Wednesday, July 26, 2006

SDCC: Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo Premiere

pictured: Producers Glen Murakami (Batman Beyond, Justice League) and David Slack (Stuart Little, Max Steel), along with cast member Greg Cipes (voice of Beast Boy), introduced the film.

Warner Home Video presented the world premiere screening of the Warner Bros. Animation DVD feature Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (to be released in 2007). Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy are back to save the world in their very first film, which finds the Teen Titans battling a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun, who has sent a high-tech ninja to attack the young heroes. The battle has only begun for the crime-fighting five, who pack their bags and take off for Tokyo to destroy their newest menace.

Davis Slack described the movie as a high-adventure set in Tokyo; He mentioned how the show was inspired by anime, so it made sense to do an adventure with a Japanese locale. They had fun using some Japanese-anime elements in the film. David also mentioned that the film would feature some romance between two main characters. Fans of the show should be able to easily guess which two characters are featured in that regard. Another highlight of the movie: Beast Boy does Karaoke. How much more incentive do you need?

Soon-to-be MTV star Greg Cipes rallied the crowd. He asked if fans wanted to see more Teen Titans movies [cheers followed]. Then he asked if fans wanted to see more Teen Titans episodes [greeted with more cheers]. Greg mentioned that he had a blast playing Beats Boy and would love to play him again.

The Comic-Con theater was packed. The fans were extremely excited to see the film, and it didn't disappoint. Basically, if you enjoyed the series, you will enjoy the movie. There's adventure. there's humor. There's romance. There's character development. There's some classic scenes between the characters. The audience laughed and cheered.

I don't want to spoil too much about the movie, but I will give a few teasers: A Titans East member has a VERY brief cameo; The romance aspect is very satisfying; and the end credits have a great not-to-be-missed audio track.

I was able to catch up with the animated team after the show. They seemed happy with the audience reaction to the movie. David Slack mentioned that he never experienced one of his written scripts with an audience. He seemed pleased that the audience greeted the movie with enthusiasm.

My advice? Be sure to catch TEEN TITANS: TROUBLE IN TOKYO when it hits shelves!


  • At 12:55 AM, Anonymous Amy Ukalichick said…

    Yippee! Thank you! I can't wait to see it when it airs, and I'll be sure to buy it when it hits the shelves :).

  • At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Andrew Laubacher said…

    A 2007 release? Warner Bros. announced a release date of October 17, 2006. Has this changed?

  • At 10:48 AM, Blogger Nightwing said…

    Originally, the plan was to release it in the Fall of 2006! This was the first notion of that changing... I'll post when I learn more--

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