Original ‘Powerpuff Girls’ Weren’t Asked to Join Reboot
Cartoon Network decided to follow suit in Hollywood's never-ending trend in unoriginality by revamping the girl-power-centric cartoon Powerpuff Girls. If this is the first you're hearing about the impending Powerpuff Girls revamp, you're not alone -- the original voice actors behind the three main characters weren't clued in, either, and they're pretty sad about it.
Cartoon Network unveiled its first look at the show's three main stars via a series of Vines -- Amanda Leighton will play Blossom, Kristen Li will voice Bubbles and Natalie Palamides is set to play Buttercup -- and while the original voice actors harbor no ill will toward the cast, they're understandably upset that they weren't asked to participate in the series at all. It looks like most of them -- all right, all of them -- found out about the news via Twitter, just like the rest of us.
The good news is that Cartoon Network has chosen to keep the characters' original looks totally intact, animation-wise -- there won't be any cleavage-baring or weird sexualization involved, which is always a bizarre possibility with plenty of precedent, no matter how young the show's intended audience may be.
When it comes to reboots, revamps and reissues we're over the entire concept at this point. From Sister Act to Fantasia to Winnie the Pooh to Mulan to Pinocchio to The Craft to Beauty and the Beast to the fourth installment of Toy Story and beyond -- Hollywood is shoving remakes down our throats faster than we can swallow them. And while we're more onboard with a Powerpuff Girls revamp than, say, that Full House sequel, it's true that some things are better left untouched.
The Powerpuff Girls reboot is set to air in 2016. We pray that the show's legacy remains intact.