The Powerpuff Girls (1998, Seasons 5-6)

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The Powerpuff Girls (1998, Seasons 5-6)

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Didn't Cartoon Network learn anything about accepting that when a show is resolved, it's resolved?
Genre: Superhero
Comedy
Action
Running Time: 22 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: December 6, 2002 - April 9, 2004 (Season 5)
April 16, 2004 - March 25, 2005 (Season 6)
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Created by: Craig McCracken
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Distribution Television
Starring: Cathy Cavadini
Tara Strong
E. G. Daily
Tom Kane
Tom Kenny
Roger L. Jackson
Jennifer Hale
Jeff Bennett
Jennifer Martin
Jim Cummings
Episodes: 29 (Season 5)
23 (Season 6)


The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated superhero television series created by Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network and the fifth of the Cartoon Cartoons. It aired on Cartoon Network from 1998 to 2005 with a total of 78 episodes across six seasons. During the show’s run, it had a theatrical film release, a Christmas special, and a series finale special.

However, after the departure of Craig McCracken and the original crew following the movie’s release, the show had a revival in late 2002 with a fifth and sixth season. Craig McCracken wanted to put Chris Savino in charge before heading off to make Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends. With a new crew, Savino took over the show as executive producer and show runner.

The first four seasons were well received for their creative, action-packed stories and brutal, intense humor as well as some heartwarming moments. But during the last two seasons, a more pedantic side of the show is shown and it’s not a good one.

Plot

The show focuses on Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, three super-powered little sisters who were accidentally created in a lab by Professor Utonium who raises them as his daughters. They regularly save the City of Townsville from villains such as Mojo Jojo, the Gangreen Gang, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Princess Morbucks and Him. Blossom is the self-proclaimed leader of the trio, Bubbles is the cute one and Buttercup is the toughest one.

Bad Qualities

  1. Both seasons were very unnecessary and suffer from various problems. However, Cartoon Network insisted that the show was going to continue no matter what.
  2. The art style has been downgraded. Most notably, the Townsville City skyline has been simplified to a bleach, cold blue-looking color palette in comparison to its well-detailed, warmer, brighter, colorful palette in the previous four seasons.
  3. Some of the characters have been flanderized:
    • Professor Utonium went from a lovable, intelligent, and responsible father to a Butt-Monkey-type character, even if he still has his old persona.
    • Mojo Jojo went from an evil genius bent on destroying the Powerpuff Girls and ruling the world to a bland and generic villain who is used for little more than to provide filler or comic relief.
      • Additionally, neither Professor Utonium nor Mojo Jojo’s respective experiments are creative or inventive.
    • The Mayor went from a petulant and dimwitted man with a heart of gold to a literal man child who rarely acts his age.
    • The newly revived version of The Rowdyruff Boys by HIM have been reduced into carbon copies of the Gangreen Gang unlike their debut appearance in the season 1 episode "The Rowdyruff Boys" where they had their own distinguishing personalities, and as far as personalities go, Brick is an egotistical hothead, Butch is a crazier and unfunny version of Daffy Duck; and Boomer is a punching bag to his brothers with the brain of a bug.
  4. The Powerpuff Girls themselves have been flanderized as well, albeit marginally:
    • Blossom is much bossier and arrogant, evident when she talks a lot faster over and over again in "What's the Big Idea?".
    • Bubbles is much whinier and emotional, evident when she cries loudly in "The City of Frownsville" and "Octi Gone".
    • Buttercup is much meaner and short-tempered, evident when she made fun of her sister Bubbles for having squirrels in her throat in "City of Nutsville".
  5. The writing severely downgraded from being creative and enthusiastic to nonsensical and apathetic, resulting in many bad episodes. Four ("Girls Gone Mild", "Sweet N' Sour", "Sun Scream", and "The City of Frownsville") were so controversial that they each have their own articles on the wiki.
  6. Overuse of gross-out and toilet humor, which was not too common in the first four seasons. A notable example is in "Reeking Havoc", where the Professor wins the 2nd Annual Townsville Chili Cook-Off with the Chemical X chili, and everyone who did eat the chili in Townsville (including the Utonium family) to fart up an entire methane monster.
    • There was even a scene where Buttercup farted in "Crazy Mixed Up Puffs".
  7. The jokes in many of the episodes drag on longer than a cutaway gag in Family Guy, resulting in slower pacing. A notable example is in "Shut the Pup Up", where the Powerpuff Girls are looking after the Talking Dog while they try to get information from him on a crime in which he was a victim to, but all he does is passively insult them throughout the entire episode.
  8. The citizens of Townsville, besides the Mayor himself, are (sometimes) portrayed as incompetent idiots, even more so than in the first four seasons.
  9. Many of the new villains are useless and idiotic, notably Lou Gubrious in "The City of Frownsville".
  10. The episode, "City of Clipsville", has to be the worst episode in this revival series:
    • Rehashing clips from the first four seasons.
    • Professor Utonium turning his own children and the rest of Townsville into babies in one flashback.
    • That insulting flashback where the Powerpuff Girls are teenagers in love with the Rowdyruff Boys, which seems like it was taken from someone's fanfiction.
      • Shockingly, the original storyboard shows the girls as pop stars doing suggestive dances. Even worse, the last panel of the storyboard shows them smacking their butts while twerking. Thankfully, Cartoon Network rejected that scene, but the same dance happened in an episode of the 2016 television series, even though there is no smacking and they are not doing it on purpose.
        • The designs of the teen Powerpuff Girls look like Bratz dolls.
  11. There were some episodes where the Powerpuff Girls themselves don't show up until five minutes in (e.g. "Mo' Linguish" and "Toast of the Town").
  12. Many of the endings are rushed or confusing, like the ending of "Mo' Linguish".

