Stuck in a hotel between sessions for a week, and my wife is not here to change form Cartoon Network. So I inadvertently listened to three or four episodes of the Teen Titans Go! I had originally dismissed the show as too silly. Something along the lines of Tom and Jerry. But now I am not sure.
One of the episodes exploited the shadow motif. Starfire struggles with a sister who clearly represents all of the unacceptable attributes the Starfire suppresses–a stylized cartoon version of Le Guin’s Earth Sea trilogy.
In the next episode, Beast Boy and Cyborg deconstructed notions of masculinity.
I would have thought that I was reading too much into a purposefully daffy cartoon. But the subtext was clear when I stopped concentrating on the foolishness.
Ironically, Robin and George Washington battling for team leader echoes the dynamics at our work place.
One of my favorite series! Whenever I am in a hotel and actually have control of the remote control (something I do not have at home), I will watch hours upon hours of the series.
You are not far off in your insights – from work politics and interpersonal insecurities, the show is rife of day-to-day activities that we all deal with and/or suppress. Even in their goofiest of moments, the Teen Titans deal with the simplest of desires (e.g. enjoying pie) to parental issues (e.g. Raven’s dad.)
However, sometimes the “Stay Puft Marshmallow Man” is nothing more than a giant walking marshmallow bent on the destruction of human kind, which is why I enjoy the show so much.