The Powerpuff Girls Returns in 2016 as a Reboot

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The Powerpuff Girls Returns in 2016 as a Reboot

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Cartoon Network Enterprises hopes to introduce The Powerpuff Girls to a new generation.

The Powerpuff Girls will be rebooted next year and aired on Cartoon Network once again. The show originally ran for six seasons between 1996 and 2005 as a great example of superpower girls saving their home repeatedly.

A CGI special ran earlier this year, called "The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed." Ringo Starr from The Beatles even starred in the special, voicing a new character, while the original cast reprised their roles. The special had no input from Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken, and "Dance Pantsed" felt rather mediocre.

The show's reboot will be produced in-house by Cartoon Network Studios. The Powerpuff Girls has over $2.5 billion in retail sales and, more importantly, was a show about little girls beating up bad guys.

"As the original ambassador of 'girl power,' The Powerpuff Girls brand continues to resonate with people of all ages, and there is tremendous excitement around introducing Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup to a new generation," Pete Yoder, vice president of consumer products for North America, Cartoon Network Enterprises, said in a prepared statement.

I sincerely hope much of the content and style from the original Powerpuff Girls is retained for the reboot. The cartoony style worked well for the show, whereas the CGI of "Dance Pantsed" made the girls look edgier and slightly older.

Source: The Wrap

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I'm glad they're rebooting it. I was afraid newcomers to the series would be scared off by the vast and complex backstory the cartoon had built up.

Wait, no, the other thing. I have no clue why they're calling it a reboot or why it's more than just 'a new season'.

Enough. Fucking. Reboots. PLEASE. Call it a sequel if you want, but I am absolutely done with reboots, re-imaginings and remakes.

Falterfire:
I'm glad they're rebooting it. I was afraid newcomers to the series would be scared off by the vast and complex backstory the cartoon had built up.

Wait, no, the other thing. I have no clue why they're calling it a reboot or why it's more than just 'a new season'.

I just hope they dont get all there powers mixed up anymore I didn't like how Bubbles could use Blossom's Ice breath it just seemed weird.

I hope they make Him fucking creepy as fuck still I think that was why he was so fun of a char xD

Hmm, not sure how I feel about this.
On one hand a new generation will get to experience an awesome show, but on the other I will judge the shit out of the show if they mess it up.

I don't mind the reboot, as long as it is hand drawn animation. Nowadays many cartoons try going just plain CGI, and I don't like it. The CGI for the Powerpuff Girls especially, as the CGI didn't look good at all.

Knew it was coming. Was only a matter of time.

Maybe one day this will all go full circle and we can get more Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. Or maybe even Courage the Cowardy Dog.

Soviet Heavy:
Enough. Fucking. Reboots. PLEASE. Call it a sequel if you want, but I am absolutely done with reboots, re-imaginings and remakes.

Never has your avatar been more appropriate.

Couldn't they just air the old episodes over and over again like they did when I was a child? I grew up on old cartoons being played over and over again and I turned out alright for a giraffe. Sure, sometimes I say things that don't make any hydraulics but other than that I'm good.

I enjoyed 'Dance Pantsed', the girls were still themselves and the new style was a cool take on the series. Definitely sounds like a better idea then changing 'Teen Titans', not that I hate 'Go' and kids seem to enjoy it, PPG's just seems like a better choice for rebooting.

Neronium:
I don't mind the reboot, as long as it is hand drawn animation. Nowadays many cartoons try going just plain CGI, and I don't like it. The CGI for the Powerpuff Girls especially, as the CGI didn't look good at all.

You're kidding right? The only reason they're doing this is due to the franchises brand recognition and the fact that the style will be easy to recreate on FLASH, no way it will be hand drawn.

Without the original creator I have a feeling it won't be the same. Remember what happened to Dexter's Lab when they brought it back temporarily? That shit was awful.

Maybe it will be a gritty, grimdark reboot chronicling Blossom's descent in to prostitution whilst Buttercup must overcome her crippling meth habit (with hilarious crossover potential with Breaking Bad). No idea what Bubbles will do. Kill cats or something.

But seriously, they could just touch-up the old episodes and air them again and it would be just as good if not better.

