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This article is about the new series of the Powerpuff Girls which began to air in April 2016. For the original series, see The Powerpuff Girls (1998 TV series).
The Powerpuff Girls (2016 TV series)
The Powerpuff Girls 2016 logo
Based on The Powerpuff Girls by Craig McCracken
Voices of
Opening Theme song

"Who's Got the Power?" by Tacocat

Ending Theme song "The Powerpuff Girls" lyrics and performed by Tristan Sedillo and Hannah Watanabe-Rocco
Country of origin United States
Original language English
Production
Character designers
  • Cheyenne Curtis (lead)
  • Dean Heezen
Producers
  • Nick Jennings (executive)
  • Bob Boyle
Production company Cartoon Network Studios
Release
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original run April 4, 2016 - Present

The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated television series and a reboot to the television series of the same name created by Craig McCracken. Cartoon Network announced the series in June 2014.[citation needed]

In 2015, they announced that the new series would feature new voice actors for the three main characters. It premiered on the network in April 2016 in the United States, Asia, United Kingdom and Australia.[citation needed]

Plot

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The Powerpuff Girls, as they appear in the 2016 reboot.

The Powerpuff Girls features Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup; three girl superheroes whose purposes are to reduce crime in between living a normal childhood. Unlike the original series, the 2016 reboot takes a more "slice-of-life" approach and mostly tells about the Girls when they're not fighting crime.

Production

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Cartoon Network announced on June 16, 2014, that they had revived The Powerpuff Girls in a new series, which is to be produced by Cartoon Network Studios. Rob Sorcher, chief content officer of the network, said that an "overwhelming demand" prompted the new series to be created. In their 2015 upfront on February 19, the network announced that Nick Jennings would be its executive producer. Bob Boyle will also produce. Meanwhile, Craig McCracken, original creator of The Powerpuff Girls, is not working on the series.

Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, and Natalie Palamides were announced as the new voice actors of the main characters; Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup—replacing the original respective voice actors Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, and Elizabeth Daily. Tom Kenny, the voice of Mayor and the narrator in the old show, reprises his role, however. After the network revealed multiple promotional images from the new series in June 2015, writers from news sites described the visual look as similar to the original series, despite that the Powerpuff Girls special Dance Pantsed, broadcast in 2014, featured a different art style rendered in CGI.

Roger L. Jackson returns as Mojo Jojo, and Jennifer Hale as Ms. Keane and Sedusa, but not as Princess Morbucks.[1] Tom Kane returns as Professor and Him, and Jim Cummings as Fuzzy Lumpkins.

The recasting of the main characters came to the sadness of Cavadini, Daily, and Strong, the latter of who, on Twitter, called it "a stab in the heart". She had announced after the upfront in February that this was a "strictly creative" desicion by the network, though in June of the same year said that the network had never contacted either her or Cavadini and Daily prior to the decision to recast. According to Kenny, McCracken gave the new show his approval. Upon the release of the information on the new show, it was revealed that the original voice actresses behind Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, were not asked by Cartoon Network to come back for the new series, and new actresses will be used instead; Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, and Natalie Palamides. The original voice actor behind The Mayor and the Narrator, Tom Kenny, shall return however, along with other voices from the original series, includiung Roger L. Jackson, Tom Kane, Jennifer Hale, and Jim Cummings.

On May 26, 2016, Natalie Palamides confirmed that the show has been renewed for a second season. The reboot had a crossover with Teen Titans Go! with a episode titled, "TTG v PPG", on June 30, 2016. Season 2 premiered on March 3, 2017.

Cast

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Additonal Voices

  • Dee Bradley Baker - Radio DJ, Cheepy
  • Eric Bauza - Allegro, Secret Swapper, Dr. Kanzington, Prince Charming, Chance, Stanicorn
  • Roger Craig Smith - Schedulebot, Toni, Zack, Dax
  • Kate Higgins - Maylyn
  • Josh Fadem - Donny
  • Anais Fairweather - Jemmica
  • Catherine Reitman
  • Maurice LaMarche - Manboy, Pug-Face Paulie, Farmer
  • Jill Talley - Psychic Woman, Ms. Lacosi
  • James Kirkland - Guru Chillaxi, Bro Sharks
  • Lily Vonnegut - Bianca Bikini
  • Jason Spisak - Packrat, Silico
  • Jon Miller
  • Fred Tatasciore - Chef Schintzel, Nick, Yeti #1
  • Holly Palmer - Bubbles' Singing Voice
  • Cindy Robinson - Erica the Red
  • Sonal Shah - Sapna
  • Kate Miccuci - Hope
  • Jessica DiCicco
  • Laura Bailey - Bluebelle
  • Frank Welker - Dragon
  • Jennie Pierson - Lunch Lady
  • Jake Goldman - Jared Shapiro
  • Joshua Black - Matt Manser
  • Betsy Sodaro - Eddie, Angela
  • Tress Macneille - Zeitgiest, Ms. Moss
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste -  Chelsea
  • Cree Summer - Edith/Green Wing
  • Travis Willingham - Blue Jeanie, Absman
  • Jason Kaye
  • Sunil Maholtra
  • Vanessa Marshall - Unicorn Terminator
  • S. Scott Bulock - Woolly
  • Sandy Fox - Owlie Boop

Broadcast and reception

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Ratings

Cartoon Network US premiered the series on April 4, 2016. Cartoon Network UK premiered the series on April 25, 2016. Despite having an initially strong rating, it eventually weakened drastically, to the point that very few new episodes reached over a million ratings. Starting with Cheep Thrills (and with the exception of People Pleaser), the poor ratings of every episodes gives the show a very bleak future, and it is debatable on whether or not the show will get cancelled by the end of the second season or sooner.

