The original ambassadors of girl power are back! According to The Huffington Post on Feb. 20, the popular cartoon characters from “The Powerpuff Girls” will be returning to the small screen in 2016. Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup will be back in a new rebooted series, which was first announced last summer. Nick Jennings has also been confirmed as an executive producer for the new series, and the animated series will once again air on Cartoon Network. Jennings most recently worked on the series “Adventure Time,” which was also renewed by Cartoon Network.
The original series, which debuted in 1998, was a cultural phenomenon that lead to record ratings for the network and launched a new wave of animated story telling. Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles were the perfect little girls that were created with sugar, spice, everything nice, and a dash of Chemical X to make them superheroes. The girls were briefly back on the small screen for a one night special called “Dance Pantsed,” back in Jan. 2014, and speculation about a new series began after the episode aired.
“Dance Pantsed” also reunited the original voice actors, featuring Cathy Cavadini as Blossom, Elizabeth Daily as Buttercup, and Tara Strong as Bubbles. The one night only feature also included as voices of Tom Kenny as the Narrator, and Tom Kane as Professor Utonium. Singer Ringo Starr also voiced the character of Fibonacci Sequins, Townsville’s most famous and eccentric mathematician. The episode followed Mojo Jojo as he kidnapped Sequins, in order to steal Chemical X and rule over Townsville. When his plan is foiled by the girls, he creates a video game called Dance Pants R-EVILution to exert mind control over the super heroines.
According to Comingsoon.net on Feb. 19, The vice president of consumer products for Cartoon Network Enterprises in North America, Pete Yoder, explained last summer that the series “continues to resonate with people of all ages” and the network expects stellar ratings from the reboot based on fans of the original series. The series was created by Craig McCracken, and aired seventy-eight episodes from 1998 to 2005. The animated series also went on to win two Emmy Awards and get dozens of nominations, as well as attract voice guest stars from musicians to celebrities.
There is no word on whether or not the original voice actors will return for the new series, although it is very likely. The reboot is rumored to include a ten episode season, and it’s possible that the series will have a several year run much like the original show. Other popular characters such as Mojo Jojo and Professor Utonium will also be making appearances. One change from the original show may be the animation, which was been updated over the years thanks to new technology.