Come for the Teen Titans, stay for the karaoke

The kids and I did finally watch Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo last weekend, and we all really enjoyed it. I’ve been reading about the movie for what feels like months, now, and I have seen it all. Some people are nitpicking it to pieces. Some people think it’s the greatest movie ever made. There are entire bulletin boards full of folks who apparently have nothing better to do with their time than to trace continuity goofs and point out issues from two seasons ago that may have somehow conflicted with what was shown in the movie.

Me? I’m a simple creature, in many ways. You want to know what I thought of this movie? I thought this movie was a ton of fun. And as I’ve already reported, Beast Boy does karaoke.

That bears repeating: Beast Boy does karaoke.

I just don’t think I can continue on with my life in a meaningful way without sharing this with the world. No need to thank me. Just click and enjoy:

So, you know, aside from the karaoke and aside from the pseudo-romantic Robin/Starfire subplot (which caused my children—in perfect unison—to declare “Ewwwwwww!” when a kiss was imminent), it was a pretty good film. But add in the karaoke and the grossing out of my kids, and you have a great film.

But don’t take my word for it; check out the reviews. Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo is currently rated at 7.1 on IMDB. It fares even better over at, where it’s enjoying a rating of 9.4. And if you have a grain of salt handy, check out the review over at Filmsy, which is mixed. (The reviewer seems to take issue with the campiness of it, to which I say, “Hello? Have you ever seen Teen Titans before? It’s all about the camp!”)

Get your hands on this movie if you’re a Titans fan and you missed it. We gave it three thumbs up and then watched it a second time. (Oh, alright; we watched the Beast Boy karaoke scene five or six times, I admit it.)

Tokyo will never be the same

Did you see it? Did you watch Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo this weekend? Don’t tell me you missed it!! Actually, don’t tell me if you saw it, either—we recorded it but still haven’t watched it. I know. I’m a horrible mother, dangling the movie as a bribe over my children’s heads. I figure I can only milk it until the weekend, if that long. But we’re really looking forward to watching it just as soon as I stop being so mean.

Anyway, lots of lots of people who do not have mean mothers who make them do things like go to school and do homework and chores and attend practices and games and such did watch it. And the verdict on the streets? It’s good, baby. Lots of classic Titans’ drama with new twists thrown in as well. (Warning: Do not start reading those bulletin boards unless you are prepared to be a little frightened by how seriously some people take their Titans. Fair warning.)

Newsarama brings us a great interview with Glen Murakami about the movie. There is extensive discussion of Robin as the main character and this being a coming-of-age story for him. But in true Titans fashion, Murakami balances the serious with the campy. Interviewer Steve Fritz notes:

Still, Robin may be the star, the character who chews up the scenery is Beast Boy. From the moment he lands in Tokyo, his desire to visit Japanââ¬â¢s #1 manga publisher will have some interesting results. There’s also a great series of sketches regarding him chasing your classic Japanese high school girl. Yet there’s one sequence in particular, where he sings the Titans theme song in a karaoke bar, that left me in stitches, especially for the inside jokes running through it.

Beast Boy doing karaoke of the Titans theme song?? I love it. I may have to stop being mean mama and get these kids to come sit down for a couple of hours so that we can watch this bad boy.

In the meantime, if you missed the movie, it’ll be out on DVD in November. Whether you caught the movie or not, if your Titans nostalgia has been stirred up and you’re feeling all empty inside, I suggest picking up the newly-released complete second season on DVD. Or, if you’re really far behind on your Titans worship, grab the complete first season on DVD, first.

Countdown to Tokyo; think about Halloween will reveal bonus Tokyo material every day this week, leading up to the premiere. If you haven’t seen the commercial Cartoon Network has been running this week, start by watching that. Where else are you going to see Beast Boy wearing a hawaiian shirt and flip-flops?

And while we’re all gripped by Titans-mania, maybe it’s time to start thinking about Halloween. (I know. I KNOW. It’s not even the middle of September. But now is the time to get it out of the way and make sure you get what your kid wants!) Last year our family’s discovery of Ty’s Toy Box meant two wonderful things: First, that both kids could be Teen Titans, and second, that—since those costumes weren’t available in stores—they were the envy of all of their friends.

You can check out the full array of Teen Titans costumes at Ty’s to start thinking about which one(s) best suits. My daughter opted for Raven, while my son waffled between Robin and Cyborg, finally settling on the former. In fact… I think I have a picture around here somewhere….

Oh! I do! Here they are, showing me their fighting stances:

Just try and tell me you wouldn’t have handed all of your candy over to those two.

September 15th: Mark your calendars!

Remember when I told you that the Teen Titans movie was coming to Cartoon Network next month, but no one seemed to know when? Remember how I said that I’d let you know as soon as I found out? This is me, jumping up and down like a little girl, all excited!

Many thanks to Titans Tower for pointing out that Comics Continuum has the definitive scoop on Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo:

Cartoon Network has informed The Continuum that Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo will air on Friday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Here’s how the network describes the film:

“When a high-tech ninja attacks Titans Tower, Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy spring into action. Robin finds out that the ninja was sent by a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun, and the Teen Titans travel to Tokyo to track the villain down.”

The film is also scheduled to repeat on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Please note Cartoon Network’s schedules are always subject to change.

No word yet on when the movie — which was screened at Comic-Con International — will be available on DVD.

I guess I know what we’ll be doing for Movie Night on September 15th. (Well, I know what I’ll be doing, anyway. I’m not sure my kids are going to make it through these last few days of Summer intact. They’re ust a few choice morsels of backtalk away from having their television privileges revoked indefinitely.)

Save the date and get ready. It’s really almost here!

The wait is almost over: Teen Titans on the horizon

There’s great news today from The anxiously-awaited Teen Titans movie is coming to television sooner than previously thought!

Great news! Seems the Teen Titans movie will air earlier than last reported! According to Cartoon Network promo bumps (shown during Teen Titans airings), the TV premiere of “Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo” airs this September! No exact dates & times yet, but looks like those who didn’t see it at Comic-Con last month will get their chance in a few short weeks!

And if that’s not exciting enough for you (and really, it should be, because that’s pretty darned exciting), there’s even more good Titans news:

Comics Continuum has put up DVD menu screens for the “Teen Titans: The Complete Second Season” DVD, as well as a description for the “Catching up with…Teen Titans” extra feature. Turns out the extra is a montage of videoclips from Season 1, as a catch-up for those just starting on Season 2′s DVD. Other than that and a trailer for “Trouble in Tokyo”, no additional Titans extras have been announced.

They’ve also reported that “The Complete Second Season” will be out September 16th (moved up from the 26th, as originally slated), with no DVD release date for “Trouble in Tokyo” yet.

Would it be premature, do you think, to start popping the popcorn now? Yes? Fine. Be that way.

I’ll let you know as soon as there’s a firm air date for the movie. We can’t wait!