Flashback Review: The Powerpuff Girls Movie

During the 1990’s a channel called Cartoon Network was introduced to young viewers across the globe.

The channel rapidly gained notoriety on airing old school cartoons like The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, as well as originally created animated tv shows under the name “Cartoon Cartoons” which is the equivalent of Nicktoons with big hits such as Ed, Edd n Eddy, Dexter’s Lab, Johnny Bravo, Courage The Cowardly Dog etc.

One particular cartoon was a big success. It was beloved by both boys and girls alike. Spawning merchandise, music soundtracks, toys, video games and other crud. The show I’m talking about is The Powerpuff Girls.

Those were the good ol’ days back when I was a little kid, I remember coming home from school to watch Cartoon Network while drinking and eating Capri-sun and cookies.

The show aired in November 1998, it quickly became an instant classic. The Premise of the series is about a scientist who accidentally created them with an experiential chemical causing them to be born with gifted powers. They use their powers to protect The City Of Townsville from evil doers like their arch nemesis Mojo Jojo. Besides fighting crime, each episode tackles a specific subject such as  fitting in, peer pressure, rivalary, and two episodes under the name “Equal Fights” and “Member Only” surprisingly focused on a serious subject, sexism. For a kids show, it manages to take on mature themes, not in a shove it in your face kinda way.

In 2002, a film adaptation based on the tv show, was released, it received mixed reviews and it didn’t generate enough revenue at the box office.

With the release of Wonder Woman, I thought about writing about The Powerpuff Girls Movie, because they’re the first to release a decent female driven superhero film.

Feel free to read this because this is a NON-SPOILER article.

Positive: The Voice actors from the show did a good job including E.G. Daily, (Buttercup) Tara Strong, (Bubbles) and Cathy Cavadini. (Blossom)

Fun Fact: Did you know that E.G. Daily & Tara Strong also voiced Tommy and Dil from Rugrats? What a coincidence.

Unlike the show when the trio were established as seasoned crime fighters, the film shows as a less experienced team. It felt appropriate for them because it gave them time to develop.

The film shows the origins of The Powerpuff Girls and their archenemy Mojo Jojo.

The animation looks gorgeous.

There’s a pause worthiness moment of Mojo Jojo reading the newspaper. The date on it is July 3, 2002. The release date of the film.

Two people resembling Jay & Silent Bob are depicted in cartoon form.

A news montage about the girls, parallels the post-9/11 atmosphere.

The movie finally reveals how Mojo Jojo became a criminal mastermind.

Mojo’s pan might’ve inspired Ceaser from Rise Of The Apes, nine years before the reboot came out.

The David Vs. Goliath scenario is way over the top and hilarious at the same time.

Negative: Professor Utonium never figured out what happened to his loyal assistant in the opening scene. If you’ve seen the episode about on why his close friend went missing by the time the girls were, created, you’ll probably understand if you’re a fan of the original series.

There’s a Deus Ex Machina (contrived plot device) near the end, I won’t tell you what it is.

The Final Verdict: B

If you grew up watching the original show like me and not the crappy reboot, I highly recommend this and the movie.

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