The Powerpuff Girls (1998)

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The Powerpuff Girls
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Thus the Powerpuff Girls were born! Using their ultra super powers, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup have dedicated their lives to fighting crime and the forces of evil!
Genre: Superhero
Comedy
Action
Animation
Running Time: 9-22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: February 20, 1995 (Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins)
January 28, 1996 (Crime 101)
November 18, 1998 – March 25, 2005 (series)
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Milkshake (Channel 5; UK)
YTV (Canada)
Created by: Craig McCracken
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Cathy Cavadini
Tara Strong
E. G. Daily
Tom Kane
Tom Kenny
Roger L. Jackson
Jennifer Hale
Jeff Bennett
Jennifer Martin
Jim Cummings
Kath Soucie
Christine Cavanaugh
Dee Bradley Baker
Seasons: 6
Episodes: 78 (136 segments)
Next show: Powerpuff Girls Z (2006-2007)
The Powerpuff Girls (2016) (2016-2019)


The Powerpuff Girls is an American superhero animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network from November 18, 1998, to March 25, 2005, with the series finale The Powerpuff Girls Rule! airing on January 19, 2009. The show centers on Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, three girls with superpowers, as well as their father, the brainy scientist Professor Utonium, who all live in the city of Townsville. The girls are frequently called upon by the town's childlike and naive mayor to help fight nearby criminals using their powers. The series first started as pilot episodes in 1995 titled "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins" and 1996 as "Crime 101".

Plot

The show focuses on Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, three super-powered little sisters who were accidentally created in a lab by Professor Utonium who raises them as his daughters. They regularly save the City of Townsville from villains such as Mojo Jojo, the Gangreen Gang, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Princess Morbucks and Him. Blossom is the self-proclaimed leader of the trio, Bubbles is the cute one and Buttercup is the toughest one.

Why They Are Able To Save The World Before Bedtime

  1. The concept of the five-year-old girls who are in kindergarten being artificially created with superpowers is a pretty cool idea for the show.
  2. Simple, clean, smooth, detailed and very cutesy animation, thanks to the unforgettable studios of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and Rough Draft Studios, the animation got even better in the last two seasons due to the switch to digital ink-and-paint animation.
  3. Very appealing and cute character designs that are pleasing to look at.
  4. The intro and outro are both really cool, and they’re pretty catchy to listen to.
    • The outro is played by BIS.
  5. It launched Craig McCracken's career as show creator, who then created Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, Wander Over Yonder, and Kid Cosmic.
  6. A hilarious and overly-dramatic narrator; it helps that he's voiced by Tom Kenny (mostly known for being Spongebob SquarePants).
  7. The voice cast is amazing, by the talents of: Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong (Harley Quinn from Batman Arkham Series), E. G. Daily (Tommy Pickles from Rugrats (1991), Baby Doll from Streets of Fire and served as a singer performer for certain music in Scarface (1983), Tom Kane, Tom Kenny (The titular character of Spongebob SquarePants), Roger L. Jackson, Jennifer Hale (Gladys from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy), Jeff Bennett (The titular character of Johnny Bravo), Kath Soucie, Christine Cavanaugh (The titular protagonist of Dexter's Laboratory (seasons 1-3a), Jennifer Martin and Jim Cummings (The titular character of Winnie The Pooh).
  8. The crime-fighting and action scenes are awesome to watch.
  9. Memorable supporting characters such as Professor Utonium, The Mayor, Ms. Bellum (who later on became a fan favorite/fan service), Ms. Keane, etc.
  10. Plenty of cool and threatening villains such as Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Sedusa, the Gangreen Gang, Princess Morbucks, HIM, the Ameba Boys, The Rowdyruff Boys, Mask Scara, etc.
  11. There are lots of awesome references to Dexter's Laboratory, such as the voice cast and certain cameos from Dexter himself in certain episodes.
  12. Plenty of funny comic reliefs such as The Mayor of Townsville.
  13. The girls themselves are cute, awesome, adorable and work off each other well:
    • Blossom is the leader and the smart girl of the group, and also the most rational, meaning it's her plans that contribute to victory. She is the Everything nice of the group.
    • Bubbles is the cute girly girl of the group who is the most optimistic and shy, meaning it's her openness to friendship that sometimes allows the girls to gain an upper hand by not fighting without a reason. She is the Sugar of the group.
    • Buttercup is the sporty, no-nonsense tomboy who is always eager for a good fight, making her the key to overpowering enemies that can only be taken head-on. She is the Spice of the group.
      • The fact the girls' personalities were based off single words from the kids' song "What are Little Boys Made Of?" makes this even more ingenious.
  14. It has a perfect mix of humor, drama and action.
  15. The song, Love Makes The World Go Round from the episode, "Mime for a Change", is much better than expected.
  16. Has so many great and memorable episodes, such as:
  17. Some villains also save the day just the first time in various memorable episodes, such as "Telephonies", "Just Another Manic Mojo", "Aspirations" and especially "Forced Kin", showing how they’re not completely evil.
  18. It spawned two memorable movies such as The Powerpuff Girls Movie in 2002 (which serves as a prequel to the series) and The Powerpuff Girls: Twas the Fight Before Christmas in 2003 (the christmas special).
    • In 2009, it also spawned a 10th anniversary series finale, titled "The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!", which is the first Powerpuff Girls cartoon to be animated in Flash.
      • In one scene when the girls look at everyone's sad faces and moan in disbelief, Mac and Bloo from Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends (another Craig McCracken show) make a cameo appearance.
      • We even get to see Ms. Bellum's face as a freeze-frame bonus.
      • It was an overall great way to end the original series.
      • Mojo Jojo has a good singing voice. He sang two verses of ''Everybody Wants To Rule The World'' by Tears for Fears.
  19. Despite it's flaws, it also received a 15th special CGI episode titled "Dance Pantsed".
  20. Has a good moral in most of the episodes.
  21. Despite the title saying "Girls", which resulting in many thinking it's a feminist show, it can be watched by both girls and boys, teens, adults and heck even for everyone who wants to be gay or lesbian.

