The Powerpuff Girls is an animated series based on the 1998 series of the same name by Craig McCracken. It is a reboot that aired on Cartoon Network on April 4th 2016, and reruns formerly aired on Boomerang until January 2018.
Why It Sucks
- It sucks out the charm of the original, as it has less crime-fighting and more scenes related to what the characters do when "they are not saving the world". Like Teen Titans Go!, it lacks the dark, serious tone of the original.
- Speaking of Teen Titans Go!, it even had a crossover with that show, which also sucks and barely qualifies as a team-up.
- Awful script-writing and writing in general.
- Cathy Cavadini, E.G. Daily, and Tara Strong did not reprise their roles as the Girls. Instead, the Girls are voiced by Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, and Natalie Palamides for their youthful looks.
- Buttercup's new voice actress in particular sounds absolutely nothing like Daily as she makes the character sound way too tomboyish than usual.
- Too much nonsense.
- Outdated memes and Internet slang, such as the "No Me Gusta!" meme as seen in "Tiara Trouble", and the Mojo Jojo Meme Maker. One scene even showed Bubbles saying, “OMG! Yaaaas!”
- Ms. Bellum, the mayor's assistant, is absent because Nick Jennings thought that having a beautiful, warm-hearted, motherly, intelligent and strong-willed woman on the show was offensive to the new generation and stated getting rid of her was "a good choice", yet they added a villain who only cares about fashion, another sexist stereotype. It's painfully obvious Ms. Bellum was eliminated to appease moral guardians who found her inappropriate based solely on her busty appearance, and not her personality.
- The Girls are wildly different, completely out-of-character than their original counterparts.
- Blossom is now a female counterpart of Robin from Teen Titans Go!, as they both are neurotic geeks with OCD. She is also way too obsessed with Jared Shapiro (whenever he is involved).
- Bubbles is now a stereotypical "girly" girl who lacks personality.
- Buttercup is now a bully who mostly cares about butt jokes.
- The singing is horrible.
- Mojo Jojo's famous language and speech patterns are gone.
- The villains aren't introduced to the new generation and they just appear randomly with no explanation of who they are or why they're even there.
- Sexualizing underage characters. Blossom is given a love interest and she's frequently seen having not so innocent fantasies about him.
- Bad humor nearly every moment.
- The character redesigns are unnecessary, such as Professor Utonium having round corners around his face, arms, and hands, and Ms. Keane, the Girls' teacher, lacking her breasts.
- No one, not even Craig McCracken (The creator of the original show), asked for or wanted a reboot to The Powerpuff Girls.
- Blossom and Bubbles actually twerk in one scene, seemingly in a horribly misguided attempt to be "hip" and "with it". To make matters worse, they are little girls, making this a minor child sexualization offense.
- Pokey Oaks Kindergarten has been destroyed and the girls are now in middle school.
- The humor is cringeworthy.
- There are many animation errors in almost every episode such as this one.
- The Girls are given anime-esque facial expressions and it does not fit at all.
- The girls can't hit anybody without a flash being used to censor it, in yet another attempt to appeal today's increasingly-conservative moral guardians.
- There is an unwanted 4th Powerpuff Girl.
- Some of the voice actors such as Tom Kenny, Tom Kane, Roger L. Jackson and Jennifer Hale reprise their roles.
- The twerking is cut in the Turkish dub of "Painbow".
- The theme song is okay.
- The voice acting is decent. Blossom and Bubbles' new voice actresses sound almost like the original ones.
- At least the character designs are barely different from the original designs. It pays homage to pop culture references or so.
- Some funny moments here and there.
- Decent and better animation, despite some animation errors.
- Ace of the Gangreen Gang is being utilized better outside the series by filling in as bassist for Gorillaz while Murdoc is incarcerated.
- At least Bliss is a likable character and maybe a dedication to Bunny from the original Powerpuff Girls series.
Episodes with their own pages
Despite having mixed reviews from critics, it received negative reception from Internet reviewers, viewers, and fans alike from the original. On iMDB, it has 3.6 out of 10 and TV.com has 4.2 out of 10.
The Occidental Weekly lamented that the series "lacks the impeccable comedic timing and wit of the original" and called the voice acting "mediocre at best", while also criticizing the writing, which it deemed subpar. Slate was critical of the show's "self-conscious feminist overtones", and compared the show unfavorably to the original, particularly the second-season episode "The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever". Polygon criticized that the show lost what they considered made the original so special: "fighting seems like an afterthought, as if Cartoon Network wants to keep the Girls a safe distance from the fray", and that the show was a "step backward, not forward". Jessica Swartz of Inverse said that new viewers might not know who the villains are or what their motivations are, as no introduction was given to the characters. Swartz also went on to say that the show focuses too much on the main characters, and overall called it a "mediocre cartoon". Shelby Watson of The All State praised the show's voice acting, but criticized the show's increased focus on the girls' domestic lives rather than fighting crime, and was especially critical of the animation, writing: "The animation is beyond lazy... the art direction itself is catastrophic. Animators routinely forget their own rules on how to animate their characters, leading to a disjointed style that just comes across like the animators don’t care." Watson also noted other technical problems in the series, such as inconsistencies in character design or misuse of perspective, saying that they "shouldn't happen in a professional studio."
Viewers have also criticized the show for its appropriation of Internet slang and memes, such as "can't even" or the character Bubbles yelling "no me gusta!" while her face turns into one commonly associated with the meme (as seen in "Tiara Trouble"). These references have been called out on being out of place and "being forced", as well as referencing fads of which popularity have faded long before their appearance in the show; the aforementioned "me gusta" and other derivatives of rage comics had their peak popularity in early 2011, in a desperate attempt to be relevant. Fortunately, though, the production staff got the message, and meme references have been removed.