"Friendship Beats Fame and Villainy"
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TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES won’t set the animated world on fire, but it’s pretty funny and contains some catchy songs and playful action scenes. The movie’s dominant theme is the idea that friendship is better than the fame Robin seeks. Friendship is also what actually saves them in the end. TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES is fairly family-friendly. Some scenes, however, have some light toilet humor. Also, the movie contains some cartoon violence that warrants caution for younger children.
TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES is a feature-length movie of the animated TV series. Batman’s sidekick, Robin, dreams of Hollywood stardom when he realizes every superhero is getting his own movie except for him. TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES is a funny animated movie, which shows that friendship is better than fame, but there’s some cartoon violence and a few scenes featuring toilet humor.
As the movie opens, the Teen Titans, composed of Batman’s teenage sidekick, Robin, a pre-Justice League teenage Cyborg, and their teenage friends Raven, Beast Boy, and Starfire, are trying to stop a giant balloon creature from robbing banks and armored trucks. They fail and have to be rescued by Superman and his Justice League companions.
Robin is upset that none of the other superheroes respect the Teen Titans. They think the Titans are just a bunch of goof-offs. In fact, when Cyborg mentions a “sweet” diner they discovered, Superman says, “That wasn’t a crime, and you didn’t save anything.” Cyborg joyfully replies, “We saved room for dessert!” Making matters worse, Robin discovers that all the superheroes are getting their own movies except for him. Even Alfred, Batman’s butler, is getting his own superhero movie!
The other Teen Titans want to help Robin realize his dream, because Robin has been so kind and helpful to them. They realize that what Robin needs is an arch-nemesis. Robin’s friends think they’ve found one in Slade, a one-eyed villain who’s an expert in Mind Manipulation. Slade bears an uncanny resemblance to the Marvel supervillain turned superhero, Deadpool. “I came out way before he did,” Slade assures the Titans when they question his identity. (This is an inside joke, because Marvel created the look-alike Deadpool 11 years after Slade made his first appearance in THE NEW TEEN TITANS comic books in 1980.)
The Teen Titans successfully foil Slade’s latest evil plan to take over the world. So, the director of the superhero movies, Jade Wilson, agrees to make a Robin movie, but without the other Teen Titans. Sadly, Robin abandons his friends, but he will soon discover there’s more to Jade Wilson than meets the eye.
Will Robin’s friends forgive him and come to the rescue when he gets into big trouble?
TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES won’t set the animated world on fire, but it’s pretty funny and contains some catchy songs and playful action scenes. Also, the movie’s dominant theme is the idea that friendship is better than the fame Robin seeks. Not only that, but the friendship that the Teen Titans share is what actually saves them all in the end. Finally, like Steve Rogers in the first CAPTAIN AMERICA movie, Robin doesn’t have any inherent superpowers. Robin’s superpower is his inner human decency, which made him become friends with the other Teen Titans in the first place.
Thus, TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES is a fairly family-friendly animated movie. A couple scenes, however, do include some light toilet humor. Also, the movie contains some cartoon violence that warrants caution for younger children.