Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Classic Review: The Powerpuff Girls Movie

Cartoon Network debuted The Powerpuff Girls in 1998. It quickly became a big hit for them and it spawned a lot of merchandise. In 2002, Cartoon Network released a feature film based on the show. While it alright critically, it did;'t do so well financially. It made enough to cover it's budget, but that was still only $11 million. Craig McCracken said in a 2013 interview (that can now only be seen archived here) that he thinks one of the reasons it flopped is that a lot of the boys that watched it in the privacy of their own homes didn't want to be seen watching it in public. So was this another great installment of a great series? Or did it flop for more than one big reason?

The Powerpuff Girls Movie is a prequel to the series. It tells the story of how Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup became Townsville's superheroes. After the town freaks out about their powers, they meet and help Mojo Jojo because he's a freak, too. They thought they were helping him make the world a better place (and they might have actually been, all I'll say is check out Powerpuff Girls Rule), but he ended up fooling them and the town started hating them even more. Now it's up to them to fix it.

I thought the story was pretty good. We already get a quick summary of how the PPG were born in the show's theme song, but I liked seeing what else was involved in that. There were also moments where it was darker than the show. Not expected, but still cool.

The animation was pretty good. I thought the actions scenes looked really good. The movie also had some revised designs of the characters that I liked as well. The action scenes also looked great.

Overall, I thought this was a great movie. I love the show and this was a great adaptation of it.

Final score: 4.5/5

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