The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken and produced by Hanna-Barbera for Cartoon Network.
The straight-laced Prof. Utonium’s attempt to create perfect little girls accidentally includes “Chemical X”, resulting in take-charge red-head Blossom, blonde sweety-pie Bubbles and ready-to-fight brunette Buttercup. These flying, super-strong, karate-chopping girls with the occasional heat vision race into action to save the city of Townsville (and, we’re told, the world) from all sorts of crimes and creatures. Written by Ray Schaff -2-
- Mojo Jojo’s “braincap” was designed in tribute to the helmet of the title superhero from the Japanese series Za kagesutaa.
- In the episode “Three Girls and a Monster”, Blossom orders the commencement of flight plan Alpha-Omega-Atari. When executing this plan, the girls race through the city, at one point forming, with their color trails, the Atari symbol. In addition, the names Alpha and Omega are the names of the first and last gun turrets in Atari’s classic arcade game Missile Command (Delta is the one left out).
- In the episode “Something’s a Ms.” Ms. Bellum is kidnapped. The girls are debriefed on this in a scene which mimics a similar one in The Big Lebowski.
- The title of the episode which features the “Human Leech” is called “The Headsucker’s Moxy.” This is a reference to the Coen brothers film, The Hudsucker Proxy
- At the start of each episode, a shot of the city is seen, along with narration that always starts with the phrase, “The city of Townsville…”.
- In some episodes, Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory makes a cameo appearance. Known appearance:
- a sleeping kid in “Powerpuff Bluff”
- a doll in “Ploys R’ Us”
- in “Criss Cross Crisis”, he can be seen in the upper-right hand corner during the montage sequence when the Professor is trying to find the right frequency
- in the background in “Forced Kin”, he can be seen standing on the sidewalk as the alien ship is covering the town
- The episode “The Beat-Alls” featured a large number of jokes and puns all related to songs by the Beatles.
- In “Slumbering With The Enemy”, the girls are looking though a teen magazine during a slumber party. Amongst the pictures of guys one sees the creator of the show, Craig McCracken. He’s the one with the black “e-bay” shirt on.
- The location of Townsville is given in the episode in which the girls must solve puzzles given by Him “or else the Professor will pay.” The final location in the hunt is given by the Mayor who states that the global coordinates of an intersection is at 32 degrees North and 212 degrees West (or 148 East). This puts Townsville in the Pacific Ocean approximately 400 hundred miles east-by-southeast from Japan’s largest island.
- In “Collect Her”, while the mayor is performing a Role Call of the population of Townsville to discover the identity of the kidnapper of the Powerpuff Girls, he calls out “Genndy McCracken”, an amalgamation of producer Genndy Tartakovsky and Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken.
- Originally entitled “Whoopass Stew”, with the girls called the Whoopass Girls, but was changed when test audiences disapproved.
- The devilish creature “Him”, is refereed to this title because the producers thought the Devil or Satan or any other name would be too controversial for a kid’s show.
- Sara Bellum is named after the cerebellum, probably in reference to her job as the “brains” of the mayor’s operation.
- In “Nuthin’ Special”, Buttercup discovers that she’s the only one in Townsville who can roll her tongue. The rest of Townsville try this, going from on person to another. One of these people is Gene Simmons, the bassist/vocalist from the band KISS.
- After The Powerpuff Girls the show underwent a series of changes: The production switched from traditional inked and painted cels to digital post production, the design for Mojo Jojo was changed to the more sinister-looking one used in the movie, and the end graphic – with the concentric hearts and the girls appearing in an explosion of stars – switched to the slightly more elaborate version used at the end of the movie.
- George Jetson appears in the background on several occasions.
- June Foray, provided the voice of Madame Argentina in the episode, “I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future”. In honor of this, the episode was made to feel like an episode of “Rocky & Bullwinkle”.
- According to Tom Kane, he based Professor Utonium’s voice on actor Gary Owens.
- The Powerpuff Girls were based on Fauna, Flora, and Merryweather from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”.
- The girls are made out of sugar, spice, everything nice, and Chemical X.
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