Him was basically Tim Curry as Frankenfurter only in pink, red, and frills instead of black leather... THAT is why he was so damn awesome as the synonymous 'devil'/all that is silly-evil character...

the old show was great, cracky and silly... i loved that about it (and other cartoons of the time) there was just something that was so cartoonish and knew it was a cartoon without having to be all this other over-snark bs...

for the record i've seen the japanese spin off and thought it was hilarious, just more for the fact they bothered and tried to make it 'serious'... i get the feeling this new 'reboot' might try to tread that line then the original sadly, it was amusing sure, but not the same as the original girls ._.

that was funny, nonsensical and had HIM!! XD

PunkRex:
I enjoyed 'Dance Pantsed', the girls were still themselves and the new style was a cool take on the series. Definitely sounds like a better idea then changing 'Teen Titans', not that I hate 'Go' and kids seem to enjoy it, PPG's just seems like a better choice for rebooting.

Neronium:
I don't mind the reboot, as long as it is hand drawn animation. Nowadays many cartoons try going just plain CGI, and I don't like it. The CGI for the Powerpuff Girls especially, as the CGI didn't look good at all.

You're kidding right? The only reason they're doing this is due to the franchises brand recognition and the fact that the style will be easy to recreate on FLASH, no way it will be hand drawn.

You can still do frame by frame drawn animation in flash. Might not be paper but the artists can still use tablets to draw each frame.

I have mixed feelings about this-

On the one hand-
I am somewhat glad to see the girls are back given to the small selection of good cartoons we got these days from Cartoon Network.

On the other hand-
In the past they did approach Craig McCracken to make a few more seasons but he decline since he wanted to end the show on a high note than to let it drag down (like The Simspon and don't quote me on this as I don't remember exactly where I read that) althought in saying so it didn't exactly gotten a farewell episode. I feel without the creator being involved on it, it will suck given to the last special.

While I had no problem with the special episode animation episode (in fact I liked the updated girl hairstyle) other than the girls motion were jagged (not smooth and fluent) and Bubble having freeze breath the plot in the special did suck.

I love Powerpuff Girls and am happy to see it back.

But hopefully the show can remain as violent and action packed as the first four seasons were.

gigastar:
Knew it was coming. Was only a matter of time.

Maybe one day this will all go full circle and we can get more Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. Or maybe even Courage the Cowardy Dog.

Soviet Heavy:
Enough. Fucking. Reboots. PLEASE. Call it a sequel if you want, but I am absolutely done with reboots, re-imaginings and remakes.

Never has your avatar been more appropriate.

The creator of Courage the Cowardly Dog has actually been trying to pitch a reboot to Cartoon Network, it would be CGI instead of hand drawn though. An excerpt from a pilot produced for it was uploaded earlier this year: http://vimeo.com/92096186

Fappy:
Without the original creator I have a feeling it won't be the same. Remember what happened to Dexter's Lab when they brought it back temporarily? That shit was awful.

I'd be inclined to agree, but when considering the so-so mediocrity of the recent Johnny Bravo movie that had its original creator on board the studio, one can imagine that there's only so much the OG's can do. However, the amount of success Cartoon Network has been seeing from older audiences would suggest that the last thing they'd want to do is recreate an show from such an audiences' past days in a way that would be upsetting to them. All we can do is wait at for now.

Speaking of which, where the hell is that Johnny Bravo reboot at? In this age where a feminine push is starting to unravel in pop culture, what better comedic symbolism would there be than having a big stupid ignoramus macho man constantly getting in the way of a woman trying to be herself?

CriticalMiss:
No idea what Bubbles will do. Kill cats or something.

already foreshadowed it.

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Is it my imagination or is the delay between "original" and "reboot" getting shorter and shorter? I think it's just a matter of time before a show reboots itself ten minutes into the pilot episode.

Also, sorry, Cartoon Network. We used to be cool, but until I get closure with Samurai Jack we're not on speaking terms.

-Dragmire-:

PunkRex:
I enjoyed 'Dance Pantsed', the girls were still themselves and the new style was a cool take on the series. Definitely sounds like a better idea then changing 'Teen Titans', not that I hate 'Go' and kids seem to enjoy it, PPG's just seems like a better choice for rebooting.

