Someone finally found a hidden stash of Chemical X laying around Cartoon Network headquarters, because after nearly 10 years, we’re about to get a new run of The Powerpuff Girls. After announcing the reboot last year, Cartoon Network is giving everyone a closer look at the upcoming series, while introducing us to the new voices of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup.
The original series was part of a golden age for Cartoon Network, also known as the turn-of-the-century time when Genndy Tartakovsky was out there turning everything he touched into animated gold. The Powerpuff Girls, along with Tartakovsky’s Dexter’s Laboratory, ruled the network at the time, but it’s been a while since those heady days. The last episode of The Powerpuff Girls aired in March 2005, with only a half-hour tenth anniversary special in 2009 and a CGI special in 2014 airing since then.
That changes next year, when the reboot starts. But, being a reboot, that means change is in the air. Original showrunner Craig McCracken isn’t involved, but according to a Comic Book Cast interview with Tom Kenny (who will return as the mayor and the narrator), he has given the thumbs up to the project. Most of the original supporting voice cast is returning, but Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup will be brought back to life with all-new talent — Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, and Natalie Palamides, who introduced themselves using Vines yesterday.
The original Powerpuff Girls sound a little more bummed about the whole thing — Tara Strong, Catherine Cavadini, and E.G. Daily have all taken to Twitter since yesterday’s announcement, and from their tweets, it sounds like they weren’t asked to reprise their roles or told about the recasting prior to this week. But, there’s still a little sugar, spice, and everything nice there — the original cast wishes the new cast well, even if they’re disappointed about how things went down. Sounds like some Mojo Jojo type stuff going on behind the scenes, but hey, I guess we’re happy to have him back, too.