Teen Titans Go! VS Teen Titans (2019)

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The comedic modern-day quintet takes on their 2003 counterparts when villains from each of their worlds join forces to pit the two Titan teams against each other. They’ll need to set aside their differences and work together to combat Trigon, Hexagon, Santa Claus and time itself in order to save the universe.

By now, you probably know that I’m a cartoon and comic book geek – when those two worlds combine, I’m in my element.  Marvel rules the comic book realm on the silver screen, while DC continually falters, it has to be said that DC does handle its animated properties extremely well, with one glaring exception in fans eyes…

Teen Titans was a huge animated series from 2003 to 2006.  An extremely well done show that was popular and well received, but ultimately cancelled before its time.

In 2013, a animated revival reared its head in the guise of Teen Titans Go! – a series that dropped the serious tones of its predecessor for something that was far more wacky, and in line with Warner Brothers cartoons like Bugs and Daffy.  Even the animation style was dumbed down – sparking backlash from fans.

Titans Go! is however, wildly entertaining, and has a huge appeal to younger children.  So far it has spawned the cinematic outing, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, and now this second feature length, Teen Titans Go! Vs Teen Titans.

An extremely fun, and well put together cross over event – uniting the two iterations of these characters, in a tongue in cheek bit of fourth wall breaking fan service.  The irreverent humour pokes fun at the fan backlash, while creating a pretty cool storyline reason to bring the two (and eventually many) different versions of Titans together.

The voice cast is great just as in the series, but a guest appearance from Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) makes for a great cameo – and his character is the catalyst for kicking off the events in the movie.  I still find it hard to believe that the very over the top voice acting for Cyborg is portrayed by Khary Payton (the mostly restrained Ezekiel from The Walking Dead), but getting over the top is likely part of the appeal to voice actors.

I watched this with my 11 year old nephew, who was thoroughly enthralled by the action and colours, plus it did a great job of introducing him to the original version of the characters.

Teen Titans Go! VS Tern Titans will appeal to fans of both series, and possibly find new fans for both along the way.

It’s funny, action packed, and good entertainment for young kids, and big kids like me, alike.

8/10

-Rick Trewin.

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