Neronium:
I don't mind the reboot, as long as it is hand drawn animation. Nowadays many cartoons try going just plain CGI, and I don't like it. The CGI for the Powerpuff Girls especially, as the CGI didn't look good at all.

You're kidding right? The only reason they're doing this is due to the franchises brand recognition and the fact that the style will be easy to recreate on FLASH, no way it will be hand drawn.

You can still do frame by frame drawn animation in flash. Might not be paper but the artists can still use tablets to draw each frame.

I know but my point was that that's not what CN will do, it will be copy pasted assets, faster and cheaper. It's not the end of the world, MLP FiM does something similar (to the best of my knowledge) but over time they added more and more. The series may be clunky to start with but if it does well the animation get more varied over time... probably.

The Rogue Wolf:
Is it my imagination or is the delay between "original" and "reboot" getting shorter and shorter? I think it's just a matter of time before a show reboots itself ten minutes into the pilot episode.

Also, sorry, Cartoon Network. We used to be cool, but until I get closure with Samurai Jack we're not on speaking terms.

My brother... T_T

Insane Guy of DOOM:

gigastar:
Knew it was coming. Was only a matter of time.

Maybe one day this will all go full circle and we can get more Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. Or maybe even Courage the Cowardy Dog.

Soviet Heavy:
Enough. Fucking. Reboots. PLEASE. Call it a sequel if you want, but I am absolutely done with reboots, re-imaginings and remakes.

Never has your avatar been more appropriate.

The creator of Courage the Cowardly Dog has actually been trying to pitch a reboot to Cartoon Network, it would be CGI instead of hand drawn though. An excerpt from a pilot produced for it was uploaded earlier this year: http://vimeo.com/92096186

And Courage once again succeeds in making my skin crawl in terror. I gotta say though, the CG look actually kind of works, the voices though...not so much.

OT: I'm on the fence about a PPG reboot. On the one hand, the show was entertaining and it would be nice to see new episodes. On the other hand, what would they change? Different voice actors would make things confusing, especially since the originals fit their roles so perfectly. A different art style would just be a no-no, especially if they want to keep the feel of the actual show.

as long as the original voice actors is back i dont care

*looks at Teen Titans Go!*
*looks at announcement*
*looks at Teen Titans Go!*

Alright guys, I'm starting a heist crew. We have to stop this. Plan of action: break in, take the files, destroy everything. We're doing the greater good here.

I need:
1 hacker with a heart of gold
2 siblings (twins pref) with knowledge of explosives
1 Traitorous second-in-command
1 Muscle (pref also has a heart of gold)
1 Face
and 1 command and control specialist that can't defend themselves and is prone to being kidnapped, usually by the traitor

PunkRex:

-Dragmire-:

PunkRex:
I enjoyed 'Dance Pantsed', the girls were still themselves and the new style was a cool take on the series. Definitely sounds like a better idea then changing 'Teen Titans', not that I hate 'Go' and kids seem to enjoy it, PPG's just seems like a better choice for rebooting.

You're kidding right? The only reason they're doing this is due to the franchises brand recognition and the fact that the style will be easy to recreate on FLASH, no way it will be hand drawn.

You can still do frame by frame drawn animation in flash. Might not be paper but the artists can still use tablets to draw each frame.

I know but my point was that that's not what CN will do, it will be copy pasted assets, faster and cheaper. It's not the end of the world, MLP FiM does something similar (to the best of my knowledge) but over time they added more and more. The series may be clunky to start with but if it does well the animation get more varied over time... probably.

Ah, sorry then. I saw my own old bias concerning Flash's limitations for animation (before I worked on a project that had artists doing just that[1]) in your post... Never fun seeing your own past dumb biases cropping up.

[1] Though they had to fight Flash every step of the way to make it work long enough to progress and save... that tool definitely wasn't made for classic animation, but it is possible.

You will get no argument from me on PPG: Dance Pantsed That special sucked out loud. -_-

Nothing against reboots, but what's wrong with the original series? It still holds up to this day. It's definitely one of CN's classic hits and it introduced me to my personal crush on Tara Strong. ^_^

I highly doubt the reboot will be good unless they get Craig McCracken on this or someone who knows how the original show works. I just don't see that happening unless something says otherwise.

