A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
A mixed bag. The Powerpuff Girls can be snarky, argumentative, and annoying, but they're staunch defenders of their town's peaceful existence. Their distinct personalities sometimes cause strife among them, but their sibling bond always triumphs over any disagreements. Each story shows one of the girls facing a challenge of some sort (trying to fit in with the "cool kids," for instance), which evolves into a teaching moment. Ultimately every episode has strong reminders about appreciating your friends and siblings, working together for a common goal, and talking about your feelings with those you care about.
Positive Role Models
Buttercup, Blossom, and Bubbles rush to defend their town and its residents from villains of all different kinds, never shirking from their duty. Even though each one has unique abilities, they always find that when they combine them, they're most successful. True to form for young kids, they can also be jealous and feisty. Still, their stories always end on a positive note. Villains are conniving and manipulative, but good wins the day in the end.
Violence & Scariness
The girls fight a bevy of villains with cartoon-style violence. Monsters of various shapes and sizes can be menacing with scary appearances, large teeth, and abilities such as throwing fire. Explosions, crashes, and hand-to-hand fighting are common, with little result other than an occasional black eye or bruise.
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No cursing, but lots of name-calling such as "buttzilla" and "butterbutt." Also talk of whooping a person's butt.
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Products & Purchases
The Powerpuff Girls are a long-standing recognizable marketing franchise, and this reboot promises to renew the characters' visibility on toys, games, clothing, and other products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Powerpuff Girls revamps the popular characters who first debuted in 1998 as lab creations tasked with protecting their town from monsters and other villains. They delve right into that same task in this series, which means there's lots of cartoon-style violence (crashes, explosions, punching and kicking) but little injury or other realistic consequence. More so than in the original series, this incarnation spends much time developing the girls' characters, so they also take on more personal challenges such as dealing with an "in crowd." Kids will relate to many of these issues, and the girls' experiences yield positive messages about self-identity and friendship. Expect to hear some name-calling ("buttzilla" and "butterbutt," for instance), arguing, and some threatening talk on the part of the villains. It's also important to know that the Powerpuff Girls brand has been heavily marketed since its inception, so there's a commercial factor to consider in introducing them to your kids.
Is It Any Good?
This reboot charts a slightly different course for these much-loved characters than did previous series, splitting its focus between their roles as heroines and their development as regular kids. Each story still sees them sucker-punching the baddy of the day (don't worry, they're not going soft), but there's always another angle that follows one of them through a more personal trial of some kind. This makes their antics a lot more palatable -- at least from a parent's point of view -- because there are some decent examples of friendship, self-identity, and forgiveness in the girls' relationships.
The Powerpuff Girls benefits from sharp animation that improves on their original images and a revolving door of comically evil villains who always manage to be foiled by three grade-schoolers. There's a strong current of "Anything you can do, I can do better" running through the stories, and that means that in Townsville, size certainly doesn't matter. Kids will come for the characters' wacky adventures, but they'll stay for their larger-than-life personalities.
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