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'The Powerpuff Girls' return: Girl power headed back to Cartoon Network in 2016

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“The Powerpuff Girls” are coming back in 2016 to “save the world before bedtime” announced Cartoon Network Monday. Super-powered by sugar, spice and Chemical X, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, and their “scientist dad” Professor Utonium are prepared to reignite girl power for a new generation of kids.

Created by animator Craig McCracken and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, “The Powerpuff Girls” first became a household name in November of 1998. Sadly, however the amped up super heroines said goodbye after 78 episodes with their series finale, which aired March 25, 2005. The girls also appeared in two shorts, a Christmas special, a feature film, and a tenth anniversary and CGI special. Although “The Powerpuff Girls” earned two Emmys, it is rumored that the series will return without its original creator.

According to Variety “The (new) Powerpuff Girls” will return to Cartoon Network in 2016 with a “full licensing program.” Pete Yoder, vice president of consumer products for North America, Cartoon Network Enterprises, revealed the brand doesn’t have “licensing partners” yet, but looks forward to explore the future options in the “coming weeks.”

As the original ambassador of girl power, ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ brand continues to resonate with people of all ages and there is tremendous excitement around introducing Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup to a new generation.

Why are “The Powerpuff Girls” from the fictional city of Townsville making their way back to the small screen? Rob Scorcher, Cartoon Network’s chief content officer says, “the original was a franchise phenomena” for the cable channel, which “paved the way for a new generation of innovative storytellers and enthusiastic fans worldwide.” A very true statement concurs Frank of Party Planet, a popular Long Island children’s party facility from 2000-2011, “Bubbles was one of our most requested costumed characters until about 2007.” Be prepared parents for a full media and merchandising onslaught of “The Powerpuff Girls:” Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup in the next year and a half.

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