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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 of 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 and going to school.

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, the 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, the 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, 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" decision 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, including 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 an episode titled, "TTG v PPG", on June 30, 2016. Season 2 premiered on March 3, 2017.

According to the resume of Dean Heezen, a character designer on the series, it has been renewed for a third season. [1]

Cast

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Additional Voices

  • Dee Bradley Baker - Radio DJ, Cheepy, Chiru
  • Eric Bauza - Allegro, Secret Swapper, Dr. Kanzington, Prince Charming, Chance, Stanicorn
  • Roger Craig Smith - Schedulebot, Toni, Zack, Dax, Greg
  • Kate Higgins - Maylyn
  • Josh Fadem - Donny
  • Anais Fairweather - Jemmica
  • Catherine Reitman
  • Maurice LaMarche - Manboy, Pug-Face Paulie, Farmer
  • Jill Talley - Psychic Woman, Ms. Lacosi, Super Lice #1
  • James Kirkland - Guru Chillaxi, Bro Sharks
  • Lily Vonnegut - Bianca Bikini
  • Jason Spisak - Packrat, Silico
  • Jon Miller
  • Fred Tatasciore - Chef Schintzel, Nick, Yeti #1, Earth Plow, Bag Stripes, Poseidon, Atlantis Guard #2
  • Holly Palmer - Bubbles' Singing Voice
  • Cindy Robinson - Erica the Red, Monseiur Ducky
  • Rob PaulsenRubber Bandit, Atlantis Guard #1
  • Sonal Shah - Sapna
  • Kate Miccuci - Hope, Octi
  • Laura Bailey - Bluebelle
  • Frank Welker - Dragon
  • Jennie Pierson - Lunch Lady
  • Jake Goldman - Jared Shapiro, President Dinosaur
  • Joshua Black - Matt Manser
  • Betsy Sodaro - Eddie, Angela
  • Tress MacNeille - Zeitgiest, Ms. Moss
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste -  Chelsea
  • Cree Summer - Edith/Green Wing, Queen Shmallow
  • John O'Hurley - Popsicles
  • Travis Willingham - Blue Jeanie, Absman
  • Jason Kaye  - Gnat
  • Sunil Maholtra
  • Vanessa Marshall - Unicorn Terminator, Fear Leaderz
  • S. Scott Bulock - Woolly, Super Lice Mayor
  • Sandy Fox - Owlie Boop
  • Carlos Alazarqui - Javier Xavier
  • Greg Proops - Isoceles
  • Robbie Rist - Camp Director Joey
  • Grey Griffin - Deb O'Nair
  • Kyle A. Carrozza - Harmadillo
  • Ben Diskin - Logan Logan

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 episode gives the show a very bleak future, and it is debatable on whether or not the show will get canceled 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 compared to its predecessor).

Season 2 (2017-2018)

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 figures in Europe.[2][3]

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 an 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.[2][3]

Episodes

Season Episode Season premiere Season finale
1 39 April 4, 2016 December 24, 2016

2

40 March 3, 2017 May 13, 2018
3 April 8, 2018 2019

Awards and Nominations

  • 2016 Emmy Awards - Outstanding Short-Form Animated Program Nominee: "Once Upon a Townsville"
  • 2017 Gracie Awards - National Family Series Winner[4]
  • 2018 Annie Awards - Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Nominee: "Home, Sweet Homesick"[5]

Trailers and Promos

Gallery

For the gallery of the series, click here.

Trivia

  • Unlike its predecessor, this series is animated by Sunmin Image Pictures Co. rather than Rough Draft Korea, the company that animated the first series.
  • Unlike the original series, most of the episodes are aired separately, instead of a pair or both altogether. Also, unlike the previous series, it is broadcast in units of 15 minutes. (Much like some early to mid 2010s Cartoon Network Series such as Regular Show, Steven Universe, Clarence and Uncle Grandpa.)
  • Also, unlike the original version, most of the episodes title cards have different background music and the title cards are based on the Girls' signature colors. 
  • 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 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 (But, it's possible that Mojo recently learned that he has a mother).
  • Sedusa and the Rowdyruff Boys are the only major villains that have not yet appeared in the reboot.
  • The Powerpuff Girls are one of the many franchises playable in LEGO Dimensions.
  • Chuck McCann, who reprised his role for The Amoeba Boys passed away on April 8, 2018 of a congestive heart failure at the age of 83.
  • The reboot has been criticized for incorporating over usage of memes, trends, and slang. Many fans are also upset that the original voice actress for the trio didn’t return.

Differences Between the original series and the reboot

There are several things that differ from the original series and confirms the reboot is another incarnation of the 1998 show:

Characters

  • Blossom: She has the same role as the intelligent sister and leader, but is more uptight than her original incarnation/counterpart.
  • Bubbles: In the reboot, she differs various traits of her original counterpart, such as knowing how to program computer software in "Viral Spiral". Her voice is not high pitched like her counterpart. She is also shown to cry less.
  • Buttercup: Her role in the reboot is being lazy, less trustworthy, including irresponsible, selfish, much more different than her original version/counterpart.
  • All Girls (minus Bliss): 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.
  • Professor Utonium: Revealed in "Arachno-Romance", the Professor has no fear of spiders, as his '98 incarnation does fear them, and in "Viral Spiral", he doesn't know about computers, but his '98-counterpart does know. His fatherly role has toned down significantly, and is less smarter than his counterpart.
  • The Narrator: Unlike 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. He was written out of the second season.
  • Mojo Jojo: In the series, he has a pet dog and a mother, which his original counterpart does not. He also refers to himself in third person and doesn't speak in long sentences.
  • Princess Morbucks: Her 2016-self does still attend a school, but has a team of rappers/street club gangs called the Cash Money Krew, but has no interests in crime, unlike her original incarnation. She is also shown to be somewhat of a friend to the Girls, and even goes as far to address the trio as "Supergal Pals."

World of the series

  • Its universe takes place more in the modern day, as the show makes references to trends, memes, slang words, etc.
  • The series also includes new characters such as villains like Manboy, Bianca Bikini, Silico, Packrat, Janitaur, and so on.

References

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