‘The Powerpuff Girls’ Return On New Cartoon Network Special — Review

Mon, January 20, 2014 8:00pm EST by 16 Comments
The Powerpuff Girls Special
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The girls are back! Read our review of the new ‘Powerpuff Girls’ special ‘Dance Pantsed.’

Once again, the day is saved thanks to the Powerpuff Girls — though this time around, things are a little different. More than eight years after the Craig McCracken series flew off into the sunset, The Powerpuff Girls returned Jan. 20 with an all-new, half-hour special, pitting the titular bug-eyed heroines against their arch nemesis in a heated battle of brains, brawn and sick dance moves.

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Here’s what went down, in a nutshell: In an attempt to control the Powerpuff Girls for his own evil purposes, Mojo Jojo lured them in using the latest video game craze, Dance Pants Revolution. Sadly, the girls were too jazzed to realize it was actually Mojo‘s version of the game, Dance Pants R-EVIL-oution, and soon fell under Mojo’s control.

So who came to the girls’ aid in their time of monkey-related need? None other than the Professor, who was forced to revisit his street-dancing roots and challenge the Robo-puffs to an epic dance-off. Filling out the Professor’s team was the eternally faceless Ms. Bellum, and the eternally frustrated Mayor.

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Visually, the hour-long special — officially titled “Dance Pantsed” — was nothing short of stunning. The traditional, simplistic animation was upgraded to a CG spectacle, with dazzling effects that put the entire series’ collective visuals to shame. The girls themselves received the biggest facelift of all, with slightly rougher edges and a much heavier animé influence.

That said, the girls’ return to our lives wasn’t completely seamless. Though all of the original voices were employed, there were too many out-of-character moments to overlook — particularly Buttercup’s apparent abandoning of her tough-girl exterior. With more temper tantrums and crying fits than I could even keep track of, the girls seemed a lot less mature than I remember them.

HollywoodLifers, what’s your take on the new Powerpuff Girls special? Did it do justice to the original series? Drop a comment with your review of “Dance Pantsed” below!

— Andy Swift

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Ray Charles

Posted at 1:51 PM on November 6, 2014  

The new PowerPuff Girls was a big disappointment

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Fyre love

Posted at 12:41 PM on May 28, 2014  

Well I didn’t like it specifically but it doesn’t really matter what we think about the design and stuff because it’s all about if the kids love it we ourselves as teens and adult are angered by the new animations it doesn’t matter

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Sarah Dust

Posted at 2:09 PM on November 6, 2014  

Everyone here can say what you just said is wrong. And you just love the new Powerpuff girls. and wont us to believe in your lies

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Sky Rolen

Posted at 7:30 PM on January 28, 2014  

Hate it . Bring the old one back

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Nisha Garner

Posted at 8:13 PM on January 26, 2014  

I Think this new edition is Horrible horrible horrible so horrible I had to comment the girls look so tacky the art looks rushed the story makes no sense just terrible why couldn’t you just make new story formats smh

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Posted at 8:56 AM on January 25, 2014  

It’s horrible! The art makes it hard to focus because the characters blend into the background too much. The story is not that funny either. Please bring back the old one and do the Powerpuffs some justice!

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miranda lee

Posted at 5:47 PM on January 24, 2014  

loved it they made bubbles more adorable and i love her voice the first episode was really funny i couldent stop rewinding some parts becuase they were to funny to watch just once

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PP Mom

Posted at 10:26 AM on January 21, 2014  

My five year old LOOOVED it!! She watches the original. I am a fan of PPG myself, though I did not watch this one. She is happy and that seems like that’s what really matters… I mean it is a children’s show.

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Posted at 10:23 AM on January 21, 2014  

ey keep changing all the vintage cartoons and making them crap. They changed Scooby Doo,teen titans.The old Power Puff Girls is better.

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This was pretty good

Posted at 6:15 AM on January 21, 2014  

I honestly thought this was really good! I was iffy about the artstyle at first, but after seeing it in action i thought it worked fine. I mean, i would have probably prefered the original art, but it really wasn’t that bad. I think a lot of people were expecting it to be a seamless rendition of a show that ended EIGHT YEARS AGO. Of course there was gonna be differences, but if you try to enjoy it, it was really pretty similar to the original powerpuff girls, just a little updated.

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Posted at 2:18 AM on January 21, 2014  


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Posted at 8:35 AM on January 21, 2014  

I don’t know what happened to their voices. It’s the same voice actors. I guess things change in a decade.

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Tatiana Romanowsky

Posted at 10:49 PM on January 20, 2014  

What have you done?! they are horrible! I hate the new tv show! get rid of it!.

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Unhappy Audience Member

Posted at 11:00 PM on January 20, 2014  

Yes it was terrible. Also, were all the characters hyped up on candy and soda? The speech was annoyingly fast, it almost seemed like they sped up the original footage. Also the feel/attitude of the show was overly immature and obnoxious.

The only thing “decent” was the animation, but even that was kind of iffy for me.

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Annie Nonomous

Posted at 10:39 PM on January 20, 2014  

I grew up with PPG and I turned this special off…they tried to change a show that did not need to be changed…if they stayed true to the old show I would’ve loved it.

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Posted at 8:17 PM on January 20, 2014  

want the old one!

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