Remember Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, three scientifically-created sisters who comprised superhero squad “The Powerpuff Girls?” The awesome trio will return in 2016, Cartoon Network announced on Thursday.
“As the original ambassador of girl power, ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ brand continues to resonate with people of all ages and there is tremendous excitement around introducing Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup to a new generation,” Pete Yoder, vice president of consumer products for North America, Cartoon Network Enterprises, told Variety last June when discussing the series' comeback.
The network announced the return of the Emmy Award-winning series as part of its agenda for the 2015-2016 television season. It also renewed 11 shows already on its current lineup: “Clarence,” “Adventure Time,” “The Amazing World of Gumball,” “Steven Universe,” “Mixels,” “LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu,” “Regular Show,” “Teen Titans GO!”, “Uncle Grandpa,” “Sonic Boom” and “Pokemon the Series XY.”
“The Powerpuff Girls” ran from 1998 to 2005 and was created by Craig McCracken. The show followed the adventures of three young sisters -- Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles -- who were created by Professor Utonium by mixing a combination of sugar, spice, everything nice and the mysterious Chemical X.
In the opening sequence of each episode, the story of the creation of the Powerpuff Girls is told, showing the Professor attempting to design “the perfect little girls.” He accidentally spills Chemical X into the concoction – and each girl is born with superpowers – flight, super strength, super speed, x-ray vision, super senses, energy projection and near invincibility.
The show received generally positive reviews and placed 17 out of 50 on TV Guide’s list of greatest cartoon characters of all time in 2002.
A “Powerpuff Girls” film was released in 2002 as a prequel to the series, explaining the story of how the girls became superheroes and how popular series villain Mojo Jojo became evil. The movie grossed $16 million worldwide. It was made for a budget of $11 million.