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Teen Titans was an American TV show based on the DC Comics characters of the same name, that premiered onCartoon Network and The WB in 2003. It is based primarily on the run of stories by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez in the early 1980s New Teen Titans comic book series. The show was created by Glen Murakami, developed by David Slack, and produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

The series premiered on Cartoon Network on July 19, 2003 with the episode "Divide and Conquer," and the final half-hour episode "Things Change" aired on January 16, 2006, with the film Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo serving as theseries finale. A comic book series, Teen Titans Go! (2003–2008), was based on the TV series.

On June 8, 2012, it was announced that the series would be revived as a comedy series entitled Teen Titans Go! , which later premiered on April 23, 2013. It had aired reruns on Cartoon Network's sister channel Boomerang, but as of June 2014, the show has not appeared on the channel.

Overview

Characters

Teen Titans centers around the five main members of the superhero team: Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire, Raven and their leader Robin. They are situated in Titans Tower, a large T-shaped structure featuring living quarters as well as a command centre and variety of training facilities, on an island just offshore from a fictional West Coast city (identified as "Jump City" in the Teen Titans Go! comic series and the movie, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo).

The team deals with all manner of criminal activity and threats to the city, while dealing with their own struggles withadolescence, their mutual friendships, and their limitations. Slade, their main enemy, is a newly designed version of the DC villain Deathstroke. The team encounters several allies throughout the series; including Aqualad in the first season; Terra in the second season (who is integral to that season's story arc), as well as Speedy, Hotspot and Wildebeest; Bumblebee and Más y Menos in the third season (who join Aqualad and Speedy to form 'Titans East') and numerous other heroes adapted from the DC universe in the fifth season to aid in the battle against the Brotherhood of Evil.

Members

  • Robin (Scott Menville): The leader of the Teen Titans. He has great leadership skills that makes him a natural leader and leads the team well. He is the only Titans member who doesn't have any powers, but instead has amazing fighting skills and many gadgets that help him in battle. Robin also has secret romantic feelings for Starfire (which are obvious to everyone, including the villains) since the day they met and finally after 5 long seasons they finally admit their true romantic feelings for each other at the end of the movie Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo and finally become an official couple.
  • Starfire (Hynden Walch): An alien princess from the planet Tamaran. She's bubbly, curious and a funny girl. She is often oblivious to the ways things are done on Earth. She also harbors romantic feelings for Robin which are kept secret (even though they are obvious to everyone) and at the end of the movie Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo they admit their true romantic feelings for each other and finally become a couple.
  • Cyborg (Khary Payton): A half human, half robot; also a mechanical and technological super-genius. His "system" (body) operates the security systems of the Titans' home, and he provides upkeep for their vehicles and appliances. He plays video games with Beast Boy and has an enormous appetite in spite of his intellect.
  • Raven (Tara Strong): A girl from the parallel world, Azarath, who holds immense dark energy and psionic abilities that is triggered and strengthened by her own feelings and emotions. This is why she is almost always stoic and monotone. Her father, Trigon, is a demon lord.
  • Beast Boy (Greg Cipes): He is the ditzy, good-natured prankster of the group. Originally a member of the superhero team the Doom Patrol. According to the DC comics, he was bitten by a green monkey as a child, which infected him with his color and the ability to shapeshift into all species of animals; including extraterrestrial ones. He eventually developed the uncontrollable ability to transform into a ferocious and violent werewolf-like form. He is also a vegetarian.

Style

Teen Titans frequently used self-referential humor and its animation style is heavily influenced by anime. Along with its heavy anime influence, the animation also has signs of past DC cartoon styles seen by Glen Murakami, and previouslyBruce Timm. While certain aspects of all characters are changed to accommodate a lighter hearted anime style, different aspects can be compared to earlier shows such as Batman Beyond or Justice League, and bear resemblance.

On different episodes, the series' theme song's lyrics alternate between English and Japanese, sung by the J-pop duo Puffy (called "Puffy AmiYumi" in the United States to distinguish it from Sean Combs). Voice director Andrea Romano revealed in an easter egg on the season 3 DVD that the Japanese theme song means it will be a silly episode, while the English theme song means it will be a serious episode (except "Nevermore" and "Every Dog Has His Day").

Cancellation

In mid-November 2005, TitansTower.com reported that prospects for a sixth season were looking extremely unlikely, and fans were urged to express their support for the show to Cartoon Network. Several days after this initial posting, word came that Cartoon Network had officially terminated the show. According to Wil Wheaton, the actor who provided the voice of Aqualad, the series was terminated by new Warner Bros. Feature Animation executives who made the decision not to renew the series based on its sixth season pitch. Wheaton's story was contradicted by series story editor Rob Hoegee, who stated that the decision came from Cartoon Network, not WB, and that there were never any plans for a sixth season.

After the series finale, Warner Bros. Animation announced a feature called Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. The film premiered at San Diego Comic-Con Internationaland was shown on Cartoon Network first on September 15, 2006, aired on The WB on September 16, 2006, and finally released on DVD on February 6, 2007.

Towards the end of 2011, Internet rumors speculated that a sixth season of the show was in the works. Such rumors were based on reports that Greg Cipes, the voice of Beast Boy on the show, had stated that work on a new season was underway and that a live action Teen Titans film was planned for release at the end of 2012. Around 2012, Derrick Wyatt (animation designer of the series) also stated the next arc would feature the Titans setting up International Towers, and battling the monster from the Season 5 Finale.On June 11, 2013; Derrick Wyatt said there will only be a Season 6 if the crew came back, but the crew have not decided to come back for another season yet unless fans can help and try to show support.

Reception

Some fans of the comics criticized the series for having a "childish nature". The Teen Titans were based on their DC Comic iterations. However, the TV series often showed the heroes in cartoon states.

Early into the series' run, Executive Producer and Cartoon Network V.P. Sam Register responded to criticism regarding the style of the show with a statement slightly contradicting Murakami's statement about wanting Robin to "be cool" with his metal-tipped boots:

However, while the series' creators initially stated that younger children were the intended audience for the series, Teen Titans Go! writer J. Torres notes that the progression and deeper themes of the show widened the appeal to a much broader audience:

Years after its finish, the show maintains a loyal fan base, and has recently experienced a resurgence of popularity thanks to its addition to the cartoon lineup onBoomerang. Teen Titans was named the 83rd best animated series by IGN.

In 2014, WatchMojo.com ranked Teen Titans as the sixth best cartoon to have gotten cancelled.

Awards

2005 Annie Awards
  • Outstanding Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production (Nominated)
2004 Annie Awards
  • Outstanding Music in an Animated Television Production (Nominated)
  • Outstanding Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production (Nominated)

Theme Song

When there's trouble, you know who to call
Teen Titans!
From their tower, they can see it all
Teen Titans!
When there's evil on the attack,
You can rest knowing they got your back 'cause  when the world needs heroes on patrol
Teen Titans GO!
With their superpowers they unite
Teen Titans!
Never met a villain that they liked
Teen Titans!
They've got the bad guys on the run
They never stop ‘till the job is done
'cause when the world is losin' all control
Teen Titans GO!
One, two, three, four, GO!
Teen Titans!

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