The Powerpuff Girls MovieThe Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film
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- Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation
- Animated Characters: Blossom, Bubbles, Buttercup, Mojo Jojo, Professor Utonium, Ms. Keane, Mayor.
- Originally Released in 2002.
- Running Time: 75 minutes.
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This film was ranked by Box Office Mojo at #40 on its list of worst openings for films at 2,000 or more theaters. It opened at $3,583,114 (31.4% of its $11,412,414 total gross) in 2,340 theaters, or $1,531 per screen.
For those not in the know, The Powerpuff Girls are three super-toddlers- Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup- accidentally created by a bookish scientist, Professor Utonium. Together, the trio protect the city of Townsville against an array of colorful villains.
The TV series is as much fun as cartoon greats such as "The Simpsons" and "The Adventures of Bullwinkle and Rocky." The show is filled with bright, garish colors and and (for TV) an unusually distinctive animation style. The writing is sharp, with silly sight gags for kids and great verbosity for adults. And, dare I say it, the show strikes a modest blow for feminism, giving girls some heroines of their own age to admire.
Strangely, the movie version has almost none of the series' sense of fun. It begins nicely as one of those "creation" stories, showing how the Powerpuffs were created. But the movie's stumbling point comes when the girls, in their first day at school, misinterpret the game of tag and end up trashing Townsville. This scene seemingly goes on forever (no small feat in a 75-minute cartoon), and it serves the strange purpose of turning the townspeople against the girls. Then the girls come across a double-crossing villain who tricks them into creating a destructo-lab for him. The movie turns into a Pokemon-type battle of control, and you can feel the movie deflating like an old balloon.
Considering that the movie is an attempt to cash in on a TV cartoon's popularity, the grimness of this enterprise is stunningly perverse. The movie's look is as unique as in the TV series- at least when it isn't bathed in darkness- but there's little else to make fans of the series cheer. And any adult who isn't familiar with the show is like to have Cartoon Network removed from their cable system.
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