"Squash & Stretch" is the twentieth episode of the third season of Teen Titans Go!, and the one-hundred-twenty-fourth overall episode of the series.
The Titans learn about old cartoon-style violence in order to get revenge on a snack-stealing squirrel.
The episode begins with The Titans, who are outside in their bathing suits (even Cyborg), sunbathing in a lawn chair. Cyborg enjoys the weather, and Beast Boy agrees with him. Robin then eats the bowl of nuts. Cyborg expresses his love for nuts, because he is a nut mixologist. The peanut mix contained peanuts, almonds, and cashews (as pointed out by Raven, who then ate some nuts when Cyborg passed the bowl to her). Raven then passes the bowl of nuts to Beast Boy. As he was about to give it to Starfire, a pair of hands above grab it instead. As she was trying to get the bowl of nuts, she panics because the nuts are gone. They then see the Squirrel, laughing and eating the nuts.
The Titans get angry and try to chase the squirrel. The squirrel wins with ease, leaving the Titans mad and frustrated.
The Titans are now back in their tower, grumbling in anger. The squirrel teases them and makes them really mad. The Titans share some of their revenge fantasies. They realize that they are living in a world where violence is not the answer. Cyborg protests, saying that violence is acceptable as long as it was funny. He then shows the other Titans a cartoon, and the Titans laugh at it. Cyborg states that they laughed at the humor of the cartoon. Cyborg punches Robin, hoping that it will support Raven's claim that violence isn't funny. Raven and Starfire also beat Robin up, only to make him cry more and scream in pain. The Titans then realize that violence is only funny in silly cartoons. In hopes of taking revenge at the squirrel, they turn into the "Toon Titans," acting funnier and wearing different uniforms, with slightly different modifications. After some motivation from Cyborg, a panel appears with the Toon Titans heads, similar in appearance to the opening sequence of Looney Tunes, followed by a succeeding panel that reads, "Toon Titans in Going Nuts!"
The Squirrel, leaning on a tree, is snacking on the bowl of nuts, while the Titans stare at him. The Titans grab a huge axe and chop the tree, only to make the tree fall on their heads. The squirrel is seen again, eating the nuts on another tree's branch. Cyborg uses his chainsaw to cut the tree, only to make them fall along with the ground. The Titans attempt to insert dynamite on another tree. They manage to make the dynamite explode, but the tree lands on them and injures them in the process. The squirrel pops up from the hole, swallows some more nuts and winks, ending the short comedic segment. Cyborg states that in silly cartoons, the hunter never catches the prey. For them to take revenge through another acceptable form of cartoon violence, they should turn into an action/anime-like cartoon. Cyborg initiates the "action toon" dynamite, and the Titans transform into the "Teen Titronz."
The Titans are all in separate ships, tracking down the squirrel. They locate the squirrel and attempt to shoot it with quad lasers, but the squirrel manages to escape. The Titans form Zolton and energize the interlocks on the ships. They formed an infernal sphere and launched it on the squirrel. Alas, they finally managed to grab the nut mix. The Titans land on the field in celebration, since they finally get to eat the nuts. However, they saw the dead squirrel, and they began to cry. They wished that they hadn't been so rough, because the poor squirrel didn't do anything that bad. The squirrel's head falls off, revealing that the squirrel is a fake. Inside of the squirrel costume, a dynamite stick was inside, and it blew up. The Titans appear in their normal forms as they all land on the ground, defeated. The squirrel then gloats by saying "Gee, ain't I a stinker!". Then, the squirrel shouts "Woo Hoo!", as he pops up everywhere with the bowl of nuts in his hands as the episode comes to an end.
- This episode aired 10 years after the original series episode, "Calling All Titans."
- This episode was advertised as "Squash and Stretch," but the actual title is "Squash & Stretch", with an ampersand.
- The Titans are all defeated at the end of the episode.
- This is the sixth episode to have the title be different from what it was advertised. ("Cat's Fancy", "Dignity of Teeth", "Croissant", "Spice Game" and "Hey You, Don't Forget about Me in Your Memory.")
