This week, I will probably be inadvertently pulling double duty in recommending something to stream this weekend. Not only am I going to be giving you a show to watch I think you will enjoy, I will also probably make some people mad in the process. For you see, I’m recommending you check out The Powerpuff Girls…and I’m talking about the current reboot.
Evidently, there are people who won’t be happy with this. Apparently, there are people who despise this show, and it seems to be entirely people who were fans of the original Powerpuff Girls. Well guess what, original partisans, I’m about to double down on you. The first iteration of The Powerpuff Girls, the one from 1998, isn’t good. The animation is dull. The voiceover work isn’t as fun. The writing is worse. The music is worse. Every single thing about it is worse than The Powerpuff Girls I’m recommending to you.
So with that said, why am I recommending it? Because it’s a lot of fun. It’s breezy and, ahem, bubbly, and weirdly relaxing in a way. It doesn’t challenge you, at least if you’re an adult, but it’s not boring. It’s a show that kids can watch, and who it is arguably for, but adults can still enjoy it. That’s basically the de facto way they make cartoons now, though. If you like animation, this is a sterling time for you.
I happen to like animation, but I am picky about aesthetics. I really enjoy the aesthetics of The Powerpuff Girls. It’s bright, simple animation, but it’s a delight. The voiceover work is very cartoony, which is perfect. This is a silly show. It’s about preteen girls who are superheroes and their doofus dad (who is also a Professor and a genius). The primary villain is a talking monkey named Mojo Jojo who is smart for an ape but dumb for a person. Sometimes the comedy lowers itself to a tweenage, young kid audience. I could do without the lazy fart jokes. Those are few and far between, though.