Why I Am Not Sure How I Feel About The Powerpuff Girls Returning to TV
A couple of days ago, Variety reported that Cartoon Network is planning on rebooting The Powerpuff Girls in 2016. I don’t think anyone is terribly surprised here. The network aired a 15th anniversary special in January (starring Ringo Starr, because of course it did), and with this huge surge of nostalgia-fueled series reboots like Girl Meets World and The Magic School Bus, it’s not surprising Cartoon Network jumped on the “You Know You Were a Nineties Kid When…” programming bandwagon.
For me, The Powerpuff Girls were my first real dive into the world of superheros. I didn’t really explore too deep into the world of Marvel and DC until high school. Following the exploits of some random guy in spandex fighting weird, scary-looking villains didn’t really appeal to me when I was younger. I knew who superheroes like Spiderman, Superman, and Batman were, but I wasn’t too interested. The superheroes I loved were The Powerpuff Girls, mainly because I could relate to those girls. They wore dresses, but they were tough and could take care of themselves–and the entire city of Townsville.
As someone who has always been relatively quiet and shy, and often dismissed as being “sweet and naive”, I loved watching Bubbles–a little girl who was quiet, who appeared sweet and naive, but could kick your ass to next Thursday if she needed to. Those little girls showed me it was okay to be who I was, be it smart, “bossy”, quiet, or tough, and that everyone had something important to bring to the table–even if it is just being able to roll your tongue. The girls were a lot more than just “the ditzy one, the bossy one, and the tough one”, and it encouraged its viewers to see themselves as more than a just category, too.
So when I heard Cartoon Network planned to revive the series in 2016, I wasn’t quite sure how to feel. Honestly, I’m not sure how to feel about any of these shows from my childhood making a big comeback, but The Powerpuff Girls is the show I was the most connected to as a kid. Though I’m really excited to see the girls back in action full-time, there is nothing more scary than watching TV execs handle one of your favorite childhood shows, trying to make lightning strike twice.
I won’t lie, the new animation style makes me nervous, but I’m not going to judge just yet. Ultimately, I’m excited that the show’s been picked up again. I have a lot of hope for the revamped show, and I know there are tons of other Powerpuff fans out there that are stoked to see the show get some new life, too. Though, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was worried they would move the girls from being dynamic characters, to boiling them down to “the bubbly one”, “the bossy one”, and “the tough one”. The heart of the show is ultimately the sweet, familial love shared between the girls and their father, Professor Utonium. As long as they keep that, portray the girls as people who are constantly learning about themselves and the world around them–while also making time to save the world from a bevvy of baddies–and keep that awesome wittiness and pop culture savvy (though I don’t know what can top the Beat-Alls)…
…the new show will absolutely do justice to those of us who grew up watching the original. Not only that, but it will bring up another generation of kids with three awesome superhero role models.
This show has been analyzed down to the bare bones, and whether or not you agree with the conclusions people draw about the show being a feminist powerhouse for kids, I think we can all agree that this show was a genuinely awesome cartoon. The original show was funny, heartfelt, and extremely witty, and I would hate to see that lost when The Powerpuff Girls returns to television. I’m trying to remind myself that for every lackluster reboot, there have also been some truly awesome ones like Doctor Who and Star Trek. I really hope that The Powerpuff Girls will be added to the list of great reboots. Ultimately, we’re going to have to wait to see the revamped show. Luckily the original version is on Netflix, so that can tide us over for a little while while we wait for the show’s 2016 premiere.
Did you watch The Powerpuff Girls as a kid (or as an adult)? What do you think about the show coming back to television? I want to hear your thoughts in the comments!