|Meat Fuzzy Lumkins|
|Episode name pun on: Meet Fuzzy Lumkins|
|Airdate:||February 20, 1995|
How did you like Meat Fuzzy Lumkins?
Meat Fuzzy Lumkins is the first of the two pilots for The Powerpuff Girls. It was broadcast as part of What A Cartoon! on February 20, 1995.
Later on at Pokey Oaks Preschool, everyone is enjoying a normal afternoon when the phone rings. Ms. Keane answers and calls Blossom who is holding a jump rope with other girls. To solve her problem, Blossom uses her super speed to run and grab Ms. Keane, run back to the girls and have her hold the rope, and then run just in time to grab the falling phone and answer. On the phone, the mayor is freaking about a problem going on downtown. Fuzzy Lumkins is using his ray gun to turn everyone into meat. The mayor is zapped into a T-bone steak just before he can tell Blossom about the news. Blossom asks what's going on, and all the meat mayor can say is "..meat."Blossom orders the other puffs to head out, but Ms. Keane wants them to use their manners. After asking if they can save the world, the girls crash through the ceiling, much to their teacher's dismay. Downtown the three find Townsville transformed into what looks like a butcher's shop. To save the day, they "rebuild" Townsville with cardboard houses and buildings. The girls wonder who could have done this: the Bologna Brothers? All-Beef Patty? The Salami Swami? Nobody can figure out who did it until the talking dog mentions jam. Blossom and Buttercup shoot up to the skies to look for Fuzzy. (and Bubbles after she's done coloring). At the Townsville Mall, Fuzzy Lumkins plots to turn the mall into meat, when the Powerpuff Girls stop him. He tries zapping them, too, but the puffs are too fast. Bubbles charges onto Fuzzy, but he turns around just in time to shoot her right pigtail. This, in turn, transformed her right pigtail into a "meat-haired" chicken drumstick.
Bubbles is revealed to care very much about her hair, so much that she gets up with flames in her eyes. Enraged at Fuzzy for "meating" part of her hair, Bubbles assaults the pink fiend. After some karate chops, bites, and good old-fashioned trips in the street, the cutest girl of the three becomes really powerful and shoots the pink fiend with his own meat ray gun, turning him into a nice, juicy patty.
Later that day, the city holds a good old charity BBQ, likely to take care of the meat. Bubbles hair returns to normal, and she is satisfied. The mayor is proud of the girls for saving the day, but he's curious as to why his burger has "diddly-bobs" on it. It must be an inside joke because the three girls start giggling.
So once again the day is saved, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls!
- The Salami Swami also makes an appearance in the later episode "Slave the Day."
- It is never explained how Bubbles' hair turned back to normal after it got turned into meat haired chicken drumstick.
- The design of the Mayor is completely different from his appearance in later episodes.
- Tara Strong, Tom Kenny, Jennifer Hale, and Tom Kane were not cast in the series yet. At the time, Bubbles and the then-unnamed Ms. Keane were voiced by Kath Soucie, the Narrator was voiced by Ernie Anderson (who passed away before the series was green-lit), the Mayor was voiced by Jim Cummings, and Talking Dog was voiced by Paul Mercier. Cathy Cavadini and E.G. Daily were the first two to be cast in the series. Also, Buttercup's voice resembles Tommy Pickles' voice from Rugrats, as both characters are voiced by E.G. Daily.
- The show does not open with "the City of Townsville," but with "Townsville Mall."
- This episode originally had the title "The Whoopass Girls," like Craig McCracken's student film, but when he got complaints from a man in the cable company that the title was inappropriate, he along with two other friends quickly changed it to "The Powerpuff Girls."
- Fuzzy Lumkin's character is considerably different from the version established in the series proper. While the usual depiction of Fuzzy is a short-tempered inarticulate hillbilly constantly obsessed with his property, in the pilot Fuzzy is an inventor and considerably better articulate.
- This cartoon was hand-drawn and produced at Animal House in Japan.
- In the barbecue scene, Blossom's hair is dark red instead of light red.
- The episode premiered on the World Premiere Toon-In special, which also featured Van Partible and Genndy Tartakovsky promoting their own shows (Johnny Bravo and Dexter's Laboratory, respectively).
- This is also the only episode of the show to also air on Cartoon Network's late evening-night block, [adult swim], since "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" aired on Cartoon Network first, and then moved to [adult swim] when the block debuted in 2001.
- Bubbles actually karate chops off one of Fuzzy's legs.
- First appearance of The Talking Dog, The Mayor of Townsville, Ms. Keane and Fuzzy Lumkins
- "The Whoopass Girls" ending theme can be heard once the girls fly out of the mall.
- In "Aqua Teen Hunger Force", during the episodes "Rabbot" and "Mayhem of the Mooninites," a mall named the "Powerpuff Mall" resembles the mall shown in this episode.
- This episode is the very first What a Cartoon! episode.
- At the start of the episode, when the citizens greet the Mayor with "Hello, mayor!", it sounds like how the Warner Brothers (Yakko and Wakko) from Animaniacs greet Hello Nurse or any other woman with their catchphrase, "Hellooo Nurse!".
- While fighting Fuzzy Lumkins, Bubbles disappears for a split-second.