Review: 'The Powerpuff Girls'


It has been 10 years since Professor Utonium mixed sugar, spice and everything nice with Chemical X and created The Powerpuff Girls. On January 19, Cartoon Network celebrates the anniversary of animator Craig McCracken's series with a marathon capped with a very special half-hour episode, "The Powerpuff Girls Rule."
It opens, of course, with a beautiful day in Townsville. The peace and quiet are broken up soon enough and the city is saved once again by the Powerpuff Girls. But it is the arrival of the actual "key to the world," which grants dominion over the Earth to whomever holds it, that draws out the entire PPG rogues' gallery. And what kind of anniversary show would it be if everybody's favorite bad guy and Powerpuff Girls arch-enemy Mojo Jojo didn't take center stage.
The episode's frenetic pace positively crackles with energy and wit. The references and homages to other cartoons and pop-culture icons come fast and furious, including nods to Hanna Barbera's Wacky Races, Charles Schultz's Peanuts, Spider-Man, video game Mario Kart and George Orwell's 1984. Not to mention, Mojo Jojo has two brilliant musical numbers.
If there is a complaint about The Powerpuff Girls 10th anniversary episode, it's that it is far too short - a half-hour is just not enough. Come on, Cartoon Network, you couldn't have sent the girls on a longer mission and still gotten them home by bedtime?
The Powerpuff Girls special debuts on Cartoon Network on Monday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).