The Powerpuff Girls (2016)

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The Powerpuff Girls
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Who's got the power? Not these 2012 meme spewing twerking girls.
Genre: Superhero
Action comedy
Slice of life
Fiction
Running Time: 11 minutes, one 55 minute special
Release Date: April 4, 2016 – June 16, 2019
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Boomerang (2016-2018)
Created by: Nick Jennings
Bob Boyle
(Based on 1998 series by Craig McCracken)
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Amanda Leighton
Kristen Li
Natalie Palamides
Tom Kenny
Tom Kane
Roger L. Jackson
Jennifer Hale
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 122 (10 shorts and 1 special)
Previous show: The Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005)

Powerpuff Girls Z (2006-2007)


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. It stars Amanda Leighton (replacing Cathy Cavadini), Kristen Li (replacing Tara Strong), Natalie Palamides (replacing E.G. Daily), and the rest of the original cast coming back from the 1998 series.

Why It Sucks

  1. Poor grasp on the original source material, mainly because Craig McCracken, the creator of the original series, didn't work on the show.
  2. Addressing the elephant in the room, the reboot sucks out the charm of the original, as it has less crime-fighting and more slice-of-life scenes related to what the characters do when "they are not saving the world". And just like Teen Titans Go! and Ben 10, it lacks the action-packed tone and dark elements of the original.
    • Speaking of Teen Titans Go!, it even had a crossover with that show called "TTG vs PPG", which also sucks and barely qualifies as a team-up.
  3. Awful and questionable script-writing and writing in general that comes off being nonsensical.
  4. Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, and Natalie Palamides are a step-down from Cathy Cavadini, E.G. Daily, and Tara Strong as their voice roles of Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles, respectively.
    • Palamides, in particular, sounds absolutely nothing like Daily as she makes Buttercup sound too tomboyish, while Leighton and Li's impression of Blossom and Bubbles sound too whiny.
    • The original voice actors were not even consulted when the network decided to recast the girls, much to their disappointment, especially Tara Strong, who called it a "stab in the heart" on Twitter.
    • On that note, the male characters have their original voice actors reprise their roles, while almost all of the female characters were recast, which comes off as a bit sexist.
  5. While passable, the animation is noticeably slow and stiff, and the color scheme is noticeably brighter than the original.
    • Speaking of animation, there are numerous animation errors everywhere in almost every episode such as this one. In fact, this show has so many animation errors that even a blog was made pointing them out.
  6. Ugly and bland character designs for the background characters which don’t fit in the Powerpuff Girls universe. In fact, they look like rejected or background characters from Gravity Falls, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, We Bare Bears, and Clarence because of how they're rubbery/rounded out, cheaply designed, and not as dynamic-looking as the characters in the original show.
    • Some of the character redesigns are unnecessary, such as Professor Utonium having some round corners and Ms. Keane, the girls' teacher, not having visible breasts (though they reappear in the episode "Save the Date")
  7. The narrator is rarely used in Season 1 of the show, even though he was what made the original cartoon special because of how hilariously overdramatic he is.
    • The narrator is also absent in Seasons 2 and 3.
  8. Usage of outdated memes and internet slang in the first season in an attempt to pander to modern culture, such as the "No Me Gusta!" meme as seen in "Tiara Trouble", Frowny Cat (parody of Grumpy Cat) and the Mojo Jojo Meme Maker in "Viral Spiral", and Bubbles saying “OMG! Yaaaas!” and "I can't even" in "Painbow".
    • Speaking of lines, much of the dialogue is quite laughable and stupid.
  9. Ms. Bellum, the mayor's assistant, is gone because Nick Jennings apparently 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 named Bianca Bikini who only cares about fashion, being 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.
    • Speaking of which, to add salt to the wound Bianca Bikini is nothing more than an offensive sexist stereotype and is a poorly-written female villainess.
  10. The characters from the original series are horribly flanderized to the point that they are wildly different and completely out-of-character compared to their original counterparts:
    • Blossom is now an over-reactive, nagging, and exaggerating OCD neurotic perfectionist who cries and throws a tantrum over the slightest things like being out of the student council ("Fashion Forward") and not becoming part of the Model UN club ("The Secret Life of Blossom Powerpuff"). She's obsessed with Jared Shapiro as well (any episode he is involved, except in "Phantasm Chasm"). She seems to be the most unlikable out of the three.
