Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice… plus an unexpected dash of Chemical X are the ingredients to make 90’s girl-power icons, The Powerpuff Girls. The last episode of the original series aired nearly 11 years ago, however a new Powerpuff Girls reboot has begun to air on Cartoon Network.
On first glance, The Powerpuff Girls really does capture the art and style we were first introduced to way back in 1998. The girls look nearly identical to their earlier counterparts minus a few subtle details. Blossom’s bow has been rounded out a bit from the original. Bubbles has gained a set of blue hair bobbles and had her pigtails placed a little higher on her head. Blossom now has a small pointy cowlick on one side of her head. There is nothing dramatic here, but the changes do give the girls a little bit more of an updated feel. The visuals pay homage to the original quite well and will bring you right back into the familiar world of the city of Townsville without being a total carbon copy.
The biggest difference in the pint-sized crime fighters has been a change in voice actors. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are now voiced by Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, and Natalie Palamides instead of Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, and Elizabeth Daily respectively. The new talent does serve to inject some new life into the series although I would be lying if I didn’t admit to missing the original. The inimitable Tom Kenny returns and both The Mayor of Townsville, and the Narrator. Tom Kane will reprise his roll as Professor Utonium and Roger L. Jackson returns as the iconic Mojo-Jojo.
With only two episodes aired it is hard to deduce if the new Powerpuff Girls will manage to completely capture the charm and wit of the original series, but so far it appears to pick up right where the old series left off. I’m looking forward to watching the new episodes with my own little girls. Now if only Dexter’s Lab and Johnny Bravo could get the same treatment…