Sunday mornings throughout the ’90s were dominated by cartoons and pyjamas. In 1998, The Powerpuff Girls debuted and rocked our little socks off. The show was by far one of the most popular shows on Cartoon Network and kept consistently high ratings throughout it’s six seasons.
The premise of the show was simple; three kindergarten-aged girls with superpowers are tasked with defending their hometown from bad guys. Kids everywhere were immediately addicted to these three little girls who could kick some serious butt — even the boys loved it.
The Powerpuff Girls has remained intensely popular even after the show stopped airing. As recently as last year, a makeup line launched that was inspired by our three beloved girls and the series was even rebooted in 2016. Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup reminded us all to brush our teeth, helped us overcome our fears of bedwetting, and they even encouraged us to cuddle our teddy bears and blankets. It’s no wonder that a generation of kids was obsessed with them. However, there are still plenty of things that the average fan might not know about the crime-fighting trio.
Here are the 16 Mind-Blowing Facts You Didn’t Know About The Powerpuff Girls.
16. Their Foreign Names
Although most people know them as Bubbles, Buttercup, and Blossom the girls have different names depending on where the show aired. In Britain and North America they were known by the names that we’re familiar with, but in Latin America, the girls were called Bubble, Chocolate, and Acorn.
Meanwhile in Italy, they went by Dolly, Lolly, and Molly, and in Poland they were referred to as Bójka, Bajka, and Brawurka. France also had their own names for them, as Belle, Bulle, and Rebelle were the ones to save the day.
Although their names were changed, everything else about the characters was the same, including how they work together and the respective colour they wear. The reason for the name change is likely attributed to cultural differences.
15. The inspiration behind Mojo Jojo
Originally the lab assistant to Professor Utonium, Mojo Jojo is the Powerpuff Girls’ arch nemesis. His only goal in life is to take over the world and destroy the Powerpuff Girls.
Although he has never totally succeeded, he has defeated the girls on numerous occasions. Mojo Jojo’s design is actually based off of another ape villain — Dr.Gori from Spectreman. Dr.Gori was also a mad scientist who was banished from his peaceful simian planet. He then travels to Earth and attempts to take it over and wipe out humanity.
14. Their Controversial Original Name
During his first year in character animation at CalArts, creator Craig McCracken originally came up with the idea of the three girls when he drew them on a birthday card for his brother.
Then in 1992, he included the three girls in a short animation he made called “Whoopa** Stew: A Sticky Situation.” Later that year, it was picked up by Cartoon Network as part of their What A Cartoon! showcase.
The network informed McCracken that he would have to change the name of the series, since it was highly unlikely anyone was going to make kids’ toys with that word in the label. Thus, The Powerpuff Girls were born. The can of whoopa** that Professor Utonium accidentally added was renamed to Chemical X and the rest, as they say, is history.
13. The Highest Debut In Cartoon Network History
When the series premiered on November 18 of 1998, it was the best debut in Cartoon Network’s history at the time and is credited for the network’s primetime ratings. Throughout it’s run, the show maintained high ratings with all demographics and it was also the stepping stone for the tons of merchandise that would follow.
The show consistently had higher ratings than shows like Dexter’s Laboratory, which had already been on the air since 1996. The show was watched all over the UK, North America, and more, making it a full-fledged global phenomenon.
Its success would soon lead to CDs, a movie, t-shirts, plates, toys, everything and anything you can think of. It was a sad day when the show finally ended in 2005 and the 2016 reboot couldn’t quite make the same splash.
12. Finale of 2005
After being on the air for seven years, the show finally ended once the creators felt they took it as far as it could go. On March 25, 2005 Cartoon Network aired the final Powerpuff Girls episode entitled, “I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future”. It was the one-hundred and thirty-ninth episode of the show.
The name of the episode was supposed to be a joke in case the show ever came back, which it did in 2016. The episode revolves around a fortune teller and her goose wreaking havoc in Townsville after stealing the key to the city.
It ends with the bad guys being grilled on a barbecue, which is a little dark in retrospect. The episode was also the only one to have the narrator have more lines than the characters and even featured a line from the Looney Tunes.
11. It Won Multiple Awards
The show has been nominated for various Primetime Emmy’s and Annie Awards. Back in 2005, the background designer won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for his work on the episode “West in Pieces”.
The show won the same award back in 2000, this time going to the art director, Don Shank, for his work on the “Twisted Sister” episode. In total, it has been nominated for around 18 awards and has won 4 of them.
It has been nominated for Favourite TV show, A Kids Choice Award, Best Animated Series and Best Voice Over Acting. Additionally, it won for it’s music, art direction, animation and individual achievement. The original cartoon remains extremely popular to this day.
10. Margaret Keane Eyes
The Powerpuff Girls’ large eyes have always been a talking point, seeing as they basically take up their whole head. You may have seen the 2014 film, Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz and thought that paintings looked familiar. Thats because our little superhero trio’s eyes were inspired by Margaret Keane, who the aforementioned movie is based on.
Margaret Keane was an American painter who’s work was stolen by her husband. At one point, she was painting non-stop for about 16 hours a day while her husband took credit for her work and sold her paintings. He became one of the most revered painters at the time even though none of it was his own work.
9. Tara Strong Voices Bubbles
If you’ve ever played Batman: Arkham City or watched Batman:The Killing Joke, you might recognize the voices of Harley Quinn and Barbara Gordon. It may surprise you, but that’s due to that fact that the voices are provided by Tara Strong, who is also the voice of Bubbles.
