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fly-pow-bye · a year ago
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The Powerpuff Girls Movie
In Cartoon Network’s first, and technically only, theatrical release, the Powerpuff Girls origin story is told in great detail. We get to learn how they got their names, how everyone reacted to their superpowers, how they met that certain monkey, and, ultimately, how they ended up being the heroes of their hometown of Townsville. Of course, there’s a lot more details here.
I am one of the very few people on this Earth that watched this when it was in theaters. Maybe people were too put off with going to a movie called “The Powerpuff Girls” if they didn’t know who they were. Maybe 2D animation looked cheap to moviegoers used to Pixar films. Maybe it was all the city destruction in a movie released not too long after 9/11. Maybe people just weren’t ready for a surprisingly dark movie about three superpowered kindergarteners beating up monkeys. I thought it was great, but I was already a Powerpuff Girls fan, so I might be biased on that one. It’s a pretty obvious must watch, though I would recommend getting into the series first. This isn’t to say I think this movie doesn’t hold up as someone’s first experience with the Powerpuff Girls; I just think familiarity enhances this movie a lot. (5/5)
I decide to leave out anything too much of a spoiler here. If you have a cable or satellite subscription in the US, you can watch this movie on Cartoon Network’s website. It’s even in HD and in its original aspect ratio. This is as close to perfect as it gets; outside of the original theatrical release and this, it was never released in HD. Not even digitally.
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fly-pow-bye · 2 years ago
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Mommy Fearest
Storyboard by: Chris Savino Art Direction: Craig Kellman Directed by: John McIntyre, Craig McCracken
It wasn’t until now that I realized this was one of those dreaded Devil in Plain Sight episodes. This is the best episode of any cartoon to ever use that plot, though that isn’t much of an accomplishment. It really helps that one can tell the Professor is only going along with this obvious villain because it’s his one chance to get married. It also introduces a great villain, though I’d say her appearance in Season 2 way overshadows this. Still a good episode. (4/5)
Underrated line:
Narrator: "Uh oh, something is amiss, or maybe even soon, a missus!"
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fly-pow-bye · a year ago
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Custody Battle
Storyboarded & Written by: Chris Reccardi Art Direction: Paul Stec Directed by: John McIntyre
The Powerpuff Girls has its Father's Day episode with a not-too-conventional father: Mojo Jojo, who just found out that the Rowdyruff Boys, in their final voiced appearance on television, returned. Him shows up and explains that he was the one who brought them back, and is therefore their new father. Mojo protests, as he was the one who made them first. Eventually, they get into a fight to prove which one of them is more evil, and would therefore be more deserving of being considered the better parent of those evil boys. In other words, a custody battle.
They came up with a great framing device, and the opening with Him and Mojo Jojo arguing and the ending that spawned that one GIF reaction are great. Unfortunately, they decided to make the middle almost exclusively about The Mayor chasing two different sorts of flying pickles or the carjacker's banana. Oh, and he loses his clothes early on, because that's what everyone wanted to see in a plot involving that kind of food. Once they find another idea, the episode just goes straight to the ending. It's not the most evil thing this show's ever done, but this episode is still a disappointing end to the Rowdyruff Boys’ legacy. (2/5)
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fly-pow-bye · a year ago
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The Powerpuff Girls Rule!
Written and Storyboarded by: Craig McCracken Art Direction: Sue Mondt Animation Direction: Robert Alvarez, Eric Pringle Directed by: Craig McCracken
There are many reasons to believe we don't live in a just world, but miracles can still happen, and one of them is that, against all of the odds, the original Powerpuff Girls series managed to get a special written, storyboarded, and directed by the series' creator. Really, this is the grand finale for the series as imagined by Craig McCracken, and, as far as anyone can tell, this will be the last Powerpuff anything with him involved as he has moved on to newer projects at different studios.
Mojo Jojo really wants to rule the world, but the Powerpuff Girls remind him again and again that it will never happen no matter how much he tries. The Key To The World has arrived in Townsville, and anyone who gets it is able to take over the world. But first, they got to find it before the villains do, which is not easy as the villains are already tearing the city apart to find it. This episode has it all: a big wacky race, the girls having to fight each other for the key, and Mojo Jojo singing Tears For Fears. It all ends with a shocking twist that will change Townsville for at least 5 minutes.
