Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002) – movie review

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Movie Review by Vivienne Messenger

Starring: Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, Elizabeth Daily, Tom Kenny, Tom Kane, Roger L Jackson

Director: Craig McCracken

The Powerpuff Girls – Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup – are three very specially gifted youngsters created in a laboratory by their ‘father’, Professor Utonium. However while they were being created, Jojo the professor’s monkey lab assistant, upsets a container of ‘chemical X’ on them causing an ‘x-plosion’ with far reaching consequences. It bestows the unusual superpowers on the Powerpuff Girls but unbeknown to them, evil ones on Jojo who is also caught up in the blast but changes him into a mutant monkey, Mojo Jojo.

So the seeds are sown for an adventure that unfolds and launches the Powerpuff Girls into the lives of the people of Townsville. If you’ve watched this on Cartoon Network you’ll know that there’s going to be loads of fast moving action. The movie doesn’t disappoint and launches into it almost immediately during the Powerpuff Girls first day at kindergarten when they start to play a game of tag with the other pupils. Forgetting the strength of their superpowers they get completely overexcited, ignore their fellow pupils and playing tag instead amongst themselves, wreak havoc on Townsville, which culminates in the arrest of the professor by the authorities and makes them outcasts.

The Powerpuff Girls retreat feeling guilty for the destruction they have inflicted on Townsville that has made them the focus of attention for the citizens’ wrath. Feeling dejected and alienated, the girls overwhelming desire to do good wins through and helps them make the right decision when they learn the truth behind the evil Mojo Jojo’ plans for the folk of Townsville. The unfolding events test the Powerpuff Girls resolve to combat this evil and find their own destiny and place in society.

The animation is excellent. Already well established in the market and merchandise areas, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS MOVIE is just like an extended TV programme. A definite must for their fans but with the release of a feature length movie detailing their origins and showing how they became the guardians of Townsville – linked directly to the Mayor’s office by that special red phone – the movie will almost certainly reach a greater audience spawning a whole new fanbase.

4 out of 6 stars