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The Powerpuff Girls Movie

The Powerpuff Girls Movie

There are more than a few who'll want to see the big screen version of the Cartoon Network's "Powerpuff Girls" which is bubbly and action oriented enough to even draw in boys.  In terms of newly released hand drawn animated features, this one has its charm, but falls well short of being something for the whole family, like Lilo & Stitch.

The TV show, admired for its contemporary wit, is augmented here to show the origins of the girls, from a test tube to serving their home of Townsville.

Powerpuff Girls wastes no time on the attempt to fabricate the ideal little girl.  But the likable Professor Utonium, voice provided by Tom Kane, has problems as his pesky monkey assistant, Jojo, injects too much Chemical X to the mix.  The result is the titular sister act, with Catherine Cavadini, E.D. Daily and Tara Strong adding life to the imperious Blossom, a brittle Buttercup, and the cheery Bubbles.

In a little spin on the milieu of Lilo & Stitch, the girls, gifted with superhuman vision, strength, and speed are given a life of normalcy by the Professor with their entrance into kindergarten.  Yet, that can only go so far with a game of Tag probably the funniest scene.

Then, the naive trio are dependent on the Professor's sneaky simian which has morphed into the sister Mojo Jojo, voiced by Roger L. Jackson.  Mojo's machinations include the Girls abetting him in constructing a machine for Townsville, which is a front for something dastardly.

A little more imagination into characters and story could have surfaced into a movie which now plays mostly to those with attention deficit disorder.  The Girls can ship up a stack of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and deal with super simians putting all of Townsville into a frenzy.

The director and small-screen creator Craig McCracken makes the saucer-eyed trio very personable as he strains to give more substance to their exploits.  Still, for the most part, the traditional animation uses the show's basic concepts and settings well enough to provide an ominous texture to Townsville.  Even when a feverish, but juvenile mind enervates the power of these gregarious girls.

The Powerpuff Girls Movie

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