Sure, the episode starts with an internet meme reference that most people will not get nowadays. Sure, the quick pace of the episode can get annoying at times, though I'd say the quick pace fits the kind of humor this episode was going for very well. Sure, the special simply does not live up to anyone hoping this was going to be the most action-packed episode ever and/or Deja View. This special ends up being the antithesis of The Movie; instead of a long movie that's dark, gritty, and doesn't spend a lot of time on comedy, we got a short, quick-paced comedy that doesn't take itself very seriously. A lot of the jokes landed for me, and there's a lot of easter eggs for long time fans to notice. Having done this experiment has only made me appreciate this episode more than I ever had before, and it's a good ending for the entire series even if it is a bit silly. (4/5)
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fly-pow-bye · a year ago
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Meet The Beat Alls
Storyboard by: Craig McCracken Art Direction by: Don Shank Directed by: John McIntyre, Craig McCracken
A quartet of Townsville's rogue's gallery all decide on the same hard day's night to go straight to the Utonium residence to defeat the Powerpuff Girls. As their arguing wakes up the Powerpuff Girls, they all decide to attack at the same time, leading to something new: the tired Powerpuff Girls being defeated and the villainous team-up being victorious. Introducing the Beat Alls, with Mojo Jojo on blasters, Him on vocally produced lasers, Princess on blasters, and Fuzzy on rock. As their victims twist and shout "help", the Bad Four do their brutish invasion on Townsville, delivering hit after hit after hit. What can possibly stop mean Mr. Mojo and his not-so-lonely crime band?
This episode is McCracken's experiment to shove as many Beatles references as he can fit in a 12 minute episode, and it's as entertaining as it is blatant. Even when I was a kid who had only a slight knowledge of the Beatles, I still liked this episode a lot. This episode is easily a contender for the Top 10, and it’s the best villain team-up in the whole series. (5/5)
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fly-pow-bye · a year ago
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Nuthin' Special
Storyboarded & Written by: Brian Larsen Art Direction: Paul Stec Directed by: Randy Myers
(While What's The Big Idea is the last episode to be produced aside from the specials, Cartoon Network US decided to sit on five episodes that were made for Season 5. We know this because they were aired in other countries and they have those glowing title cards only that season had. Four of these episodes made it to Cartoon Network US almost a year after Big Idea, and one very special episode never aired in the US at all.)
Along with the many, many superpowers the Powerpuff Girls have, each Powerpuff Girl has their own unique ability. Blossom has ice breath, Bubbles has the ability to speak other languages, and Buttercup has an ability. The only problem is that she has no idea what that ability could be. Buttercup tries every power she can think of, from abilities we have seen in previous episodes, like superspeed twisters, shooting lasers from her hands, and ultrasonic screams, to abilities we never see them do, like vibrating fast enough to disappear, shrinking to miniature size without the help of the Professor's micro-stabilizers, and turning into water. She even twists her body like in the Matrix, the Matrix is a good movie. Unfortunately, it seems like everything she can do, her sisters can do just as well. What is her special power?
Throughout this episode, I can imagine the crew at a roundtable talking about all of the weird abilities the Powerpuff Girls could have. This creativity may be a little harmful to anyone expecting the Powerpuff Girls to have a consistent canon, as even just shrinking would break a lot of this series' plots, but since this is a superhero comedy, that doesn't matter. What does matter is that this is a pretty creative way to answer a question a lot of fans had at the time, and while the answer ends up being so lame that even the Narrator comments on it, it's still an answer. I also liked how their power demonstrations were causing damage to the city, with some pretty good city destruction in a season where that was rare, though they pretty much forget about that potential plot halfway through. Still, I liked it. (4/5)
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fly-pow-bye · a year ago
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Dance Pantsed
Directed by: David P. Smith Art Director: Kevin Dart Written and Storyboarded by: Chris Mitchell, David P. Smith, Will Mata Story by: Dave Tennant, David P. Smith
In 2013, Cartoon Network announced that they were working on a new Powerpuff Girls special, and it aired in 2014. It brought back all the major characters and their voices, they got Ringo Starr to voice a character, and it has a brand new CGI art style. What it doesn't have is Craig McCracken, who, as mentioned before, left Cartoon Network and never came back. The commercial for this special did stress that while there are a lot of changes, they didn't dare touch the formula. Admittedly, that could just be referring to how the Powerpuff Girls are still made of sugar, spice, everything nice, and Chemical X.