    • Bubbles is now a childish, crybaby, whiny and stereotypically girly "girl" who cries over the smallest stuff like a bad school picture and losing her doll, Octi. She becomes more tolerable in later seasons.
    • Buttercup is now more of a bully than a tough girl who teases her sisters and beats people around her, behaving too much of a clichéd tomboy, albeit she is the most tolerable (at least most of the time) out of the three.
    • The Professor has been changed from a caring and responsible smart father to an unfunny idiotic dad trope whose inventions come out more often than not as silly rather than useful.
    • Mojo Jojo no longer utilizes his famous language and speech patterns. Instead he acts like a stereotypical villainous elitist who speaks in third person (similar to other villains who do it like Zim from Invader Zim, but not in a good way) almost all the time for example: "Mojo pays good money for high-speed Internet", "Mojo is not hideous! He is at least a solid... eight!", "Chelsea, crush the last Puny Puff Girl! And her dopey unicorn friend". He is likable at times, though.
    • The Mayor of Townsville is now an unfunny comic relief who has an obsession with only pickles instead of his other favorite foods such as sunflower seeds and toast.
    • Princess Morbucks is much more greedy than in the original series and is now the stereotypical famous girl who's making money jokes. Her new voice, too, is distracting and sounds like a stereotypical teen girl, and it doesn't match her appearance.
  11. The songs and the singing are terrible with "Tiara Trouble", "Once Upon a Townsville", "Snow Month", And "Drama Bomb" being notable examples.
  12. There are disembodied voices singing everything, with some examples like Bubbles' Totally Real Unicorn Horn in "Horn, Sweet Horn", Morbuck's introductionin "Princess Buttercup", and the Soda of Peace in "The Secret Life of Blossom Powerpuff".
  13. With the exceptions of Mojo and Princess Morbucks, the original villains are very underused to make room for more uninteresting, lame ones, such as the Fashionistas, Manboy, Janitaur, Gnat, Bianca Bikini and Allegro. Also, a lot the original villains such as Sedusa weren't properly introduced in the reboot, meaning they just appear randomly with no explanation of who they are or why they're even there.
    • Some of the original villains have been relegated to being crammed into scenes for no apparent reason, such as The Rowdyruff Boys making a pointless cameo in the episode "Total Eclipse of the Kart".
  14. Weird media in the reboot that makes no sense for the Powerpuff Girls universe such as Space Towtruck, The Turn Around Tank (a parody of Shark Tank), etc.
  15. The humor of the show is unfunny, very awkward, and/or cringeworthy.
  16. Speaking of the episode "Painbow", 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, (5-10) making this a minor child sexualization offense. This also comes off as extremely hypocritical: this is okay for showing on a kids network, but not Ms. Bellum?
    • What makes this even worse is that the episode was storyboarded and even written by Julia Vickerman (creator of Twelve Forever), who is notable for her pedophilic actions.
    • Speaking of sexualizing underage children, Blossom was given a love interest named Jared Shapiro. Jared appears much older than her and she's frequently seen having weird fantasies about him. This is very creepy, especially since the character has the same given name and similar appearance to ex-Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle, who was arrested for child pornography charges shortly before the reboot aired.
    • This led to theories by fans that Jared was modeled after and voiced by series lead writer Jake Goldman. Luckily this was debunked since it was Haley Mancini’s idea rather than Goldman's.
    • Not only Jared Shapiro is older than Blossom, but he’s also a pointless love-interest with no character and personality and he’s nothing but a nerdy stereotype.
  17. The credits theme is poor, as it’s basically a shortened remixed version of the show’s theme song.
  18. Pokey Oaks Kindergarten has been destroyed all because their class hamster, Twiggy, mutated from a potion in "The Wrinklegruff Gals", meaning the girls are now in middle school for some reason despite being 5/6 year old's.
    • It’s revealed that they’re 10-11 years old because one episode claimed that they had five picture days (picture days happen once a year), yet their appearances have not changed one bit.
    • Despite being aged 10-11 years old, the Girls look way too young to be 10-11 year olds, as they look more like 5-6 year olds.
  19. The show lazily uses live-action stock images and footage, with the rap scene from "Once Upon a Townsville" and this scene from "Presidential Punchout" being notable examples.
  20. The Girls are given multiple cartoony and anime facial expressions that are too over to the top and feel like they don't suit the characters' normal faces.
