Cartoon Network has announced that they will launch a reboot of Powerpuff Girls starting in 2016, following the successful airing of the one-hour special in January.
The show is one of the top-grossing of all time on the network, earning two Emmy awards, a gaggle of nominations, and global retail sales reaching $2.5 billion.
“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,” says CN chief content officer Rob Sorcher. “We are calling these girls back into action based upon an overwhelming demand for sugar, spice and Chemical X.”
The announcement also includes new licensing deals that will be made public as the premiere dates draws closer. “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, Cartoon 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 original show debuted in 1998. Created by Craig McCracken, it tells the story of three tiny tot superheroines raised by a somewhat absent-minded professor.