Townsville is being visited by three special celebrities: mathematician Fibonacci Sequins, opera singer Wendy Baggs, and the Calcutta Stink Badger. All three of them are kidnapped by Mojo Jojo piloting a robotic terror, and the Powerpuff Girls help out with their special Plan Broccolini, where Bubbles uses her ice breath to freeze it, Buttercup rapidly punching it into pieces, and Blossom eye lasering it into a gummy bear. This plan is so good that it seems to be the only plan they do, which becomes a problem when Bubbles gets too addicted to Dance Pants Revolution to fight crime or open pickle jars. They get rid of it, only for Mojo Jojo to secretly give Bubbles a gift she can't resist: a sequel named Dance Pants R-Evil-lution 2, a revolution so evil that it turns her into a celebrity-stealing robot, and it slowly turns the other girls into them, too. The people of Townsville have to figure out how to turn them back. Also, the Professor's past as a dancer, The Mayor and Miss Bellum's falling out, and the answer to why Mojo even wants a mathematican, singer, and a badger in the first place will all be revealed in this special that is totally not a pilot.
This episode follows in the footsteps of Rule in that it's more focused on being a fast paced comedy, throwing many jokes at the wall and hoping they stick. With Rule, a lot of them did stick, and there were a lot of good in-jokes and easter eggs for the fans. I can't say the same for this special, as, with a few exceptions, a lot of the jokes just fall flat. A lot of this is just how weird the characters act throughout this special, with the Mayor just yelling at Miss Bellum for a benefit of a subplot that goes nowhere, we learn the Professor was a dancer, which is only for the benefit of this plot, and when the Powerpuff Girls aren’t being controlled by evil dance video games, they throw tantrums and act like brats. It all ends with a lousy payoff that makes no sense, too. I can't deny that it is a very good looking special with great backgrounds, great animation, and not-so-great everything else. I think this line from my full review of this says it all: "I should say this special won an Emmy because of its art, and I can't say it was undeserved. I should also say it certainly deserved its lack of Emmy for anything else." (2/5)
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fly-pow-bye · a year ago
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Live And Let Dynamo
Storyboarded & Written by: Bryan Andrews Art Direction: Paul Stec Directed by: Randy Myers
The Powerpuff Dynamo is back from its last appearance in Season 1. Unfortunately, the Powerpuff Girls aren't piloting it this time, and whoever is piloting it is doing a great job intentionally destroying the city. As they wonder why the Professor didn't just scrap the robot after it was outright banned by The Mayor, the Powerpuff Girls rush in to do the job. The Powerpuff Girls not only have to fight a machine designed to be much more powerful than they are, but figure out what devious and cunning villain could be behind the controls.
This is a very high concept episode, sort of similar to Three Girls and A Monster. They switch between all of this city destruction and the Powerpuff Girls imagining the villains either piloting the robot or thinking of ways said villains wouldn't be a part of it. There's other scenes too, like Buttercup using a megaphone to direct the Townsville citizens out of Townsville to no success, and the Razzle Dazzle/Zazz-a-Frazz. There's a lot to love with this episode, and along with Clipsville, it's one of the highest points of the last two seasons. (5/5)
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fly-pow-bye · a year ago
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The Boys Are Back In Town
Storyboarded & Written by: Brian Larsen, Chris Reccardi Art Direction: Paul Stec Directed by: Randy Myers, John McIntyre
The City of Townsville is constantly saved by the Powerpuff Girls, to the ire of genius monkeys, spoiled brats, gangsters, fuzzy hillbillies, and even...Him! In his evil, chaotic realm, Him is so tired that he decides to pull up every past episode of the series to see if there's even one episode where the Powerpuff Girls were severely beaten, preferably by villains with really huge fanbases in real life. Coming back from the ground, it's the Rowdyruff Boys, now with bigger hair, meaner moves, and actual personalities! Worst of all, Him decided to give them a cootie shot: instead of making them explode, kisses now make them bigger! Now they have to face off against giant male versions of themselves, who are as gross as 5 year old boys are. Just like in the original episode, the Powerpuff Girls met their match, and they got to find some way to stop them.
This was an episode to be hyped about back then. Finally, the fan’s favorite villains, after being relegated to cameo appearances, are finally in another episode, and this episode is not a disappointment. I do like how the Ruffs now have personalities, they end up doing creative things with their new size, and while the fights are way more one-sided here, the rarity of violence in these later seasons makes this episode more special anyway. Of course, there’s the ending, which shows us that this season is not going to treat them like the one-offs they were in Craig McCracken’s part of the show. Let’s see how good that is. (4/5)
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fly-pow-bye · 2 years ago
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Monkey See, Doggy Doo
Storyboard by: Don Shank Art Direction: Craig Kellman Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky, Craig McCracken
The first Powerpuff Girls episode to air besides the What-A-Cartoon shorts, and a good episode to start this series off. There’s a lot of creative ideas with the idea of people turning into dogs, there’s a lot of good gags all around, and it is a great introductory episode for the Powerpuff Girls’ arch-nemesis. (4/5)
“Oh, Buttercup” scene I wasn’t expecting:
(Seeing a dog locked in a car)
Blossom: That dog’s trapped!
