The Powerpuff Girls Movie
Posted: July 26, 2002
Excitement, laughs, and fun for newcomers and fans
"The Powerpuff Girls Movie" tells the story (familiar to fans of the TV show) of how Professor Utonium mixed sugar, spice, everything nice and Chemical X (accidentally added) to create Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. It then takes the story a step further, explaining what events took place to lead them to the decision to use their powers to help others and to "save the day".
The story is told with the wit and charm that viewers of the television show have come to expect. Best of all, the Girls are shown as super powered without ever losing sight of the fact that they are, in fact, still little girls. The 2D animation is colorful and sharp; it may not be as polished as, say, "Shrek", or have the elaborate animated backgrounds of "Lilo & Stitch", but it is still a delight to watch.
Kids will enjoy the simple, straightforward story (which teaches a lesson WITHOUT hitting the viewer over the head with it) while adults will get a laugh out of the subtle in-jokes and references included in the film.
Minor spoiler: One thing the movie did NOT explain (and the closing sequence underscores this) is how Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup chose "The Powerpuff Girls" as their team name.
This movie is recommended to all, regardless of age or gender. But one disappointing note is that, in spite of reviews that ran 2-to-1 in favor of the film, "The Powerpuff Girls Movie" was one of the major box office disappointments of the summer of 2002. As of the end of July 2002, the movie had limped to total gross ticket sales of only $11 million - a paltry sum even for a small-budget film. Series creator Craig McCracken went on record before the movie opened to say that the success or failure of "The Powerpuff Girls Movie" would determine the future of animated theater movies based on Cartoon Network characters. Barring a miraculous revival, the possibility of a "Powerpuff Girls II" seems awfully remote.
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