The well-loved cartoon series The Powerpuff Girls will return to Cartoon Network in 2016, the network announced on Monday, with a complete reboot effort. In addition to a new series, The Powerpuff Girls return will also include a full licensing program that will rollout through all regions.
“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 Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. “We are calling these girls back into action based upon an overwhelming demand for sugar, spice and Chemical X.”
The show first premiered on Cartoon Network in 1998, created by Craig McCracken. Over the course of its 78-episode run, the series earned two Emmy awards, spawned a 2003 feature film, a tenth anniversary special, and a CG special, The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed, which aired on Cartoon Network in January and featured the voice of Ringo Starr.
“As the original ambassador of ‘girl power,’ The Powerpuff Girls brand continues to resonate with people of all ages and there is tremendous excitement around introducing Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup to a new generation,” said Pete Yoder, vice president of consumer products for North America forCartoon Network Enterprises. “With proven success and great content plans in place, there’s so much potential that we’re looking forward to explore with our licensing partners in the coming weeks.”
The series is one of Cartoon Network’s top-grossing brands to date.