Uh-Oh, Dynamo
Season 1, Episode 13
Episode name pun on: The phrase "Uh Oh Spaghetti-Os".
Uh Oh Dynamo
Airdate: May 27, 1999
Director: Genndy Tartakovksy
Craig McCracken
Writer(s): Don Shank
See also
"The Rowdyruff Boys"
"Stuck Up, Up, and Away"

Uh Oh, Dynamo is episode 13 and the finale of Season 1.

Episode Summary

PPG in Dynamo
When the Professor worries for the Girls' safety, he builds a fifty-foot tall robot, whom he calls Powerpuff Dynamo. However, the robot accidentally damages all of Townsville, but defeats the monster in the end.


Part one

The City of Townsville is home to many landmarks, except for Mount Rushmore. It's most famous landmark is little Tokyo Townsville, a Japanese-like addition to Townsville where the Utonium family is having a family outing. However, all is not fun and games when the Giant Fish Balloon Monster interrupts their fun. The girls take on the monster, with the Professor worried that they're going to get hurt. Buttercup says that they're supposed to fight crime and giant monsters.

That night, at the Utonium residence, the Professor builds a giant robot and shows it to the girls. The robot is called the Dynamic Nanotechtronic Monobot (or "Dynamo" for short). It is equipped with state-of-the-art, internal tele-operated, intelligent protection, with multi-layered titanium reflux-chambered shielding, and a fully loaded, defensive smart strategic combat arsenal, all megalith-martial-combat ready with an anti-aggressor exo-deflector array. The Professor urges the girls to use it. Blossom agrees, but only if the girls really need it.

However, after a week of fighting crime and taking down other monsters, the Dynamo gets neglected. Then, on Saturday, as the family enjoys the evening paper boat race Bonsai Gardens Park, the monster from before shows up, calling forth its even bigger counterpart. The girls try to stop this giant fish, only to get injured and beat up. The already-big fish monster desperately sucks air to inflate itself and become even more larger, before terrorizing nearby citizens and start attacking the city.

As the monster goes off destroying Tokyo Townsville, the Professor begs the girls to use the Dynamo, but the girls refuse. Finally, the Professor has had enough of this negligence, and he threatens to ground the girls if they don't use Dynamo. Having no choice, the girls accept. The girls ready the Dynamo for the battle.

Part two

The monster is still destroying Tokyo Townsville until the Dynamo shows up. The Dynamo tries to fight, but its protective safety shield activates, with the monster sending the robot smashing through numerous buildings. Blossom turns off the safety switch that Professor left on all week.

The Dynamo continues to fight the monster, by attempting to shoot missiles and cutting it with its scissor-like bow. However, the monster still stands the attack. Knowing the monster's weakness, Dynamo grabs the sign from a bowling alley and grabs its three stars from the sign, throwing them like shurikens at the monster. The sharp stars hits the monster like how a pin pops a balloon, causing it to deflate and fly away uncontrollably to Mount Rushmore (to someone's surprise there, who says "Hey!" as the deflated monster falls above him). With the monster defeated, the Dynamo does a victory dance.

The Mayor not only thanks the girls, but he also berates them on destroying the majority of Townsville with the Dynamo, and says that they shouldn't use the Dynamo again, calling it a "Bot-strosity." The rest of the town's angry citizens agree, and the girls point to Utonium, telling the Mayor that he made them use it (which is true). The professor, nervous, escapes on his chopper to avoid the angry citizens.

As the Narrator says, the day is "destroyed" by the girls, (which actually done by Utonium). The Narrator adds that just because the Professor's a genius doesn't make him a smart guy.


  • This is the Professor's most villainous role, because he invented the Dynamo that destroyed Townsville and even forced the Girls to use it. Despite this, the girls were unable to beat the monster without the Dynamo. Still, he had the best intentions for the Girls when creating Dynamo, so he's considered a white villain in this episode, similar to Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War.
  • This is the first episode to contain a slow-motion animation. Two other episodes contain slow-motion. Namely Cootie Gras and Mo Job.
  • Mojo Jojo's observatory was destroyed by the fish balloon monster and after the events of this episode, it is assumed that Mojo repaired his observatory.
  • The Dynamo is a parody of the Megazord from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Metal Gear REX from Metal Gear Solid:
    • The Professor building a giant robot that destroyed Townsville is a reference to Dr. Hal "Otacon" Emmerich from Metal Gear Solid.
    • It can also be assumed that it's a parody of Godzilla's robotic clone, Mechagodzilla, due to the extensive amount of missiles it has, including finger, knee, and toe ones.
  • The Dynamo wasn't used again until "Live and Let Dynamo", but it wasn't piloted by the girls in that episode (but ironically, by The Mayor).
  • The screaming crowd in this episode reappears in "Powerprof.".
  • Towards the end of this episode, when the Mayor angrily looks at the girls, they share shocked and saddened looks, but when they appear in the episode outro, they are smiling as usual and they are in their normal clothes and poses.
  • Dynamo's hairstyle is a mix of the three girls' (Buttercup's slit, Bubbles' pigtails and Blossom's bow.)
  • Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory makes an appearance in this episode.
  • At the end of this episode, the usual end shot is skinny and the "hearts" background is scratched out.
  • The Dynamo's is also seen in Cartoon Network:Fusion Fall as a costume set when the player chooses dexter as their guide.
  • When Dynamo yells 'Hai ya', her mouth was moving like she is a fully-sentient multi-functional automaton.
  • This is one of Craig McCracken's ten favorite episodes.
  • This episode was adapted from one of the four "Whoopass Stew" shorts Craig McCracken did at CalArts: Monster Trouble.
  • This is the last episode of Season 1.
  • This episode is also a parody of giant monster films made in Japan, and a spoof of the kaiju film, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.
  • A clip of the end of this episode is shown in "Oops, I Did It Again" to show that Dynamo was not one of the Professor's best inventions.
  • This episode possibly contains the largest number of casualties in the series.
  • Despite the monster is indeed very powerful, it is vulnerable to sharp objects due to the balloon-like characteristics, thus making sharp objects its main weakness. The star signs thrown by Dynamo instantly pops the monster upon puncturing it, causing it to deflate uncontrollably and end up falling in Mount Rushmore.
  • The monster is a parody of Godzilla, Gamera, and Anguirus altogether.

Production Notes

  • This episode is the only one of season 1 to be made in 1999. Every other episode of this season was made in 1998.

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