‘Teen Titans’ hit the big screen after television series

For the first time in the studio’s history, Warner Bros. has teamed up with DC Entertainment to release the movie “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.” It’s based on a reboot of the animated series on the Cartoon Network. This superhero feature film draws praise for the sweeping landscapes used in an action-movie genre.

Animation is not just for kids. It’s also for teenagers and parents. “Teen Titans Go!” features many members of the cast from the television series including Will Arnett, who voices the character Slade, Nicolas Cage as Superman and Kristen Bell as Jade Wilson.

The voices of the Teen Titans include Scott Menville as Robin, Tara Strong as Raven, Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Khary Payton as Cyborg and Hynden Walch as Starfire. Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail who called the shots on the TV series, share directing duties.

The plot of this film is somewhat rough and sometimes feels like several episodes from the television series linked together. The scriptwriting is catchy and reminds me of “The Lego Batman Movie” (2017). The five vocal main actors do an outstanding job, however.

My favorite part of the film are the jokes about other superhero films and the way they break the fourth wall. For example, there are references to the “Green Lantern” being a flop, Slade being mistaken for Deadpool and the Warner Bros. water tower being the home of the “Animaniacs.” The theme song from “Back to the Future” is featured and Marvel comic-book titan Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance (although this is a DC film).

Overall, “Teen Titans Go!” is an amazing film for kids and parents. While people can come to enjoy the action and the sharp jokes, there are some scenes that may be disturbing for young viewers. “Teen Titans Go!” may not be the best of the superhero movies or the biggest animated movie of the year, but it’s great for children and DC fans, regardless. Get there early so you won’t miss the “DC Super Hero Girls” short film about a Batgirl who joins other DC superhero girls to fight against their enemy.

GRADE: B+