By Chaz Lipp

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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.

Teen Titans Go S2 P1 DVD coverHaving 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).

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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.

Teen Titans Go DVD Images: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

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