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Review: Teen Titans: The Complete Fourth Season (2005) My Reviews 22 OCT 2012

The loveable, accessible to all ages but aimed at the younger viewer, Teen Titans animated television series is certainly is a lot darker than normal with the show’s 13 episode long fourth season outing, this time focusing on a far more evil and powerful entity that is tied to Raven’s destiny, and who is for all intent and purposes, completely unstoppable and most likely the bringer of the end of the world as we know it!

Despite this rather dark premise for the season, the writers go out of their way to balance the run with a run of much lighter, more comedic episodes in the middle, resulting in a series that once again manages to cater to a much wider audience than just its core target demographic (i.e. young kids) and in the process manage to be a completely fun and action-packed outing that everyone ought to be able to enjoy and probably pull a good number of laughs in the process as well.

All the same goofy looking characters are brought back into the mix once again (i.e. Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven and Starfire), and the wonderfully fun, loose and often super-deformed, cutesy anime-inspired, animation style is retained, making for a visually light show, that funnily enough works across the rather wide spectrum of both serious and silly episodes that the season throws at us.

Great voice acting mixed up with a good sound track and the same energetic plus insanely cute theme song as always, adds the final bits to what is yet again a totally worthwhile and fun animated series to pick up and watch with the kids.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Titans_%28TV_series%29

Review: Teen Titans – The Complete Third Season (2004) My Reviews 13 AUG 2012

There is virtually nothing that you can dislike about the insanely fun, targeted at young kids, Teen Titans, who return for their third 13 part season, this time ditching the manipulative Slade as lead bad guy and instead replacing him with the hypnotic, cult leader Brother Blood instead!

Terra who was introduced in the last season is dropped and the team is returned to the core of level-headed leader Robin, the adorable and likeable Starfire, the cool techno wizard Cyborg, the enigmatic and grouchy Raven, and of course the over the top, ball of silliness that is Beast Boy.

Stories are again an equal mix of all out action and over the top silliness, where pretty much anything goes, as seen in particular by the groovy Mad Mod and out of the hat Amazing Mumbo episodes. In-addition to the variety of villains, both old and new, that get tossed at us during the run, we also get treated in the latter part of the series with the introduction of the new Titans East franchise, consisting of Bumblebee, Speedy, Aqualad, and the super fast Guatemalan twins Más y Menos.

With just the right mix of action and slapstick comedy, combined with a great voice cast, fun music, and the loose but fun animation style that often dips into the super deformed sort of stuff one usually only encounters on Japanese anime shows, Teen Titans is an absolute delight that is sure to be loved by your kids, and if you are a comic book fan, will probably entertain you in the process of watching it with them as well!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Titans_%28TV_series%29

Review: Teen Titans – The Complete Second Season (2004) My Reviews 12 JUL 2012

The insanely catchy and fun opening theme by Puffy AmiYumi is back, heralding of course the return of the awesomely fun superheroes for kids television series, Teen Titans!

The second season of Warner Bros. Animation’s Teen Titans consists of 13 episodes (just like the first season), and was aired back in 2004, making it pretty old already.

Following on from the first season, this new outing kicks off with the introduction of the new and sixth Teen Titan, Terra, who has the ability to manipulate rock (although she only hangs around for the first episode or two, then disappearing for most of the remainder of season, before returning right before the end to kick off the big finale arc).

As you might imagine, everyone that made up the team in the first season is back for this second run, giving us the adorable and likeable Starfire, the level-headed but headstrong Robin, the cool techno wizard Cyborg, the enigmatic and grouchy Raven, and of course the over the top, ball of silliness that is Beast Boy.

The series also brings back Slade (Deathstroke) as the principle manipulator behind the scenes, and after an enjoyable and action-packed two thirds of the episodes are done, the show really kicks into high gear, shifting to an even heavier amount of action and drama as Slade shows his hand and things get pretty serious!

With just the right mix of action and slapstick comedy, combined with the loose but fun animation style that often dips into the super deformed sort of stuff one usually only encounters on Japanese anime shows, Teen Titans is an absolute delight that is sure to be loved by your kids, and if you are a comic book fan, will probably entertain you in the process of watching it with them as well.

