-blast powers.

Minor characters[edit]

  • Vixen - A superhero that has the ability to mimic nearby animals who tried to join the Teen Titans in "You're Fired".
  • B'wana Beast - A superhero that has the ability to combine two animals together that tried to join the Teen Titans in "You're Fired". His name spawned a number of jokes from Cyborg, such as, "I bet you B'wana get some pants!", since B'wana Beast doesn't wear pants.
  • Brother Blood (voiced by John DiMaggio) - A supervillain and the headmaster of the H.I.V.E academy. He is the villain in "Waffles" he is also a common enemy.
  • Detective Chimp (voiced by Scott Menville) - Detective Chimp is an incredibly smart chimpanzee that tried to join the Teen Titans in "You're Fired".
  • Wonder Twins (voiced by Khary Payton and Tara Strong) - Zan and Jayna are two twin superheroes that, when they touch each other and speak the phrase, "Wonder Twin Powers Activate", they can shapeshift. They temporarily joined the Teen Titans in "You're Fired".
  • Aqualad (voiced by Wil Wheaton) - Member of the Titans East who makes a cameo appearance in "Starliar" and plays an important role in the episode "Pirates".
  • Batgirl (Voiced by Tara Strong) - Batgirl makes a cameo appearance in "Starliar" at the Titans East party. In "Staring at the Future", she is shown to be Nightwing"s (future adult Robin) wife mothering three children with him. In "Sidekick", when the Titans follow Robin to the Batcave, Starfire tries on a Batgirl costume, much to Robin's awe.
  • Bumblebee - Member of the Titans East who makes a cameo appearance in "Starliar".
  • Más y Menos (voiced by Freddy Rodriguez) - Two Spanish-speaking twin brothers with superhuman speed, who are members of the Titans East and make a cameo appearance in "Starliar" and appeared in mas y menos is shown that if the don't stay together at all times that they can blow up the earth.
  • Terra (voiced by Ashley Johnson) - Beast Boy's "romantic interest/girlfriend" who has earth-based powers and is actually a villainess that is using him to get information on the five Titans. She joined the team momentarily in "Terra-ized" until Raven exposed her true nature. She returns later in the Valentine's episode "Be Mine" to exact revenge on the Titans, particularly Beast Boy.
  • Doctor Light (voiced by Scott Menville in "Colors of Raven"; Rodger Bumpass in "Caged Tiger") - A supervillain with light-themed powers. In "Caged Tiger", he decides to quit being a supervillain and join the Teen Titans but Robin, Cyborg, and Beast Boy beat him up before the two superheroines save him thus becoming a villain again.
  • Cinderblock - A stone-based villainous monster with incredible strength.
  • Plasmus - A ooze-based creature with many green eyes on his body.
  • Trigon (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) - The demonic father of Raven and mighty, all-powerful dark lord. He posed as a sitcom father to win over the approval of Raven's best friends and then attempted to order her to destroy them. In the end, Raven banished him to another dimension.
  • Speedy (voiced by Scott Menville) - Member of the Titans East who uses bow and arrows and he seems to be a duplicate of Robin in design, and is also after the affections of Starfire in "The Date". He appears in "The Date" and makes a cameo appearance in "Starliar". The voice of Speedy was done by Mike Erwin in the original series, but Scott Menville voices him in this version of the show to highlight the similarities between him and Robin.
  • Batman - Robin's former mentor and protector of Gotham City that frequently makes cameo appearances.
  • Couch Spirit (voiced by Khary Payton) - A spirit that lives in the couch. In "Dude Relax", he showed Robin the power to relax. He appears in "Lazy Sunday" hanging out with Cyborg and Beast Boy.
  • Control Freak - A red-headed man who is slightly obese, and was a recurring villain in the original series. He makes a cameo appearance in Robin's dreams in the episode "Nose Mouth"and will be in a future episode making a major appearance.
  • Killer Moth (voiced by Scott Menville) - A moth-based mercenary who bio-engineers mutant moth creatures. In "Missing", Killer Moth offers Silkie a reward if he comes back with him.
  • Mother Mae-Eye (voiced by Billie Hayes) - a good and bad witch. In "Pie Bros", she gives teen titans all of the Pies at her bakery and traps them in a pie.
  • Blackfire (voiced by Hynden Walch) - Starfire's corrupted older sister who is from the planet Tamaran. She is an intergalactic criminal who always tries to torment and break her younger sister's heart. She first appears in the episode Mr. Butt to try and "make up" with her little sister. She has Starfire become her twin and be imprisoned in galactic jail in her place. The other four Titans try to teach her how to be a better older sister. In this version, her hair is a dark purple color instead of black with purple streaks, and her skin is much lighter and paler.
  • Mad Mod - A British supervillain which turns the titans into old people.

