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QUICK REVIEW: The Powerpuff Girls (2016) “Man Up”

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Howdy people of the internet, I return to you today with an interesting review as I am going to talk about the first episode released for the 2016 version of The Powerpuff Girls! Now I remember when this show was announced, saw that the primary voice cast besides Tom Kenny was changing and even saw one of the clips released online for this show a little while ago, but I was a little skeptical mainly due to my nostalgia for the old series. But I just saw the first episode and I thought I’d share my quick thoughts on it.

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What is apparent from the beginning is that this is a different interpretation to the 90’s show much the way that you have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the late 1980’s and the 2012 version, both shows are very different from each, but still retain the core elements that you like and associate with said show. The Powerpuff Girls (2016) is like a modern re-imagining of the classic show, you still have your three main heroines having fun and beating up bad guys, but the world they inhabit, the dialogue and situations definitely feel more modern than anything else.

For what its worth I did really enjoy “Man Up” it was a simple yet effective episode to bring the PPG back into the public consciousness. It was mainly focused on Buttercup and her anger issues and how she should adopt a calm attitude through meditation. The sense of humour was nice too, it had good timing and felt appropriate. While this episode worked on its own, I think why I liked it was because I have the prior knowledge of this show and it’s characters, so when I saw the characters bring up Buttercup’s anger it was great because it was done in a way that I don’t believe has been done before and it was effective because it felt in-line with what’s comes before. I was worried I wouldn’t like this new cartoon because the original voice actresses were gone, but luckily Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, and Natalie Palamides do pretty well as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, their interaction and solo performances are good, and in small cases I could hear that they sounded like the original voices too.

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Oh and Man-Boy, bloody hell. That dude was frigging crazy and while his personality and motivations were standard fare, I did enjoy how strange, cocky and obnoxious he was. Visually the show’s nice, it feels like it fits in with the likes of Steven Universe and Adventure Time with the style of animation, art style and line thickness. The colour scheme is vivid and attractive and the animation doesn’t come across as lazy and that’s always a good thing. And for those who haven’t seen this show before I think that they’ll enjoy it, it has the same kind of zany, charismatic and funny aspects that make some of the current Cartoon Network shows so popular.

Now when it comes to the fans and how they’ll enjoy this show, that’ll be completely down to your specific preference and how open you are to change. There are a lot of differences and things certain aspects missing from the original show (most notably *SPOILERS* the new intro and ending songs), and I can see diehard fans complaining like hell. But if “Man Up” is any indication of what what’s coming for this new version of the PPG then I’m game.

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So have you seen the first episode of The Powerpuff Girls (2016) and if so what did you think of it? Were you accepting of the changes or did the episode not do anything for you? Be sure to comment below and let me know and I’ll see ya on the next review laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2016 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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How I Feel In Pictures #8

Good day to you ladies and gents and welcome to the 8th edition of How I Feel In Pictures. In these posts I’ll upload a piece of art that I’ve drawn that basically represents how I feel at that current point in time. So this is the first post of 2015 for this series, and since I’ve drawn some new stuff I thought I’d post on this blog.

Check out my set of pictures below:

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Gotta love the PPG.

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My all-time favourite Pokemon here looking all badass.

So as you can see above these pictures are fan art based on the cartoon show, The Powerpuff Girls and video game series, Pokemon. I drew the picture of Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup based on an old sketch I did from I think around 11 years ago, and since I was feeling a bit fancy I wanted to update it on Photoshop and this was the end result. As for Charizard, I drew a little picture of him in my mini sketchbook and thought that it would look good in colour with a background, and well, what you see above is the end result.

Both pictures represent a piece of me nostalgically. PPG was one of my all-time favourite cartoons from Cartoon Network, while Pokemon was pretty much the phenomenon that took over my world with the video games and TV show. Both pictures also represent, decent, if somewhat lacking pieces of work. I look at them and think, “Yeah they’re good, but I know I could do better. I expect better.” They feel incomplete and maybe that’s me expecting more from myself then I technically can deliver at the moment, but hey what would life be like without a little challenge. I think the way I feel in through these pictures can be summarized as proud and yet disappointed at the same time.

Well that’s it for this blog post, hopefully you liked what you saw and if you’d like to see more check me out at http://thehypersonic55.deviantart.com. Peace out!

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Life

 

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Powerpuff Girls To Be Rebooted in 2016 on Cartoon Network!

Good day to you ladies and gents, time to talk about some TV news and today its related to some interesting and exciting news concerning a reboot of one of my favourite cartoons from my childhood; The Powerpuff Girls. The following information comes from ComicBookMovie:

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In some totally left field news sure to please nostalgic nineties kids and little girls everywhere, Cartoon Network announced today that their iconic crime fighting trio, the Powerpuff Girls, will be making their triumphant return to television in 2016.

“The original Powerpuff Girls was a franchise phenomenon for Cartoon Network, paving the way for a new generation of innovative storytellers and enthusiastic fans worldwide,” said Cartoon Network chief content officer Rob Sorcher, “We are calling these girls back into action based upon an overwhelming demand for sugar, spice and Chemical X.”

Craig McCracken’s ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ is one of Cartoon Network’s most successful brands to date, with retail profits totaling over $2.5 billion. Endowed with the powers of sugar, spice, everything nice, and Chemical X (originally ‘a can of whoop-ass’), the girls fought their way through seventy-eight television episodes, a feature film, an anime spin-off, and a one-off special earlier this year featuring former Beatle Ringo Starr.

