New “Powerpuff Girls” Special Will Debut in January

The new Powerpuff Girls special, titled Dance Pantsed, will debut on Cartoon Network January 20th at 7:30pm (ET/PT). The show will feature a new character, flamboyant mathematician Fibonacci Sequins, voiced by Ringo Starr. Starr will also perform a new song titled “I Wish I Was A Powerpuff Girl.”

In Dance Pantsed, why is Mojo Jojo kidnapping a mathematician, an opera singer and a badger? To steal Chemical X, of course, and to finally take over Townsville. But when the Powerpuff Girls thwart his plan, he invents an evil video game called “Dance Pants R-EVILution” to control their minds and bodies to fulfill his evil plot! The Professor must visit his dark dancing past to save his girls so they can save all of Townsville!

Originally titled Powerpuff Girls Dance Pants R-EVIL-lution, the special was reportedly made using CG techniques and has been finished for a while. Production was headed by Dave Smith (The Flintstones: On the Rocks) who served as director, Kevin Dart (Steven Universe) as art director, and UK’s Passion Pictures as animation producer. Powerpuff creator Craig McCracken didn’t participate in the production.


  • Thomas Daly

    just bring back this show full time alredy :(

    • Jason

      The show ended it’s course. You don’t want it to end up like Dexter’s Lab or SpongeBob where the new episodes are bad, because it doesn’t have the sam writing team.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I’m still amused someone got around to writing a story around a decade old video game. I’m sure it still has a fan base but it’s pretty niche at this point, overshadowed by whatever next big thing came around (and not at arcades sadly). I’m sure I’m going to get flamed for this.

        • StephaneDumas

          Don’t worry about that.

          If that could cheer you up; I saw much worse stuff then that like the upcoming Fairly Oddparents live-action movie special titled “Fairly Odd Summer” where Drake Bell and Daniella Monet reprised their roles of Timmy and Tootie. ;-) I begin to fell sorry for Drake Bell and Daniella Monet careers….

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mV8-v0Shts

          • Chris Sobieniak

            Glad I missed out on that Stephane!

      • jhalpernkitcat

        I hate to say it, but by season 5, it actually did just that–ironically enough, some of the episodes were directer by Chris Savino, the same guy responsible for the episodes of Dexter’s Lab going downhill after Genndy Tartakovsky moved on to work on Samurai Jack.
        I am a huge fan of the Powerpuff Girls, but I could easily tell by seasons 5 and 6 that most of the episodes had lost the charm of the earlier seasons. Him had suddenly become less frightening (which is actually a bad thing) , the Mayor had become an annoying baby-like character instead of an amusingly bad political figure and his pickle addiction suddenly became a reoccuring unfunny gag. Overrated characters who didn’t need to come back returned (Yeah, I’m talking about the Rowdyruff Boys. The first episode with them was fine, but afterwards, it just felt unnesesary to bring them back–I’ve actually read fanfiction that did it better than the actual episode.) and some genuinely bad episodes centered around plots like sunburns, the old west, and a man trying to make a documentary on the girls were what made it go downhill in my opinion. (There is one season 6 episode however, that was really good, called “Asperations” which made good use of the return of an underused villainess I really liked)
        However, I really did enjoy the 10 year anniversary episode “The Powerpuff Girls Rule!” which was under McCracken’s direction and maintained all of the charm and humor the original episodes had.

      • Roberto Severino

        Weird thing about SpongeBob is that you’ve had people like Aaron Springer and Mr. Lawrence credited on infamous episodes like “One Coarse Meal” and “House Fancy” so the writing team wasn’t entirely new and Zeus Cervas and Derek Iversen who were credited for the really godawful “Stuck in the Wringer” episode that made me stop watching SB for a few years were already part of the crew even as back as Season 2. No doubt that not having Derek Drymon and Merriwether Williams on board after the movie and a bunch of other people was a big loss for the show in the long run.

        I’d say post movie SpongeBob is really inconsistent with quality I might say though not all completely bad and arguably has gotten much better between Seasons 8-9. Dexter’s Lab was certainly a lot different when they brought it back and it’s this same mistake that keeps happening to a lot of shows when they’re cancelled like that or something happens like the creator getting fired or stepping down as a showrunner. These networks really wanna make a quick buck out of anything even if it means tarnishing the legacy of the franchise that they’re dealing with. It’s happened so many times I can’t even count.

  • Matt Norcross

    Craig McCracken should have joined in as executive producer.

    • Dave

      maybe we should wait to make this judgment after we see how it turned out.

      • Daniel Rowley

        I think even if they just had him look over the script and storyboards. They could have given him an Exec producer cred, which simply would have looked better. it IS his show after all, and Craig has produced a couple of the very best. .

  • Inkan1969

    >In Dance Pantsed, why is Mojo Jojo kidnapping a mathematician, an opera singer and a badger?

    Um, because he wants to take over the Arts and Sciences Division of the University of Wisconsin?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Also, hasn’t the love for “DDR” passed by this point? Seems a bit dated.

      • Daniel Rowley

        DDR is always popular. It is the video game equivalent of Karaoke, it will always be around.

        • Kris Kail

          But it’s not as big as it was in the early 2000′s when literally EVERYONE was crazy about it. Once Guitar Hero hit, DDR went out, and now rhythm games in general aren’t very popular.

