Parental Guidance

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Is Clever, Colorful Fun for the Whole Family

If you can't make it to theaters for Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, here are three other animated superhero movies you can enjoy with the kids at home.

by | July 27, 2018 | Comments

One of this week’s two wide releases is the big-screen adaptation of the popular Cartoon Network series Teen Titans Go!, and it’s likely your kids are going to want to see it, particularly if they’re already fans of the show. As Christy explains in detail, the movie should be just fine for all but the youngest kids, and she offers three superhero-themed animated alternatives in case you can’t make it to the theater over the weekend.


Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) 91%

Rating: PG, for action and rude humor.

The Teen Titans have leapt from the TV screen to the big screen in pursuit of their own superhero movie. The feature-film version of the popular Cartoon Network series features all those DC characters voiced by the actors who’ve played them – Robin (Scott Menville), Starfire (Hynden Walch), Cyborg (Khary Payton), Raven (Tara Strong) and Beast Boy (Greg Cipes) – plus plenty of other comic book heroes. Together, they must stop the maniacal villain Slade (voiced by Will Arnett) from taking over the world through his powers of mind manipulation. This is simultaneously a celebration of blockbuster thrills as well as a sharp satire of the oversaturation of them. Kids will love the colorful, high-energy adventures and the insanely catchy musical numbers; adults will laugh out loud at the clever details and inside jokes. There’s quite a bit of action here but it’s never scary and it usually ends in some sort of insane, silly way. There are fart and poop jokes, but they’re executed in surprisingly inspired fashion. This movie is a lot of fun for all ages.


If Teen Titans Go! To the Movies has your kids interested in other animated superhero fare – and they’ve already seen The Incredibles and Incredibles 2 (in theaters now), here are a few suggestions:

Big Hero 6 (2014) 89%

Rating: PG, for action and peril, some rude humor and thematic elements.

I also suggested this one several months back as an example of a great robot movie. But Big Hero 6 is an excellent choice for a multitude of occasions, with an exciting mix of adventure, laughs and heart, all blended together through gorgeous visuals. It deservedly won the Academy Award for best animated feature in 2015. Ryan Potter provides the voice of 13-year-old Hiro, a brilliant kid who’s obsessed with all things high-tech. But after a major explosion early in the film, Hiro finds he must take over the project his older brother, Tadashi (Daniel Henney), had been working on: a giant, inflatable robot named Baymax (Scott Adsit), who offers medical advice as well as warm hugs. The two form a strong friendship that’s joyful and heartwarming. But when a bad guy wants to steal Hiro’s latest invention, he and Baymax must form a team to stop him. Big Hero 6 features small, clever details as well as some big, heavy themes of life and death, betrayal and revenge. It’s high-energy and colorful but it also has some darker undertones that may be too much for very young kids to handle. And the villain is a menacing figure in a cloak and a frightening mask with infinite power at his fingertips. But I highly recommend this movie for viewers around 6 and older.

Watch now on: AmazonFandangoNOW, iTunes

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) 87%

Rating: PG, for mild rude humor throughout.

Speaking of Academy Awards, the Captain Underpants movie should have been in the running this year for best animated feature. I’m serious. It’s brilliant. Like the Teen Titans Go! movie, it’s got plenty of potty humor. But the pacing is breathless, the characters are beautifully developed and the variety of animation on display is consistently clever. I’ve watched this movie with my 8-year-old son countless times, and I notice hilarious new details with each viewing. Director David Soren’s film is based on the wildly popular book series by Dav Pilkey. But whether or not you or your kids have read a single word of George and Harold’s adventures, you’ll have a complete blast here. Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch provide the voices of best friends who accidentally transform their mean elementary-school principal (Ed Helms) into the comic-book superhero of their dreams: The goofy, tighty-whitey wearing Captain Underpants. There’s quite a bit of gross-out humor here, but it’s amusingly self-aware. And there are valuable themes about being kind to people who are friendless or who’ve been bullied. A great choice for all ages.

