The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated action-comedy television series based on the television series of the same name created by Craig McCracken which ran from November 18, 1998 to March 25, 2005. Cartoon Network announced the series in June 2014; in 2015, they announced that the new series would feature new voice actors for the main characters. The series premiered on April 4, 2016 in the United States and April 25, 2016 in the United Kingdom.
On May 13, 2018, the series began its third season, and ended in June 16, 2019.
As of June 28, 2020, even though it was not confirmed, the show has most likely been quietly cancelled apparently for some unfavorable reviews by fans of the original 1990s series. But all of the episodes are now streaming on HBO Max on May 27, 2020. Up to this date, it is currently unknown if a 4th Season will ever be produced, but after an announcement for a live action series for the CW has been announced in August 2020, it seems that the 2016 series has ended and will not come back for a 4th Season.
The Powerpuff Girls, featuring Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, are three superheroes whose purpose is to reduce crime in between living a normal childhood.
- Bliss (Blisstina)
- Professor Utonium
- The Mayor of Townsville
- Ms. Bellum (Bye Bye Bellum only)
- Ms. Keane
- The Narrator (Season One only)
- Mojo Jojo
- Fuzzy Lumpkins
- Princess Morbucks
- The Gangreen Gang
- The Amoeba Boys (Viral Spiral only)
- The Rowdyruff Boys (Total Eclipse Of The Kart only)
- Bianca and Barbarus Bikini (replacing Sedusa)
- Salamander (Salamander only)
Cartoon Network announced on June 16, 2014, that they had revived The Powerpuff Girls in a new series, which was to be produced by Cartoon Network Studios. Rob Sorcher, chief content officer of the network, said that an "overwhelming demand" prompted the new series to be created. In their 2015 upfront on February 19, the network announced that Nick Jennings would be its executive producer. Bob Boyle, who previously created Disney XD's Yin Yang Yo! and Nick Jr’s Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! will also produce. Meanwhile, Craig McCracken, original creator of The Powerpuff Girls, will not work on the series.
Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, and Natalie Palamides were announced as the new voice actors of the main characters—Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup-replacing the original respective voice actors Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, and Elizabeth Daily. Tom Kenny, the voice of Mayor and the narrator in the original series, will reprise his role, however. After the network revealed multiple promotional images from the new series in June 2015, writers from news sites described the visual look as similar to the original series, despite that The Powerpuff Girls special Dance Pantsed, broadcast in 2014, featured a different art style rendered in 3D. Meanwhile, Roger L. Jackson will return as Mojo Jojo, and Jennifer Hale will return as Ms. Keane, but not as Princess.
One of the original villains, HIM, is set to be killed off from the show as of season two. The show’s villainess, Sedusa, will not be appearing in the reboot as a new character Bianca Bikini will be taken her role as the main villainess.
The first clips for the series were shown in a Cartoon Network Australia and New Zealand promo video for 2016.
Broadcast and reception
The recasting of the main characters came to the sadness of Cavadini, Daily, and Strong—the latter of whom, on Twitter, called it "a stab in the heart". She had announced after the upfront in February that this was a "strictly creative" decision by the network, though in June of the same year said that the network had never contacted either her or Cavadini and Daily prior to the decision to recast. Kenny suggested that McCracken "does give it his blessing", but in May 2016 McCracken denied such claim on his Twitter, commenting that he had never given the new reboot his official blessing. McCracken also wished the network had stopped their plans for a reboot of the original Powerpuff Girls property, but that he acknowledges from a financial view why the new series was commissioned.
The series premiered in Latin America and Brazil on April 4, 2016 and on Cartoon Network UK between 28 March and 16 April 2016. The first clips for the series were shown in a 2016 showreel for the network's Cartoon Network feed.
Bellum’s removal backlash
Female modifications were also made which included the character Ms. Bellum being written off the show. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Nick Jennings explained "We felt like Ms. Bellum wasn't quite indicative of the kind of messaging we wanted to be giving out at this time, so we sort of had her move on... And that was a good choice I think on our part". This change caused a negative response from critics and fans of the original show, who complained that the removal of Ms. Bellum's character (as well as villainess Sedusa being completely dropped from the show) negated the feminist message of the reboot.
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