I’m going to explore two topics in this article; the first one is overall the analysis and breakdown of the Power Puffs as a whole show. After that, I’ll give you an opinion about reboots and equals that came after. We all know that Power Puffs were created by mixing sugar, spice, and everything nice; let’s not forget the chemical “X”. That X was something that drew me to watch the series as it meant that cartoons about girls could be different. Also, it stood for how Cartoon Network had different ideas and added “X” or unknown factors into the cartoon-making formula to make it unique and relatable, unlike modern cartoon creators. I hope that another professor pours chemical X into this bad entertainment industry formula and makes something new and incredible like the Power Puffs were in the 90s.
Analysis and breakdown of The Powerpuff Girls show [1998-2004]
Boy, oh boy, The Powerpuff Girls was a weird and cool show in its way. Don’t get me wrong; many of my favorite characters from Cartoon Network are in this show, including Mojo Jojo, Him, Professor, and the Powerpuff Girls. The Powerpuff Girls were actually saved from The Gangreen Gang by Mojo Jojo. The Powerpuff Girls were at first disliked because they were different, and the Professor was arrested since he couldn’t open the Mayor’s pickle jar. Power puffs are three sisters if we can call them that, who have quite different personalities. Blossom is the team leader, something like Leonardo was to TMNT with a strong moral compass. Bubbles, on the other hand, is a blond, naive, and childish one, and she’s an animal lover; something like Michelangelo in TMNT. Buttercup is a daredevil, and she is something like Raphael was in TMNT. She’s got a beat-em-up girl and defeats most of the monsters.
In Powerpuff Girls, colors were used as an indicator of the girls’ temperaments. Thus, Buttercup has green eyes and red hair, Blossom has pink eyes and red hair, and Bubbles has blond hair and blue eyes. One of the freakiest episodes is when they found out that they created a sister called Bunny; it was that one giant purple girl with crooked teeth. In the end, I always feel sad when she blows up in bliss. One of my favorite episodes is when Mojo Jojo created The Rowdyruff Boys from snails, prisoners’ armpit hair, a puppy’s tail, and chemical X from the toilet. While Him’s voice is something that haunts me to this very day. In the episode “Octi Evil,” he possesses Bubbles’ favorite toy called Octi. I’ll never forget Octi’s weird and haunting voice as well when he turned red and enlarged; let’s not forget that creepy smile that I thought was in the movie of the same name from 2022. I almost forgot to mention that probably among the best characters from Cartoon Network is probably the Powerpuff Girls Narrator who always says, “The city of Townsville…” and then adds “is under attack by Mojo Jojo” or something similar.
Memorable characters from The Powerpuff Girls
Good Guys: Professor Utonium, The Mayor of Townsville, Ms. Sara Bellum, Ms. Keane, Talking Dog, Mitch Mitchelson
Bad Guys: The Amoeba Boy, Lenny Baxter, The Gangreen Gang, Boogie Man, Him, Princess Morbucks, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Sedusa, Roach Coach, The Rowdyruff Boys
Does The Powerpuff Girls need a reboot, a sequel, or none?
Powerpuff Girls got a sequel but failed worse than Mojo Jojo ever did. There were specials in 2009, “The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!” and “The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed,” in 2014. In my personal opinion, when the animation changed, so did the writing, and that’s when the show started to lack quality. Powerpuff Girls had some of the best-written and most unique characters from Cartoon Network, but from season 4, they didn’t feel as unique, scary, or special. That’s why some shows should’ve ended on time, similar to The Boondocks season four. The characters are there, but the show is just an empty shell. The main focus was on animation, not the unique characters and great storylines. That’s why we’ll focus mostly on the first three seasons or where the original show should’ve ended. We’ll not even mention Powerpuff Girls Z, which was an anime spinoff; that’s a whole other topic.
The show should’ve ended in season three during the episode called “Meet the Beat-Alls.” During the season’s final episode, Mojo Jojo, Princess Morbucks, Fuzzy Lumpkins, and HIM create a supervillain group called The Beat-Alls to defeat the Powerpuff Girls once and for all. As it usually goes, they’ve defeated them a couple of times, but at the very end, the girls recover quickly and defeat the villains and put them behind bars. The end? This is where the show originally ended because, throughout the other seasons, nothing special happened. There were more episodes, but there wasn’t any epic fight, just like in Dexter’s Laboratory and the TV special “Ego Trip.” All of our beloved characters from Cartoon Network, as well as the shows, started to lose viewers when animation changed. That’s why Powerpuff Girls deserve nostalgia, and they’ll always be close to me like Sarah Bellum was to the Mayor of Townsville. Let’s conclude this with “And so once again, the day is saved, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls!”
Image Credits: Cartoon Network Studios