It seems fitting, as both characters are sweet, pigtailed blondes who have quite a dangerous streak of rage. Strong had voiced Bubbles from the show’s beginning to its end and when the reboot happened in 2016, she claimed it felt like she had been stabbed in the heart when someone else was cast to voice Bubbles.
8. From Townsville To Foster’s Home
While Cartoon Network asked Craig McCracken for a seventh season, he had felt that six was enough and the series was in danger of becoming a cash cow. Instead of waiting around to be pressured for more, McCracken left the show completely to work on another project — Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.
After adopting two dogs from an animal shelter, McCracken thought of applying the same idea to imaginary friends. The show revolves around Mac, who is being pressured by his mother to forget his imaginary friend, Bloo. When he hears about a home where imaginary friends can stay, he registers Bloo and visits him daily.
7. The Secretary’s Face
Throughout the entire series, the Mayor’s secretary only showed her face once. This was a pretty big deal, considering it was the mission of every child to catch a glimpse of Ms. Bellum’s face. In fact in Britain, Tesco released a toy set that included the mysterious secretary, although she was turned around in the packaging so you had to buy it to see her face.
The statuesque assistant was considered by many to be the real mayor of Townsville, seeing as she was the brains behind everything that the naive mayor did. Every time she is on screen an object just happens to be covering her face, but we get to hear her talk a lot.
6. The Devil
You might be thinking that the character from the show, referred to as Him, looks exactly like the Devil — well thats because he is. In the early days of The Powerpuff Girls he was actually named the Devil, but Cartoon Network began to receive complaints.
These mainly came from concerned parents who didn’t think it was appropriate to have such a character on a children’s show. The network wanted to show that they weren’t affiliated with any religion, so instead of dismissing the character, they started calling him, well, Him.
This might not have been enough for some parents, but the character was well loved by audiences because of how silly he was. He was also the second main antagonist, fitting in right behind Mojo Jojo. He is by far the most powerful of the villains and could arguably destroy the world if he wanted to. He’s also very good at making pancakes.
5. That Beatles Episode
The entire Powerpuff Girls series is littered with references to the pop culture of the ’80s and ’90s. The show even has an episode that features over 60 references to The Beatles. The episode is called “Meet the Beat-Alls” and has Mojo Jojo, Him, Fuzzy Lumpkins, and Princess Morbucks form a group called the Beat-Alls.
They do this after realizing that the only way they can defeat the girls is by working together.Some of the references in the episode include Mojo Jojo’s girlfriend, Moko Yono, who plays a caricature of her real life counterpart and forces the group to break up.
Other references include the famous zebra crosswalk, the Beat-Alls wanted poster is similar to that of the Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night, the police chief is named Sgt. Pepper, and the production of the episode began on the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s death.
4. The Scream Guy Voices Mojo Jojo
You may find the voice of Mojo Jojo to sound a little familiar and that’s because it is the same guy who plays Ghostface from Scream. That’s right, the guy who runs around houses at night, calling people and chopping them up, is the same guy who screams about being fed up with sassy little girls.
Roger L. Jackson voiced Mojo Jojo and the Rowdyruff Boys for the entirety of the series and in almost every video game. The only time he didn’t was in the games Punchtime Explosion and Punchtime Explosion XL ,when Nolan North voiced the evil monkey.
3. Their Unique Powers
Each of the Powerpuff Girls are imbued with a unique power on top of the powers gained from Chemical X. In the episode titled “Nuthin’ Special”, Blossom and Bubbles save the town from a giant Spanish-speaking squirrel, using Bubble’s multilingualism and Blossom’s ice breath.
Even though each of the girls has the ability to conjure tornadoes, teleport, and create inferno shields, they each have an ability that is unique to them. Bubbles technically has two unique powers since she is the only one of the three who can speak more than one language, but she can also cause supersonic waves with her voice.
Blossom’s unique power is her ability to breath ice, which is obviously very useful. Unfortunately, Buttercup is left with a less exciting power. Buttercup’s unique “superpower” is that she is the only one able to curl her tongue, which makes her happy.
2. The Fourth Powerpuff Girl
Saving an entire town can be pretty exhausting for three little girls, especially when they have to do it before bedtime and finish their chores. It can be a bit much, so to ease the workload, the girls decided to make a fourth Powerpuff girl to help them out.
They sneak into the Professor’s lab and try to make a new sister, although they don’t get the ingredients exactly right. Instead of sugar and spice, they use artificial sweetener and dirt. They also use things that they think are nice like crayons, a lizard, books, flowers, and a multitude of other items.
The girls end up creating Bunny, who they then send out to fight crime. Unfortunately she misunderstands and throws all the cops in jail and releases all the criminals instead. While Bunny ultimately comes around and helps the girls round up the criminals, her chemical make-up is too unstable and she explodes, leaving the girls to feel guilty about the way they treated her.
1. Is That Dexter?
Dexter’s Laboratory was made before The Powerpuff Girls, but it’s creation process was helped along by McCracken and it was insanely popular on Cartoon Network. The show revolved around Dexter, a boy genius who only wanted to be left alone to work in his lab.
Unfortunately for him, his older sister DeeDee just doesn’t get the message, as she constantly interrupts him while he’s working. The show ran from 1996 until 2003. Since both shows were so popular and were on at the same time, Dexter crossed into Townsville on numerous occasions — six times to be exact.
He made a brief appearance in the episode “Powerpuff Bluff”, in which a gang of crooks impersonate the girls. Dexter also comes to help in the “Uh-Oh, Dynamo” episode, where the Professor builds a ten-foot robot to keep the girls safe, but it ends up destroying the city.
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