The Powerpuff Girls (1998, Seasons 1-4)
The Powerpuff Girls is an American superhero animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network from November 18, 1998, to March 25, 2005, with the series finale The Powerpuff Girls Rule! airing on November 29, 2008. The show centers on Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, three girls with superpowers, as well as their father, the brainy scientist Professor Utonium, who all live in the city of Townsville. The girls are frequently called upon by the town's childlike and naive mayor to help fight nearby criminals using their powers.
The show focuses on Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, three super-powered little sisters who were accidentally created in a lab by Professor Utonium who raises them as his daughters. They regularly save the City of Townsville from villains such as Mojo Jojo, the Gangreen Gang, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Princess Morbucks and Him. Blossom is the self-proclaimed leader of the trio, Bubbles is the cute one and Buttercup is the toughest one.
Why These Seasons Are Able To Save The World Before Bedtime
- The concept about the five-year-old girls who are in kindergarten being artificially created with superpowers is a pretty cool idea for the show.
- Simple, clean, smooth, and very cutesy animation, thanks to the unforgettable studio, Hanna-Barbera Cartoons.
- Very appealing character designs that are pleasing to look at.
- The intro and outro are both really cool, and they’re pretty catchy to listen to.
- The outro is played by BIS.
- Launched Craig McCracken's career as show creator, who then created Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, Wander Over Yonder, and Kid Cosmic.
- In addition, also led to launching the careers of Paul Rudish (who developed The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse), Genndy Tartakovsky (who finished his work on Dexter's Laboratory before creating Samurai Jack), Lauren Faust (who developed My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and DC Super Hero Girls), Rob Renzetti (creator of My Life as a Teenage Robot), Lynne Naylor and Chris Reccardi (who created the failed pilot the Modifyers), and Chris Savino (creator of The Loud House).
- A hilarious, overly-dramatic narrator who’s played by Tom Kenny.
- The voice cast are amazing, especially for the main leads, Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, and E. G. Daily.
- The crime-fighting scenes were awesome to watch.
- Memorable secondary characters such as Professor Utonium, The Mayor, Ms. Bellum, Ms. Keane, etc.
- Plenty of cool villains such as Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Sedusa, the Gangreen Gang, Princess Morbucks, HIM, the Ameba Boys, The Rowdyruff Boys, etc.
- Plenty of funny comic-reliefs such as The Mayor of Townsville.
- The girls themselves are cute, awesome, and work off each other well:
- Blossom is the leader and the smart girl of the group, and also the most rational, meaning it's her plans that contribute to victory. She is the Everything nice of the group.
- Bubbles is the cute girly girl of the group who is the most optimistic and shy, meaning it's her openness to friendship that sometimes allows the girls to gain an upper hand by not fighting without a reason. She is the Sugar of the group.
- Buttercup is the sporty, no-nonsense tomboy who is always eager for a good fight, making her the key for overpowering enemies that can only be taken head on. She is the Spice of the group.
- The fact the girls' personalities were based off single words from the kids' song "What are Little Boys Made Of?" makes this even more ingenious.
- Offered a proper blend of humor and action.
- The hit song, Love Makes The World Go Round from the episode, "Mime for a Change".
- Has so many great and memorable episodes, such as:
- "Mime for a Change"
- "Meet The Beat-Alls"
- "The Rowdyruff Boys"
- ”Mojo Jonesin”
- "Monkey See Doggie Do"
- ”Twisted Sister”
- ”The Powerpuff Girls’ Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever”
- "Child Fearing"
- ”Mommy Fearest”
- "Meat Fuzzy Lumkins" (the show's pilot)
- "Crime 101" (the show's 2nd pilot)
- ”Ice Sore”
- ”Stray Bullet”
- "Knock It Off"
- Some villains also saving the day just the first time in various memorable episodes, such as "Telephonies", "Just Another Manic Mojo", "Aspirations" and especially "Forced Kin", showing how they’re not completely evil.
- Before this show came out, it had 2 pilot shorts in 1995 called "Meat Fuzzy Lumkins" and "Crime 101".
- In 2008, it spawned a 10th anniversary special, "The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!" (which Craig McCracken directed). It was a great finale to the show, also being the first Powerpuff Girls cartoon to be animated in flash.
- In one scene when the girls look at everyone's sad faces and moan in disbelief, Mac and Bloo from Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends (another great Craig McCracken show) make a cameo appearance.
- We even gotta to see Ms. Bellum's face as a freeze-frame bonus.
- It's a major improvement over the last two seasons.
- Has a good moral in most of the episodes.
- Despite the title saying "Girls" on it which they thought is a feminist show, it can be watched by both girls and boys, heck even for everyone who wants to be gay or lesbians.
- Seasons 5 and 6 were not well received, as it had no involvement from Craig McCracken (who was busy making Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends) and had tons of problems that lead to the series declining in quality.
- Even before the show's downfall, the good seasons had their fair share of bad episodes, such as:
- "Ghesundfight" (the first terrible episode of the series)
- "Schoolhouse Rocked"
- "Daylight Savings"
- "Moral Decay" (arguably the worst episode of the series)
- "A Very Special Blossom" (also counts as worst)
- "Cover Up"
- "Fallen Arches"
- "The Mane Event"
- "Town and Out"
- Getting Twiggy With It (depending on your view)
- It can at times be mean-spirited towards Buttercup, as she tends to get the least amount of respect compared to Blossom and Bubbles. In fact, there have been episodes where Buttercup was punished for something that Bubbles is equally guilty of doing, but the difference is that Bubbles never suffers consequences, though Buttercup herself can be unlikable at times.
- Some unlikable characters like Mitch Mitchelson.
- The show can be a bit too violent at times for children.
- The Mayor of Townsville, while funny, can also be flawed at times due to how dumb and childish he can be.
- The 15th Anniversary special, "Dance Pantsed" is a very awkward special especially for its' use of CGI.
- Originally "Déjá View" was going to be made as a episode in the show, but due to the amount of the time spent that the show's crew was making The Powerpuff Girls Movie, the episode was never produced, instead was made as a story in the 50th edition of The Powerpuff Girls comic book published by DC Comics.
- Series' creator Craig McCracken was offered a job to work on The Ren & Stimpy Show from Nickelodeon during its first season, but he did refuse due of he was still studying in CalArts in the early 90s.
- Speaking of Ren & Stimpy, Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi is a fan of the show, mainly due of the colors that the original series used.
- The original voice actors of the Girls came back in Craig McCracken's new series, Kid Cosmic, as the Planet Protection Group featuring Agent Pink (Cathy Cavadini), Agent Blue (Tara Strong), and Agent Green (E.G. Daily).
- The show is popular in Japan. So much so, in fact, that they made their own version of the series. It's even had merchandise released into The New '10s, and even got it's own alternate opening.
Episodes With Their Own Pages
- Monkey See, Doggie Do
- Mime for a Change
- Meet the Beat-Alls
- The Rowdyruff Boys
- Child Fearing