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Teen Titans

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Genre Action, superhero, sciencefiction, comedy-drama
Format Animated Series
Created by Glen Murakami
Developed by David Slack
Starring Scott Menville
Greg Cipes
Hynden Walch
Tara Strong
Khary Phayton
Opening theme Performed by Puffy AmiYumi
No. of Seasons 5
No. of Episodes 65 (List of Episodes
Production
Executiveproducer(s) Sander Schwartz
Producer(s) Glen Murakami
Running Time 22 minutes
Production Company(s) DC Entertainment
Warner Bros. Animation
Distributors Warner Bros. Television
Distribution
Broadcast
Original Channel Cartoon Network
The WB (2003-2005)
The CW (2007-2008)
Original Run July 19, 2003 – September 15, 2006

Series Run

Teen Titans is based on the DC Comics superhero team,
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Robin (right), Raven, Cyborg, Starfire and Beast Boy top to bottom (left)

the Teen Titans, primarily the stories told in the early-1980s The New Teen Titans comic book series by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. The series revolves around main team members Robin (the leader), Raven, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Cyborg. While it is an action cartoon, the series is also character-driven, with a focus on the main characters’ struggles with being teenage superheroes, their mutual friendships, and their limitations. A major difference between the animated series and the comic book is that while the comic portrayed the characters as being in their late teens to early 20s (resulting in the comic series at one point even dropping the word "Teen" from its title to reflect its older characters), the animated series characters are all depicted as being in their actual mid-teen years.

Seasons two and four are based upon two of the most popular New Teen Titans arcs, "Judas Contract" and "Terror of Trigon" respectively. Many characters from the comics, including Aqualad, Bumblebee, and Speedy, appear throughout the series. This is especially true in the final season, which introduces many Titans from the comics into the series for the first time, as well as the Doom Patrol heroes and villains.

The group's base of operations is Titans Tower, a large T-shaped structure that combines living quarters, a command center, training/workout facilities, and hangar/garage space.
Titans Tower

Titans Tower

It sits on an island just offshore from a fictional West Coast city; the location is never stated in any episode (though geographically it seems to be based on San Francisco), but is identified as "Jump City" in the Teen Titans Go! comic series. At the end of the third season, a second team of Titans comes together in Steel City, on the East Coast, and builds a similar Tower to serve as home base. However, instead of a free-standing structure on an island, this one is set into the cliff on which the city is built

Teen Titans frequently uses self-referential humor, and its animation style is heavily influenced by anime. On different episodes, the series' theme song's lyrics alternate between English and Japanese, sung by the J-pop duo Puffy (called "Puffy AmiYumi" in the United States to distinguish it from Sean Combs). Andrea Romano revealed in an easter egg on the season 3 DVD that the Japanese theme song means it will be a silly episode, while the English theme songs means it will be a serious episode (with the exception of "Nevermore"). This can be accessed by going to the special features menu on disc 2 and selecting the + sign on Más's chest; examples are then shown.

In mid-November 2005, TitansTower.com reported that prospects for a sixth season were looking extremely unlikely, and fans were urged to express their support for the show to Cartoon Network. Several days after this initial posting, word came that Cartoon Network had officially terminated the show. According to Wil Wheaton, the actor who provided the voice of Aqualad, the series was terminated by new Warner Bros. Feature Animation executives who made the decision not to renew the series based on its sixth season pitch. Wheaton's story was contradicted by series story editor Rob Hoegee who stated that the decision came from Cartoon Network, not WB, being that there were never any plans for a sixth season.

After the series finale, Warner Bros. Animation announced a feature called Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. The film premiered at San Diego Comic-Con International and was shown on Cartoon Network first on September 15, 2006. The DVD was released on February 6, 2007.

Towards the end of 2011, Internet rumors speculated that a sixth season of the show was in the works. Such rumors were based on of reports that Greg Cipes, the voice of Beast Boy on the show, had stated that work on a new season was underway and that a live action Teen Titans film was planned for release at the end of 2012. Such rumors have since remained unverified.

DC Nation

The series is being revived as a series of new shorts in 2012 for the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network. Dubbed New Teen Titans, the shorts began airing on March 3, 2012. Previews show the Titans in their chibi forms from the television series. The principal cast members from the original series returned to voice the lead characters.

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