After a horrible attempt to reboot the classic 90s cartoon ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ in the short “Dance Pantsed,” rendered in an all new art style (which frankly hurt to look at), The Cartoon Network is trying again in a manner more faithful to the original series. The new cartoon will arrive in April.
Veteran voice actor Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants) is reportedly reprising the role of the Narrator and Mayor along with fellow original voices Jennifer Hale as Miss Keane and Roger L. Jackson as Mojo Jojo, but the Girls themselves will feature new voices, provided by Amanda Leighton as Blossom, Kristen Li as Bubbles and Natalie Palamides as Buttercup. Leighton is best known for playing Kristen on ‘Last Man Standing’, while Li and Palamides are largely up-and-comers. Palamides has been cast in the pilot of the TV adaptation of ‘Uncle Buck’.
The first clip released features Buttercup, the resident asskicker, facing off against a new villain known as Manboy, who looks like every hipster lumbersexual ever, who declares that “Townsville needs to get back to its manly roots!”
Heh. We’ll see.
Watch the clip for yourself below:
The Powerpuff Girls were created by Craig McCracken, who is not involved with this reboot. The original series ran from 1998-2004 and even spawned an animated spinoff movie.
Nick Jennings (‘Adventure Time’) is serving as executive-producer on the reboot with co-executive producer Bob Boyle (creator of ‘Wow! Wow! Wubzy!’).
Last year, when it was first announced that the Cartoon Network was rebooting the show, the original voice of Bubbles, Tara Strong (who has voiced hundreds of roles including Raven on ‘Teen Titans GO!’ and Twilight Sparkle on ‘My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic’ just to name two) tweeted her displeasure at being replaced. But she followed up with a tweet supporting the new voice cast and she has plenty of jobs that should keep her busy.
Are you excited that three of the toughest action heroes of the 90s are headed back to the Cartoon Network?