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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the animated movie, Teen Titans Go! vs Teen Titans, features the 2003 and 2013 children’s animated versions of the Teen Titan franchise. The humor is smart and quick-witted, and most of the edgier stuff will fly over the heads’ of young viewers. There’s some mild innuendo (references to being handsome, a slap of a statue's behind) and sometimes characters use terms like "butt head." The series also features a considerable amount of fantasy violence and some scary-looking characters, all of which may be too intense for young viewers.
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What's the story?
TEEN TITANS GO! VS TEEN TITANS is an animated crossover video event that features two generations of Titans saving the world. While trying to thwart Gentleman Ghost ('Weird Al' Yankovic) during a bank robbery, the Teen Titans Go! team is abducted by the untrustworthy Master of Games (Rhys Darby). They find themselves in a strange multiverse in which they must fight against their counterparts from another world, the 2003 Teen Titans. But when both Ravens (Tara Strong) are kidnapped, the remaining members of the two teams must figure out how to work together, despite their many differences. Together, they fight Trigon (Kevin Michael Richardson), Hexagon (also voiced by Richardson), and Santa Clause (Robert Morse) to rescue their friends and save the universe from impending doom.
Is it any good?
Teen Titan fans of all ages will enjoy this comical series, which combines the silly gags and irreverent banter of Teen Titans Go! with the more straight-laced heroics of the original team. Watching the characters learn more about their alternate selves is fun, as are the self-reflexive ways in which the franchise points to the range of fan reactions against the younger, but more contemporary, teen superheroes. Throughout it all, the sharp humor adds an edge that’s bound to elicit a few chuckles among older viewers.
It’s well-written and quick-witted, and even if you’re not a TT fan, it’s easy to follow the basic plot line. But if you enjoy Teen Titans or Teen Titans Go! (or *gasp* both) you will appreciate how smartly the two worlds are merged. You’ll also be able to pick up on some of the more nuanced moments, which will be easily missed by those less familiar with the franchise. If you’re looking for a fun animated story to enjoy, Teen Titans Go! vs Teen Titans is worth checking out.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the differences between the cast of Teen Titans Go! and that of Teen Titans. Why were so many fans frustrated with the 2013 reboot of the TV series? What are some of the ways Teen Titans Go! vs Teen Titans characterizes fan displeasure? Does this make the franchise any less popular?
What do you think were some of the challenges the writers and animators had to overcome to make the story work for broad audiences? Did they succeed? Is there any part of the plot that you would have handled differently?
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