Bubbles: Poor puppy!
Buttercup: He must be one hot dog!
(Blossom looks back in disgust)
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fly-pow-bye · a year ago
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Bubble Boy
Storyboarded & Written by: Cindy Morrow Art Direction: Paul Stec Directed by: Randy Myers
Boomer ends up getting caught by the Powerpuff Girls, and they manage to contain him with the Professor's new containment ray. Since they don't want Brick and Butch to go after them, they have to dress up Bubbles as Boomer and have her infiltrate the Rowdyruff Boys. With the the rest of the Powerpuff Girls and Professor Utonium giving her instructions via a headset, Bubbles has to act the part. She has to do graffiti, she has to play the "get punched in the eye" game, and she even has to hock a super loogie at an airplane! How much can Bubbles stand of the boys' antics, especially when they pull out a cockroach for "him" to eat?
Out of all the Rowdyruff Boys episodes, this is by far the funniest one. The loogie scene was both gross and funny; I like how "Boomer"'s loogie decided to get a baseball cap and a #1 foam hand during its trip. It's also good to see an episode from the villain's perspective, as we see just how horrible the Rowdyruffs are to their siblings. I could see an interpretation that Brick was just doing these things to Boomer because he's not so sure this lightly-lighter-colored eyed brother is really him, but considering how dumb they're written in this season, that's giving him too much credit. Good episode. (4/5)
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fly-pow-bye · a year ago
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Aspirations
Storyboarded & Written by: Bryan Andrews Art Direction: Paul Stec Directed by: John McIntyre, Randy Myers
The Gangreen Gang, normally just a nuisance that isn't even worthy of being noticed during the Powerpuff Girls' nightly patrol, have managed to pull off a perfect heist of the Mystic Scepter of Cleopatra from the Mayor's office. Not even the Powerpuff Girls could find any clues that could lead them to believe they could even do such a thing. This is because this Ocean's Five has been trained by Sedusa, seeking revenge on the Powerpuff Girls after what they did to her in her last major episode. As the Gangreen Gang manage to steal Cleopatra's amulet and tiara for their beloved queen for their "reward", the girls, only spotting the gang when Sedusa wanted them to, are led to the Townsville Dump. There, they see Sedusa using those items to not only restore her snake-like hair, but make her a 20 story giant as well! The Powerpuff Girls may need a little more help to stop this Classical mythology-inspired villain turned giant monster.
I remember really liking this episode when I watched it when it first aired, and I still like it now. The heist scenes were good, the fight scene with Sedusa is great, and it all comes together with a solid ending. Compared to how Big Billy was treated at the end of Slave The Day, it’s a difference I can respect. A big highlight for Season 6. (5/5)
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fly-pow-bye · a year ago
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Coupe D'Etat
Storyboarded & Written by: Chris Reccardi Art Direction: Paul Stec Directed by: Randy Myers
The Professor goes to an auto body store to replace his broken windshield wipers, and finds all of the equipment intriguing. In the end, he manages to turn a windshield project into a brand new car project: the Kinetic Automatic Robotic Roadster, or KARR for short! It has an AI, it can transform into a giant robot with lots of missiles, and it can make lattes! He gets into his new KARR a little too much, as he starts neglecting the girls. The girls find out that this was all a part of the KARR’s plan, as it decides it wants to eliminate the Powerpuff Girls and become the Professor’s sole interest.
The first half of the episode seems to veer into yet another devil in plain sight situation, though I could say a situation closer to Mommy Fearest’s. However, they decide to take a detour, showing that, yes, the Professor can think of something other than the shiny object of the week. I can commend them for that; the Professor is a dork, but he’s not a horrible father figure who can’t see a murderous car when he sees one. The rest of the episode is good, too, from the scenes in the beginning with the Professor loving his car, to the ending which is quite creative and also shows the Professor in a good light. I think this episode is good, definitely washes away the mostly sour taste of the last two episodes. (4/5)
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fly-pow-bye · a year ago
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The Powerpuff Girls - The Good Episodes!
After we use mouthwash to wash the taste away of those last 10 episodes, it's time to reveal what I think are the top 10 best episodes of The Powerpuff Girls. This was way harder to make than the worst list for many reasons, but I believe I found my top 10.
The same rules I used for the worst list apply to this list.
Once again, it has to be either an episode or a special of the original Powerpuff Girls. I decided The Powerpuff Girls Movie would have been too easy to put here.