Good Qualities

  1. The animation is still good and smooth. Similarly, the art visuals are passable in other aspects, most notably the character designs (with minor exceptions such as the Professor’s eyes constantly pressing flat and Mojo Jojo’s ears designed to be pointy instead of round).
    • Some of the new background color palette choices used in these seasons, while different from the first four seasons, still look visually appealing on the eyes, probably even more so than Season 4 of Dexter's Laboratory.
  2. The show still has some great moments, such as the Rowdyruff Boys returning, some good villains such as Mask Scara, and heck, we finally get to see the Narrator on-screen (only his hand, not his entire appearance)!
  3. Some good episodes like "Power-Noia", "The Boys Are Back in Town", "Divide and Conquer", "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" (although it had a controversal scene as mentioned above), "A Made Up Story", "Aspirations", and the Christmas special "Twas the Fight Before Christmas".
  4. Decent voice acting from the whole cast.
  5. Funny moments here and there that are still worth a chuckle.
  6. The series finale, "The Powerpuff Girls Rule!", released in 2008 to coincide with the series' 10th anniversary, is a huge improvement over these seasons due to the return of original creator Craig McCracken, and therefore ended the original series on a high note.
  7. Craig McCracken was still involved as executive producer and story developer, which is less involvement compared to the first four seasons, but still the same can be said about the 2016 rebooted series.

Trivia

  • The episodes "Keen on Keane", "Not So Awesome Blossom", and "Power-Noia" are officially listed as the final three episodes of Season 4 on consumer purchase platforms and home media releases. However, in terms of production order, they are the first three episodes of Season 5 and were the first three episodes to be produced by Cartoon Network Studios excluding The Powerpuff Girls Movie. It may be due to these episodes being the final inputs from the show's creator, Craig McCracken himself (as he help directed these episodes before leaving the show to create Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends), that they were listed as episodes of Season 4 instead of Season 5. The series also went on hiatus for eight months after "Power-Noia" first debuted on December 13, 2002 until September 5, 2003.
  • Mucci Fassett, known for being the director of Bratz (2005 TV series), was the writer of the episode "Octi Gone".
  • Although "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" was considered one of the good episodes from these seasons, it was banned in the United States because Cartoon Network claimed that the metal beams in the destroyed buildings looked too much like crosses and that one of the hippies looked like Jesus; it was also speculated that it was banned due to the stroboscopic effects seen in the "Hear Me Fathers" sequence. However, the episode only aired on YTV in Canada on March 18, 2004, followed by Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia on April 19, 2005, and later in Latin America and Brazil on May 20, 2006.

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Stephenfisher2001

8 months ago
Score 7
At least it's not as bad as 2016 one.
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ChimpPan

8 months ago
Score 1
Of course. Hence, this article is on the “Average” category section.
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LifeWasGoodOnHotdogStand

3 months ago
Score 0

At least there’s no twerking and....

ok I can’t think of anything besides the twerking
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Deepthroat Ghoul

6 months ago
Score 4
As a result of Craig leaving and Savino taking over, this became more or less a gag comedy instead of a light-hearted action show.
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DearMaster6

5 months ago
Score 1
This was the only time were the narrator's arm is seen.
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LifeWasGoodOnHotdogStand

3 months ago
Score 1
Omg I can finally comment somewhere
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DearMaster6

one month ago
Score 0
I guess the episode "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" is not on HBO Max. I think maybe it wasn't on the DVD release for the complete series.
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Ivan97Miraheze

one month ago
Score 2
Actually, it WAS included on the DVD release.

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