“Sugar, spice and everything nice. These were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect little girls, but Professor Utoniom accidentally added an extra ingredient to the concoction – Chemical X! Thus the Powerpuff girls were born.” Who can forget that incredible opening from the Cartoon Network classic? It was 10 years ago when the show was cancelled from the network, leaving tons of fans heart broken having to depart from their favorite little super-heroes.
The show proved to be such a massive success that the chief content officer, Rob Sorcher announced last year that it would be revamped in 2016 without further information. The first look was revealed on Monday, and it now poses the question, “Is the Powerpuff Girls reboot worth watching?”
The first point of concern is that the creator of the show, Craig McCracken, will not take part in the reboot. With that in mind, it is a strong possibility that the show will go in a much different direction than the original. The design of the girls looks odd a bit odd as well. It is almost the equivalent of the new Teen Titans design.
The second and biggest point of concern is the fact that the voice actresses for Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were replaced. What? Yes, the positions were given to Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, and Natalie Palamides. Cartoon Network had released Vine videos of the girls introducing themselves as well as who they are voicing. The original voice of Mayor is still staying, but there has been much confusion and outrage on social media with the new voice actresses. It is really hard to imagine how an incredibly successful show would have a change in the voices of the main characters. Is the Powerpuff Girls reboot even worth watching?
Currently the answer seems to point to no by Powerpuff Girls fanatics. Many fans have expressed their dislike in the unveiling of the new actresses. Creator, McCracken was in on that parade too. He took to Twitter to express his own belief that Tara Strong, Catherine Cavadini, and Elizabeth Daily were “the ingredients chosen” for the show. The actresses stated they felt heartbroken about what Cartoon Network had done – they were also never contacted about the roles either. Strong, the original voice of Bubbles considered this to be a “stab in the heart.”
The original Powerpuff Girls do not have a vendetta for the new actresses. They wish them well, but were hurt by the fact they were practically disregarded for the casting of the reboot. Fans on Twitter have already sided with Strong, Daily and Cavadini and expressed their support for them. Many have decided to not watch the new show.
It is heartbreaking seeing a wildly popular television show receive a big make-over. Will the Powerpuff Girls reboot be worth watching? Probably not for the die-hard fans who did not agree with the changes. There is no final solid verdict yet on the show’s quality because there has not been any clips released. The new girls will definitely have a tough crowd to please if they want to reach out to fans of the original, but the much younger generation may get a kick out of the crime-fighting kindergarteners.
Opinion By Frank Grados
People – Original Powerpuff Girls Actress Compares Reboot Recasting to ‘Stab in the Heart’
Washington Post – Cartoon Network didn’t bother asking the original ‘Powerpuff Girls’ to be in the series reboot
TV Guide – Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice: Meet the Revamped Powerpuff Girls!
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