I have to say one bad aspect about the good episodes as well. They're going to be pretty minor, and fixing them could potentially be bad for the episode, but I still think there's got to be something that could be considered bad.
This is my opinion and my opinion alone. There were some episodes everyone loves that I didn't like as much (Power-Noia, for example), and vice versa. If someone felt these episodes weren't that great, I respect their opinion.
Let’s begin!
10. Telephonies
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This is the series' first villain team up episode, and it's a bold decision to make it after each of the villains involved in this only appeared in one episode each. One would think this would be better if they fleshed out the villains in different storylines before deciding to put these villains together. However, with Telephonies, it just works. A part of this may be due to how simple and clever this plot is, with the Gangreen Gang making prank calls to the Powerpuff Girls, falsely saying that a villain has run amok, and the Powerpuff Girls rush in to beat up the villain despite them not actually doing anything evil.
The calm scenes of the villains in their off-duty are all clever, with Mojo Jojo sleeping on the couch, Fuzzy Lumpkins just having a nice bath, and Him just sweating to the oldies. Mojo Jojo's reaction to this gets a special mention here that I must quote: "Oh goodness, I better not SNORE!" It all ends with a fight scene, and it's not the usual one. It's not the absolute best villain team up this show has ever done, and that would be pretty sad if it was as this was the first one, but the way the villains are used puts Telephonies among the funniest episodes of Season 1.
Bad thing: Maybe it's because of his strong competition with the usually amazing Mojo Jojo and the eccentric Him, but Fuzzy is the weakest link of the three victims.
9. City of Clipsville
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I do want to be fair to the post-McCracken era of The Powerpuff Girls. Sure, Season 5 and 6 are the weakest of the six seasons for many reasons, but once in a while, there are episodes that hit it out of the park. City of Clipsville is an episode that pokes fun at shows that ran for so long that they found excuses to just reuse old clips because, back in the day, nobody could just pull up an old episode unless they religiously taped it. After using clips from Cover Up and both of the Monkey See episodes, the episode shows its true colors by showing off clips from episodes that both don't exist and probably shouldn't exist.
We get it all: scenes with the Powerpuff Girls as babies, the Professor getting married, the Powerpuff Girls as boy-crazy teenagers, and even short little comedic scenes like the Powerpuff Girls losing the ability to fly and the Mayor remembering the Professor making a giant pickle. I almost wish there were more scenes to talk about, which is why this is relatively low, but what is there is really good. A shining spot in what is otherwise a rather dull season.
Bad thing: I know this is going to be controversial, but I'll say it anyway: I think they spent a little too much time on the teenager scene. I'd trade a lot of that scene for just more rejected Powerpuff ideas. I know why they did it, I know they wanted to make it even longer, and I know everyone wanted to see even more scenes with the Rowdyruff Boys. Maybe it's how some fans actually took it seriously and wanted them to expand on this concept despite the scene lampooning the whole idea of grown up Powerpuff Girls acting like stereotypical teenagers. I guess with that upcoming CW show, they got what they wished for in the end!
8. Bought And Scold
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Bought And Scold's premise is pretty solid in itself: Princess takes control of Townsville and, in revenge for not being allowed to be a Powerpuff Girl, decides to make crime legal so the Powerpuff Girls are out of a job. It's perfect for Princess; a petty law she made out of vengeance against her enemies, not really caring that making crime legal would affect not only Townsville's economy, but possibly affect her economy in the end as well. While I do like how they handled crime being legal by showing a bunch of little scenes of criminals with the decree in their hands, and the contrast between those scenes and the scenes in the end, it's really the second part of the episode that makes this one of the best episodes.
After we see a rather long scene showing the effects of this new law in Townsville, Bought and Scold becomes one of those "from the villain's point of view" episodes, which is not too common with this series, and the latter half of the episode does very well with that aspect. One could argue Stuck Up Up And Away, her debut episode, also shows this off with Princess, but that's just her whining to her daddy to give her superhero-grade super suits. Here, we get to see where she sleeps, how she yells at her daddy, and, for the only time ever, we even get to see her in utter fear at her father's potential anger when her house gets robbed. That last one is really something that puts this episode near the top for me; once this episode gets to the ending, it adds an extra dimension to her spoiled brat character that sadly just doesn't appear anywhere else.
Bad thing: What was next for Princess in this plan to rule over Townsville? Just delight in being the ruler of a crime-not-only-ridden-but-encouraged city? Yes, there is implication that Princess promises her daddy that she's going to be the best town ruler ever, but they don't go beyond that.
