‘Teen Titans Go: Volume 2’ DVD Review
Teen Titans Go is a controversial show in the nerd world right now. You love the comics, and the original juvenile DC Characters? Well too bad for you! Teen Titans Go is probably not your favorite animated series to fictionalize fictitious fictionites: Cyborg, Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Raven. There! Glad we got that out of the way. If you can’t get over the fact that these very fictional characters are significantly different (with a clear intent to make a comedy version of the kids), the simplest solution is to not watch it.
If, on the other hand, you are open to some changes, or maybe like me, are not that attached to the original characters, Teen Titans Go is a hilarious show completely suitable for most all ages. Teen Titans Go: House Pests is the newest release from Warner Brothers on DVD which features 26 episodes totaling over 4 hours of content. As part of the second season release, it’s a really great buy to get some of these spectacular episodes featuring a couple of my absolute favorites like “Cool School” and “H.I.V.E. Five.”
The stories which make up Teen Titans Go are very brief, to the point, and often times ironic. And, the characters are still true to their origin stories in many ways, particularly when it comes to their abilities. But what I think is the coolest part about the show is how the characters have amplified traits they already have. Basically, they are exploited for any weakness they could have, and those traits turn each Teen Titan into a caricature-like version of themselves.
Combine that with some stupid-funny script writing, and what you have is entertainment for the whole family—well, unless you have someone who flat out hates it because it “bastardizes” the characters. Even then, there will still be those in the minority who truly despise this show. Completely fine obviously, but for others who really do jive with the off-putting, silly, often times juvenile humor, it never gets old, with a high re-watchability rate. There’s even a pretty solid amount of adult pop culture references, and sometimes excellent thought-provoking themes.
In the end, the show is not for purists of the original characters from what this reviewer has gathered. Yet kids of all ages definitely find it entertaining, and it has an adult appeal with witty irony and cleverly written plots which are simply funny. On top of all that, the animation is very good from the action to the perfectly drawn and colored finished look. Each one of the characters comes to life through fabulous voice acting—from some of the top-billed voice actors around might I add—and clearly some wonderful direction to boot. Honestly, I love this show so much (certainly to my own surprise) that I can’t see why everyone doesn’t enjoy it.