Other people and Cartoon Network themselves don’t seem to understand WHY people hate Teen Titans Go
If you bring up TTG and your dislike of it, you’re either greeted with people who agree with you, or people who say ‘You’re living in the past’ or ‘It’s a KIDS show get over it’ or ‘This is different, it’s not meant to be taken seriously’
This is what people and Cartoon Network themselves fail to understand: We get that and pretty much fully accept this is not OUR Teen TItans
It’s not that we’re opposed to the idea of a comedic reboot of something we love at all, I mean it’s worked amazingly in the past! Sonic is really benefiting from it with the new cartoon series, and even something as serious as BATMAN turned into Batman Brave and the Bold, and a lot of people love that series!!
So it’s not the fact that they turned Teen Titans into a comedy: It’s the fact that they did it wrong on so many levels, and the fact that the show runners and the network itself act like literal children when it comes to criticism.
They fell into the same trap that modern Spongebob and Fairly Odd Parents fell into: Exaggerating a single character trait until it engulfs their personality.
Cybrog and Beast Boy were goofy at times, so they’re turned into lazy IDIOTS.
Robin was the leader who occasionally got too involved in the matter at hand who also had a thing for Starfire, so he’s turned into a narcissistic jerk with a god-complex who demands total compliance and creeps on Star constantly.
The list goes on and on… Starfire seems to be the only one who’s mostly unchanged.
Do you want to know why Sonic Boom and Batman Brave and the Bold works and TTG doesn’t? The characters are still who they are, it’s the SITUATIONS that are funny
(Although in the interest of being fair, Knuckles DID get kind of downgraded to a ‘dumb jock’ in Boom, but that seems to be about the only character shift)
A better way to put it is that it’s like this trend that’s popped up recently that now, after the Dark Knight, a lot of superheroes are trying to be ‘dark and brooding’ when it just doesn’t work. This is the same principle.
An alternate character interpretation CAN work if you do it right though
Robin basically being a hero only for the fame and glory COULD work if they did it right, but they didn’t. You want to know what other super hero did that angle right? DARKWING DUCK
Darkwing Duck was only a super-hero for fame and glory, he regularly recited his own narration and made cheesy entrance quotes each time he appeared. But the thing is that even if he was being a hero for all the wrong reasons: He was still a GOOD person who did believe in justice and what was right. He’d do anything to look after his daughter and his friends because he was a GOOD person.
TTG Robin is NOT a good person…he’s painful to watch, there’s nothing that could be considered good about him.
The rest of the characters are just flat out mean and the show is just insulting to watch. I would not want my kids growing up watching this…
But that’s only half the problem… the other is that whoever is calling the shots over at the production CANNOT take criticism at all.
The show regularly insults the original fanbase, and whenever they directly bring up the criticism, they miss the point on an almost comical level.
There’s also the sheer ARROGANCE that goes into the marketing for this show. The advertisements hail it as ‘Your new favorite show’, and I recall one commercial ending with Raven saying “Why don’t you chill out and have a laugh for once?”
There’s the infamous ‘Young Justice’ crossover where after being told that they’re an insult to other super heroes, the team becomes “SUPER SRS”
“THIS IS WHAT YOU ALL WANTED RIGHT!? THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED!” I can literally hear the showrunners screaming.
There was also a recent episode that I was made aware of by a friend, yet again missing the point entirely.
“The Return of Slade” The episode is nothing but a way to bait the older fans in before slapping them in the face and flipping them off.
The Teen Titans bring up that Slade has returned and they’re all visibly worried about fighting him again, only for it to jump cut to them having won after “Three episodes and a TV movie” off-screen and reveling in how amazing the adventure was, how heartfelt, dramatic, and lightly humorous it was and that no one will see it.
That alone isn’t so bad…but the rest of the episode revolves around BB and Cyborg being disillusioned by a clown and Raven saying such gems as
“Clowns are FOR KIDS!”
“Clowns were never cool. You’re letting nostalgia cloud your memory.”
“Just so you could enjoy something that you should have outgrown.”
This is NOT how you handle criticism of your show
THIS is how you handle criticism of your show
Despite how silly some of the cosplayers look in this scene, no one is insulted or berated, or told that their view or opinion is WRONG. THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE!
The point I’m trying to make is: We hate TTG for the same reason people hate Man of Steel: We LOVE the characters and what they mean to us and what they could mean to other people and children alike, and they deserve better.