Watch now on: AmazonFandangoNOWiTunes

The Lego Batman Movie (2017) 90%

Rating: PG, for rude humor and some action.

Before he played Slade in the Teen Titans Go! movie, Will Arnett lent his rich, gravelly voice to the character of Batman several times, most notably here in his own spin-off of 2014’s The LEGO Movie. You probably saw this comedy last year when it was a massive box-office hit, but the jokes are so rapid-fire, you may have missed several of them the first time around. Here, Batman struggles to remain relevant as Gotham’s hero. He’s also suffering an existential crisis with the arrival of his sidekick, Robin (Michael Cera), which forces him to acknowledge the possibility that he might actually need a family. The humor is zippy and self-referential but never mean, and while there’s violence and destruction throughout, it’s knowingly goofy. Also similar to the Teen Titans Go! movie, LEGO Batman features villains who show up from a variety of comic-book and pop-culture realms, but they’re all kind of adorable and certainly never scary. An awesome choice for all ages.

Watch now on: AmazonFandangoNOWiTunes

Tag Cloud

DirecTV science fiction DC Comics Hulu Pixar TCA Horror Writers Guild of America social media American Society of Cinematographers composers Superheroes Rom-Com TBS 45 thriller Ovation jamie lee curtis IFC Films travel Pop FXX romance First Look Marvel Set visit Shudder Amazon crime thriller 21st Century Fox ITV Walt Disney Pictures Trophy Talk ratings ESPN Watching Series crossover NBC crime drama GLAAD hist San Diego Comic-Con President finale Ghostbusters dramedy GIFs cops DC streaming service Teen DC Universe FOX Creative Arts Emmys Trivia Logo Winners Interview based on movie golden globes binge Sci-Fi Christmas zombie YouTube Red mutant Comics on TV Rocky aliens Acorn TV TLC Super Bowl cats Lionsgate Red Carpet Video Games diversity historical drama Lifetime Comedy Central BBC America History Schedule transformers singing competition CBS All Access spy thriller Columbia Pictures zombies TV Land Emmys Election festivals Premiere Dates Disney ABC Family Song of Ice and Fire Nat Geo comiccon cooking 24 frames Action A&E MTV Spring TV Paramount Network Star Wars Valentine's Day Grammys The CW Bravo Sundance Now Ellie Kemper Superheroe El Rey X-Men harry potter RT History Infographic Nominations Fantasy Thanksgiving Rock Mystery Disney Channel crime boxoffice Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Universal HBO Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Fox News Best and Worst Marathons Winter TV New York Comic Con psycho SXSW Quiz dc Music MSNBC VICE Opinion Cartoon Network Pirates TIFF APB Kids & Family cults Polls and Games blaxploitation political drama PaleyFest Musicals Showtime Mindy Kaling period drama talk show 007 serial killer Food Network Podcast Certified Fresh TCM Box Office Reality Competition Comic Book justice league 20th Century Fox adventure USA Network Adult Swim Summer ABC Cosplay AMC Western WGN supernatural SDCC robots Tumblr Photos OWN Epix TV Character Guide Britbox Paramount biography medical drama TNT technology Calendar Masterpiece streaming Warner Bros. Awards Tour NYCC Extras Drama unscripted Sundance SundanceTV Musical Reality docudrama war sitcom Trailer Syfy dceu discovery Countdown Awards YouTube Premium CW Seed E3 BBC television BET Crackle Martial Arts Nickelodeon Apple Esquire Shondaland Comedy sports Holidays what to watch Biopics Oscars cinemax FX politics vampires E! Sneak Peek Country Lucasfilm doctor who CMT YA Toys PBS CBS Starz USA IFC Animation Fall TV GoT National Geographic Mary Tyler Moore Sony Pictures CNN 2015 Freeform Year in Review 2016 Spike See It Skip It LGBTQ TCA 2017 The Arrangement anime police drama TruTV Netflix 2017 comic Star Trek Dark Horse Comics Tomatazos VH1