I just got around to watching the first episode today and I enjoyed it! I loved the visual style even before I saw that the art director is an artist whose work I’ve admired for a while, and it does a great job of being bright and bold but not garish. I laughed loud and often and thought the more comical sides of these characters were entertaining and made sense both for new viewers and within the canon of the previous Teen Titans show (which keep in mind I was only a casual viewer of when it was on and I have yet to embark on a rewatch so I’m not working with the same experience base that other viewers have).
What I find interesting about the backlash against Teen Titans Go is that fan culture in general seems to like rearranging the tones of their media and I’m surprised that so many people are looking down on this show for doing exactly that. I’ve seen grim dramas reimagined as silly fluffy comedies and whimsical family shows reimagined as dark, sometimes violent stories with deadly stakes. Think of all the ridiculous comics and sinister concept art seen from various fan groups on Tumblr. Fandoms often want to have both the dark and the light sides of their favored titles and that’s what the Teen Titans franchise is doing: they had the grim interpretation, now here’s the goofy one. It’s time to have fun with this world.
So you’re not crazy for enjoying these more lighthearted Titans, and while I hesitate to tell anyone they’ve caught brain worms, I would like to remind people that a new version of a beloved story does not negate the previous one and it is still out there for you to watch and love and show to others. Any story or group of characters has the potential to be taken down a dozen different viable paths and it’s okay to prefer one path over another but each of those paths has a right to be explored by anyone that truly cares about the core concept.
I know not every reboot or alternate imagining, from internet culture or from show business, is done with love, respect, and creativity, but so far Teen Titans Go seems to have all of that. I enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing more.
- Rob Paulsen
- Tara Strong
- Grey DeLisle
- John DiMaggio
- Tom Kenny
- Jeff Bennett
- Phil LaMarr
- Jason Marsden
- Kevin Michael Richardson
- Dee Bradley Baker
- Cree Summer
- Kath Soucie
- James Arnold Taylor
- Steve Blum
- Jess Harnell
- Hynden Walsh
- Mae Whitman
- Jim Cummings
- Billy West
- Maurice LaMarche
- Mark Hamill
- Frank Welker
- And of course, Mel Blanc
At a certain point I realized that not only was Cartoon Network (its shows past and present, its ever-changing schedule, etc) the main topic of conversations I started with other human beings, but that my relationship with the station was awkwardly similar to a couple having a long drawn-out fight. And then, this comic.
I’d been wanting to do a comic colored in this sort of style for a while now, with painted backgrounds and cell-shaded (and lineart’ed) figures, to mimic the style of an old animated cartoon. It wound up being pretty tedious but I’m really happy with the results.
Hope you enjoy!
Better quality screencaps from Little Witch Academia.
Mickey’s Birthday Party 1942
Goofy’s cake scenes in this cartoon make me crave cake so much…
“what are you doing up so late? “
“Go to sleep now, Sweetie. We’re almost finished”.
Happy Halloween! :)
nOOO WHY WOULD YoU DO THATT ;-;
Why do I love this so freaking much?
D-DANNY. OH GOD- NO MR. AND MRS. FENTON. NO!
I dont Danny Phantom but I just love this art
what kind of mind creates this?