          • Chris Sobieniak

            That’s true, this would be more a nostalgia thing I’m sure for the fans of PPG given the plot in this I’m sure.

  • Jordan Olling

    What I want to know is if it brings back Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, and EG Daily for the voices.

    • AmidAmidi

      Yes, they all reprise their original roles.

      • Jordan Olling

        I guess I’ll have to take your word for it, then.

    • StephaneDumas

      Did Jennifer Hale also reprised her role of Miss Keane, Sedusa and Princess Morbucks?

  • Roberto Severino

    I’m looking forward to this. Loved the original series myself.

  • Jen H

    It’s a little disheartening knowing that Craig McCracken wasn’t a part of this. I’m still going to watch it, of course. I hope he does and enjoys it. I wonder if something bad happened that affected his lack of participation…that seems to be the case far too often.

  • Marbles471

    I find the redesign of those three very unappealing and, like so many other redesigns, totally superfluous. What does having sultry eyes, as opposed to wide-open, goggly, innocent peppers, contribute to or say about their personalities? Nothing, from what I can see. In fact, it goes against them.

  • Dana B

    Not too sure about the re-designs, but I’m willing to give it a shot. The description sounds a lot like the real zany episodes of PPG.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    I actually wasn’t sure if this special had actually gotten the green light because I stopped hearing much about it.

    I’ll admit I’m curious, being a Powerpuff Girls fan and all. However, the two things that are making me a tad uncomfortable are the design changes which while cute, are really unnecessary and detract from the original’s charm, and the fact that Craig McCracken is not part of this special. I hope the writing comes close to the original show’s, otherwise we may get something out of Seasons 5 and 6 when McCracken left to work on Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends and most of those episodes lacked the charm of the earlier ones.
    Yet, I will watch this before I make any actual judgements on this one.

  • Robertryan Cory

    I saw this while it was in production and was really impressed with the work Kevin Dart, Dave Smith and Chris Mitchell did. I can’t predict how fans will react but I think it’s funny too.

    • Roberto Severino

      Glad to see you commenting here, Mr. Cory. I really love your work and the incredible designs that you contributed on SpongeBob, especially with the incredibly funny drawings in “Face Freeze.” I hope that you’re doing well. I feel much better about this thanks to your approval of the short. I don’t mind it being different design wise as long as it’s entertaining and funny.

      • Robertryan Cory

        Thanks for the kind words about my work. I thought the PP special had a flavor of Jay Ward with the narrator carrying a lot.

        As far as a designers point of view on the redesign, I’d prob make a similar choice with a heavier eyelash because it being CG the eye color and light skin tone would visually bleed and their expression could be read as just dot eyes and be lost. If you put a full black circle around the eyeballs then you’re dealing with a lot of dead expressions or weird black eye readability. I think Dart made the right decision because the top of the eye is more important to frame for expression (think Betty/Veronica from Archie).

  • James Madison

    I am unfamiliar with Dave Smith’s work, although I am familiar with and like Kevin Dart’s work. I wish Craig McCracken was involved as well.

    I am curious to see how much of an influence the CG techniques will have on the final work.

    • Dave Smith

      Hey James Madison!

      Glad you could take some time from the oval office to care about the new PPG Special!

      My name is Dave Smith!

      This is some of my work!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go9wor0OCUw

      NOW… you are familiar with my work!
      I hope you enjoy the special!
      PS: I also like Kevin Dart’s work AND I wish Craig McCracken was involved as well!
      Awesome!

      • James Madison

        Thanks for sharing Dave.

        Looking forward to the special, and seeing what the combined talents bring forth.

        Much success.

      • Craig McCracken

        Dave was part of the original PPG crew and he wrote and boarded some of the best and most iconic episodes. “Mime for a Change” “Buttercrush” “The Powerpuff Girls Rainy Day Adventure” to name a few.

  • Kris Kail

    I love the look of it. Absolutely love it. If you’re going to do something new with an older property, do something NEW with it. The Powerpuff Girls Rule was alright, but it felt like another episode in a long canceled show, rather than something new and truly special. If this thing hits it, it’ll be great, if not, no harm done because we still have the original series.

    Honestly I just want Cartoon Network US to acknowledge PPG Z. A two-second clip in a documentary is no way to acknowledge one of the biggest WTF moments in CN history.

  • ddrazen

    The involvement of Ringo Starr smacks of stunt casting, but the implication that Prof. Utonium was a dancing fool back in the day makes me want to check this out.

  • reviewer007

    No McCracken, no
    Genndy Tartakovsky.
    This is already a trainwreck.

  • UsaMiKo

    I just now saw the trailer for this. It definetly looks …odd. The girls original designs were all based around curved lines and circles and all these sharp angles just feel …wrong. But you know what I’m still gonna watch afew episodes of it. New and different doesn’t immediately equate to “bad”. I’m gonna give this show a chance the same way I gave Teen Titans Go! a chance… and hope I don’t face the same consequences.

  • powerpufffanatic

    please do not develop this into a new powerpuff girl series a special is enough it would completely ruin the legacy of the animation the special is a cute idea tho

  • Whitney Smartt

    I think the new one that came out today January 20th 2014 was a waste. The colors were desaturated. It didn’t have the brightness like the others and it was just awful to me. I think the only thing they did right was kept the voices and that’s all.