  21. The iconic ending hearts are rarely used in the series, and they no longer appear after the first season.
  22. The fighting is not as exciting. This is because the girls can't hit anybody without a flash being used to censor it, in yet another attempt to appeal to today's increasingly extreme moral guardians, which clearly failed since Infinity Train was allowed a bloody death scene only two years later.
  23. There is the infamous 4th Powerpuff Girl named Blisstina Utonium, who wasn’t well-received by fans and can be an example of the show jumping the shark.
  24. The show is a blatant continuation of the franchise, given the original series already had a 15th anniversary special called Dance Pantsed that aired back in 2013 which, despite different character designs, obnoxious voice acting, and an awkward storyline, was still true to the original.
  25. During production of this show, Cartoon Network lied that the series' original creator Craig McCracken did gave the reboot his official blessing, which turned out to be not true since Craig McCracken himself denied doing so on his Twitter posts, commenting that he had never given the new reboot his official blessing.
  26. It has lots of accidental unfortunate implications.
    • The LGBT community, as well as fans have a problem with the transgender metaphor in "Horn, Sweet Horn" and dislike the show’s handling of it.
    • Ms. Bellum’s removal and the twerking scene, as mentioned before.
    • Max Giraldi discusses some on his episode of it on Brain Dump. Aside from the whole business of Ms. Bellum getting written off, he brought up two other points;
      • The fact that the girls' teacher, Ms. Keane, had been consistently drawn with a modest chest size in the original show, but the reboot inexplicably portrayed her as completely flat-chested, pointing out that it seemed to carry an implied message that it was wrong for women to have breasts at all.
      • With the sole exception of Ms. Keane, every female character from the original show had their voice actors replaced, while all the male roles were retained by the original actors, which implies a message of "men are inexpendable, but women are replaceable".
    • A few viewers, including RebelTaxi, have noted the accidental implications of the brown-skinned Bliss being an overly emotional flawed prototype that was replaced with "superior" white incarnations.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Even though the Girls have new voice actresses, some of the voice actors from the original series such as Tom Kenny, Tom Kane, Roger L. Jackson and Jennifer Hale reprise their roles as The Narrator, Professor Utonium, Mojo Jojo, The Mayor, and Miss Keane.
    • And there are still some decent, tolerable, and okay characters such as The Derbytantes, Barry, The Mayor, Ms. Keane, HIM, and sometimes Buttercup, Bubbles, and Mojo Jojo.
    • Bubbles and Buttercup become more tolerable during Seasons 2-3. They also gained some character development than Blossom. Bubbles started crying less than her original counterpart and from Season 1 of the reboot and is now a computer geek and Buttercup being good at math.
  2. The theme song, "Who's Got the Power?" by Tacocat is good, and the full music video had great animation and more action than the actual show.
  3. The voice acting is at least passable, like Amanda Leighton's, Kristen Li's and Natalie Palamides' when the girls are not annoying.
    • The Japanese dub is an improvement to the English version.
  4. The soundtrack is pretty nice.
  5. The outdated meme references are removed in the second season and onwards.
  6. At least the redesigns of the characters are minor and still stay true to the original designs.
    • The redesigns of the girls are decent and add some minor details, such as giving Bubbles pigtail hair decorations and Buttercup a cowlick.
  7. There are moments where it can be funny.
  8. There are some tear-jerking and heartwarming moments when they aren’t forced, such as the Professor missing his girls in "Somewhere Over The Swingset", Silico's backstory in "Halt and Catch Silico", homesick Blossom in "Home, Sweet Homesick", moments between the Professor and the girls, and Morbucks becoming friends with Blossom in "Poorbucks".
  9. The animation is passable, despite its errors.
    • Likewise, The animation in Seasons 2 and 3 is a slight improvement.
  10. Decent art style, mostly due to Bob Boyle being involved, with beautiful backgrounds.
  11. Ace of the Gangreen Gang was utilized better outside the series by filling in as bassist for Gorillaz in several music videos while Murdoc was incarcerated.
  12. Some of the new villains are unique and creative for what they are, like Packrat, Jemmica "Jemoire" Thrash, and Silico.
  13. Some episodes are decent or even good like "Poorbucks", "Sister Sitter", "Fashion Forward", "The Wrinklegruff Gals", "Splitsville", "Find Your Bliss", "Home, Sweet, Homesick", "Blundercup", "The Oct-Father" but the greatest episode the reboot has to have is "Never Been Blissed", which is the highest-rated episode of the reboot.

