Superhero Movies on Steroids Series: Movie #69

Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006, animated)

Plot: When a mysterious super powered Japanese warrior known as Saico-Tek (Keone Young) attacks the Teen Titans headquarters, the team travels to Japan and learns a legendary criminal known as Brushogun is after them (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa).

Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo is a solid funny little animated romp.  The plot takes forever to develop, and when it does, it’s pretty uninteresting.  I guess Brushogun’s back story is mildly interesting.  But this is more about the characters, and all the Teen Titans are very engaging.  It does feel like more of a comedy.  The animation is hysterical at times, especially when Robin reacts to Starfire kissing a total stranger in order to understand Japanese.  There’s plenty of action though.  The first ten seconds begins with a huge aerial battle.  There’s a lot of fighting in general.  It’s pretty bad ass that out of all these super-powered people, Robin is the one who seems to take enemies out almost instantaneously.  Beast Boy is pretty funny though.  He turns into a turtle at one point.  I also like the animation once they’re in Tokyo.  It’s very appealing to the eye.  Did we really need a whole Godzilla throw back scene though?  I like the characters, animation, and it’s pretty funny, but not much else going on.  Not bad.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10 (Slightly better than ‘meh’)

Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):

Best Performance: Hynden Walch as Starfire
-She was really funny.  I love this running gimmick of her always saying ‘the’ in front of everything.  Like, ‘I do not have the boy troubles.’

Worst Performance: Keone Young as Commander Uehara Daizo
-He holds a lot of weight in the film, predictably becoming the villain.  There’s just nothing to this voice though.

Best Line: “Do not blame Robin for the wild chasing of the goose.” –Starfire
-This was Starfire at her best.  She completely ripped apart the cliché ‘wild goose chase’ line and made it seem original.  Well done.

Worst Line: “So I guess you’re not a wanted man anymore.” –Cyborg
                             
“I wouldn’t say that.” –Robin as Starfire looks at him glowingly
-Haha, get it?  This isn’t that bad, but there wasn’t really much to choose from, and it was mildly annoying.

Best Fight:
-It’s the end with all the Titans battling the Brushogun ink creations.  It’s just solid use of powers and thoroughly entertaining.

WTF Moment:
-Why does Robin have a pet slug in his room?  It also looks kind of like a back pack.  What the hell is the deal with this thing?

Best Scene:
-Robin goes to jail for apparently killing Saico-Tek.  He thinks Saico-Tek wasn’t real, but sits in his cell contemplating his actions.  I don’t know, kind of deep for something called ‘Teen Titans.’  Not a bad little scene.

Worst Scene:
-Beast goes to karaoke and sings the Teen Titans theme song.  I don’t have a problem with him singing karaoke, but the actual theme song…that’s kind of lame.  I hate that the character recognizes he’s in a movie.

Funniest Moment:
-After the Titans headquarters is destroyed, Cyborg begins crying about his sofa being damaged.  That’s pretty funny.  It was really good delivery.

Bad Ass Moment:
-The Tokyo police use this awesome electrical cage to trap the Godzilla like monster.  It kind of looks like the Ghostbuster trap, but it can expand and contract.  That’s awesome.

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