‘The Powerpuff Girls’ Reboot Premiering on Cartoon Network in 2016

Published 10 months ago by , Updated July 18th, 2014 at 9:56 am,

The Powerpuff Girls Reboot The Powerpuff Girls Reboot Premiering on Cartoon Network in 2016

Many children’s television series beloved by those who grew up in the ‘80s, ‘90s, and early ‘00s have received reboots and revivals in the past year. First, The Disney Channel announced a spinoff series from Boy Meets World titled Girl Meets World that would focus on main characters’ Cory and Topanga’s daughter, Riley. More recently, LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter to bring Reading Rainbow to a new generation of kids and a reboot of The Magic School Bus will debut on Netflix in 2016.

Now, Cartoon Network’s successful and beloved superhero trio, The Powerpuff Girls, is the most recent children’s property to receive a revival.

According to The Wrap, Rob Sorcher, Chief Content Officer at Cartoon Network, announced that an updated version of The Powerpuff Girls will debut on the children’s entertainment network in 2016. The Powerpuff Girls is one of Cartoon Network’s most financially successful brands, grossing more than $2.5 million in retail sales since its premiere in 1998.

Created by Craig McCracken (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), the original series ran for six seasons – and won two Emmy Awards – until it was canceled in 2005. Earlier this year, Cartoon Network aired an original television special starring redesigned versions of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup titled The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed.

The Powerpuff Girls Reboot Redesign The Powerpuff Girls Reboot Premiering on Cartoon Network in 2016

Pete Yoder, vice president of consumer products for North America Cartoon Network Enterprises, said of the reboot:

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. With proven success and great content plans in place, there’s so much potential that we’re looking forward to explore with our licensing partners in the coming weeks.

It’s no wonder The Powerpuff Girls continue to resonate with audiences of all ages considering the lack of female-led superhero content on the big and small screens. Despite the outcry from fans wanting a solo superheroine movie – or at least a superhero flick in which a woman has top billing – no such film has been officially scheduled by any of the major studios.

The Powerpuff Girls Reboot Redesign Dance Pantsed The Powerpuff Girls Reboot Premiering on Cartoon Network in 2016

Although DC and Warner Bros are rumored to have a Wonder Woman film scheduled for 2017 and a Black Widow solo film has been talked about as a possibility via Marvel, neither studio has officially announced dates for their respective superheroine flicks. Similarly, a rumor about Jennifer Lawrence starring in a solo Mystique movie hit the web prior to the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The television side is a bit brighter, though, with Marvel TV debuting Agent Carter on ABC this winter, and a Jessica Jones-centered one-season show on Netflix in the coming years. Now, in 2016, The Powerpuff Girls will join their ranks.

With less female superheroes than male superheroes – and even fewer superheroine teams – on TV, a reboot of The Powerpuff Girls may appeal to fans of all ages as Yoder suggested. Additionally, perhaps it will give proof that the recipe for a successful female superhero franchise is as simple as Professor Utonium’s: sugar, spice, and everything nice – with a dash of Chemical X.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news about The Powerpuff Girls reboot as it becomes available.

Source: The Wrap

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  3. I know we are talking females here, and there is nothing wrong with that, but if we could also get Megas XLR, Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Lab, and Samaurai Jack back on the air I’d be one happy camper.

    • Dexter reminds me of a kid I went to high school with. No doubt that was his dream idol.

      Someone once told me I reminded them of johnny Bravo. Good or bad?

    • You can catch Samurai Jack on Toonami on Saturdays, and I wish they’d pick up Megas XLR.

  4. am i the only one who doesn’t like the new look?

    • No your not, but I’ll wait and see if the animation and action is good.

    • I like it, I meant theres plenty of episodes of the old look.
      Id wish theyd bring back dexters lab in this style.

    • Uh, well–I was kinda expecting Supergirl, Batgirl, and Wonder Woman in skin-tight revealing outfits, but I guess you take what they offer…!

    • yeah,i hated watching that episode becaus eof the way it looked,they moved around really weirdly

  5. I hope they bring back the original voice actors!!! Favorite cartoon growing up.

    • that would be cool.

    • It used to blow mind that Buttercup sounded like Tommy Pickles!

      • That would be because they share the same voice actor…or did you all read know that?

        • Oh Yeah. E.G. Daily.

          Only live role i seen her in was a Rob Zombie movie. Either The Devils Rejects or that Halloween Remake Reboot he did.

          • She was in The first Pee Wee movie.

  6. I want a live action movie

    • lol this guy

    • +100 to that.

  7. nopes so hard at that redesign.

  8. The television special was a huge dissapointment. I looked forward to it for months, and wish that I never watched it. The animation was ugly and awkward looking. They didn’t look like little girls anymore, either. Instead, they looked like midget hookers. I have wanted this show to come back for years, but not anymore.

    • Yeah the new animation look sucks, I liked the old animation WAY better.

  9. Please…PLEEEEEASE, WB…

    Bring back Freakazoid. I can die happily knowing that show was given another chance. It was genius.

