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Teen Titans Go! is an American animated series based on the DC Comics fictional superhero team, the Teen Titans. The series was announced following the popularity of the DC Nation Shorts, New Teen Titans, both of which are derived from the 2003 Teen Titans TV series. Teen Titans Go! is a more comedic take on the DC franchise, dealing with situations outside of saving the world. The series is developed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, while Sam Register serves as executive producer.
The series follows the lives of the Teen Titans - which consists of Boy Wonder Robin, Tamaranian princess Starfire, green shape-shifter Beast Boy, half-demon Raven and half-robot Cyborg - when they're not fighting crime and explores the dynamics of their differing personalities and unique powers and abilities which often leads to humorous misadventures. The show first aired on Cartoon Network on 23 April 2013 and is currently airing its fourth season. Season one has been released on both DVD and Blu-Ray and, on 1 December 2014, the series began broadcasting on Boomerang. All episodes are available on the iTunes Store, Google Play Store, Amazon, and Cartoon Network's YouTube account.
Teen Titans Go! received a mixed reception from both fans and critics due to the different humorous direction it is taking as opposed to its mature predecessor, Teen Titans yet the cast's voice acting and overall humor is praised. The show was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children's Audiences and for a 2015 Kid's Choice Award for Favorite Cartoon.
Following the cancellation of the 2003 Teen Titans TV series, the show was revived as DC Nation Shorts, New Teen Titans. Due to the immense popularity of the shorts, Cartoon Network ordered a revival of the popular show shortly after. Teen Titans Go! was originally supposed to be a premise-driven show, but due to the crew's schedule and scheduled pipeline, the show became character-driven instead which allows for the developers to take advantage of the situations and personalities and fine tune the jokes. Its comedic elements draws similarities to that of Adventure Time and Regular Show. The Flash-animation (with fast turn-around) was chosen due to the success of MAD's diversity.
Around lunchtime, the crew get together and pitch different ideas for episodes, however, this also causes food-centered plots because Horvath gets hungry. On Friday morning, the voice cast is brought in together to record their dialogue from nine to twelve.
In its earlier days, Teen Titans Go! was originally plotted to be outrageous yet realistic while also retaining humorous scenes and actions. However, the developers soon found themselves out of ideas, completing only about half of the first season. Since the show's greenlight, Horvath began joking about creating an episode centered around a meatball party, an idea rejected by himself and his partner. Deadlines soon reached the corner and the developers mentioned their problem to Register with Horvath commenting on his meatball party idea, dumbfounding Register who had never heard of such a thing. As such, the script for the meatball party idea was commenced and completed in a day and a half. Due to the outrageous yet hilarious outcome, the writers began commissioning outlandish works in order to add more humor, weirdness, and uniqueness to the show.
One of Horvath's rules for each script is "to keep it weird" and to have the jokes "feel fresh and unique and funny". To follow this and retain the new nature of the show, episodes are written to create a realistic feel throughout the majority of the episode until introducing a surprise or zany twist in the last few minutes. Another one of Horvath's points is the absence of continuity in the show. Jelenic has noted that the goal for the series is simply "to make the audience laugh" as opposed to "map[ping] out everything" like Young Justice creator Greg Weisman does.
- DC Entertainment Easter Eggs: Due to being based off DC Comics, there are many cameos from other DC Comic characters, most notably Batman. Mainly of these cameos are through stuffed animals or stickers found throughout Titans Tower and occasionally appear on posters and buildings around Jump City. Art Director Dan Hipp is attributed to adding background portraits around Titans Tower and filling bizarre pieces of the DC Universe around the show.
- Deaths: In some episodes, some or all members of the Teen Titans are killed as a result of their incompetence. They are commonly seen alive and well later in the episode or the following one.
- Food Content: Food and eating is seen in almost every episode with the Titans discussing or lounging in restaurants or while snacking. In some cases, episode plots throughout the show revolve around a certain food such as sandwiches, pies, and meatballs. Aaron Horvath has stated the reason for this is due to the crew meeting around lunchtime to discuss ideas when he is usually very hungry, and thus includes these jokes.
