Remember that New Teen Titans series that almost came out in the 80's, but never did air? This Teen Titans of the new millenium is as campy as if it were from the 80's and that only makes it that much funnier and cuter. From the logo to the theme song, it's about as retro as can be.
Admittedly, at first, I was quite unsure of this series. The art seemed to rub me the wrong way and the whole concept was making me nervous. But after seeing just the first episode, I became fastly in support of this new series.
Overall the show is nothing but cute, funny, and campy all rolled into one. Teen Titans is quite the opposite of the other DC related shows like Justice League or Batman: The Animated Series. In fact, I wouldn't ever think of trying to put Teen Titans in continuity with the other shows. Continuity just doesn't (shouldn't) really matter for this show. Teen Titans is on an entire level by itself. It is nothing beyond wholesome goodness and it shouldn't be looked into being anything other than that. It's such a twist that for this show, there are no dual identities, as of yet. They are superhero teens, they wear costumes, they live in a headquarters and they go anywhere and everywhere in their costumes as if they were in street clothes. Teen Titans is a fresh new show with a style all its own, setting it far apart from the other DC animated series' in its uniqueness.
The theme song is quite catchy, upbeat and rather adorable; it suits the entire show perfectly. The animation is incredibly different and makes the show special. It is very much styled after the anime look, and at first that didn’t suit me one bit. I'm a big fan of anime and I saw Teen Titans as rather ripping off that style and possibly making a joke of it. But honestly, for this particular show and because it’s lighthearted and fun, the look is great for it. After the first episode, the animation style warms to a person, and things like super deformed eyes, heads, or bodies fit in naturally.
Voice acting all around is enjoyable and the cast is extremely diverse:
Raven is dark and moody, her sarcasm is amusing and is slipped into the conversations perfectly.
Beast Boy is adorable. He's dorky and funny, and he and Raven play off each other perfectly. The animation for his morphing into animals is pleasing to the eye with how seamlessly it is done.
Robin is the leader type forwards and backwards. He keeps his cool and takes charge well. He is also deep into being a superhero, going so far as going into lengthy detail on what material is cape is made of and why. But he's also a kid, enjoying cotton candy, watching TV and getting excited over fireworks But it was nice to see him have some skills other than hand to hand combat as displayed when he whipped out his retractable staff and used a Robin styled batarang in the second episode, "Sisters" (but could someone please explain the steel-toed boots to me?!).
Cyborg....well, has a big mouth. That's the impression he gives off at first, and that doesn't entirely fade away, but he does round out the team well. Cyborg is a very down to earth superhero whose main concerns seem to be kicking butt, wanting to win against the bad guy, and trying to locate the remote.
Starfire is the most interesting character I've seen of the group because her character is so much more different from the others. It should please any major comic fan that her personality carries over well from the comics to the cartoon and that a bit of her comic history, like her planet and race and even her bad sister (Blackfire), was mentioned and explored in "Sisters".
Despite not knowing whether Robin is really Tim Drake (which the majority of fans are assuming) or Dick Grayson (who is the Robin comic Starfire, and the other comic Teen Titans, knew and had a relationship with), it is nice to see the evident attraction Starfire holds for him, and which appears to be reciprocated. Starfire is innocent and naive to a fault, and, oh yeah, she can also just happen to be able to blow the-you-know-what out of anything and everything. At first it seemed that her VA was lacking in making her sound interesting, but at a second look she is really playing Starfire as she should be, because her voice conveys the fact that Starfire is quite clueless and blank. This skill is displayed a lot more in episode two, which highlights Starfire. Lines concerning the blue fuzzy food being gone, asking for an attacker to stop chasing her please, or even being nice and polite to a sister that just tried to frame you and land you in prison, are priceless because they actually sound incredibly naive.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of Teen Titans. So far it has gotten more entertaining and likeable with each episode I view. I was cautious at first, but it's charm has quickly grown on me...like that blue fuzz on the food *shudders*.
Go Teen Titans.