‘Powerpuff Girls’ Getting Rebooted with New Series on Cartoon Network in 2016

By June 16, 2014

That’s right, folks. Sugar, spice and everything nice will once again get mixed with Chemical X.

The Wrap has learned that a new iteration of the animated series “The Powerpuff Girls” from the late ’90s and early 2000s will be making a comeback with a series reboot hitting Cartoon Network again sometime in 2016.

For those who don’t remember, or may not be familiar, the original series by creator Craig McCracken followed three girls – Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup – who were accidentally turned into superheroes by their brainy scientist father, Professor Utonium. The girls were called upon again and again, not unlike the Power Rangers (which is getting a new feature film), to save the fictional city of Townsville, USA from criminals, monsters, and general craziness. Here’s the original cartoon’s opening sequence:

The series ran for 78 episodes between 1998 and 2005, and it was so successful, it also resulted in a feature film in 2002. Since then there’s been a 10th anniversary special, and another special that was release in 2014. However, the latter special, The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed, was done in a strange computer animated format, and it just didn’t work as well as the original series, likely because Crag McCracken had no input on the project.

As of now, it’s not clear how this reboot series will approach the characters, or if McCracken will be involved in any capacity. Even the animation style hasn’t been revealed. Pete Yoder, vice president of consumer products for North America, Cartoon Network Enterprises, simply says, “As the original ambassador of ‘girl power,’ The Powerpuff Girls brand continues to resonate with people of all ages and there is tremendous excitement around introducing Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup to a new generation.”

There will certainly be some nostalgia for those who grew up with the series, but if it doesn’t turn out to have roots in the original animated series, older fans likely won’t be interested. But Cartoon Network is obviously trying to bolster their younger audience by creating a bridge between two different generations who have grown up watching different cartoons. Stay tuned to see how this project develops.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • Arturo Sandi Otoya

    The Detective is segment from The Powerpuff Girls.