Light hearted (but with plenty of butt kicking superhero action), and with a great voice cast, fun music and silly but enjoyable animation, Teen Titans shouldn’t disappoint anyone in their target market – i.e. your youngsters! :)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Titans_%28TV_series%29

Review: Teen Titans – The Complete First Season (2003) My Reviews 07 JUN 2012

Pint-sized teenage heroes doing good, saving lives, being silly, and having fun, pretty much sums up what truly is an awesome super hero animated show for the younger comic book fans (and their easy-going parents) out there.

Teen Titans chronicles the adventures of Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire and Raven, who for the super-powered team Teen Titans, based in their fantastical Titan Tower headquarters – shaped as a giant T.

This pretty much sets the tone for this surprisingly action-packed, but very humorous and fun take on the classic Teen Titans comic book franchise. Whilst there exists an overarching plot involving a rather sinister Deathstroke (referred to only as Slade for the most part), each episode sees the team up against some or other super-powered villain, but with the focus firmly on their youthful shenanigans and relationships with one another – made particularly interesting thanks to the wide array of personalities that makes up the group.

Physical humor and jokes abound, and the heavy use of super deformed character reactions borrowed straight from Japanese anime makes for a very fun and light-hearted show that carries enough meat to keep it interesting for the slightly older children (and parents too), but is guaranteed to entertain quite a wide spectrum of younger viewers.

The animation is as light-hearted as the tone of the show itself, and its bright and colorful, stylized images that borrow heavily from Japanese anime aesthetics is actually quite pleasing on the eye. In addition to the fun visuals, the actual quality of the animation and fight choreography is surprisingly good and as a whole, the Teen Titans is actually a pretty well animated show.

Aurally, in addition to the fun theme songs from the whimsical Japanese J-Pop duo of Puffy AmiYumi, and a great selection of background music, the voice actors tasked with bringing to life these young characters have been well chosen and suit the style and tone of the stories perfectly.

In summary, Teen Titans does very little, if anything, wrong. It is visually fun, kids can easily identify with the characters, the humor is there, and most important of all, there is more than enough action to satisfy pretty much all the comic book fans out there.

If you have a kid, then you’ll kick yourself if you don’t grab this show to sit down and watch with them. Definitely loads of fun! :)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Titans_%28TV_series%29

Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo My Reviews 29 AUG 2008

Teen TitansAmerica and the Teen Titan’s headquarters, Titan Tower, is under direct attack by a strange, multi-coloured and seeming invulnerable foe that the heroes have dubbed Saico-Tek. A gargantuan effort is needed to stop the bomb-wielding Saico-Tek for good, but as he escapes their capture, he leaves a mysterious name for Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire and Raven to follow up on: Brushogan.

Everything points to Tokyo, Japan, and despite Beast Boy’s pleas for a holiday trip instead, Robin leads the gang on this important mission to the heart of this Asian mecca where the Teen Titan will have to resign themselves to acting like normal civilians and leave the heroics to the Tokyo Troopers under guidance of the highly decorated Uehara Daizo.

However, after countless attacks on the team and as individuals, enough is enough and the Teen Titans are forced into action – they need to find and discover this mythical Brushogun before he manages to destroy the team for good – the only problem is… how do you find a Japanese myth when you can’t even speak Japanese?

(Oh, and while you are at it, just what happens to love if you happen to be a full time superhero – even if you are just a teen?)

Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo is a 2006, direct to DVD/TV animated movie based on DC Comics’ Teen Titans franchise and is set in the milieu of the DC Comics/Warner Bros. animated TV series Teen Titans that ran from 2003 to 2006. The movie’s script is written by David Slack, head writer for the Teen Titans TV series and directed by Michael Chang, Ben Jones and Matt Youngberg.