7. Forced Kin
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Season 4 suffered a lot from having episodes that were a half an hour long, but here's a plot that is somehow good enough to deserve all the time it gets despite having a high-concept plot. Alien comes in, Powerpuff Girls can't beat the alien, they have to get Mojo's help, they basically try to out-evil each other, Mojo eventually goes crazy and defeats the alien, the end. There's no story to the alien, there's no complicated plot, just Mojo Jojo vs. an alien. They could have easily put this in 12 minutes.
It's the way everything comes together that makes this episode great: the alien being this prophet who can predict all of the Powerpuff Girls moves and counter them, Mojo Jojo teaching the girls the way of the evil genius, how wacky Mojo Jojo's evil plans are and how they manage to work in the end, and Mojo Jojo's unpredictable-even-by-the-alien tantrum in the end. Combined with the rather epic scale of the alien invasion, this is a must watch for sure.
Bad thing: Apparently, this nameless alien is the most evil being they have ever encountered? Why? Because it can beat them? What about Him? Maybe they're not counting the more psychological villains.
6. The Bare Facts
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The Powerpuff Girls' main character are three girls that are supposed to represent three different aspects of one's personality, and there's no episode of Powerpuff Girls that really treats it that way more than this episode. We get to see each of the Powerpuff Girls lay down those titular bare facts to the Mayor, who was kidnapped by Mojo, each with their own different way of telling that story. Each Powerpuff Girl gets their own art style, too, a highlight being Bubbles' cutesy crayon drawings. Each of these perfect little girls tell the truth, each in their own little way.
There's plenty of jokes along the way, too. Bubbles keeps going off the record to talk about flower drawings or clouds, Buttercup just keeps trying to get to the end, and Blossom keeps trying to make the story all about herself. And, of course, there's the ending, which really shows why this episode is called The Bare Facts and gives the episode some rewatch potential. It's one of the more unique episodes of the series, and one that plays to its strengths. If one watches this episode and doesn't know who their favorite Powerpuff Girl is, I don't know who that person is.
Bad thing: Bubbles has those aforementioned crayon drawings, Buttercup has this dark comic book style, and Blossom's is just...pink. I get it, the joke is that the pink Puff is making it all about herself and her leadership skills, but it does seem like the weak link of the three, just like that pink villain from Telephonies.
5. Just Another Manic Mojo
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Going from one Mojo Jojo episode to an episode with Mojo Jojo to another Mojo Jojo focused episode, one could probably argue from this list that Mojo Jojo is my favorite recurring villain in the show. As silly as saying the arch-nemesis is my favorite villain, though I do have some villains I wish were featured more often, it's hard not to think he is with episodes like this. Even beyond his first appearance in Monkey See, Doggy Do and his origin story in Mr. Mojo's Rising, this is the quintessential Mojo Jojo episode. Much like the second half of Bought And Scold, this is a day in the life episode, this time featuring everyone's favorite evil genius monkey.
An episode about a villain going to the grocery store can only really be good as the villain and his reactions to everything. Also, this episode heavily focuses on his famous catchphrase, using it as a really good running gag. It's not all just regular stuff, either. We get to see the machine that dresses and gets him ready for the day, he yells at kids to get out of his evil moat around the volcano, and he eventually just can't help himself to do a plan to exterminate those "bugs" once and for all once he gets the chance. This is the best spotlight on a particular villain this series has ever done, and it's only fitting that it was a spotlight on its most notorious.
Bad thing: The Powerpuff Girls themselves don't get that much of a role besides being annoying to Mojo, which is for this episode's plot, but it's not really playing to any of their strengths.
4. Something's A Ms.
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Something was a miss, and this episode sure wasn't! The episode starts as a big mystery, as the girls have to figure out how these mysterious thefts were happening, all while Miss Bellum is acting so odd. All between, this episode reminds us what Craig McCracken's favorite movie is. I still haven't watched that movie, and that should be a testament to how good this episode is that it's still this high. It's as if references don't ruin episodes if they're good enough!
The mystery, the hidden jokes, and the final fight scene all add to the quality of the epsiode. Not just the final fight scene with the girls, but with a character that deserves a lot more respect than she got a decade-and-a-half later. It's also a breath of fresh air that the Powerpuff Girls managed to figure out what was really happening, and it's not just the villain just suddenly revealing themselves to their utter shock. An excellent ending to what would be a potential Sedusa arc, even if it's not quite the last time we ever saw her.
Bad thing: The fireplace scene, while great looking, isn't really something that The Mayor would do. That did take me out of the episode to think, "yeah, that's got to be a Big Lebowski reference." It is, by the way.