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Trivia

  • The Powerpuff Girls (The 2016 Reboot) was the main topic for an episode on the cooking show, Cake Wars.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (The 2016 Reboot) was one of the sets available to purchase for the game LEGO Dimensions, alongside another WB/CN cartoon, Teen Titans Go!.
  • Tara Strong didn't return because she was busy with her roles as Raven from Teen Titans Go!, Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Unikitty from the Cartoon Network show Unikitty, and among others.
  • As of now, no Season 4 has been announced, nor have there been any official announcements of The Powerpuff Girls reboot getting cancelled.
  • As with the original series, the reboot is popular in Japan. With having their own events in most cafés, a crossover online game event with the Love-Live! anime series, boba tea at Pearl Lady, etc.
  • The 1998 version of Bubbles has made a cameo appearance in “The Wrinklegruff Gals” despite her being voiced by Kristen Li instead of Tara Strong.

Reception

  • The show was met with negative reviews from critics, viewers, and fans alike from the original. On iMDB, it has a 3.5/10 and a 4.1/10 on TV.com. The show received mixed reception from Google users as it holds a 52% which translates to a 2.6/5.
  • 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.
  • Saberspark considered this as the worst show to ever air in Cartoon Network, placing it on #1 on his Top 10 WORST Cartoon Network Shows and RebelTaxi named it as the absolute worst cartoon to air in the entire 2010s decade.
  • Craig McCracken, the creator of the original series, wrote on Twitter that he never gave this series his blessing, and wished that Cartoon Network didn't go ahead with their plans of a reboot of the series, yet he acknowledged from a financial standpoint why the series was commissioned.

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Comments


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Mr. Dready

12 months ago
Score 6
This in my opinion s somehow worse than Teen Titans Go! (I used to like Teen Titans Go!, but not anymore.)
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Roblistic

11 months ago
Score 2
Was this show cancelled? Not that I care
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Jego5542Gonzalez

11 months ago
Score 2
Yes it was.
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Ivan97Miraheze

5 months ago
Score 1

Actually, it's really unclear.

Season 4 wasn't announced, but Cartoon Network didn't officially confirm that the reboot was cancelled either.
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Azure09

10 months ago
Score 4
This show feels like a parody of the original show and got greenlight into a show.
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DoubleD346

7 months ago
Score 1
This is the most redeeming Qualities that I've ever seen on this wiki...
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DearMaster6

6 months ago
Score 1
Probably this was also killed The Powerpuff Girls franchise because of the show went in hiatus?
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Nicktendolean

5 months ago
Score 5
Not really, as a live action adaptation in the vein of The Flash 2014 is gonna be coming to The CW, which is a good thing since The Flash was well received by fans and critics for it's faithfulness and it's decent visual effects.
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MinionsPartners2000

4 months ago
Score 2
It's sometimes worse than Teen Titans Go, even though I like both.
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DanTheLoler17

3 months ago
Score 0
HOW
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Trevor807

3 months ago
Score 1
Maybe due to the SJW stuff and one episode involving twerking.
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Cecilia1945

4 months ago
Score 2

The sad part is, Craig McCracken didn't contribute to this, at all. CN just went on and remade Powerpuff Girls without him!

