The Powerpuff Girls is an animated series starring three little girls with superpowers who have dedicated their lives to fight crime and the forces of evil, though there are criticisms about their actions. The series was created by animator Craig McCracken.
The show began as a project for Craig McCracken's college class at California Institute of the Arts in 1992, titled The Whoop-Ass Girls. Three years later, Cartoon Network gave it its first two television shorts on What-A-Cartoon!, and finally a full TV series in 1998. A movie was released in 2002.
The Powerpuff Girls are:
- Blossom (red hair, pink-eyed, dressed in pink: voiced by Catherine Cavadini)
- Bubbles (blonde hair, blue-eyed, dressed in blue: voiced by Kath Soucie in the What-A-Cartoon! episodes, Tara Strong in the series)
- Buttercup (black hair, green-eyed, dressed in green: voiced by Elizabeth Daily)
They live in the fictional city of Townsville, USA (not to be confused with Townsville, Australia). They were created by Professor Utonium, who was attempting to make the perfect little girl by combining sugar, spice, and everything nice, when he accidentally knocked a glass of Chemical X into the mixture. The girls are super-cute and super-powerful.
Enemies include the mad scientist monkey Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, The Gangreen Gang, the spoiled little rich girl Princess Morbucks (the name is a play on Daddy Warbucks from Annie), The Rowdyruff Boys (male versions of the Powerpuff girls made by Mojo Jojo), and the mysterious superpowerful red-skinned and horned cross-dressing devil referred to only as Him. One-time appearances include Femme Fatale, Abracadaver, Roach Coach, and The Dooks of Doom; furthermore, a group of unsuccessful bank robbers is often seen suffering the consequences of their actions.
Friends and allies of the Girls include the Pokey Oaks kindergarten teacher Miss Keane, the empty headed Mayor (whose name is, apparently, "Mayor": in one episode where he was forced to run for re-election as Mayor, he ran with the campaign slogan 'Vote for Mayor for Mayor!') and his very competent assistant, the statuesque redheaded Ms. Sara Bellum (named after the cerebellum), whose face (like Big Al's in Police Squad! and the first Naked Gun movie), was always just out of shot.
The Amoeba Boys, the harmless pack of amoebas who first appeared in the "World Premiere Toon" "Crime 101," are somewhere in between enemies and friends. That is, their crimes are as primitive as their species, and they have some ties with the Powerpuff Girls.
Six seasons (78 episodes) have been made. There are no plans for any future episodes.
- Cartoon Network's Powerpuff Girls page (http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/ppg/)
- The Powerpuff Girls (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0175058/) at the Internet Movie Database
- The Powerpuff Girls (http://www.bcdb.com/cartoons/Hanna-Barbera_Studios/P-R/The_Powerpuff_Girls/index.html) at the Big Cartoon DataBase