February is generally a highly busy month in the world of sports, and this year is no exception, thanks to the Winter Olympics. One of the most popular events in the world, the NBA’s All-Star, which takes place this weekend, is one of the most-watched events within it is the slam dunk contest. As a result of this, specially named The Cartoon Network Special Edition: Teen Titans Go! is being produced in collaboration with Cartoon Network and Teen Titans Go!. The NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, presented by Nike, will take place on February 16. The following is the event synopsis:
The Cartoon Network Special Edition: NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Presented by Nike offers a comical mashup of basketball and Super Heroes as the Teen Titans host this special airing of the slam dunk contest from Inside the NBA headquarters. Robin, Raven, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Starfire will share colorful commentary, “professional” insights, and outlandish “Redraw Replays” that enhance the slam dunks with wildly animated overlays, crazy sound effects and surprise appearances by some of the world’s biggest cartoon stars from Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios.
A trailer for the event, narrated by Scott Menville’s Robin, is being released in conjunction with the announcement to take up the heat on the event. The Teen Titans, comprised of Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven, and Starfire, serve as the contest’s commentators, taking the place of the typical TNT panel, which features Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson Jr., Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley. Although the teaser may hind at an animated Barkley, the footage of the real dunk contest is interspersed with basketball-themed moments from series like Adventure Time, Powerpuff Girls, Regular Show, and Looney Tunes to create a cohesive whole. As a result, many of your favorite Cartoon Network characters are likely to make an appearance or two in the special. Also, it looks like Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, played by Matthew Lillard, will be serving as sideline reporters for the event, with our favorite mystery-solving team even enjoying a meal with Beast Boy, who is dressed in the form of a dog.
Although the Justice League is functioning as judges for the competition, the fact that they are doing so maybe the most amusing part about the trailer. Marvel’s Wonder Woman may be found blowing a kiss to the audience, while Superman, who was portrayed by Nicolas Cage in the Teen Titans Go! can be seen winking at the audience. While it seems unlikely that Cage would return for this special, it is quite amusing to watch his portrayal of Superman once more on screen.
Since previously mentioned, this is not the first time Teen Titans Go!, which was just extended for an eighth season on Cartoon Network, has featured basketball-themed activities, as they appeared in the direct-to-video film Teen Titans Go! Take, for example, Space Jam. While the slam dunk contest itself took place last night, it will be extremely entertaining to see how our favorite teenage team of heroes approaches the event in their usual silly brand of comedy. This appears to be very similar to how Nickelodeon has covered the NFL over the last couple of years, with its abundance of colorful animations.
A Special Edition of Cartoon Network’s NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest is on air. It was announced today that the Presented by Nike event will premiere, and you can see the complete teaser for it down below.