‘Powerpuff Girls’ Reboot Coming in 2016

Cartoon Network is reviving The Powerpuff Girls as a regular series, the network announced on Monday during the 2014 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.

No word yet on whether the show’s creator Craig McCracken will be involved in the new series, or whether it will be made in CG like the Powerpuff Girls special Dance Pantsed, which debuted earlier this year on Cartoon Network.

But the network is excited about letting people know that the relaunch will be accompanied by a “full licensing program.” “With proven success and great content plans in place, there’s so much potential that we’re looking forward to explore with our licensing partners in the coming weeks,” says Pete Yoder, vice president of consumer products for North America, Cartoon Network Enterprises. The show is one of the network’s top performing brands, with more than $2.5 billion in retail sales over the last 16 years, much of it in the fashion and apparel sectors.


  • http://twitter.com/RacattackForce Racattack_Force

    I’m personally hoping that it keeps the CG style of the “Dance Pantsed” special. A lot of my online buddies didn’t like it, but I was personally fond of the colours and the janky movements of the characters.

    • http://exponelephant.tumblr.com/ Sasha

      yeah, there were parts of the CG special I really liked, but I felt some of the colors were too muted and needed more contrast since I found parts of it difficult to see. I am curious to see how much and what they plan to change in this reboot.

  • IBlock

    Not sure if I should happy or angry about this… On one hand, I am happy that the girls are back… I just have to see more information on this before I can make a proper opinion… So I’ll just wait…

  • Michel Van

    why reboot a timeless classic ?
    ok CN if you have to do this, Please in way of “Dance Pantsed” special !

  • Kirby

    I really liked the fast paced CG style myself.

  • Johnny

    One less dude bro show in the future then I guess.

  • Roberto Severino

    To quote Michael Scott from The Office:

    “No God! No God, please no! NO! NO! NOOOOO!!!!”

  • Taco

    Aaah yes, the Animation Schedual/Reboot Merry-Go-Round. Up and Down and Round and Around. Oh the cheerful monotony!
    I love old cartoons. especially good ones… but networks should really learn to let them die with grace rather then bury them in a pile of trite reboots/remakes. These classics were new & risky once too… So why not try THAT again, and you might just end up with a NEW Classic in five years time if you do it right.

    • http://twitter.com/RacattackForce Racattack_Force

      This is the first time since Dexter’s Lab that the network has really rebooted something though. Honestly, I can’t really blame them for this. In the world of entertainment, if something is still a powerful brand over a decade later, even if limited airtime, then you DO something with it. After the comic series, a new animated series was sure to follow. As for creating new classics, I feel like they already have that in Adventure Time. There’s also that new miniseries (Over the Garden Wall, I believe) coming out in Fall. So I have no issue with CN doing this since they’re currently airing a bunch of original content at the same time. Gotta strike a balance.

  • Jonathan Wilson

    Those shows can’t last forever, you know…
    …and you can only blame those ’90s Kids’ who want their once favorite networks (CN, Nick, Disney, etc…) to cancel their “new junk” and bring back the classics.
    Now that they got their wish, they’re still complaining about this…

    • Becca

      I don’t know, I’m a 90′s kid, and would rather they eave the old stuff be.

  • D

    I actually refuse to accept Teen Titans Go as the official reboot of Teen Titans. Teen Titans Go is just an animated train wreck of a spinoff with juvenile writing, zero continuity to the original and a really paint by numbers visual style that just looks bland in comparison to the original.

    I do see where you are coming from however and your concerns are reciprocated. In fact when I first read this article I thought to myself are we gonna have another Teen Titans Go on our hands. I still think its too early to judge how this is gonna turn out but I hope it’s a hell of a lot better than a great deal of animated reboots out there and I still maintain they should have left this series well enough alone.

    • Fried

      Well you’re right, TTG is not a reboot of Teen Titans go, it’s a comedic spin-off with the original characters and is in no way trying to be similar to the original. And in fact, is actually making fun of the characters and superheroes in general.