3. Meet The Beat-Alls
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Lately, it's been a recent controversy among Cartoon Twitter that cartoons nowadays are just trying to reference popular things like Sonic the Hedgehog just to make people go "oh my goodness, they're nerds like me!", and I never got why that was inherently bad. If I was making cartoons, I would totally be sneaking references to my favorite games in them. Well, after that Big Lebowski-O-Rama that was Something's A Ms, here's an episode that's nothing but Beatles references. It's not even subtle about it. Song titles, album covers, parts of the Beatles history, and even the Beatles themselves in their 60's cartoon designs make a probably unauthorized cameo in the middle of the episode. It is a laugh riot.
I did say Telephonies was not the best villain team-up, and that's because that honor goes to this episode. Even if one doesn't know about the Beatles, and that could be more likely than one might think among today's youth unless they grew up on the Beat Bugs and would apply to me as a kid, the episode is still entertaining. It's not like the villains are out of character, I could see Mojo Jojo ending up in a Yoko Ono situation. This episode doesn't need any help to be as good as it is.
Bad thing: Him has always been betrayed as someone who is way beyond the other villains, but he's just another villain that just happens to shoot lasers out of his hands in this one. Even in an episode like Birthday Bash, another contender for greatest villain team-up episode of the series, he was treated as a villain far beyond the villains in the jail cell, taking over the news and Professor Utonium's mind.
2. Uh Oh Dynamo
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Giant monsters? Awesome. Giant robots? Also awesome. Giant robots fighting giant monsters? Even Jet Jaguar led to that amazing flying kick scene in Godzilla Vs. Megalon. There's no giant lizard monster seemingly skidding on his tail here, but that doesn't mean this half-hour of power deserves any less respect.
I haven't even touched upon an episode that put a major focus on the Powerpuff Girls' father figure, and putting this near the top may be me trying to make up for that. The first half does make one kind of feel for the Professor's plight, as, while the girls can easily handle crime themselves, he doesn't want to see his children get hurt. The second half is just as good in a different way, with lots of creative scenes. The attacks from both the giant fish balloon, which became kind of a recurring character in their own right even for just two episodes, and the giant robot Powerpuff Girl. Monster fights, city destruction, family issues, this episode has it all and more. I should also give a special mention to this episode's sort-of-sequel.
Bad thing: This episode does have a little bit of that issue everyone had with Daylight Savings, which was an episode I thought was just in the mediocre category, in that the Professor's insistence on being an overprotective dad does cause the episode's problems. I'd say it's the least justified here, even if it does lead to the giant robot.
It was so hard to make this list, because there's so many episodes just as deserving to be in a best list. Here's the next best thing: an honorable mentions list. All of these could have been the 11 spot, or at least the first four, anyway.
Bubblevicious - The danger room scene that really pushed the envelope on TV-Y7-FV violence and Bubbles turning into a vicious monster leads to a great character study for the little blue one.
Speed Demon - With its dark atmosphere that would only be matched by Samurai Jack years later, it's hard to forget this one, as much as our minds really wanted to.
Child Fearing - I almost put this episode in the list, but I felt there was too much Jojo. I still think about "if I was a bunny I'd HOP HOP HOP!"
Him Diddle Riddle - There's so much variety in Him's riddles, one may ignore that some of them seemingly make no sense.
Bubble Boy - This episode's idea of having Bubbles try to hang out with the gross boys is a really good one. Most of the Rowdyruff Boys' post-"The Rowdyruff Boys" appearances have been hit or miss, but this one's the biggest hit. I would talk about the first Rowdyruff Boys, but I felt Bubblevicious was superior.
I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future - I already mentioned Live and Let Dynamo, so I'll go with this one. An amazing Rocky & Bullwinkle parody that really nails it down. Having the late great June Foray appear as the villain helps, too.
The Powerpuff Girls Rule - Hooray, I justified the rule of including specials! I was surprised on how much I liked this one. Maybe it is a good watch after watching the rest of the series, as there's tons of in-jokes. The fast pace didn't bother me as much as I thought it would.
Finally, #1. I wanted to surprise everyone, but...
1. The Powerpuff Girls Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever!
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That GIF's "Fly fly fly fly, pow, bye bye bye bye bye" was an intended name for this blog, but I felt that was really annoying, so I shortened it, and that's how Fly Pow Bye was born: from this episode. It's a relatively simple concept, too: it's a rainy day, and not even the criminals want to be outside, so the Powerpuff Girls have to pretend to fight crime using toys. After 2020 and the seemingly eternal quarantine it caused, this episode is even more relevant!
