By Daniel Lodge
Teen Titans Go! has been entertaining fans for three seasons. It continues to make audiences laugh by taking the beloved characters from the original Teen Titans series, which at times took on a serious tone, and putting them in ridiculous storylines.
During interviews at SDCC this year, the cast members and producers chatted about the absurdity and humor of the show, and why audiences need it now more than ever.
“Taking life less seriously is the move at this point based on the climate that we’re in now, socially, with all the war and violence,” said Greg Cipes, who voices numerous characters, including Beast Boy. “Teen Titans Go! is a great escape and release and healing thing to experience, right now, for everyone. That’s why we’re the number 1 show on cartoon network.”
Cipes joked that he couldn’t even “recall what season 4 is even about,” while Tara Strong, who voices Raven, said: “There are a lot of episodes that make absolutely no sense.” But producer Pete Michail promised even “weirder” stories were waiting.
“I don’t know if you’ve guys noticed but, the seasons are just getting weirder,” he said. “It just keeps it fun to work on… You’re just always trying to do some new stuff, see how far you can push it.”
Producer Aaron Horvath noted that some fans of the original series did not appreciate the direction Teen Titans Go! has taken over the years, but states that his main concern is the current target audience: children.
“We try to always keep the audience in mind,” he said. “What do kids like, what do kids want? But we’ve made so many episodes that we’re trying to make ourselves laugh as well.”
When asked what Horvath is most excited for fans to see in the upcoming season, Horvath said he was looking forward to the appearance of a villain.
“Santa Claus has turned into a recurring villain, so I’m excited for people to see our version of Santa,” he said. “His villainous plan is to take over the entire holiday calendar, so he wants Christmas to be year round. And he’s played by Robert Morse… and to work with an actor of this caliber and give him the dumbest things to say, it’s really something special. And he’s totally game, and he’s hysterical, and his reads are so unpredictable, so you never know what you’re going to get out of him.”