Episodes[edit]

Teen Titans Go! series overview
Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1
1 52 April 23, 2013 (2013-04-23) June 5, 2014 (2014-06-05) March 4, 2014 (vol. 1)
July 29, 2014 (vol. 2)
2 52 June 12, 2014 (2014-06-12) TBA (TBA) TBA

DVDs[edit]

DVD Release Date Episodes
Season 1
(Part 1: Mission to Misbehave)
March 4, 2014 Disc 1: "Legendary Sandwich", "Pie Bros", "Drivers Ed", "Dog Hand", "Double Trouble", "The Date", "Dude Relax", "Laundry Day", "Ghostboy", "La Larva de Amor", "Hey Pizza!", "Gorilla", and "Girl’s Night Out",
Disc 2: "You’re Fired!", "Super Robin", "Tower Power", "Parasite", "Starliar", "Meatball Party", "Staff Meeting", "Terra-ized", "Artful Dodgers", "Burger vs. Burrito", "Matched","Colors of Raven", and "The Left Leg"
Season 1
(Part 2: Couch Crusaders)
July 29, 2014 Disc 1: "Books", "Lazy Sunday", "Starfire the Terrible", "Power Moves", "Staring at the Future", "No Power", "Sidekick", "Caged Tiger", "Second Christmas", "Nose Mouth", "Legs", "Breakfast Cheese", and "Waffles"
Disc 2: "Be Mine", "Opposites", "Birds", "Brain Food", "In and Out", "Little Buddies", "Missing", "Uncle Jokes", "Más y Menos", "Dreams", "Grandma Voice", "Real Magic", "Puppets, Whaaaaat?"

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Crew[edit]

Reception[edit]

Teen Titans Go! has been met with mixed reviews from critics and fans, with praise toward the return of the original principal voice cast and criticism aimed toward the new direction of the show.

Common Sense Media gave the show 4 out of 5 stars and called it "Superheroes' new look, comical feel invites younger kids".[5] IGN gave the show a 7.8 out of 10, a "Good" score on the review scale, stating that "DC Nation revamps the beloved Teen Titans series for a new generation -- with pretty fun results".[6]

Writing for Slant Magazine, Lee Wang gave the show 2 stars out of 4, criticizing the lack of emotional depth compared to its predecessor, the Flash-based animation style commonly found on the network, and generic humor: "If not for the actors, whose talents can't save this lackluster material, Teen Titans Go would offer little to even the most ardent Titans nostalgists and completists."[7]

The pilot episode brought in 2 million viewers. On June 11, 2013, Cartoon Network renewed Teen Titans Go! for a second season, citing successful ratings.[8]

Broadcast[edit]

The series originally premiered on April 23, 2013 on Cartoon Network. It premiered on September 6, 2013 on Canada's Teletoon and on January 6, 2014 on Cartoon Network (Australia and New Zealand). Cartoon Network (UK & Ireland) began airing the show on April 5, 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cartoon Network Gets In Front of the Upfront" (Press release). Business Wire. January 28, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Goldman, Eric (June 8, 2012). "Teen Titans Returning With New Full Length Episodes". IGN. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Harvey, Jim (June 8, 2012). "Cartoon Network Reveals New "Teen Titans Go!" Animated Series Slated For 2013". World's Finest Online. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ "CCI: Producers Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic On Teen Titans Go!". Comicbookresources.com. 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Cartoon Network - Teen Titans Go!". commonsensemedia.org. 4-23-13. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  6. ^ "Teen Titans Go series premiere review". IGN. 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  7. ^ Wang, Lee (April 23, 2013). "Teen Titans Go!: Season One". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Teen Titans Go! Renewed". Seat42f.com. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 

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