Teen Titans Go Vs. Teen Titans screened at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. It will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital later this year.
Will DC’s supernatural superheroine Raven Roth ever be free of her terrible father and Lord of the Underworld, Trigon? Well, in the newest DC animated feature the answer is… probably not, as the Teen Titans have to team up with themselves to beat the demonic daddy in all his forms.
Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans is essentially a giant in-joke for the animators and viewers of the show, as there has long been a huge battle between the fandoms of the classic, beloved Teen Titans cartoon and the newer, more comedic iteration Teen Titans Go! Here that angle is played to the max as the gross-out gang of Go! are shoved face to face with their more serious and heroic counterparts.
Animation-wise this is one of the most exciting and action packed DC Universe Movies in ages and it definitely sits alongside Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a highlight of their more recent releases. There’s plenty to love about Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans as the two teams have to face the two Trigons from their respective dimensions. The script is quick-witted and intelligent, playing on the best of what both series’ had to offer, though it definitely errs on the side of Teen Titans Go! when it comes to humor over narrative weight or emotional depth. That’s not a bad thing, though, as the film luxuriates in the silliness of it all, smartly dissecting crossover culture with all-out cartoon chaos.
Though the budget and therefore the scope of the film is smaller than last summer’s big screen Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, this will likely land better with fans who were slightly dismayed at the younger audience that offering was so clearly seeking out. Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans plays more like an extended Cartoon Network special, and there are DC Easter Eggs aplenty as well as multiple gags which will swoop over younger viewers’ heads like a specially crafted Birdarang hitting the funny bones of anyone older.
The biggest draw here, of course, is getting to see the two teams interact, and the writers do a brilliant job of creating legitimate tension and humor that feel authentic to the dual versions of the iconic characters. There’s also plenty of meta-commentary with much of the original Titans’ complaints echoing those of their passionate fanbase. Both Robins (voiced by Scott Menville) excel here with the newer of the pair flipping between hatred and hero worship whilst the more handsome and heroic figure struggles to come to terms with his grotesque and ridiculous doppelganger.
It’s great to experience that talents of the voice cast as they explore the different iterations of the characters that they bring to life. When you really think about the work that went into the film it’s a pretty astonishing feat, especially as the bulk of the movie features both versions of the team. As usual, the voice actors thoroughly deliver, bringing heart and emotion to the cast whilst always delivering the belly laughs that fans have come to expect.
One of the biggest highlights of the flick is best enjoyed with as little knowledge as possible, but it will delight DC fans both young and old and is — for this reviewer — a Top 10 moment within the DCAU canon. With the dimension-hopping heroes at the center of this radical romp, it seems like Warner Bros. might be using Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans to introduce uninitiated audiences to the concept of the multiverse, which it does in an engaging and accessible fashion. Like all the best crossovers, this film delivers on cameos, epic battles, and solid character moments. It’s a great addition to the Teen Titans lore and an exciting promise of what’s to come.