Critical Response

Season 1 (2016)

The first season of the series received mixed reviews from critics and mostly negative reactions from fans. On IMDb, the series has a general rating of 3.6/10 based on 1,688 reviews, and on TV.com, the show holds a 5.2/10 based on 37 votes. The show has been praised for its voice acting and opening sequence but heavily criticized for the jokes, the lessons, the overall animation quality, the decreased amount of crime-fighting, the absence of the Narrator and the portrayal of the Girls, which includes the fact that Cathy Cavadini, E. G. Daily and Tara Strong were replaced as their voices.

Craig McCracken, the creator of the original series, has stated on Twitter that, although he understood why the reboot was made from a business standpoint, he was unhappy with the decision and "never officially gave it [his] blessing".

However, on Commonsensemedia.org, the series gained a slightly more positive reception than in TV.com and especially IMDb. In it, the series gained a 3/5 rating based on 13 reviews, giving it a passable rating (but nothing compare to its predecessor).

Season 2 (2017)

The second season has received only slightly better reception than the first season. Although the art style was given minor praise for being a slight improvement, the series was still heavily criticized for the jokes, the recurring characters (like Donny, who debuted in the second season in The Last Donnycorn), and the lessons.

The show along with the Ben 10 reboot has high viewing figues in Europe.[1][2]

Comparison to the Original Series

On IMDb, the highest rating any episodes got was, at most, a 5.0/10 rating, with the highest-rated episode being Halt and Catch Silico. It's lowest-rated episode, A Star Is Blossom, gained a rating of 1.5/10. In comparison, the original series' highest rated episode is The Rowdyruff Boys, which gained a 8.7/10 rating, and its lowest-rated episode, Sun Scream/The City of Frownsville, holds a 5.6/10 rating. This means the 2016 series, so far, failed to properly succeed the original series, despite the executives wanting to make it better than the original series.

In terms of ratings, although the first few episodes of the reboot gained strong ratings, it weakened drastically to the point that only one episode ever passed a million ratings since September of 2016. As for the original series, many compared it to Nickelodeon's Spongebob Squarepants in terms of praise and popularity. It was so popular that it helped CN make millions of dollars through merchandise and licensed products. Although the network wanted the show to continue on, showrunner Craig McCracken and producer Chris Savino rejected the executive's offer for a seventh season. The reboot of the old show was announced to continue off the success of the original series, but its miserable rating compare to the original (not to mention the show being overshadowed by Teen Titans Go and Samurai Jack in terms of its revival) means that the show might not be able to last as long, if not longer, than the original series. However, it could still be renewed due to its higher viewership in Europe.[1][2]

Episodes

Season Episode Season premiere Season finale
1 39 April 4, 2016 December 24, 2016
2 TBA March 3, 2017 TBA

Awards and Nominations

Trailers and Promos

Gallery

For the gallery of the series, click here.

Trivia

  • Unlike their 1998 counterparts from the original 1998 TV series, the girls can create energy constructs in a style of DC Comics superhero Green Lantern in this series.
  • Unlinke the original series, the narrator does not usually say "The City of Townsville..." for the beginning line and the classic outro "And so once again the day is saved, thanks to... The Powerpuff Girls" for the ending line.
  • Unlike the original series, most of the episodes are aired separately, instead of both all together.
  • The show's premiere date of April 4, 2016 is a math equation (4 X 4 = 16).
  • The episodes The Wrinklegruff Gals and Power-Up Puff shows the girls' transition from Pokey Oaks Kindergarten to Midway Elementary School and their newfound ability to create energy constructs, fans to strongly believe this show and the original show sharing the same continuity, and that the reboot is actually a sequel to the original series as opposed to being a true reboot with its own continuity (much like Powerpuff Girls Z). However, the episode "The Wrinklegruff Gals" reveals that the 2016 version of Mojo Jojo has a mother in that episode. Therefore it still remains a true reboot with its own continuity.
  • Sedusa and the Rowdyruff Boys are the only major villians that have not yet appared in the reboot.
  • The Powerpuff Girls are one the franchises playable in LEGO Dimensions

References

Start a Discussion Discussions about The Powerpuff Girls (2016 TV series)

  • Episode Pun Idea

    378 messages
    • "Boy Story" - The girls take on the Rowdyruff Boys in order to save the people of Townsville from them. (Based on "Toy Story")
    • "Flash Rewind" (2-part special) - The Girls travel back in time in the 1998 version of Townsville.
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    • one of the biggest problems with the new show other than the lame fights and the girls cause 90% of the problems so that basically makes t...

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