Here’s why The Powerpuff Girls 2016 reboot failed

The Powerpuff Girls
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The creator of The Powerpuff Girls, Craig McCracken, is offering insights into why the beloved 2000s superhit show failed to resonate with fans in its 2016 reboot. Despite the enduring popularity of the classic Cartoon Network series in this decade, the revamped version faced significant criticism upon its release. In the context of the 25th anniversary of the classic Cartoon Network show, McCracken sheds light on how the 2016 reboot overlooked a crucial element of the story.

Craig McCracken feels the 2016 reboot was overcomplicated

In a recent interview with The Los Angeles Times to commemorate The Powerpuff Girls’ 25th anniversary, the show’s creator delved into talks about the superhero show. The discussion naturally extended to the 2016 reboot, with Craig McCracken expressing his perspective that the reboot faltered by overcomplicating the narrative.

“We were first and foremost making a superhero show, but they happened to be kids who then happened to be little girls,” he explained. “What they were doing was making a show about little girls who had superpowers. Because the focus changed, the tone changed.” 

What changed in The Powerpuff Girls 2016 reboot?

As McCracken explains, the original Powerpuff Girls, despite it being loaded with action when it debuted over two decades ago, fundamentally centered around three young sisters. Even though these girls were superheroes, the spotlight was primarily on depicting them as kids, and all their exciting adventures naturally came from that fact. However, in 2016, this core essence of the story took a backseat, and the show predominantly revolved around the sisters having superpowers, a shift that failed to resonate well with the audience.

Is a new version of The Powerpuff Girl in the works?

It is without a question that McCracken was not a part of the show’s 2016 reboot. As per Comicbook, the cartoonist was occupied with other animated projects at that time. Fortunately, he is all set to revisit The Powerpuff Girls. This means that a reboot of the hit series under the guidance of its original creator is in the works. It will be interesting to see how a fresh perspective of an already popular series will be received by the audience.