Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Nostalgia Trip - The Powerpuff Girls

On this week's trip of nostalgia... I discuss The Powerpuff Girls

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Sugar. Spice. And everything nice. These were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect little girls. But Professor Utonium accidentally added an extra ingredient to the concoction... Chemical X. Thus the Powerpuff Girls were born. Using their ultra-superpowers, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup have dedicated their lives to fighting crime and the forces of evil.

From 1998 to 2005, there isn't anyone who at one point or another heard these words for one of the shows that gave Cartoon Network a shot in arm with a 'must see program'. Now at the time when the show premiered, I was still in High School...and yeah I watched it, along with the other shows that were a staple of the Cartoon Network's Friday night line up (Including Johnny Bravo, Dexter's Lab and Cow & Chicken).

So what made this show so great to the point that Cartoon Network is attempting to reboot it? Well for one it had a great line up characters, our heroes had well defined personalities that made them stand out from one another in ways other than the color of their clothes and hair. Blossom was the leader, strong will and determined.... Bubble was sweet, kind and known to get hardcore and who would grow up to become Harley Quinn (I'm kidding yet I'm not)... and Buttercup was a kick ass tomboy but then there are the villains... MoJo JoJo a monkey who had this long round about way of speaking, Fuzzylumpkins a fuzz ball hillbilly who doesn't like people on his property, Princess Morbucks a bratty rich girl who tried to buy her way to being a Powerpuff girl... and of course the most evil, vile... twisted... there isn't enough way to describe HIM. All were each very unique, had their own unique quirks and designs that made them pop off the screen.

The plot of each short was standard, 'The City Of Townsville ends up being attacked in some shape way or form and the girls save the day'... sure it was the formula, but not everything was 'cut and dry', for example one story revolved around Bubbles feeling like she was being treated as a baby ends up becoming the most violent and hardcore of the trio of heroes, or Buttercup becoming infatuated with the leader of the Gang-green Gang to the point it endangers her sisters, or Blossom developing ice breath

Perhaps the show's most memorable episode was 'Meet The Beat Alls' a homage to the Beatles with references to their songs and key events of their history used to tell a tale of the girls nemesis banding together to defeat our heroes until they come up with a way to resolve the problem in away that would make you say Yoko Ono.

Now unlike the other shows that carried Cartoon Network, the Powerpuff Girls was the only one to have a major theatrical release with a run in theaters that wasn't for one-off premier, a distinction they still hold at the time of this recording. While the film wasn't a commercial success, just breaking even, it's still a big accomplishment.

Question is... does the show hold up? Why yes... yes it does, they were smart in giving the show a timeless feel, no 'dates' or 'current events' are referenced, there are cultural references to things like Star Wars or even as stated earlier The Beatles that isn't out of line in regards to any thing done today with newer shows.

Now you don't have to take my word for you, if you're interested in checking the show out, I know there are DVD sets and it can be found on Netflix

Till next time, stay cool

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