There are so many scenes in this that will stick in anyone's memories. Buttercup as the monster that surprises, Blossom's Miss Bellum impression, the Professor filling in for Bubbles and just wants to get it done, Bubbles and Buttercup dressing up as Fuzzy and Him, respectively, and even near the end, where, in a scene that is definitely similar to what happens in childhood playdates, Bubbles and Buttercup just decide to play video games during Blossom's epic Mojo Jojo impression/hide and seek game. During this project, I wanted to find an episode I can say that was more memorable, more quoteworthy, and more relatable than the very episode that gave Fly Pow Bye its name, and, while there were episodes that were very close, I'm still going to give the gold to this one. The Powerpuff Girls Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever is the Powerpuff Girls' Best Adventure, period.
Bad thing: If there's any bad thing to say about this episode, it's that I'd wouldn't recommend it as a first episode. Viewers of this episode need to know what the Powerpuff Girls usually do.
The Powerpuff Girls is a classic cartoon, and one of several cartoons that defined Cartoon Network in its classic era. It's no wonder why Cartoon Network just didn't want to let the Powerpuff Girls go, whether it be wanting to force a Season 7 despite the crew not wanting to do one, to that rather unfortunate event that happened in 2016, to letting it get the Riverdale treatment. Whatever happens next, all I can say is hurrah for Cartoon Network and the Powerpuff Girls. Bye.
See you on February 27th!
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See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey
Storyboarded & Written by: Chris Savino, Dave Smith Art Direction: Paul Stec Music and Lyrics by: Dave Smith Directed by: Chris Savino, John McIntyre
In this special rock opera edition of the Powerpuff Girls, the City of Townsville is going Downsville today. As they sing how they wish they lived in a better world, a raindrop brings a seed that sprouts into a flower holding a gnome voiced by Jess Harnell doing a really good Jack Black impression, who offers them a peaceful Townsville with the price of the Powerpuff Girls' powers. After some debating, the Powerpuff Girls accept, and the Gnome ends up getting rid of the villains, making Townsville a place of sunshine, and make himself the ruler of Townsville with the entire city living their lives for the gnome. It turns out, Townsville's freedom was the real price, and the Professor won't stand for it, convincing the girls to get their powers back, confront the gnome, and return Townsville to the place of yin and yangs it was before.
This was the episode Cartoon Network US decided to never to air on television, making it the "banned episode" of the series even if it is able on digital stores, the DVD box set, and Hulu. This does give the episode more mystique to say the least. Maybe it might have been the hype of an episode that Cartoon Network didn’t want you to see, but outside of all of that, this episode's alright. The songs aren't particularly special, and it’s a little odd that the Powerpuff Girls just get their powers back seemingly because the plot said so, but the episode does have an interesting plot with interesting ways to interpret it. It’s still worth a watch, but I wouldn’t call it a lost gem or anything. (3/5)
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Get Back Jojo
Storyboard by: Kevin Kaliher Art Direction by: Don Shank Directed by: Randy Myers, Craig McCracken
During Pokey Oak's career day, Professor Utonium decides to show off his newest invention: a time portal! He also talks about how he used to not be into science until one strange incident happened to him as a kid. Overhearing this, Mojo's got to go back, back to the past, and stop Professor Utonium from ever getting into science, and the Powerpuff Girls follow him before the timeline changes for the worse.
Time travel tends to be a very messy subject for any media. This episode does it very well, with a neat time travel sequence that rivals the one from Speed Demon, a great look at the Townsville adults back when they were children, and a retcon for the ages that finally explains one of the biggest questions that hasn't been answered yet. Sadly, no, not Professor Utonium's first name. A definite must see. (5/5)
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The Rowdyruff Boys
Storyboard by: Paul Rudish, Clayton Morrow Art Direction: Craig Kellman Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky, Craig McCracken
The Powerpuff Girls’ very first half hour episode, and it’s one great idea for an episode: have Mojo Jojo create his own trio of supervillains with another part of that nursery rhyme. One negative I’ll say right off the bat is that the Rowdyruff Boys themselves aren’t that interesting; they’re basically just brick walls with no personality whatsoever besides “we strong cause we’re men and we fart”. It’s understandable, because these guys were clearly just going to be one-offs, and they won’t become the source of many, many fanfics and Geocities fansites. Heh, heh, heh. As much as I want to be the contrarian and say this episode was overrated and that the Rowdyruff Boys should have stayed in this one episode, it was neat to see the Powerpuff Girls meet their match. No, not that kind of match. (4/5)
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