*puts head on desk and sighs* I miss the old Cartoon Network.

Mr. Q:

*puts head on desk and sighs* I miss the old Cartoon Network.

You mean the Cartoon Network whose best shows are absurdist parodies of characters and genres, where it's generally accepted that the best block of shows comes on at night? The same Cartoon Network that's always been filled with cheaply made garbage and retreads in order to get a solid 24 hours a day of programming?

CN's got 4 really good shows running with weakly prime-time releases right now. And even Johnny Test isn't as bad as... ugh... dark age of animation vintage Hannah-Barbara. You could say that the action block is MIA right now, and it's true. They seriously need something there. However, the CN ship has been righting ever since CNReal was nuked out of existence.

The reboots though, I have only seen one good reboot from the network, the Looney Toons Show

MCerberus:

Mr. Q:

*puts head on desk and sighs* I miss the old Cartoon Network.

You mean the Cartoon Network whose best shows are absurdist parodies of characters and genres, where it's generally accepted that the best block of shows comes on at night? The same Cartoon Network that's always been filled with cheaply made garbage and retreads in order to get a solid 24 hours a day of programming?

CN's got 4 really good shows running with weakly prime-time releases right now. And even Johnny Test isn't as bad as... ugh... dark age of animation vintage Hannah-Barbara. You could say that the action block is MIA right now, and it's true. They seriously need something there. However, the CN ship has been righting ever since CNReal was nuked out of existence.

The reboots though, I have only seen one good reboot from the network, the Looney Toons Show

Have you ever watched Samurai Jack or Dexter's Lab or Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends? Hell, DC Animated's golden age came from Cartoon Network.

Granted, not everything that came out was golden (you will never convince me that Ed, Edd, and Eddy was good). What I'm talking about, in regards to old CN, is channel that it didn't have live action TV shows or shoved good shows into God awful time slots because it had no fucking idea what to do with it. It didn't straight up cancel a series because it didn't turn in ratings that could squash Spongebob. And it had the testicular fortitude to try something experimental without acting like it was a bastard child it didn't want (starting to think Steven Universe is currently on that boat).

It might not have been perfect, but at least the old Cartoon Network wasn't trying to get into a pissing contest with Nick or Disney just to reach the white male demo that has enough attention already.

Reads Powerpuff Girls reboot. "Eh, another "reboot" well hey it's PPG so it'll probably still be cool. I'll watch out for it."

Reads CGI. "Ahh fuck..."

MCerberus:

The reboots though, I have only seen one good reboot from the network, the Looney Toons Show

No joke, that Looney Toons reboot is pretty good.

Mr. Q:

MCerberus:

Mr. Q:

*puts head on desk and sighs* I miss the old Cartoon Network.

You mean the Cartoon Network whose best shows are absurdist parodies of characters and genres, where it's generally accepted that the best block of shows comes on at night? The same Cartoon Network that's always been filled with cheaply made garbage and retreads in order to get a solid 24 hours a day of programming?

CN's got 4 really good shows running with weakly prime-time releases right now. And even Johnny Test isn't as bad as... ugh... dark age of animation vintage Hannah-Barbara. You could say that the action block is MIA right now, and it's true. They seriously need something there. However, the CN ship has been righting ever since CNReal was nuked out of existence.

The reboots though, I have only seen one good reboot from the network, the Looney Toons Show

Have you ever watched Samurai Jack or Dexter's Lab or Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends? Hell, DC Animated's golden age came from Cartoon Network.

Granted, not everything that came out was golden (you will never convince me that Ed, Edd, and Eddy was good). What I'm talking about, in regards to old CN, is channel that it didn't have live action TV shows or shoved good shows into God awful time slots because it had no fucking idea what to do with it. It didn't straight up cancel a series because it didn't turn in ratings that could squash Spongebob. And it had the testicular fortitude to try something experimental without acting like it was a bastard child it didn't want (starting to think Steven Universe is currently on that boat).

It might not have been perfect, but at least the old Cartoon Network wasn't trying to get into a pissing contest with Nick or Disney just to reach the white male demo that has enough attention already.

