1 9 9 8 – 2 0 0 5 (USA)
80 x 30 minute episodes
Three super-powered little girls on a mission to “save the world before bedtime” – or at least their hometown of Townsville, USA – constantly battle monsters, villains such as Mojo Jojo (voiced by Roger Jackson) or the Gangrene Gang, would-be conquerers and a few other gross things.
The three young sisters are the brainchild of their father, Professor Utonium (voiced by Tom Kane), a genetic engineer who was trying to create the world’s first perfect little girls. “Chemical X” – a mysterious fourth ingredient – is accidentally added to the mix, and instead of sugar, spice and everything nice, he gets Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup.
Orange-haired Blossom (voiced by Cathy Cavadini) wears pink and is the leader of the trio. She is the perfect combination of brains, beauty, and a little firecracker determined to save the world. Her interests include conversational Chinese and the electric guitar. She conquers her enemies with her ice breath.
Bubbles (voiced by Tara Strong) wears blue and is the picture of innocence with her blonde pigtails and bubbly personality. The most emotional of the Powerpuff Girls, her sensitivity often causes her to wear her heart on her sleeve. She is a vegetarian, her favourite doll is a stuffed octopus named “Octi”, and she plays the drums.
Buttercup (voiced by Elizabeth Daily) has short, black hair, wears green and is the ultimate tomboy – a tight-lipped, quick-fisted fighter who likes to strike first and ask questions later. Her fearlessness makes her the most courageous of the trio, but underneath her tough-as-nails exterior beats the heart of a little girl. She also plays the bass guitar.
The girls’ superpowers include flight, superhuman strength, superhuman speed, superhuman senses, nigh-invulnerability, x-ray vision, red heat vision, energy projection, space survivability, and thermal resistance.
The Powerpuff Girls was the last cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, which closed in 2001 after co-founder William Hanna’s death. The show was created by Craig McCraken, who based it on a film he made called Whoopass Stew! during his sophomore year as a student at the California Institute of the Arts.
The Emmy Award-winning show became Cartoon Network’s highest-rated original series since its debut in 1981 and spawned an immense range of merchandise, ranging from clothing to toys, dolls, puzzles and school supplies. Delta Express airlines even painted the girls on the side of a Boeing 737.