      If you complain about Go! not being like the original, then I just can’t take you seriously. It’s one thing to just not like the show for what it is, it’s another to think it’s even attempting to be like the dark and serious Bruce Timm-esque show.

      It’s about as similar to the show as Conker’s Bad Fur Day is to Conker’s Pocket Tales.

  • SarahJesness

    Huh. For quite a while now, I’ve been wondering what it would feel like to see something that was new when I was a kid, that I loved, get rebooted. Weird feeling. Unless they completely screw it up, I’m sure it will be at least tolerable… I just feel more apathetic than I would’ve expected. Maybe I’d feel differently with a different show. I agree with D, I don’t feel like there are a lot of new and different things that can be done with the premise. Maybe it’s just my nostalgia goggles (PPG was my FAVORITE show when I was a kid) but I’m not looking forward to this, simply because I don’t really expect it to live up to the original. Guess I’ll wait to see it before I make a final judgement, of course.

    Oh well. Any word on if it’s going to retain the violence of the original? That was a great thing about the show, it wasn’t afraid to be girly AND violent, which really appealed to me as a kid. Like, it’s cute and pretty, but can still kick some ass. I hope CN doesn’t wimp out and tone down the violence.

  • http://samfilstrup.tumblr.com/ Sam

    Wonder who’s gonna helm the show. Either way hope its successful, more cartoon shows can’t be a bad thing.

  • Steven Bowser

    I’d be up for Courage the Cowardly Dog to come back. That show was like The Twilight Zone for kids, as seen through the eyes of a dog. It was awesome.

  • Christian Hayes

    since this is here, here the link to the let get criag to do the PPG again facebook page
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/359728867390976/

  • Marbles471

    For me it’s not about “getting over” the old wave, it’s about “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” PPG did not need a visual makeover, because it was designed to express what it had to say, the way it expressed it. A redesign of their world was totally superfluous. More importantly, the redesign of the girls themselves works against their personalities and their basic roles. They’re supposed to be exaggeratedly adorable because that’s part of the incongruity at the heart of their role—–Badass Adorable, as TVTropes terms it. The new designs work directly against that by giving them a more mature, even somewhat sultry “Bratz” type of look. It doesn’t work.

    • jhalpernkitcat

      That new design reminds me of that “Dream in Style” version they made which was meant to market on girls and teens. It just didn’t fit the original design at all.

  • MaskedManAICN

    …will be accompanied by a “full licensing program.”
    That’s right Wall Street, our 22 minute commercials are coming soon!

    Truthfully I have no problem with licensing, except when it becomes the whole point of the production. Which seems to be the case more and more these days.

    • Jonathan Wilson

      That’s the kind of thing Bill Watterson warned us about…

  • Metoş

    Well, after what happened with Teen Titans Go, I don’t expect much from this. But keep in mind that Warner Bros made TTG, while Cartoon Network is making this reboot.

  • Killinger

    I always thought that the disigns had a more UPA vibe to it more so then anime but I can also see that influence

  • http://www.dudegurlz.com Kris Kail

    Really? Because I’m pretty sure the entirety of the Powerpuff Girls was inspired by a mix of Hanna-Barbera, UPA, and an upbeat mish-mosh of 60′s fashion and designs.

    • Blake Good

      The reboot will probably have 80s fashion and designs.

      • http://www.dudegurlz.com Kris Kail

        i would watch that

  • Brian Martin

    Why did they give Bubbles freeze breath, when she never had that before?

  • http://www.lizschwartz.com Liz Schwartz

    I’m a bit surprised by this, I happened across a few episodes of PowerPuff Girls on Netflix the other day and was surprised at how dated it all felt. I loved it in the moment but am not sure it’s necessary. I’m all for more girls in animation but this seems a bit forced.

  • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

    I’d only watch this if Craig McCracken was on board, and since he’s right now with Disney on “Wander over Yonder”, that seems highly unlikely.

  • YOU SUCK

    new design ruined my childhood image. feel ashamed.

  • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa9qG33w5sLh7mcXtA-zysA BlueBunnyClay

    the new powerpuff girls is not good at all

  • Gary Hawkins

    now i’m sad