- Beast Boy (Greg Cipes) is a bright green-skinned animal shape-shifter who usually enjoys spending time with his best friend, Cyborg. He is an unintelligent yet lovable loafer and vegetarian who frequently engages in pranks or playing video games rather than fighting. Other activities he is commonly seen doing is eating pickles, watching TV, and participating in lazy Sundays. While initially attracted to villainess Terra, Beast Boy also harbors feelings toward Raven.
- Robin (Scott Menville) is the eccentric leader of the Teen Titans, a role he relishes and feels makes him superior to the others. Because of his lack of powers, he uses various gadgets and martial arts training from Batman to aid him in battle. However, this also caused him to develop an inferiority complex within him, making him to feel the need to consistently prove himself by being the best or targeting grand tasks both in battle and his daily life. He is head-over-heels in love with Starfire, but is too nervous to admit his crush, instead acting on stalker-like tendencies to show his affections.
- Cyborg (Khary Payton) is the half-robot half-human and best friend of Beast Boy. Loud and somewhat obnoxious, Cyborg prefers to lay back and would rather eat pizza and hang with his best pal than indulge in crime-fighting. He considers himself superior due to his robotic advancements which were necessary for him to survive after a freak accident left his body dismembered. He has an interest in inventing and some episodes center around his inventions. He harbors an attraction to supervillain Jinx and the two entered a romantic relationship.
- Raven (Tara Strong) is a dark, stoic half-demonic girl who'd rather be left alone than suffer through the antics of her teammates. She is the daughter of interdimensional demonic conqueror, Trigon and the niece of Death, but has strained relations with both. Cynical and usually meditating, Raven is the most mature and level-headed of the Titans yet she enjoys the popular TV show, Pretty Pretty Pegasus as a sort of guilty pleasure in contrast to her brooding personality. When enraged, she manifests four red eyes, sharp teeth and a demonic voice. She harbors romantic feelings for Beast Boy.
- Starfire (Hynden Walch) is an extraterrestrial princess from the planet, Tamaran and the younger sister of Blackfire. Naive of Earth and its culture, Starfire struggles to fit in and learn the ways of Earth as noted by the posters in her room. Her physical appearance is something of importance to her and she is commonly seen with beauty masks, and is infuriated whenever something happens to her hair. Usually overbearingly caring, Starfire also easily becomes enraged, causing her eyes to glow green and summon a barrage of star-bolts. She is unaware of Robin's attraction and is usually disturbed by his attempts to woo her.
Teen Titans Go! follows the daily lives of Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, and Cyborg when they're not busy fighting crime. Their superpowers (or lack of) and relationships along with their distinct personalities send the Teen Titans on hilarious misadventures which include a meatball party that unleashes a terrible demon, a quest for a mystical sandwich that grants immortality, or taking Driver's Ed after wrecking the Batmobile! The Teen Titans will also save the world ... some other time.
The show has had a mixed critical and fan response. The voice portrayal of the cast is praised, but the criticism is aimed toward the new direction of the show. While others laugh along with the Teen Titans, happy that they are back after a hiatus, others are mad that the show is not a direct continuation of the original.
The series premiere reached 2.00 million viewers. For the first two months of the series' run, Teen Titans Go! achieved an average of 1.7 million total viewers per telecast. It was also the #1 program (excluding movies) on Tuesday nights among kids 2-11, 6-11, and 9-14 and boys 2-11, 6-11, and 9-14. Due to its high ratings, Cartoon Network renewed the series for a second season.
|2014||Annie Award||Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience||Teen Titans Go!||Nominated|
|2015||Kid's Choice Award||Favorite Cartoon||Teen Titans Go!||Nominated|
Connection to Teen Titans and Young Justice
As two separate shows with the same characters and voice actors, the two are often intertwined with one another with some criticizing the spin-off into not following the nature of the 2003 Teen Titans TV series. However, Teen Titans Go! serves as a separate continuity apart from Teen Titans, only retaining certain elements. The series is a separate entirety with elements borrowed from Teen Titans in order to capitalize from the series' high toy sales during its run.
A common fan misconception indicates that Teen Titans Go! was created to replace the popular Young Justice. However, as Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series were canceled before production began on Teen Titans Go! and Beware the Batman, this claim is highly unlikely. In fact, the show was created to "play well with Cartoon Network's other humor-driven toons" such as Adventure Time and Regular Show.
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- The main voice cast first began recording lines for the show on June 8th, 2012.