1. DC's golden age came from Fox, made the jump to Kids!WB, and ended with JL:U on CN... after Toonami died
2. Fosters actually came when Cartoon Cartoons were dying, and it's outside of the original H-B contract that gave us the first set
3. Nostalgia's a ****, you don't remember the misses like Robot Jones
4. Clarence, Regular Show, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Flapjack, Chowder, and most of the good shows that came from Williams Street came "after the fall" (Sealab, Brak, et al were funny, but not what you'd really consider good)
5. Nick is a trash bin right now that's essentially the Family Guy of the 12 and under crowd, while Disney really only has two showponies right now (Wander and Gravity Falls). If we're looking at the Gen X/millenial nostalgia pandering, CN is really only competing with The Hub, which has an ample classic animation vault and the Pony juggernaut.
6. They fired the guy who wanted to compete directly with the networks in question, finally.

But really, there are some massive missteps from the network *looks longingly at Megas XLR* you were before your time *cries*

Man, I have such mixed feelings. That short wasn't very good. By any means. And I fear what a reboot of the series will look like. Something akin to the horror that is Teen Titans Go which spits in the face of what was so great about the original series? Also, will they still be able to get away with Him?

I can't help but fear that this is doomed to be crap. Maybe I'm wrong. The new TMNT series is actually pretty good. And the sadly short-lived Thundercats reboot was good.

I want Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup to come back and blow us away. I want them to be funny, sweet, adorable, ass kickers. I want to see some of the ridiculous adventures they get into.

I just fear that it won't be anything like that.

The Rogue Wolf:
Is it my imagination or is the delay between "original" and "reboot" getting shorter and shorter? I think it's just a matter of time before a show reboots itself ten minutes into the pilot episode.

Also, sorry, Cartoon Network. We used to be cool, but until I get closure with Samurai Jack we're not on speaking terms.

There are still plans to make a movie. Genndy Tartakovsky has stated as recently as 2012 that he is still working to create a film as a conclusion to the series. No idea how things are going for it's production, though.

They also need to recast Aku as Mako died. Something that seems to be a major blow. Aku's voice was iconic!

-Dragmire-:

PunkRex:

-Dragmire-:

You can still do frame by frame drawn animation in flash. Might not be paper but the artists can still use tablets to draw each frame.

I know but my point was that that's not what CN will do, it will be copy pasted assets, faster and cheaper. It's not the end of the world, MLP FiM does something similar (to the best of my knowledge) but over time they added more and more. The series may be clunky to start with but if it does well the animation get more varied over time... probably.

Ah, sorry then. I saw my own old bias concerning Flash's limitations for animation (before I worked on a project that had artists doing just that[1]) in your post... Never fun seeing your own past dumb biases cropping up.

A lot of folk seem to have hate for flash, which seems silly to me, why blame the tool? It's CN's decision to use the bloody thing.

[1] Though they had to fight Flash every step of the way to make it work long enough to progress and save... that tool definitely wasn't made for classic animation, but it is possible.

MCerberus:
*looks at Teen Titans Go!*
*looks at announcement*
*looks at Teen Titans Go!*

Alright guys, I'm starting a heist crew. We have to stop this. Plan of action: break in, take the files, destroy everything. We're doing the greater good here.

I need:
1 hacker with a heart of gold
2 siblings (twins pref) with knowledge of explosives
1 Traitorous second-in-command
1 Muscle (pref also has a heart of gold)
1 Face
and 1 command and control specialist that can't defend themselves and is prone to being kidnapped, usually by the traitor

Il lend you my muscle despite being a nerd im quite strong. :P

OT: Id really hate if they changed the voices also that would just ruin it for me as hearing them sound diffrent would be odd and god help us all if they remove the way Mo Jojo talks he would loose the charm we love :/

I'm excited and fearful, PPG was/is great but a reboot might ruin it all,kick us right in the childhood and whatnot.

I think it would be smarter to show off the old episodes touched up a bit first to see if people even want the Power Puff Girls back. I would actually watch it again since I loved it back in the day, but being a reboot, I have lots of concerns. The CGI animation in particular. :/

"The special had no input from Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken, and "Dance Pantsed" felt rather mediocre."

U WOT M8?

i really liked the special and if they make new seasons with that particular style, i can totally get behind it

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