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Parents need to know that Powerpuff Girls: Power of Four is a movie that fits in with the Powerpuff series 2016 reboot. It features all the expected quips, strong female characters, and fantasy violence the series is known for. The introduction to, and the characters' relationship with, a fourth sister, who is black, is central to the narrative. There's the occasional innocent reference to learning about boys, but nothing to worry about. Fans of the more recent Powerpuff series will enjoy it, and even those who favor the classic version may find it engaging.
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POWERPUFF GIRLS: POWER OF FOUR is a TV movie that introduces Blisstina Francesca Francia Mariam Alicia Utonium, aka Bliss (Olivia Olson), the latest sister to join the Powerpuff superhero gang. When Bubbles (Kristen Li) claimed to have a new invisible friend, no one believed her. But after an unexpected run-in with a past nemesis, Buttercup (Natalie Palamides) and Blossom (Amanda Leighton) soon realize that Bliss is not only real, but their older sister. They want her to join them in fighting their enemies, but Bliss has to work on controlling her powers, which are extraordinary, thanks to Professor Utonium's (Tom Kane) use of the powerful Chemical W.
Is it any good?
This fun TV movie, folded into the second season of the show's reboot, tells the story of how Bliss came to be and joined the trio. The story world still incorporates all the goofy interactions with Professor Utonium, as well as their commitment to fighting their enemies. However, it also highlights the willingness of the trio to embrace their sister and support her as she rejoins the family.
In addition to losing control of her powers when she gets emotional, what makes Bliss unique is the dark color of her skin, presumably making her the first non-Caucasian Powerpuff of the franchise. But Powerpuff Girls: Power of Four does not address this difference, nor is her character treated differently because of it. Young fans will find her as appealing as her sisters, while older viewers may appreciate the nod to diversity.
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