Oh man, this is difficult. I am at a loss for words, which is a rarity, so I'm just going to be as blunt as I can. This show is bad. Not like Michael Jackson's BAD, which at the time actually meant good, or cool. This show is terrible. Not only is it painful to watch because my favorite cartoon of all time (Young Justice) was taken off the air and replaced by this show, but even that aside, it's a downgrade from its predecessor from several years back, Teen Titans.
The original Teen Titans animated series packed with adventure and emotion and occasionally, cutesy anime-inspired randomness, where the characters would all of a sudden become "super-deformed" and engage in tantrums or get super-excited about something.
Wikipedia has this to say about the show:
"Teen Titans Go! focuses on the "funny business" that happens between the Teen Titans when not saving the
world and when living together as teenagers without adult supervision."
Take note that it happens when the Teen Titans are "NOT SAVING THE WORLD". Why the boogens would they make a show about that? There are times when I question just what goes on in the meetings that produce these shows in the first place.
Suit One: Alright! I got it! Remember that awesome show from 2003? Teen Titans?
Suit Two: Oh yuhh. The Supah-team. What about 'em?
Suit Three: Pass me a cookie. No, not that one, the bigger one…the oatmeal. What are we talking about?
Suit One: So I was thinking we'll go even BIGGER this ti -
Suite Three: (Chewing) Mmmphsrsly whutr we tarwkin abut?
Suit One: …..Teen Titans. Superhero sidekick team. They save the world.
Suite Two: I love it! But instead of dem doing pansy crap like savin' people. Maybe, I dunno…dey make a sammich or sometin. Yeah! I'm hungry! Get Maggie in here, I wanna sammich. You wanna sammich? I'm gonna have a sammich.
Suite One: Uh, no…I..think maybe the team wouldn't-
Suite One: Shaddawp and have sammich.
Suite Three: *farts*
End of Meeting.
It's just such a monumentally bad idea to delete all the things that people like about something and just make it about bad jokes.
And the animation is something akin to Flash Animation, the stuff that amateurs have been pumping into the internet for years. Inconsistent line weights, awkward movements, and no one actually exists in or on the backgrounds they are meant to interact with.
It's not all bad however. I had no idea who was behind the design of the show, but as soon as it started, all I could see was DAN HIPP. His style is all over the backgrounds, the storybook close-ups, the freeze frames, almost everywhere but the main characters and the way they are drawn. I love his work, and seeing his influence here was one of the only positive experiences I had watching this show. Which also made even sadder! "I love Dan Hipp's style….but…why is it in this show about dumb stuff?" My only hope is that he's going to be able to use his experience here as a stepping stone to something truly worth his talents.
Another positive is that they original cast members actually came back! And what a cast they are, everyone involved in the acting of this show are extremely talented and give it their all. They do the best they can to sell the silliness on screen.
Now keep in mind, this is a 35 year old writing a review of a show clearly aimed at my 6 and 9 year old nephews, or younger. I'm not entirely positive, but I think if I showed them this episode, they might love it, and if that's the case, I suppose the show is a success? But if there's one thing Stan Lee taught us all, it's that engaging kids isn't about writing down to kids. It's about writing up and giving them the benefit of the doubt that they will rise to the level you set.
Sadly, this show set the bar pretty low.
Original cast is back. I too, like pie. Dan Hipp is awesome.
The final say: