That would be enough for me to want to go see it 9 times! Because ToonBarn has been faithfully following the progress of our favorite Teen Titans GO! characters from the beginning of the series on Cartoon Network.
Of course, when we learned that they would be having screenings of the film at the Horton Grand Theater in San Diego during SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con), we jumped at the chance to interview the cast and crew once again. It is pretty rare these days to see a completely 2D animated film released nationwide to theaters. So, we are proud to present our exclusive interviews with Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton and Hynden Walch in the first interview and Aaron Horvath and Peter Michail in the second interview.
The first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s animated TV show stars Greg Cipes (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s “Spider-Man”) as Robin, Khary Payton (“The Walking Dead”) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the “My Little Pony” franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”) as Starfire, all reprising their roles from the series. Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movie”) and Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) also lend their voices in starring roles, as the evil Slade and Hollywood director Jade Wilson.
The film was directed by Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath, from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic & Horvath, based on characters from DC. Horvath, Jelenic, Peggy Regan, Michail and Arnett produced, with Sam Register serving as executive producer. The music is by Jared Faber. Apart from Arnett, all are “Teen Titans GO!” series contributors.
The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The film is rated PG by the MPAA for action and rude humor.
When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a kid- appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers.
It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their hearts, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, determined to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!
The filmmakers understand that, because it’s “Teen Titans GO!,” fans would not only expect belly laughs with their heroic feats, but catchy musical numbers as well. As was the intent with the story, they also knew they had to pump up the volume when it came to the songs. They went all out, creating original pop, rap, rock and EDM music “videos”—five in all, including the Teens’ “GO!” anthem—and, as in a stage musical, each song serves to propel the story as well as entertain.
Putting it all together, “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” is a toe-tapping, time-traveling, road- tripping adventure that takes our hopeful heroes from their native Jump City to the glitz and glamour of Tinsel Town.
Make sure you Go! To the Movies this weekend to see Teen Titans GO! to the Movies! And at Hynden’s request, please see it 9 times!