Powerpuff Girls revival fails to meet young-adult’s expectations

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Amber GillilandSenior Reporter

Cartoon Network is once again full of sugar, spice and everything nice as they premiered a new version of their show The Powerpuff Girls.

The new series, which began on April 4, is a take on the original show which began in the 90s.  

Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles are back in Townsville with even more villains.

Millennials who were hoping for the new series to be very similar to the original may find themselves disappointed. While the girls look the same, the show has lost it’s old-style animation. The show’s former creator Craig McCracken has been replaced by executive producer Nick Jennings who has worked on Spongebob Squarepants and Aventure Time, and co-executive producer Bob Boyle whose work includes The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom. The new version’s style is much different than the original and has a very Adventure Time feel to it.

With a new style comes new voices for the girls as well. The girls are now voiced by Amanda Leighton (Blossom), Kristen Li (Bubbles) and Natalie Palamides (Buttercup).

Former voice of Bubbles, Tara Strong, took to Twitter after the announcement of the recasting, calling it “a stab in the heart,” and saying the original three women were never contacted for the role.

The voices of Professor Utonium (Tom Kane) and The Mayor of Townsville (Tom Kenny) are about the only aspects of the original show that have remained the same.

The new creators tried to give the show a more modern twist to appeal to a new wave of kids. The old Powerpuff Girls signal rotary phone has been replaced with a cellphone. The original introduction which described how the girls were created by Professor Utonium has now been replaced with a terrible song.

Even the content of the show has changed. The show used to simply focus on three little girls kicking some butt, saving their town and breaking down the patriarchy. While there’s still some of this content in the show, it’s no longer the majority of the episode. One episode even shows the girls squealing over a boyband named Sensitive Thugz and fighting over which two of them get to attend the concert after winning tickets from a radio station. This isn’t the type of female-empowering content the original series used to contain.  

For the new group of kids watching The Powerpuff Girls, it’s probably a great series. For those who’ve seen the original, the new version is painful to watch. The new voice-actors try to sound like the original but come off as something reminiscent to nails on a chalk board. Despite the original plots consisting mostly of fight scenes, the new series seems dumbed down.

The only good thing about the new series have been the launch of a new website, www.powerpuffyourself.com, which allows users to create a Powerpuff Girl versions of themselves. The site offers a variety of skin tones, hairstyles, accessories, clothing and even facial hair options so Powerpuff Girl lovers of all genders and ages can get Powerpuffed.

Any 90s baby who was hoping to relive their childhood with this new series will be very disappointed. But, don’t cry too hard. There’s still a way to get that Powerpuff fix. All six seasons of the original show are currently available for streaming on Netflix. Take a seat on the couch, bust out a Lunchable and rest easy knowing at least Netflix still contains the integrity of our childhoods. [/responsivevoice]

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Powerpuff Girls revival fails to meet young-adult’s expectations

by Amber Gilliland time to read: 2 min