Cartoon Network is looking back to its Golden Age, when Dexter’s Laboratory was TV’s most compulsively-watchable, unexpectedly popular cartoon, and there was hardly hide nor head of live action TV series on its airwaves. Of course, with the good news comes the bad.
Yes, The Powerpuff Girls are coming back for a new special, the first new adventure since 2005. That’s the good news.
The bad news, depending on your conception of what constitutes “bad news”, is that the series is being “reimagined” (the Hollywood buzz word for “We’re plumb out of ideas, so let’s change something everyone likes”). The show will used computer-generated animation, and will look like this:
In addition, the series will be going forward without its creator, Craig McCracken (who is working on his own new show, Wander Over Yonder, over at Disney).
Thankfully, the new special, directed by Dave Smith and designed by Kevin Dart, will feature the same lead voice performers we know and love from the original show. The special will also include Ringo Starr in a guest starring role as a mathematician named Fibonnaci Sequins (priceless). He also contributes a song to the special, “I Wish I Was A Powerpuff Girl”. Sounds a little creepy, but then the show deals well with that brand of off-kilter humor.
In other bad news, the network released its new lineup, revealing the cancellation of several of the network’s more action-oriented shows: The Clone Wars, which is likely moving to Disney, and DC Comics series Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. The shows, the latter two, at least, will finish their current runs before moving on to that TV lineup in the sky.