The women who originally played Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup all tweeted their reactions this week as Cartoon Network revealed the new voices for its “Powerpuff Girls” reboot, which will premiere in 2016.
Catherine Cavadini (Blossom), Tara Strong (Bubbles) and Elizabeth Daily (Buttercup) expressed sadness even as they wished their younger replacements well. Apparently, Cartoon Network didn’t bother to reach out to them about reprising their roles in the animated series.
Series creator Craig McCracken, who will also not be a part of the 2016 reboot, tweeted a picture of the original three voices, suggesting, at the very least, that he stood in solidarity with them.
McCracken tweeted a quote from the opening of the original “Powerpuff Girls” show alongside the picture, which explained that “sugar, spice and everything nice” were “the ingredients chosen to create the perfect little girls.”
It would appear that Cartoon Network went with actresses closer in age to that of their target audience. Amanda Leighton, Natalie Palamides and Kristen Li look like three girls who could just as easily be cast in a new live-action Nickelodeon or Disney show.
Will the situation with the “Powerpuff Girls” turn into a fiasco like the much-poo-pooed “Jem” reboot? There was so much initial excitement over the new “Jem” movie – until the trailer was released. It was met with disappointment and rage.
It’s difficult to say if the new “Powerpuff Girls” will engender the same sort of reaction. So far, all we’ve seen is promo art. But Tara Strong has made it pretty clear where she stands:
“The truth is, I can’t imagine #Powerpuffgirls being done without the genius mind who created it @CrackMcCraigen pic.twitter.com/nxRsS2rAIn”