Though its appearance may be shocking to some, this new incarnation of The Powerpuff Girls promises to offer something fresh in a largely male dominated marketplace of superheroes.

When I read this I had to do a double-take because I thought it might have been a joke, but no, it’s happening, The Powerpuff Girls are coming back and I couldn’t be happier. I’d say this news is surprising and it is, but at the same time it really isn’t. This show when it was in its prime was one of the most beloved and successful shows on Cartoon Network, so it makes sense to bring it back for new audiences to enjoy. And since the release of The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed, I pretty much said to myself, “This special is great and all, but I would really like a new PPG series to watch.” And it seems like my secret thoughts have become a reality.

Now I make it no secret that I am a massive fan of this show and it was one of my favourite cartoons back in my childhood and believe me it wasn’t an easy thing to admit to when I was younger especially when it is viewed as a show for girls and most guys didn’t care for it. But now that I’m older I show my love for PPG with pride and I don’t care what anyone says, its badass. I am curious to know how much of the basic material the makers behind the show will keep the same and how much they will update, I also want to know what visual design they will go for too. Will it be the original 2D style or will they go the route of The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed and go with CGI? And speaking of The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed, will this new show re related to that or will it be its own thing? I thought Dance Pantsed was pretty good so I wouldn’t mind things similar to that, but I just hope they don’t hurt the show by modernizing it too much because there are some things that don’t below in the realm of cartoons. I also wonder if Craig McCracken will have any creative imput or will he be separate from this version of the PPG like he was with the recent special? It’s probably the former but I would hop that he would be around to do something because this is his creation after all.

So what do think about this news? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to leave a comment below yo. Laters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Media, Television

 

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The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed Review

Okay time for a very special review, today I’m gonna be reviewing The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed, the TV special that makes the return of one of my favourite cartoons of all time! Ever since I heard about this a month ago I knew I had to see it. Even though the new look is a lot to take it and the fact that Craig McCracken isn’t involved is cause for concern, I still have to give it a watch just to know how this turned out. So is it good or bad? Read on and find out!

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So the plot of the special involves classic villain Mojo Jojo kidnap Fibonacci along with an opera singer and a badger. The girls rescue all of them, and defeat Mojo yet again with his kidnapping plan. Not deterred he then goes on to invent an evil video game called “Dance Pants R-EVILution 2,” to take over Townsville.

The plot feels like something made for the old TV show, it is simple and effective, though there are moments where you notice the differences or inconsistencies. This special feels like a mixture between old and new in terms of the pop culture references and it is still funny and light-hearted. Things that people will notice are a few changes that mess with the continuity of the old show like:

  • Bubbles and Buttercup having ice powers
  • The girls seem incapable of doing some easy tasks unless they’re a team
  • Townsville city hall now being on a patch of grass in the middle of town rather than be on a main street
  • Professor Utonium’s backstory being changed a little

But since it was a special I didn’t consider it canon to the show. For all its efforts it feels like it is missing something. I kind of wish there was more action, classic characters and just a bit more of the old style from the TV show, but then I guess this is the result of not having Craig McCracken on-board.

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As for the characters they all seem to be on-form for the most part and reflect their former selves. Let’s start with the girls. Blossom is still the righteous leader, Bubbles is happy-go-lucky free spirit and Buttercup is the grumpy tomboy. They’re all this pretty spot-on and Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong and E.G. Daily sound like they never left their roles. My only complaints are that the girls squabble a little too much and Bubbles like a bit more a dummy than usual.

Professor Utonium is still the loving father figure and creator of the girls, he seems fine for the most part but for some reason he came across a being a bit sillier and stranger than usual, thankfully he still sounds normal thanks to Tom Kane. Tom Kenny is still doing his thing as the Major of Townsville, still a bit stupid and still obsessed with those pickles, though it is hard to hear the Major not think of the Ice King from Adventure Time as the voices are practically the same. Ms. Bellum while not in the special that much is still pretty good and has one really strange/funny moment too and her voice still sounds lovely thanks to Jennifer Martin. And finally Mojo Jojo is back and he is still evil, strange and over-the-top with his planning and monologues. Roger L. Jackson still sounds good too, my only issue is that Mojo seemed a little sillier than the one of old.

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When it comes to the presentation, I have mixed feelings about it. The PPG has always been traditionally 2D in its animation and art style and only adopted CGI once the movie came out and in the latter  part of TV series too (from what I recall of it). But here everything is CGI and it looks odd, while the animation during the action scenes and sequences is good, individual movements on characters look stiff, awkward and jerky. I like how Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup have small yet noticeable traits in regards to their eyes and hair and some of the other character updates are decent, though hate what they did to Professor Utonium, he looks ugly and Mojo looks weird too. I was gutted that there was no sign of the original PPG theme song or end credits songs too (one of my favourite things about the old show was the music).

In conclusion The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed is a pretty awesome special which takes all the classic elements of the old TV and fuses it with some modern ones too for a fun cartoon. The new art style and animation may not be to everyone’s liking but once you get past it, but it feels like the Powerpuff Girls of old with the story, humour and characters being mostly intact. It may not please everyone but If you’re a fan of the PPG then you owe it to yourself to check it out, it is nostalgic and cool.

Rating: 7.5/10 (Look past the visual and you still have at its core the essence of classic Powerpuff awesomeness)

So what did you think of The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed and how do you think it fared in relation to the old cartoon series? Whatever your thoughts are drop in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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