Just the other day I was watching a re-run of Teen Titans on Boomerang, wondering to myself how the 2003 show ever got canceled. The show had just enough DC Universe to be interesting, but mostly focused on teenage and pre-teen issues that garnered the program a huge fanbase of non-traditional fans. In fact, comic fans were the last to flock to this show, instead it was mostly people who never read comics in their life that loved this program. To me, that’s exactly the kind of marketing DC needs. Hooking kids when they’re at that pre-teen age.
Low and behold, DC has announced that Teen Titans will return to the Cartoon Network in a spin-off/sequel/relaunch titled Teen Titans GO! Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the cartoon will share a lot in common with the comic of the same name (which was a slightly more comic-y version of the TV show) but may be a more wacky “comedy show”.
DC Nation, Cartoon Network’s programming block for animated series and original shorts based on characters from DC Comics (Saturdays 10:00–11:00 a.m. ET/PT), will host the new program Teen Titans Go!, a half-hour comedy/action series inspired by the original show. It is said the series will “show the humorous side of being a teenage hero.”
“Character-driven comedy is the order of the day as this new take on the super hero series focuses on the funny business that happens between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision. They may be super heroes who save the world every day … but somebody still has to do the laundry! With the ability to turn into any animal or detach their robotic limbs, teenage pranks reach a whole new level. And even super heroes have to take Driver’s Ed. to get a license – especially after wrecking the Batmobile on an unauthorized joy ride to impress a girl!”
The series is executive produced by Sam Register (Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The Looney Tunes Show, Teen Titans) and produced by Michael Jelenic (Thundercats, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Aaron Horvath (MAD, El Tigre). It will premiere on Cartoon Network in 2013.
They’ve already put some little clips up on the DC website and the toon looks to be redesigned into almost Chibi characters. I’m not sure how well that will play out as the designs were already anime in nature. Though I always loved the design for Robin and Cyborg in particular.
The good news is that the full original cast is back including Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven and Hynden Walch as Starfire. So this is definitely just a new version of the same characters. Hopefully it’ll turn into an entertaining program that can do as good of job as the original at embracing some of that real Teen Titans spirit, as we haven’t had a good DC cartoon since Brave & The Bold went off the air.