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Titan Maximum – Season One (2009/Adult Swim/Warner DVD)


Picture: B     Sound: B-     Extras: B     Episodes: B



Inspired by series like the SuperMarionation series Thunderbirds, as well as classic anime, Titan Maximum: Season One is a great new addition to the Adult Swim line up.  Whereas I was admittedly hesitant about the series at first, the stop-motion styling almost immediately sucked me in after only a few episodes.  The series parodies classic ‘super robot’ series and does it amazingly well.  What seems like a simple concept actually manages to blend comedy, action and all out creativity in a tangible and intelligent manner.


The series’ plot surrounds the solar system’s dream team of bright and brilliant minds who once protected the moon of Saturn (Titan) with their ‘super robot’ Titan Maximum.  Unfortunately for the team a series of heroic incidents, awarded medals and budget cuts eventually leads to the team being disbanded; where they are forced to get ‘ordinary’ day to day jobs.  Back in the ground most of the team settles in, while one member (Spud) dies in a horrible accident, a second team member (Gibbs) switches sides to try to take over the universe.  As Gibbs releases his monsters on the universe (2 years after the team split up) team Titan Maximum comes together (with two new team members) to defend the solar system once again.  Unfortunately (again) for the team their robot is horrible shape and it is up to (team member) Palmer’s genius younger brother to get the metal beast up and running with the help of monkey (awesome) janitor Leon.


The series moves at a rapid pace and the jokes come flying even faster; some referential, some slapstick and some plain crude…but overall wonderful.  Each episode only runs about 10-15minutes and as it is from the same creators as Robot Chicken it has that vibe, though the episodes actually maintain solid plot and continuity.  The series is exaggerated and over the top with plenty of potty humor (many ‘kicks to the balls’ come to mind), but it is easy to get into and enjoyable beginning to end.  As the series’ creators borrow (just like on Robot chicken) from the best that entertainment has to offer along with blending in their own style and creativity Titan Maximum turns out brilliantly and I hope there are many more (expanded) seasons to come.


The technical features are standard and not all to amazing, but nevertheless get the job done.  The video is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that looks very nice with bright colors, great details and inky blacks.  I surprisingly never was disappointed by the picture and whereas not perfect it made for a pleasant viewing experience.  The sound is a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound track that is SURPRISINGLY immersive for a short episode animation series.  The sound from beginning to end is loud, loud, loud with solid surrounds and puts you in the heart of the action.


The extras are nice and I wish more series, films and all other home video releases worked as hard for their fans as Adult Swim series do.  As soon as you open the DVD case you are treated to a 4 page full color comic book that is brilliantly done and entertaining as hell.  The single disc release also features three audio commentaries featuring cast and crew; behind the scenes look; deleted Animatics; anatomy of a sequence; crew mug shots gallery; table read; trailers; a pop-up trivia track; design showcase.  Overall, this Titan Maximum release has a wonderful amount of extras that should please fans all around.


This is a great series that I can’t wait to see more of.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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