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Teen Titans Go!: Appetite For Disruption - Season 2, Part 1
Teen Titans Go! is one of Cartoon Network's recent successes. The animated program is another fun entry in the DC Animated Universe (DCAU) and expands on the network's love of DC lore. Its glorious animated charm comes from having a comedy sketch-sitcom style series featuring the same characters of the Teen Titans comic-book universe. Each episode is a comedy short with the characters Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire, and Beast Boy.
The series follows the characters after they have defeated the bad-guys and are trying to just hang out and call it a day. The story essentially just focuses on them hanging out, goofing off, and having fun. Occasionally, the characters still go on missions and have to save the world on the show but for the most part the concept is to focus on them in the Teen Titans Tower with a bunch of goofy antics happening between the characters. The comedy comes from that aspect within the series.
Teen Titans Go! simply has different plans. It just wants for the audience to laugh and be entertained. That isn't such a bad thing. Fans of the original Teen Titans series should be glad to know that the original voice-cast for the series is entirely back for this one. Every main character in the Teen Titans is represented with the same voice-actor who did the great dubbing for the first series. Even the theme remains: a remixed version of the original Puffy AmiYumi theme is the theme for this series incarnation. Teen Titans Go! also acts as a giant spoof of-sorts for these characters and other characters that inhabit the DCAU. One of the best episodes as far as spoofing goes is undoubtedly the brilliant "The Best Robin" which showcases four different incarnations of the Robin character from the history of the comics. This was stellar and they really did a great job spoofing the wardrobes, attitudes, and differences that exist in these different incarnations.
The types of stories on the show can be quite goofy. In Mr. Butt, the focus is mainly on Starfire and her troubled friendship with her sister but the comedy is handled in a really over-the-top way. Starfire becomes reallybuff in the course of the one episode. Within the episode, Starfire's sister refers to Robin's butt, and so everyone starts to call Robin "Mr. Butt" (hence the title of the episode). In Man Person, Beast Boy gets a scar after a battle with a villain. To cheer him up, Cyborg talks to him about how cool it makes him to have a scar. So Beast Boy decides to disassemble his body and take on the form of a giant robot so he has even more "cool cred". In Pirates, Cyborg becomes convinced that one of their closest superhero friends is a pirate as he lives out in the ocean. And in Sandwich Thief Robin becomes obsessed with trying to figure out what happened to his perfect sandwich which he spent years perfecting before eating, as it has disappeared (without being eaten), only to find out that the sandwich transformed into a "superior" alien-sandwich with plans to destroy the entire universe.
For fans of DC animated universe programs, this is one of the best comedy series incarnations I have seen to date. It manages to work exceptionally well within the comics framework. Teen Titans Go! delivers a winning formula for great comedy in this superhero universe and is an excellent series for fans of these characters. It's a blast of entertainment the whole family can enjoy.
Teen Titans Go! Appetite For Disruption Season 2, Part 1 contains the following short episodes:
Mr. Butt, Man Person, Pirates, Money Grandma, I See You, Brian, Nature, Salty Codgers, Knowledge, Slumber Party, Love Monsters, Baby Hands, Carmel Apples, Sandwich Thief, Friendship, Vegetables, The Mask, Serious Business, Halloween, Boys vs. Girls, Body Adventure, Road Trip, Thanksgiving, The Best Robin, Mouth Hole, and Hot Garbage.
Teen Titans Go! Season 2, Part 1arrives on DVD from Warner Bros. with an impressive 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation (enhanced for HDTV's) which showcases the series nice colors, contrast, and animation style. The image quality is very nice for a standard-definition release. The animation stands out effectively and tends to be clean and crisp for the most part. There doesn't appear to be an issue with compression artifacts of any kind and the image looks pleasing.
The 2.0 Dolby Digital audio is pretty basic. There isn't as much going on with it because of the stereo limitation but for a stereo audio mix the design is quite enjoyable and still manages to be effective at presenting the various sound effects during action sequences and the quality dialogue reproduction keeps the vocals easy to understand and distinguish.
Optional English SDH subtitles (for the deaf and hard of hearing) are provided. In addition to the English language dub, a Spanish language dub option is provided.
No supplemental features are included on this release at all.
Teen Titans Go! might be one of the silliest animated programs to ever air on Cartoon Network. The series is a goofy comedy-fest of animated hijinks in every episode. There's no real plot to this series at all. It's all about the series of jokes and the characters. That is exactly where the charm of the program is though. This is one of the most enjoyable animated comedies to be released in the past several years. For DCAU buffs it's a must-see.
Fans hoping to own the series will be pleased with the DVD PQ/AQ but might be disappointed by the lack of supplements. It's also worth noting that Season 1 has finally received a Blu-ray edition released in April 2015. Here's hoping that a Season 2 Blu-ray release won't be too far behind for high-def enthusiasts.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.