“Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” (Warner Bros.)
By Catholic News Service
Witty animated comedy in which a youthful version of Batman’s sidekick Robin (voice of Scott Menville) and the ensemble of crime fighters (voices of Greg Cipes, Khary Payton, Tara Strong and Hynden Walch) he leads set out to join other superheroes who have had movies made about them. They acquire the evil nemesis (voice of Will Arnett) considered essential to this quest and convince a Hollywood director (voice of Kristen Bell) to feature them. But Robin’s ego and the silliness of his pals get in the way, leading to a breakup of the group.
This big-screen adaptation of the Cartoon Network TV series hilariously harpoons a wide range of pop-culture targets in a manner that will amuse grownups, while kids will be diverted by its vivid imagery. As helmed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, and scripted by Horvath and Michael Jelenic, the snappy proceedings carry good messages about friendship, teamwork and the dangers of selfishness. But some parents may not appreciate the potty jokes or a final line of dialogue encouraging youngsters to ask about the birds and bees.
Occasional scatological and anatomical humor, a single vague reference to reproduction. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.