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The Powerpuff Girls - The Movie (2002)

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Critic Consensus: It plays like an extended episode, but The Powerpuff Girls Movie is still lots of fun.

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The most adorable little superheroines in all of Townsville make the jump to the big screen in this feature-length animated adventure based on the popular Cartoon Network series The Powerpuff Girls. Brilliant scientist Professor Utonium (voice of Tom Kane) is performing an experiment in his lab when Jojo, a monkey trained to assist the professor, accidentally drops a bottle of hyper-powerful Chemical X into a mixture of sugar, spice, and everything nice. To the professor's surprise, what should emerge from the subsequent chemical reaction but three little girls: bright and practical Blossom (voice of Cathy Cavadini), sweet and sunny Bubbles (voice of Tara Strong), and tomboyish Buttercup (voice of Elizabeth Daily). Professor Utonium discovers that the girls have remarkable powers and super-human strength, and he hopes they'll be able to improve life in the crime-infected City of Townsville. However, after their first day at Pokey Oaks Kindergarten with Ms. Keane (voice of Jennifer Hale), the girls learn that having super powers can be both a blessing and a curse. Rejected by their classmates and quite unhappy, the girls are easily swayed when Mojo Jojo (voice of Roger L. Jackson), a superintelligent monkey in a turban, asks them to help him with a campaign to save the city. What the girls don't know is that Mojo Jojo is actually the monkey who once assisted the Professor; now he's embraced evil and hopes to use the Powerpuff Girls as part of his criminal scheme to wrestle control of Townsville away from the dense but well-meaning Mayor (voice of Tom Kenny). The Powerpuff Girls Movie was directed and co-written by Craig McCracken, who created the original television show as well as writing most of the episodes.

Cast

E.G. Daily
as Buttercup
Tom Kane
as Prof. Utonium
Tara Strong
as Bubbles
Tom Kenny
as The Mayor
Jennifer Hale
as Ms. Keane
Jennifer Martin
as Sara Bellum
Jeff Bennett
as Ace/Big Billy/Grubber
Grey DeLisle
as Linda/Woman at Zoo
Phil LaMarr
as I.P. Host/Local Anchor
Rob Paulsen
as Hota Wata/Killa Drilla
Frank Welker
as Whole Lotta Monkeys
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Critic Reviews for The Powerpuff Girls - The Movie

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (26)

This Cartoon Network feature-length animation manages to teach kids some good lessons and amuse the grown-ups without overdosing on pop-culture references.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Stretched beyond its usual episode length, the Girls' adventure doesn't pack the nifty punch they're famous for.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is not boring, and looks fantastic, and maintains the wit and spirit of the original.

Full Review… | November 4, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The slam-bang superheroics are kinetic enough to engross even the most antsy youngsters.

Full Review… | July 11, 2002
Variety
Top Critic

Even with its flaws, The Powerpuff Girls Movie offers cleverness and charm that are hard to come by in the summertime multiplex.

July 11, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is one freaky and annoying little film.

July 10, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
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Audience Reviews for The Powerpuff Girls - The Movie

½

I loved the show, but this was really stupid. The animation was only a little better than the show. The story was actually pretty good and gave a good backround of their past. I didn't hate this, but it wasn't very good.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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Though most people would think of the powerpuff girls as a girl show it really wasn't and by far its one of the best cartoons on cartoon network. You don't have to be a kid to watch it. but heres my argument with the critics of rotten tomatoes, you give the powerpuff girls movie a 65% but you give the pokemon movie 14% WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

A fun introduction to the crazy and sweet superheroines "The Powerpuff Girls"! It includes their origin story. It's great when they trash an entire city with their new powers. Their monkey adversary "Mojo Jojo" and his legion of other bad monkeys is hilarious. It's quite trippy. There's a "Dexter's Laboratory" short to endure before the girls come onscreen.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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