Painbow (The Powerpuff Girls 2016)
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"Painbow" is the fourth episode of the The Powerpuff Girls. It aired on Cartoon Network on April 6, 2016.
A rainbow causes Townsville to become unusually happy, to the point they're unaware of their destructive actions, forcing the girls to investigate the cause.
Why It Sucks
- Allegro is supposed to be the villain, but instead comes off as creepy, as he forces Buttercup in one scene to hug him even if she refuses. He even brainwashes Blossom and Bubbles, who are little children, to twerk. This disgusts Buttercup, and the scene caused major controversy to the point where the episode was banned in Turkey. In other countries, it was cut.
- What makes this even worse is that the episode was storyboarded and even written by Julia Vickerman, who is notable for her pedophilic actions.
- The Powerpuff Girls twerking has happened before in the episode "The City of Clipsville" in the original series. The original storyboards had the Powerpuff Girls as teenage pop stars twerking while smacking their butts, which is thankfully unused.
- The rainbow pretty much makes everyone high on ecstasy, which is a drug.
- Speaking of which, the rainbow looks way too colorful, it may cause seizures, just like The Problem Solverz with their backgrounds.
- Noticeable animation errors, with one notable example being one frame having Barry over Buttercup before she trips him.
- The episode, in general, is really awkward and confusing.
- The character Allegro strikingly resembles Panda from We Bare Bears, likely showing that the crew of the reboot who made this episode are lazy.
- For some reason, neither Blossom, Bubbles nor Buttercup are affected by the rainbow. It is never explained why Blossom, Bubbles, or Buttercup weren't affected by the rainbow. It's possible this was because of their superpowers making them different from ordinary people, but if so, it was never conveyed, neither was any other possible explanation.
- The pacing is inconsistent, as the scene where Allegro is too slow, while other scenes in the episode are too fast.
- The Powerpuff Girls, particularly Buttercup in the beginning, act really out-of-character in this episode.
- Some dubs removed the twerking scene.
- Rainbow Land’s background design looks cool, and even its theme isn’t so bad.
- The title's name pun is clever.
- The concept of a rainbow brainwashing everyone is a somewhat interesting concept, as long as it isn't related to a drug.
- Even though Buttercup was out-of-character in the beginning of the episode like the rest of the Powerpuff Girls, she is tolerable as she at least had the decency to not twerk with Blossom and Bubbles and was also disgusted with them doing that. She also defeated Allegro on her own, thus ending his chaos and saving Townsville.
- Good moral: there are a time and a place where you can have fun.
- The yelled lyrics, "Je ne sais quoi!" from the song in Rainbow Land means "I do not know what."