Once Upon a Townsville
Season 1, Episode 17
Episode name pun on: From the fairy tale drama TV show Once Upon a Time
Once Upon A Townsville
Airdate: May 26, 2016
Director: Nick Jennings
Bob Boyle
Story: Kyle Neswald
Benjamin P. Carow
Writer(s): Haley Mancini
See also
"Man Up 2: Still Man-ing"

Once Upon a Townsville is the seventeenth episode of the 2016 Powerpuff Girls series. It originally aired on Cartoon Network in the United States on May 26, 2016.


A princess falls from a fairy tale realm and into Townville, dead set on finding her prince, much to the girls annoyance, when they're forced to save her from self-inflicted peril.


Inside a magical fairytale realm, a princess is being chased by a fire-breathing dragon. As the princess calls for her prince, she accidentally falls down a magic well, which transports her to the city of Townsville, where the Powerpuff Girls notice her in a fainted state. However, the dragon also appears in Townsville, but the girls are able to fight it off. As they inspect on the fallen princess, they realize she is alive, and the princess introduces her to the girls as Princess Bluebelle. She explains to the girls about the dragon, and explains that she is waiting for her prince to save her.




Major Characters

Minor Characters

  • Dragon
  • Blue Lava Lady
  • Forest Animals
  • Prince Charming


  • This episode uses yet another variant of the original episode outro screen in which the book closes to reveal the animated pulsating hearts on the back cover the book. The pulsating hearts do not fill up the screen at all as they are trapped in a book cover. The Narrator is also heard saying "No singing! And so, once again, the day is saved, thanks to....", before singing "The Powerpuff Girls!" loudly and in sing-song tone. He quickly then says "Whoops! I sang."
  • This episode has a parody of several Disney Princesses:
    • Princess Bluebelle has a striking resemblance of Cinderella.  Her glass shoes are also a reference to the princess. 
    • A pixie has a striking resemblance of Tinkerbell.
    • Tangled - Princess Bluebelle long hair is similar to Rapunzel.
    • Sleeping Beauty - When Bluebelle is unconscious in the bench.
    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - An evil witch selling poisoned apples and Bluebelle attempting to eat one. The "est. 1937" in the sign of the stand is a reference to Walt Disney's Snow White, which was released in 1937. 
    • Enchanted - Bluebelle singing with the animals and being transported to Townsville from a well.
    • Beauty and the Beast - When Bluebelle sings, remembers the song in the village
    • Howerver, Both have "Belle" in her names
  • The title card is a parody of the Disney logo, with the city buildings representing the castle, and an arch-shape over the buildings.
  • Prince Charming has the same name as the prince from the Cinderella franchise.
  • The Girls' rap song has brought up again since "Escape from Monster Island".
  • This episode aired sixteen years after the original series episode "Twisted Sister/Cover Up".
  • Many fans were angry because Princess Bluebelle kissed Buttercup on the lips. Some say it was inappropriate.
  • The part where the iguana is doing Blossom's hair is vaguely reminiscent of the plot of the Powerpuff Girls Z episode "Hoppily Ever After".

Awards and Nominations

  • 2016 Emmy Awards - Outstanding Short Form Animated Program Nominee


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