    • You say that now… then the show comes back and watch as that animation is butchered too.

      • Freakazoid wasn’t about animation, it was the writing that was brilliant.

        • Freakazoid and The Tick were two of my 6 favourite cartoons in the 90s (the others being Dexter’s Lab, Batman: The Animated Series, Powerpuff Girls and Johnny Bravo).


  10. Looking forward to it, but I wish they would fix the “Arm to Head” ratio problem.

  11. The Japanese anime version is awesome.

  12. Sugar spice and everything nice. These were the ingredients to create the perect little girls. Til professor. Utonium accidentally added an extra ingredient to the concoction… Chemical X. Thus The Powerpuff Girls were born. Using there awesome super powers Bubbles Blossom and Buttercup dedicated their lives to fighting crime and the forces of Evil.

    Not sure how right that is but its coming from memory.. That needs to stay the theme song for the show.

    • I think you said it right :) coming from memory too though. I agree the theme should stay.

  13. Love it, one of my favorite cartoons. Hoping they keep close to their original look, this one looks like the Powerpuff Girls mashed-up with those Bad Boyz (created by Mojo Jojo) Anime-style, and I don’t like it.

    Also, does anyone else wants to see The ‘Open-My-Pickle-Jar’ Mayor’s secretary’s face, I know I do, then again I probably would be disappointed if its shown, not because her looks wont meet my expectations (maybe that too) but because in the original its never shown and would be a sin if its shown in the reboot :P

    • Rowdy Ruff Boyz?

      I always wanted to see Sara Bellum’s face but always loved the joke that we never got to find out what she looks like.

      I’m amazed I remember her name but not the Mayor’s. Then again, last time I saw the show was in 1999, honestly had no idea it continued until 2005. Our Cartoon Network just repeated the early episodes relentlessly, leading most of us to believe they’d ended the show so we only kept watching the channel for Dragon Ball Z and Space Ghost: Coast To Coast before the channel switched at 9PM and became TNT (which on Friday nights meant WCW Monday Nitro).

      • One of the better Ms. Bellum gags is when they actually did “reveal” her face she had succumbed to the Gang Green Gangs virus so she was wicked funny looking… similar to the silent one who spoke in raspberries…

      • I honestly believe that the Mayor’s names WAS The Mayor, lol.

        And I loved me some Sara Bellum. Just wanted to share

  14. every thing was round and bubbly but now every thing is pointy lol. dont really care for this, never watched this when i was younger. i would rather courage the dog and dexter were remade. but i honestly wouldnt have watched them anyway lol

    • Courage the dog was the most repetitive cartoon, lack of dialogue, and really boring sit and watch as a kid for me. However, Dexter was one of my favorite shows, I even bought the toys of it, went to McDonalds when they had Dexter toys. Oh boy, CW, you are amazing if you get this new version right. And I agree with the bubbly pointy thing XD

      • Agreed, I tried to give Courage and Samurai Jack a chance but they were just too boring for me. Johnny Bravo also sucked after that first amazing season.

  15. SAMURAI JACK please !

    • +10000000000000!!

  16. So when do we get to see HIM ?
    Guy used to creep me out.
    in a very unsettling way…
    Ahhhh… jus thinkin about that creeper voice…
    anyone know who I’m talkin bout ?
    And bring back Gang Green Gang.. Those guys kicked a$$.

    • Fuzzy Lumpkins?

      • I always felt Fuzzy was an underrated villain, but no the guy I’m talkin bout the girls only referred to him as Him. Red and black with claw like hands.. He was essentially a god but looked like a demon.

        • lol you mean the drag queen?

    • or Mojo Jojo?

  17. Who=What
    pretty sure yall know who I’m talkin bout.

    • Yes, the devil looking creep that was flamboyant and had a high pitched voice.

  18. I would have liked it if they grew up more and made the fights a bit more brutal especially with new animation, that would’ve been awesome, like their in middle school or freshmen in highschool or something, but this is still good

  19. Why are Bubbles and Blossom wearing eyeliner? I thought they were little kids?


    No seriously though, I just powerpuffled my pants!

  21. I told my 4 year old daughter (who loves watching the original series on Netflix) they were bringing it back and she screamed (like a little girl I might add). This is awesome!

  22. Ummm what about ed edd and eddy…..they were the last great cartoon on Cartoon network

    • Gumball and Adventure Time are still quite awesome.

    • Didn’t really like that show, it was as bad as Cow And Chicken.

  23. MOOOOJO JOOOJO!? Yes, please! Curious to see his re-invention, not very blown away by this one

  24. If they bringin back PPG what’s good with rebooting Captain Planet ? Now seems like a perfect time.

  25. I’m reading this article at work (like a good employee should) and I realized that I was subconciously minimizing the page whenever someone walked by.

    I’m ashamed of my appreciation for the PPG… *sad face*

    • Why are you ashamed?

  26. this is sad

    • Why is it sad?