Bad Qualities

  1. The N64/PS1 game is not very good, along with the mediocre game released in 2002 titled "The Powerpuff Girls: Relish Rampage".
  2. It has its fair share of bad episodes, such as:
  3. It can at times be mean-spirited towards Buttercup, as she tends to get slightly less respect compared to Blossom and Bubbles. In fact, there have been episodes where Buttercup was punished for something that Bubbles is equally guilty of doing, but the difference is that Bubbles never suffers consequences, presumably due to her innocent and sensetive personality, though Buttercup herself can be unlikable at times such as in the episode "Moral Decay". The most torture she got was in the episode "Cover Up".
  4. There are some gross-out and toilet humor, mostly notable in the episodes "Down 'n' Dirty", "Reeking Havoc" "Crazy Mixed-Up Puffs" and "Pee Pee G's".
    • Down 'n' Dirty main plot is about Buttercup not wanting to take a shower.
    • In "Reeking Havoc", the Professor wins the 2nd Annual Townsville Chili Cook-Off with the Chemical X chili, and everyone who did eat the chili in Townsville (including the Utonium family) fart up an entire methane monster.
    • Other examples include Buttercup farting in "Crazy Mixed Up Puffs" and Mojo Jojo peeing on the girls' bed in "Pee Pee G's".
  5. The Mayor of Townsville, while funny, can also be flawed at times due to how dumb and childish he can be, especially in the episodes: "Hot Air Buffon", "Toast of the Town" and "Night Mayor".
  6. It got a very awful reboot in 2016, even worse, Craig McCracken is not involved in this one despite being the creator of the original series and being the executive producer and story developer of the last two seasons.
  7. It has a mediocre anime adaptation titled "Powerpuff Girls Z", even though it's better then that awful 2016 reboot.

Reception

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Trivia

  • Originally "Déjá View" was going to be made as an episode in the show, but due to the amount of time spent by the show's crew making The Powerpuff Girls Movie, the episode was never produced, instead, it was made as a story in the 50th edition of The Powerpuff Girls comic book published by DC Comics.
  • Series' creator Craig McCracken was offered a job to work on The Ren & Stimpy Show from Nickelodeon during its first season, but he did refuse due of he was still studying in CalArts in the early 90s.
    • Speaking of Ren & Stimpy, the creator of the series: John Kricfalusi is a fan of the show, mainly due of the colors that the original series used.
  • The original voice actors of the Girls came back in Craig McCracken's new series, Kid Cosmic, as the Planet Protection Group featuring Agent Pink (Cathy Cavadini), Agent Blue (Tara Strong), and Agent Green (E.G. Daily).
  • Three of the Dexter's Laboratory cast are here as the Harold Family in the "Supper Villain" episode such as: Jeff Bennet, Kath Soucie and Christine Cavanaugh.
  • The show is popular in Japan. So much so, in fact, that they made their own version of the series. It's even had merchandise released into The New '10s and even got it's own alternate opening.
  • In terms of airing order as well as on consumer purchase platforms and home media releases, the episodes "Keen on Keane", "Not So Awesome Blossom", and "Power-Noia" are officially listed as the final three episodes of Season 4, rather than the first three episodes in Season 5, as per production order (they were also the first three episodes to be produced by Cartoon Network Studios excluding The Powerpuff Girls Movie). This is possibly due to these episodes being the final inputs from the show's creator, Craig McCracken himself, as he helped direct these episodes before leaving the show to create Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends; the series also went on hiatus for eight months after "Power-Noia" first debuted on December 13, 2002, until September 5, 2003. Similarly, the episodes "Nuthin' Special", "Neighbor Hood", "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future", and "Octi-Gone" are officially listed as the final four episodes in Season 6, as per airing order. However, as per production order, "Nuthin' Special" / "Neighbor Hood" and "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" / "Octi-Gone" are Season 5's 3rd and 5th episodes respectively.
  • Mucci Fassett, known for being the director of Bratz (2005 TV series) and The Proud Family, was the writer of the episode "Octi Gone".
  • "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" episode was banned in the United States because Cartoon Network claimed that the metal beams in the destroyed buildings looked too much like crosses and that one of the hippies looked like Jesus; it was also speculated that it was banned due to the stroboscopic effects seen in the "Hear Me Fathers" sequence. However, the episode only aired on YTV in Canada on March 18, 2004, followed by Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia on April 19, 2005, and later in Latin America and Brazil on May 20, 2006.
  • As of September 3, 2023 just like Ben 10 (2005), the original series is now on Netflix, albeit only the first two seasons.
  • The late Filipino YouTuber and fanartist Jerimin Dilao (known as Jerimin19) loved this show.
  • Cathy Cavadini and Tara Strong later on starred in the next Craig McCracken's show, Kid Cosmic.
  • The fifth season went on a hiatus for 8 months and aired in 2003.
  • The older wiki Terrible TV Shows & Episodes stated that the last two seasons were bad, this has now been fixed.
  • The fourth season is the last season to be animated by Hanna-Barbera before switching to Cartoon Network Studios in the last two seasons in 2003.

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