After eleven years in hiatus, Cartoon Network started a revival of the popular cartoon classic, The Powerpuff Girls. They did a brilliant promotional move for the show this past weekend, with Powerpuffyourself.com where you can make your own Powerpuff girl or boy! If you haven’t tried it out yet, do it! It’s very fun to finally see yourself in the unique style of the cartoon. Here are a couple creations of my significant other and I:
We’re SO CUTE!!!
Anyways, did the revival of the show live up to its predecessor?
After back to back episodes on Cartoon Network to celebrate the re-release, here are my first impressions on this wonderfully fun, girl power-filled show.
At first, I was a little disappointed with the flashy intro, with no homage to the original show and how the Powerpuff Girls came to be! Where’s my sugar, spice, and everything nice?! The new theme was still fun though and gave an overview of some of the old villains and characters, along with a neat comic book backdrop.
Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup in the first episode obsess over this boy band, and Bubbles wins tickets through a contest. Soon, she gets a call from the familiar Mayor who always seems to be in trouble, and they start a rescue mission on a mysterious island full of dinosaurs. Bubbles makes a new friend with one of the creatures there, and Blossom and Buttercup bicker over who should have the tickets. In the end, Bubbles doesn’t take either of her sisters to teach them a lesson, and she enjoys the concert with her new friend.
In the second episode we see the three girls in school. Buttercup doesn’t feel like she fits in with the activities Blossom and Buttercup are doing (pshhh scrapbooking). So she takes her spunky self and joins an action group of dodgeballers! Yeah! As Bubbles and Blossom realize they may have lost their sister from their group permanently, an old villain named Princess Morbucks re-introduces herself and wants to become a Powerpuff girl. In the end, Buttercup learns that Princess Morbucks bought the extreme dodgeball team on purpose just to draw Buttercup away from her sisters and become a Powerpuff girl. Still, Buttercup remembers her loyalty to her sisters and rescues them from Morbucks’ grasp.
The animation was great, and certain scenes made me chuckle. The awesome thing about the renewal is that the three sisters still had the distinct personalities from the first series, and that took me back to the nostalgia of the late 90’s when this unique show premiered. I can’t help but feel like something was missing though, both of the plots of the episodes were well executed, but tired. Viewers have probably seen those storylines 100 times before. However, both episodes were also lighthearted and showed the importance of their sisterly bonds above all else. If there is one thing that makes a good cartoon, it’s the life lessons and development the characters learn in the episodes, and this show is off to a good start.
Was it a perfect premiere for this classic show? No, but was it a great introduction for the next generation to enjoy? Absolutely. Tune in to Cartoon Network every day this week for new episodes on this fun show.