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[Soundtrack Review] Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

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When I first heard about Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, I did not know what to expect. The show has a bit of a reputation, at least online it seems to be universally disliked, to put it mildly. I have not seen much of the show, but what little I’ve seen, I thought, was pretty good. It seems like a genuinely clever spoof of the superhero genre, and I enjoyed the few episodes I saw.

But a movie is a whole other thing. Even if I liked a couple episodes, that wasn’t enough for me to say a full length feature film was a good idea, so I did what I usually do with most movies, I said I’d wait and see. When the reviews coming in were overwhelmingly positive, I decided I was going to go see it for myself, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

But as good as the superhero spoofing was, as legitimately clever and funny the jokes were, one of the things that stood out to me most, was the music! I had no idea that this was practically going to be a musical, and the songs were actually great!

The Music

First off, we’ll get the score out of the way, because I’m fairly certain you’re not here to hear me talk about that, you’re interested in the songs. And there are quite a few! The score was actually pretty great. Jared Faber was the composer, and while I’d never heard of him before this, I thought he did a good job bringing the sounds of the superhero genre into this satirical film, without making the music into a joke.

Now onto the reset of the music. There was some genuinely hilarious songs on this soundtrack. We’ll take them in order of how much I enjoyed them.

The weakest of the songs was probably Shenanigans. It was fine in the context of the movie, but as an entry on the soundtrack I don’t find it to have much replay value.

Come Check This Out works best as accompanied by the visuals in the movie. This sequence was one of the weirdest, most unexpected, scenes in the film, but it was surprisingly hilarious. As a song by itself though, it’s just a bit meh.

Go! has three separate versions on the soundtrack and they are quite catchy. This song is basically all the Titans introducing themselves through a rap number. I quite enjoyed it, and I really enjoyed the remix, as well as the version done by Li’l Yachty.

Crystals was not a lyrical piece of music, but it was one of my favorite parts. It’s a techno/electronic dance number, that the Titans play on crystals while visiting the planet Krypton. It is extremely catchy, and just plain fun.

One of the most talked about numbers of the movie was Upbeat Inspirational Song About Life.This song was actually sung by Michael Bolton, who was playing a singing white tiger with a keytar. It was an extremely random moment, like every other moment in the movie, but was such a fun number, and a great throwback to 80’s pop music.

My personal favorite song from the entire movie was My Superhero Movie, sung by Robin. I swear, this thing was still playing in my head days after I saw the movie. Parts of this song, (and I guess most of the songs here) were the very definition of an ear-worm. But I don’t mean that in a negative way at all. This song was so catchy and fun, I’ll gladly listen to it on repeat.

Final Thoughts

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies my not go down in history as one of the greatest superhero films of all time, but it was a lot of fun, and a good deal of that is thanks to the music. This movie had such a fun soundtrack that I don’t think it would have been the same without it. These songs are legitimately fun, and I highly recommend this album for fans of the movie, or the show.

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About Jonathan North

Jonathan North is writer, photographer, video editor, and animation fan from Iowa. He studied advertising and design at Iowa State University, and also has degrees in multimedia and art. His favorite movie is Fantasia, and his favorite cartoon is Gravity Falls. Or maybe Steven Universe. He can’t decide. You can find more of his work on his blog, as well as his YouTube channel, where he reviews all manner things, including (almost) every version ever of Alice in Wonderland. His favorites are the 1999 version starring Tina Majorino, and of course, the 1951 Disney version. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr, @jonjnorth.