One hundred years in the future, our solar system is protected by Titan Force Five, a squadron of crack pilots whose spaceships combine to form the giant robot Titan Maximum. After years of peace, the inactive team must hastily reassemble to square off against the biggest threat humanity has ever faced - but before they save the day, this new version of Titan Force Five must overcome their astounding incompetence.
Welcome to the world of Titan Maximum, 50% Power Rangers, 23% Voltron, and 64% Thunderbirds Are Go! This stop-motion series combines the worst of all those shows with the best of Robot Chicken and rolls it up into a 9-episode giant robot parody, the likes of which you've never seen before.
And there's a monkey, because, dang it, a monkey makes every TV show better. Just ask Greg Evigan.
The series was created by Tom Root and Matthew Senreich and includes the creative input and voices of Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Rachael Leigh Cook and Dan Milano. There are also scifi guest voices like Billy Dee Williams as Admiral Bitchface, Adrianne Palicki as a little girl who is a demonic super villian and Tahmoh Penikett as a sex-addicted, rich boy who plays pilot for fun.
Unlike Robot Chicken, Titan Maximum has an actual, and rather complex, backstory behind it and each episode has an actual plot. Not always much of a plot, but a plot. Like Robot Chicken, the humor is over-the-top, often gross and, big warning here, full of foul language. This isn't a DVD for kids.
The most amazing thing about this series is the production itself. They use a combination of stop-motion animation and computer graphics and they meld them together in a nearly seamless fashion. The DVD contains some behind the scenes featurettes where you'll see the level of detail that goes into the sets and costumes and the lighting guy on this show works as hard as any in the TV business.
As fun as the show is, the special features are what makes this DVD worth buying. Tom, Matt and Seth Green take you inside the process with "Anatomy of a Sequence" and you'll get to see the actors try on different voices as the first table read. The commentaries are as funny as the show, so that's twice the laughs and the pop-up trivia portion will load you up with fun facts you can use to stump your friends.
The most ridiculous, and in some ways, the funniest special feature is an attempt at a live redub. Like a sketch from Whose Line is It Anyway, the actors sat down in front of an episode and attempted to dub in new dialogue on the fly. They go from mildly funny, to swing and a miss, to a chaotic mess and soon realize that this was a bad idea. Not their most brilliant moment, but you have to give them credit for trying something out there and new. I'd love to hear the cast of my favorite shows overdub each other on the fly, so kudos to the company for not only trying it, but for including the attempt on the DVD.
If you're a fan of giant robot movies, TV shows where puppets save the world, or you've gone, gone with the Power Rangers, you'll love Titan Maximum. It's like getting a super-awesome toy at Christmas with batteries included.