Teen Titans - The Complete First Season (DC Comics Kids Collection)
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"Fighting for truth, justice and the last slice of pizza, these five superheroes are living proof that you're never too young to save the planet. Protecting Earth and beyond, the Teen Titans live and operate from their T-shaped, high-tech headquarters. Using martial arts and cutting-edge gadgetry, the teens battle villains, giant monsters and alien invaders--and still find time to argue over who's going to do the dishes. As the hip teens try to find their place in the world, they must also cope with the tribulations of adolescence. Teen Titans fuses hip, anime-style visuals with awesome stunts and real ""teen world"" humor for a super adventurous good time. Fasten your cape, hop in the hoverjet...it's time to save the world! Featuring many stand-alone, single-story episodes, this coming-of-age series about friendship and loyalty allows viewers to see each character in his or her own light yet maintains a fully realized group dynamic. Every character-driven episode is strong on action and humor. As they survive surprising twists and turns, the teens never know who or what they may encounter, from dangerous villains to alternate dimensions and daring undercover missions. Watch for exciting guest appearances from popular DC Comic characters such as Speedy, Aqualad, Wildebeest and Warp."]]>
- 13 episodes on 2 discs
- Finding Their Voices: the secret information behind the making of Teen Titans
- Comic Creations: from comic book to cartoon
- Puffy Ami Yumi music video
- Sneak peek at Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi TV show
- Puffy Ami Yumi interview/featurette
- Toon Topia bonus cartoons: The Hiros episodes 1 & 2
- Easter eggs
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The four star rating (as opposed to five) is largely because of the special features. There are two "Making Of" documentaries with the voice actors and show creators, which are pretty good. There's the fun music video of the theme song. The interview with Japanese songsters Puffy Ami Yumi is fun, but a little too long, and the device of having the Titans "conduct the interview" is pretty lame. The short two part cartoon, "The Hiro's" (yes, I know that apostrophe doesn't belong there, but that's how they spell it) is rather bad and unfunny. But the biggest problem is something that's left off the DVD, namely commentary. WB has been notoriously slow to recognize how much fans want episode commentary, with only 3 to 4 commentaries on the Batman and Superman DVDs. Commentray with cast and crew for "Teen Titans" would have been great. But despite a somewhat small set of special features, "Teen Titans - Season One" is deifinitely worth picking up.
I like Teen Titans. It's a very different take on the DC characters than Batman, Superman, and Justice League, and there are obvious anime influences in the fight scenes and gags. What's nice about the series is that while it generally writes towards a younger audience, it's never so simplistic that it alienates the older crowd. The chemistry between the five leads is great, and there are occasional moments of lunacy that will make you wonder if the staff is secretly taking anything in the back room (ie the Mad Mod episode). Plus season 1's underlying subplot involving Slade (voiced expertly by Ron 'Hellboy' Perlman) is as dark and driven as anything in the Batman shows. The only time this show falls flat for me is when it puts stylized action over story essentials, which some of the early episodes here fall into.
Again, this set collects material that WB has already released. I think even the bulk of the bonus features have been carried over. I'm hoping this was a sudden shift in WB's animation-on-dvd strategy as opposed to milking the consumer with re-releases, as the single discs were already quite generous in their own way. A great consideration if you haven't purchased the old discs yet, great for kids but adults should find some amusement too.
Slade is presented here as the anti-Batman, making a much more frightening villain than Bane (who is actually a good villian but has been presented in most cinematic media as a thorough waste of ink). Despite the detractors' complaints of its anime influence, Teen Titans is a well-written and extremely well-done series, with seasons 2, 3, and 4 going on to deal with Slade's destruction and its aftermath, Brother Blood and the Hive, the creation of the West Coast team, the threat of Raven's demonoid father Triton and her attempts to break from her past, and an all-out battle with the Brotherhood Of Evil featuring an appearance from the honest-to-God DOOM PATROL (one of DC Comics' most underrated and creative concepts, and often unfairly compared with the X-Men).
All in all, a good and enjoyable buy worth having in your hero-toons collection. Now if they'll release the other seasons mentioned here in box sets, and if Warner Bros. will do the same thing with its Justice League series, and Nickelodeon does the same with Danny Phantom and Teenage Robot, all will be cool. (Note to TV studios: Due to the dearth of good TV, some of us out there WILL BUY DVD sets if they're done right--no need to dribble stuff out!)
I was wrong. This is very well-crafted show with storylines ripped right from the comics I used to read as younger man. I highly recommend this series to anyone who has even a passing interest in the DC universe.
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My daughter love's this series too. Her favorite character is Beast BoyPublished 11 days ago by R Harmon
The video quality could have been better but other than that it's fabulous!Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
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