By Chaz Lipp
Right from the opening, driven by Puffy AmiYumi’s techno-pop title song, Teen Titans Go! is definitely a ‘new school’ comic book animated series. Delivered in 11-minute blasts of anything-goes mania, the 26 season two episodes found on the two-disc Appetite in Disruption are great kid-pleasers. The humor is so wacked out, the show holds appeal for anyone with a taste for rapid-fire weirdness, regardless of age. The DVD set is currently available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Having not watched the series prior to this release, I can easily attest to the fact that you don’t need to be well-versed in Teen Titans lore (before this incarnation, for instance, there was a 2003-06 Teen Titans animated series) to get into it. The bite-sized adventures of DC Comics teen superheroes Robin (voiced by Scott Menville), Starfire (Hynden Walch), Cyborg (Khary Payton), Raven (Tara Strong), and Beast Boy (Greg Cipes) serve as little mini-standalone stories, ready to jump into at pretty much any point.
The mood is pure irreverence, not intended to be taken at all seriously. I mean, how can you with episode titles like “Mr. Butt” (in which Starfire’s sister Blackfire takes a liking to certain part of Robin’s anatomy) or “Mouth Hole” (Robin attempts to become a proficient whistler). It’s all as superficial as it gets, so if you’re after the substance found in more involving comic book adaptations – look elsewhere. But as an offshoot – a lightweight diversion – Teen Titans Go! is a blast. It’s also a worthwhile point of entry for youngsters looking for a way into comic book fandom – it’ll whet their appetite not only for “disruption,” but also for deeper stories. Since its 2013 premiere, this has been a mainstay at the top of the ratings for Cartoon Network (in the 6-11 years of age demo).
Teen Titans Go! Appetite for Disruption – Season 2 Part 1 runs over four hours and boasts simple, bold-colored Adobe Flash-based animation, and excellent voice acting. No extras on the DVD, but with this much content it’s still a great value.
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