Story element-wise, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo is much like its TV series counterpart as there is equal focus on the teen hero action and adventure as on the character development and inter-character relationships. Because the movie is aimed at fairly young viewers, the plot and storyline are not overly complex and as such the movie doesn’t really hold all that much gripping viewing for older viewers. Still, the movie covers a couple of deeper themes and does make one or two points which all viewers should be able to pick up on, despite their age.

There is a lot of silliness in this movie and you either enjoy it or you don’t – no matter how deep or dark the story tries to get, it never loses sight of the fact that this is a children’s/young teen movie and as such adjusts the tone and humour accordingly. Still, despite the glaring age demography at which this animated feature is aimed at, the story still manages to provide a decent amount of entertainment, being action-packed, comedic, dramatic and even romantic all at once.

And just as a side note: With the movie being ‘based’ in Japan, the writers get to throw in tons of popular culture Japanese references that, while going over the heads of most younger viewers, does serve to entertain any of us older folk who may have picked up on the movie and that at least makes it a little more fun than what it might have otherwise been for us.

Visually, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo goes for that simple, pseudo-anime style that Korean studios are churning out for American animated shows on a daily basis and the simple, exaggerated and very clean lines makes for a nice viewing pleasure that is easy to follow and can carry the various emotional and comedic moments through with great effect.

The actual animation is quite smooth for most of the ride and the choreography isn’t half bad either, meaning that the animators certainly didn’t skimp on the bits that they did decide to concentrate on. However, a couple of shortcuts are taken here and there, but it always done tongue in cheek anyway, suiting the film’s tone to a T.

One thing that I can however commend the artists on is most certainly the various backdrops employed throughout the movie, because quite frankly put there is some of the most beautiful digital ‘painting’ on display that you’ll ever find elsewhere. Look closely and you’ll see the marvelous textures and colours employed, particularly on the Japanese location scene changes, and its these little touches that elevates the status of Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo to that of a movie instead of just an extended television episode.

In keeping the link with the series on which it is based, the movie casts all the series’ voice actors in their original roles, with Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Hynden Walch as Starfire, and Tara Strong as Raven. They all do a great job, but the show’s emphasis on the fact that the Teen Titans are all either children or very young teenagers means we get some really irritating and childish voices to endure for the films whole duration. But then, going with the film’s whole cheesy brand of humour in the first place, I guess this is exactly spot on.

The musical score for the movie is composed by Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion, and Lolita Ritmanis and while they really do come up with some great musical arrangements, I have to mention that there are certain parts in the movie where the music simply doesn’t seem to blend with the visuals at all. Still, overall the soundtrack is pretty solid and enjoyable, adding to the experience as a whole.

Honestly, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo is certainly not the greatest of direct to DVD movies to ever leave the DC Comics/Warner Bros. Animated doors and certainly falls light years behind their other more established work like the Batman and Superman universe animated movies. It should however be found to be entertaining by the younger six to eight year old demographic (at which it is aimed at in the first place) as well as by those who enjoyed the animated series on which it follows.

It will pull a few chuckles and might entertain to a slight degree but it really does feel more like a longer than usual episode (and unfortunately not one of the better episodes at that) than a movie, and it is perhaps therefore a better idea to catch this one on television than actually going out to pay real money for it.

Unless of course your kid is actually standing in the store and begging you to buy it.

 

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Ooh, Nice Haul General Nonsense 09 AUG 2008

Ooh, the order I placed while trying to cheer myself up after the whole ‘shit with my work situation hit the fan’ finally arrived this week and boy am I happy – what a nice haul if I say so myself :)

Included in my parcel is: Jackie Chan’s Shanghai Knights, the animated Batman: Mystery Of Batwoman and Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Gureko Nankin’s Imperfect Hero volume 1 manga and the Hulk: The Movie graphic novel.

And to make things even more perfect, Chantelle is working this weekend, giving me plenty of time to watch animated movies and read black and white manga without interruption. (Sorry babes, but I know you don’t enjoy this stuff!)

Ah, and in case you know me and are thinking that that seems like quite a bit of shopping for me, never fear, I got all of it at basement bargain prices! :)

Thanks Kalahari for actually being cheaper than Take 2 for a change.

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