The Powerpuff Girls arrived on Cartoon Network in 1998 and soon became one of the most popular and highly regarded animated series of its era. Featuring a trio of tiny superheroes named Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, The Powerpuff Girls, created by Craig McCracken with Genndy Tartakovsky also on the creative team, had a successful seven-year run, earning a large fan base that went far beyond little girls.
The show went off the air on 2005, but recent years have seen a series of revivals. A 1oth-anniversary special aired in 2008, followed by a one-shot special called Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed in 2014, which featured a vocal performance by Ringo Starr as the wonderfully named character Fibonacci Sequins. Then, the series launched a full-fledged revival earlier this year, airing 21 episodes between April and June. Now, we’re getting more.
Cartoon Network has officially announced that The Powerpuff Girls will be back for season 2, stating the premiere of the new series had become, with 81 million viewers worldwide on all platforms, “the largest international event in the history of the network.” In the announcement, the network also remarked that The Powerpuff Girls will join several other returning series, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Clarence, and Regular Show.
In its statement, the network said:
“The Powerpuff Girls is on a momentous run with its first Emmy nod, a debut appearance at one of the biggest fan events of the year, and now a second season green light. Congratulations to the Cartoon Network creative teams who have super-powered this property with the perfect amount of Chemical X to bring a hit show for a new generation of fans.”
There are some who may object to the reboot of a touchstone of their childhood, especially with the original creator (McCracken) not involved, as well as different voice talent and altered animation and music. But considering the popularity of the new version, a continuation of the revival was probably inevitable. Enough time has passed, after all, that some of the younger viewers of the new show likely never even saw the original. The franchise is also a strong fit for the sort of “girl power” mixture of geek culture and strident feminism in vogue these days.
The next season of the new Powerpuff Girls will debut on Cartoon Network at an undetermined date.
Source: Cartoon Network