A number of beloved television series from the ’90s and ’00s are receiving the reboot, revival, or sequel treatment, including Fuller House and Gilmore Girls (both of them on Netflix, as it were). In 2014, Cartoon Network announced it would be rebooting the girl-powered animated series, The Powerpuff Girls, which will debut later this year.
The Emmy-winning original show was created by Craig McCracken, running from 1998 to 2005, and launched a multi-platform franchise that includes video games and a feature film. Now, the first clip from Cartoon Network’s reboot series has been revealed, showcasing the same girl-power attitude of the original show.
Cartoon Network released the clip (above) from the series premiere episode, ‘I Am Not A Princess’, featuring all three of the Powerpuff Girls facing off against a plaid-wearing woodsman villain who wants to shut down a “hippie carnival” and bring Townsville “back to its manly roots.” But, just as this Chemical X-enhanced trio did in Cartoon Network’s original series, the Powerpuff Girls don’t take kindly to being called princesses.
As revealed by the network last year, The Powerpuff Girls will feature new voice actors as the three leading heroes: Amanda Leighton (The Fosters) as Blossom, Kristen Li (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn) as Bubbles, and Natalie Palamides (Burning Bridges) as Buttercup – though Tom Kenny will reprise his role as the Narrator/Mayor of Townsville. Bob Boyle (The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom) will executive producer the show along with Nick Jennings (Adventure Time).
Hearing the different voice cast in action in the first clip of the new PowerPuff Girls is sure to be strange for fans of the original show. But, the new cast may appeal to the series’ new audience, which will likely include younger viewers than those who watched the first iteration of The Powerpuff Girls. Furthermore, the inclusion of an entirely new villain – rather than one of the girls’ famous antagonists like Mojo Jojo or Sedusa – seems to demonstrate that the reboot series will feature new elements aside from the cast.
Still, the clip does include the Powerpuff Girls’ essential girl power, with Buttercup defeating the villain very quickly, all while throwing like a girl – because there’s nothing wrong with that. So, while The Powerpuff Girls may have gotten the reboot treatment – something that isn’t uncommon among cartoon series like Scooby-Doo – Cartoon Network’s new show seems to maintain the heart of the original series.
The Powerpuff Girls will premiere this spring on Cartoon Network
Source: Cartoon Network