- When the Teen Titans turn into an action/anime style cartoon, Cyborg leads the Titans instead of Robin. This may be a reference to the original series, as Cyborg generally took over when Robin was absent.
- "Squash and Stretch" is a joke on the 12 basic principles of animation, which is also called by the same name. This is described in The Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas.
- This is the first episode to be aired in 2016.
- The summaries of both this episode and "A Farce" are switched on channel guides of certain cable providers.
- This episode had a clever joke: when the Titans are in their bathing suits, Robin shouts "Titans, GO!". Afterwards, they are in their normal clothes.
- This is the second time that the Titans' art style shifts to an old cartoon art style. The first time was in "The Fourth Wall".
- Raven is seen unhooded for the thirty-second time.
- The Titans are all seen in their swimsuits for the second time. The first time was in "Two Parter."
- Cyborg's Shablamo 3000 from "Accept the Next Proposition You Hear" makes a cameo in this episode.
- This is the second time that Cyborg imitates Popeye's short signature laugh. The first was in "Vegetables."
- This is the second time that the Titans are defeated in the same position, the first time being in "Truth, Justice, and What?".
- This is the second time that Starfire's hair shows as vivid red, like in the original series. The first time was in "Some of Their Parts".
- Beast Boy's toon-style of art refers to Mickey Mouse from the series with the same name.
- The style of art is a reference to classic cartoons.
- Starfire's toon-style of art is a reference to Olive Oyl from the Popeye series.
- Raven toon-style of art is a reference to a curtain character from the School House Rock series.
- The lines spoken by the Titans after they turn into funny cartoons (e.g., "The Teen Titans are way better as silly cartoons!", "I believe this is the definitive incarnation of the Teen Titans") might be the writers criticizing the haters again, similar to what they did in "Let's Get Serious", "The Return of Slade", and "The Fourth Wall".
- Even though this cartoon is a homage to classic theatrical cartoons, there was a part where the Teen Titans become an anime version of themselves, which is likely a reference to Voltron (given the Teen Titronz title card and the giant robot). The Titans themselves wear outfits based on the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.
- At one point during the segment their Titronz ships unite into a larger ship, this is a reference to the Gatchaspartan from Gatchaman F.
- When Beast Boy holds up a sign before getting crushed, it's similar to what Wile E. Coyote from the Looney Tunes franchise often does.
- Mojo Jojo did the same thing Wile E. Coyote reference in The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!, a special in the original Powerpuff Girls series.
- When the Titans become toons, there is a music-rendition of Bugs Bunny's theme.
- When Cyborg punches Robin as an experiment to see if it is funny, his fist and arm enlarge when Cyborg punches him. This may be a reference to a famous punch attack notably featured in the Battletoads video game franchise.
- On TV, Cyborg shows the Titans that only funny violence is allowed in society today. The TV program used to symbolize this includes parodies of characters from the CN show, "The Amazing World of Gumball," with a parody of Gumball (playing as Wile E. Coyote-esque part) and a parody of Darwin (playing as Roadrunner-esque part).
- At the end of the episode, the Squirrel quotes Bugs Bunny when he says, "Gee, ain't I a stinker?." He also imitates Daffy Duck's crazy side when he runs into the forest saying "Woo-hoo!".
- When the Titans are chasing the Squirrel, a title appears, which states that it is a Warner Bros. Cartoon.
- The show is indeed from Warner Bros.
- While this may be a homage to classic theatrical cartoons, there is one important thing the episode is missing: The Ending Sendoff Sequence. (For example: When Porky Pig bursts through the drum and says, "That's all, Folks!")
- When Cyborg slides the lever in the Teen Titronz' newly formed ship, his right hand goes in different directions in the two different shots powering up the laser.
- The use of the word "Titronz" suggested they parodied Voltron during the "action cartoon" segment, but it was another anime, G-Force.
- The Titans plans to defeat the squirrel backfiring.
- The Squirrel stealing the Titans' snack.
- The Titans changing animation to defeat the Squirrel.
The transcript for "Squash & Stretch" may be found here.
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