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  • Episode: LEGENDARY SANDWICH/PIE BROS (Season 1, Episode 1)
  • Starring (Voice Talents): Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong, Hynden Walch
  • Written By: Aaron Horvath
  • Directed By: Luke Cormican
  • Network: Cartoon Network
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
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Can you catch somebody's crazy?

By Johnny Destructo     May 01, 2013
Source: Mania.com

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.

The cool:

Original cast is back. I too, like pie. Dan Hipp is awesome.

The not-so-cool:

The show.

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Redshirt1 5/1/2013 6:42:55 AM

Man to go from a great show like Young Justice to this crap.  I just don't know what gets into the minds of the people behind this.  Seriously TV programing is not hard to figure out.  If you have a good show that is well written, appeals to a wide spread audience, and is entertaining to watch, then you leave it the hell alone and run the damn thing for as long as people will watch it.  If you want to establish a good show then actually do the research to find out what people like to see.  In the case of superheroes it is not having the heroes that we love sitting around their secret base talking about what colour lip gloss looks best with their costume.  It is about complex characters and their team dynamics both on and off the battlefield.  It is about thought provoking, overarching and overlapping stories. it is also about massive battles against challenging and complex enemies.  Young Justice had all of this in spades, Batman the Animated Series... Ditto! Give us more of this level of programing and we will be glued to our TV's and computers.  This Teen Titans Go style of underwhelming garbage is just going to make us want to throw up a little and go find a good book or throw in the DVD of a series that actually got it right.  Bring back Young Justice I miss feeling whelmed! 

Wyldstaar 5/1/2013 8:22:02 AM

I loved Young Justice.  It started out strong with the pilot movie and just got better from there.

My ten year-old nephew HATED Young Justice.  He felt it was too "boring."  I tried to get him to explain, but he's ten and forming an articulated position isn't really his thing.  He liked the original Teen Titans cartoon, and his current favorite is Ultimate Spider-Man.  I dunno if he'll like the new "makin' sammiches" version of Teen Titans, but I've no doubt that he will give it a fair chance.  He was very excited when I told him that Teen Titans Go! would be a sequel to the original cartoon.

millean 5/1/2013 3:07:31 PM

JD, I feel for you, man.

I'm so sorry you have to review this.  All I've seen are the commecials, and I couldn't imagine ever wanting to actually what this show.  I suppose at some point I'll actually see this on air, and I'll give it 5 minutes or so just to confirm my suspicions.  There is so much I could say, but it's not worth it.

Why is anime so popular?  It is either too immature, or too WEIRD.

RaithManan 5/1/2013 7:31:36 PM

You could smell the stench 8 months ago during its development.  This show is insulting to kids when its totally mindless.  Pretty much like 75 percent of the cartoons that are on now.  I have a saying and it goes like this, "When you keep cranking out bullshit like this repeatedly, sooner or later people have no choice but to end up accepting it where more bullshit will come just like it."

We got too many retards in charge of networks that simply have no clue what entertainment is anymore.  And the suits wonder why Cartoon Network has been floundering the last 6 years.

blankczech 5/1/2013 10:33:49 PM

 Wyldstaar  My grandsons didn't like Young Justice either.  I figure that 90% of the programming on TV is for adults.  I have no problem with the Cartoon Network running kids shows on a Saturday morning.  

Do we know for a fact that Young justice will never be back.  I never expected the show to run year round...like all televisions series this season would eventually end.  Are we certain that someone isn't working on the next season?


therockdltj 5/2/2013 12:43:49 AM

 Yes Young Justice is cancelled blank. It wont be coming back! Also the green lantern show is dead. Just like when I was a kid these shows are made to sell toys.

Wyldstaar 5/2/2013 9:36:48 PM

 I know they made Young Justice toys, but did they used to make Teen Titans toys?  I don't remember seeing them.  

WhatBurnsMyBacon 5/3/2013 5:14:25 AM

 See my 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter (including myself) loved Young Justice and we're very disappointed that it was cancelled and replaced with this nonsense called Teen Titans Go. 

Flyincloud 5/4/2013 1:15:36 PM

 A steaming pile of %$#@!

dojen1 5/5/2013 6:32:55 AM

add me to the list who do NOT like anime or the anime-inspired crap that proliferates modern TV. I find it both too immature and too weird; often downright incomprehensible (especially the truly Japanese stuff. I mean WTH?) At 52, I recorded and watched every episode of Green Lantern and Young Justice. This new crapola won't get a second if my time. Yes, I know it's not FOR me....but you cannot elevate the intelligence of young people by dumbing down their TV programs. My 10-year-old nephew watched YJ with me often, and what he didn't immediately grasp, we would discuss during commercials.




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