One of Cartoon Network’s most successful and enduring shows is the classics series, The Powerpuff Girls. The Craig McCracken-created animated series lasted from the late 90s to the mid-2000s, totaling 78 episodes, a feature film, video games, and a 2014 CGI special. Not only did the show earn multiple Emmys, it landed on our list of the Best Cartoons of the 90s. Speaking of the 90s, following in the vein of recent nostalgia for that era, Cartoon Network is bringing the series back.
This had been previously reported, but now we are getting our first look at the rebooted show, which is set to air this spring. Thanks to Cartoon Network (via Screenrant), you check out the first clip below:
Slated to premiere this spring, the reimagined series from Cartoon Network Studios is about three girls juggling school and saving the world before bedtime.
The beauty of cartoons is that the characters don’t need to age and imagination doesn’t need to be contained, especially for a show like this that focuses on superhero kids who fight evil monkeys. So it isn’t necessarily unwelcome to see Cartoon Network bring back these characters, nor surprising given other reboots like Fuller House, Gilmore Girls, and Nickelodeon tapping into its 90s programming. The hope probably rests on not only engaging in the nostalgia of those that grew up on Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, but to also connect to a new generation. And it would be no surprise if they have a marathon of the old episodes to the run up of the new show, or even just begin re-airing them in general.
Also, the values of what these characters stand for are more timely than ever. That is made evident in the first clip, where the Powerpuff Girls are patronized, stereotyped, and overall underestimated by a man who wants to bring back “manly roots” to the town. But the little superheroes make the record clear, demonstrating their “sugar, spice, and everything nice” attitudes. “Strong female characters” is a term that some people roll their eyes at, but if anyone fits that definition, it’s these little ladies. Simply put, we just got three more female superheroes.
One somewhat-jarring nature of the clip is the new voice cast. But again, this is a reboot, featuring the voice talents of Amanda Leighton (The Fosters) as Blossom, Kristen Li (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn) as Bubbles, and Natalie Palamides (Burning Bridges) as Buttercup. But in keeping with tradition, Tom Kenny will again lend his voice to the Narrator/Mayor of Townsville.
The Powerpuff Girls will air this spring on Cartoon Network. (Yes, that was weird to write.)