THE CITY OF TOWNSVILLE!
You guys, 20 YEARS AGO children all over the world were introduced to the municipality of Townsville and the monsters that were hell-bent on destroying it. Protected by three little kindergarten-aged girls named Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, the city of Townsville was home to some of the funniest characters in Cartoon Network history.
The Powerpuff Girls has been a beloved series literally since the first episode. Made from sugar, spice and everything nice, the Powerpuff Girls fight crime between coloring pictures of rainbows and unicorns. All in a day’s work.
High among the ranks with other Cartoon Network classics like Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls was pretty much always on at our house. The theme song has been running through my head ALL DAY and I still find myself laughing at old episodes when I binge-watch them on a rainy Saturday night.
If you loved The Professor, the girls, Mojo and the gang, this post is for you! Here are 15 fun facts you may not have known about The Powerpuff Girls!
15 Fun Facts about The Powerpuff Girls
The Powerpuff Girls were originally known as “The Whoop-Ass Girls”. They obtained their power not from Chemical X, but from a can of whoop-ass, of course.
The look of the girls was inspired by Margaret Keane’s work.
While we know them as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, they answer to different names in different places. In Latin America, the girls were named Chocolate, Bubble and Acorn. In Italy, it’s Lolly, Dolly and Molly.
Mojo Jojo was inspired by the Japanese character, Dr. Gori from Spectreman.
Mojo is also voiced by Roger L. Jackson, the face behind Ghostface in the Wes Craven Scream movies.
Originally the character of ‘Him’ was the Devil; however, Cartoon Network put the kibosh on religious references…so his name was changed.
The 1998 premiere, “Monkey See, Doggie Do/Mommy Fearest”, was the highest rated debut in Cartoon Network history.
The narrator of the show was Tom Kenny, who also provided the voice for The Mayor, Mitch, Snake Ingleberry, Lil’ Arturo and, most notably, SpongeBob Square Pants.
George Jetson was a citizen of Townsville. You can see him in “Major Competition”.
The episode “Meet the Beat Alls” contained 65 references to The Beatles. It aired on February 9, 2001, the anniversary of the band’s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
In totality, The Powerpuff Girls has been nominated for about 18 awards, including Favorite TV Show, Kids Choice Awards, Primetime Emmy’s and Annie Awards.
The Mayor’s secretary, Ms. Bellum, only shows her face once. In Britain, Tesco released a toy set that included the mysterious secretary, but her face was hidden, so you had to buy the set to see it. SMART.
Though all the girls are able to conjure tornadoes, teleport and create shields, they each have a special ability that is unique to them. Blossom can breathe ice, Bubbles can speak more than one language and cause supersonic waves with her voice, and Buttercup can curl her tongue. Not really a superpower, but it makes her happy!
Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are also said to have been inspired by the three fairies in Sleeping Beauty (1959), Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. Their color schemes also match, as do their personalities (the sweet one, the spunky one and the tough one).
The Powerpuff Girls even got the Hollywood treatment, but the movie was far from a success. It barely made back the budget and let Cartoon Network to scrap plans for any more theatrical releases.
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