Teen Titans Go!
by, 1st May 2013 at 04:57 PM (489 Views)
Okay, this show gets waaaay more hate than it deserves. I mean, it's shitty, but not as shitty as people make it out to be.
The animation is pretty bad. Sure, some action scenes will be surprisingly fluid (and aside from the annoying flashes, the way Beast Boy transforms between animals is so fluid and very fun to watch.) But most of the time, the way the characters move seems kind of...eh. Watching the characters move really reminds me of Kappa Mikey's Flash animation. (Oh, I miss KM. ;~;) On the plus side, the backgrounds are colorful, and their simplicity definitely adds to the charm.
The idea of chibbified Titans isn't bad, don't get me wrong. And outside of Beast Boy's design, most of the Titans and Trigon come off kind of cute. No real big complaints here, though for some reason, Starfire moves like a marionette sometimes. I'd love to see these designs done in a different style, or in a way that didn't look so cheap. At least it isn't overly anime like the last series.
I don't really have many complaints about how the characters are portrayed, outside of Robin. They amplified his more annoying qualities and made him into a very grating character for the sake of comedy. I think if he was a little more serious and acted like less of a spoiled pre-teen, his character would be more tolerable and you could get more jokes from him. Maybe give some of those obnoxious qualities to Cyborg or Beast Boy, who feel really toned down with everything else being so wacky. I applaud Raven for remaining serious, but still being able to add her seriousness an intelligence into the comedy. Her secret Pony fascination was handled really well!
I don't mind that this series is a comedy, and therefore less action- and plot-based than the last Teen Titans series. What I do mind is how banal the humor is. I'm guessing this show is aimed at a younger audience, but every episode feels like a cliche taken out of the books of a bad '80s sitcom. The show reeks of trying too hard to be "wacky and crazy!" at times. That being said, that Pie episode did show a little more originality than the other episodes.
If you look at a more comedy-driven series like Adventure Time, you can see a good balance between action, humor and drama. The original Teen Titans, while more serious and plot-driven than the new series, could still be funny. I'm not saying a show has to be balanced to be good, because it's okay to enjoy simpler or shallow things. But those shows are much funnier than this shit, and they're more fulfilling. The show hinges on its comedy, and in my opinion, it's not done well. When you don't like one aspect of the other shows I mentioned, at least there are other elements you can appreciate. But with Go!, it's a one-trick pony. If you don't like comedy, there's nothing else to like. The characters don't have much depth out of the comedy, there's no plot, and the animation isn't always great.
I'm going to keep watching Go! and see if it gets any better, since it's still pretty new. I was pretty dismissive of the new TMNT, but that show proved itself to be both funny and very clever. I don't think Go! will get any better, but I still think it deserves a chance.
If you want a good silly chibi show, watch that Rock Lee-focused spin-off of Naruto.
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