Poor Craig. I can't imagine his reaction to seeing his show being turned into this Toddler's Paradise!
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Kamenriderfan34

3 months ago
Score 0
He did opposed the reboot because his thoughts that CN did it for money and he is right
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SpongeBobFan99

4 months ago
Score 1
Compared to this, Teen Titans Go! is a masterpiece.
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Jinko89354

4 months ago
Score 2
Which nearly killed franchise, 1998 Powerpuff girls and Powerpuff girls movie are best but make this reboot show was even more pointless.
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Ajagustin

4 months ago
Score 4
Paper, pencils, and an overreactive imagination. These were the ingredients chosen to create a pretty awesome cartoon. But Cartoon Network accidentally added an extra ingredient to the concoction: DANK MEMES. Thus, PPG 2016 was born!
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Easy Peasy Miraheasy

3 months ago
Score 0
Wow! Saberspark inspired this.
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JuliatheMayatheBeeandAikatsuLover

3 months ago
Score 0
The original is way better than the new one.
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Triggeredrepatillo

3 months ago
Score 0
Released on the brink of glitter force. ended on the brink of the Persian gulf war.
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Mr. Dready

3 months ago
Score 1
Could you stop comparing everything to Glitter Force because sometimes it’s unfair.
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Mr. Dready

2 months ago
Score 2
Shold we add the crossover with Teen Titans Go! on the wiki? i haven't seen it myself but i would so i can add it.
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Jay Mitch

2 months ago
Score 0
Its really not that bad
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MrAnonymous

2 months ago
Score 0

I can't stand this reboot's hatedom anymore...


It's even worse than the TTG Hatedom...
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 0
Just ignore them...
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DearMaster6

2 months ago
Score 1
The Live-action Powerpuff Girls reboot is gonna come and I hope this show will be the worse now... And I think the show is cancelled in 2019, and the last episode's ending is bad or not bad?
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Kya parker

2 months ago
Score 3
Why would modern day Cartoon Network ruined The Powerpuff Girls?
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DynastiNoble

2 months ago
Score -2
Nigga, it's just a reboot. Besides, Cartoon Network didn't ruin it.
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Ian Ruiz (AngryBirds&FNAFFan)

14 days ago
Score 0
Idk
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DynastiNoble

2 months ago
Score 0
I used to watch it until the TTG v. PPG crossover. It's a good thing that hate stopped and I became neutral over the show. The show became relevant thanks to some infamous hate until Bliss' debut in "Find Your Bliss".
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HunterZolomon

one month ago
Score 0
I still prefer 1998 PPG
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Kyeh754

one month ago
Score 0
There's something wrong with this: Craig McCracken didn't create this series; he wished CN didn't do that.
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HyperAnimator

one month ago
Score 1
I rather like the classic version of the PPG instead of the reboot version of the PPG
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Mr. Namless Thing?

15 days ago
Score 0
As you look at this animation, this was even flash animated if looked like it was stiffer?
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Ian Ruiz (AngryBirds&FNAFFan)

14 days ago
Score 0
Unpopular Opinion: I kinda like this show because there were some great Episodes like The Trouble with Bubbles, A Slight Hiccup, Total Eclipse of the Kart, The Gift, & Lights Out.
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Ian Ruiz (AngryBirds&FNAFFan)

11 days ago
Score 1
Also the game based on this show called "Flipped Out" was Very Good in my Opinion.
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KaioGabriel20

4 days ago
Score 0
Whatever downvoted your comment can´t handle a opinion.
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Ian Ruiz (AngryBirds&FNAFFan)

3 days ago
Score 0
Ikr!? This Proves they Cannot Handle/Tolerate Opinions.
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Mr. Namless Thing?

2 days ago
Score 1
Sunmin Image Pictures got too lazy animating the show having many animation errors/goofs in the show…

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