I remember like it was yesterday when Craig McCracken had made the pilot for The Powerpuff Girls back in the late 90’s and how I wanted to see more of it. I got my wish when the series came not long afterwards, and while it was one of the best shows out there at first, it did fizzle a bit towards the end. So when I learned a reboot was coming and that Craig wasn’t involved with it, I was more than a bit skeptical. I can honestly say those fears have finally been put to rest after viewing The Powerpuff Girls: Tiara Trouble DVD I was sent for review. While the original series will always have a special place in my heart, this new one has just the right amount of fun and action for old school fans like myself while also introducing the girls to a new generation of fans.
With this new reboot also comes new voices, as Amanda Leighton, Natalie Palamides, and Kristen Li take over for Cathy Cavadini, Elizabeth Daily, and Tara Strong for our young heroines Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles. Fans of the original show will be happy to know that Tom Kane, Tom Kenny, and Roger L. Jackson have returned as the Professor, The Mayor, and the infamous Mojo Jojo though. In this collection of a dozen 11-minute episodes, the girls are still doing their best to fight crime before bedtime as in the previous show, but with an all-new cast and crew heading their adventures.
This also means there’s a few new villains and other bad things the young ladies will be taking on, from a Unicorn that goes from good to bad, a boy that has the muscles and beard of a man that’s aptly named Man-boy, to Bubbles getting a super cast on her broken arm that she comes to depend on too much, there’s never a dull moment as the girls solve problems, fight bad guys and monsters, and tackle schoolwork and chores to boot.
I really found myself enjoying this show the more I watched, as it does continue where the original show left off with Blossom still being the leader and striving for perfection, Buttercup being the tough one but still has a heart of gold, and Bubbles is still as cute as she ever was (just don’t make her angry, seriously just don’t). It was also nice seeing some familiar villains such as Fuzzy Lumpkin, the Amoeba Boys, HIM, and some others making a return in this reboot as well. I would’ve loved to had seen this released on a Blu-ray (season one Blu-ray set one day, please!), but the visuals and audio are really good for a DVD release. The picture and sound came through nicely, and I was surprised at how well the colors and details showed up. Sadly this disc is pretty bare bones as there are no special features outside a sheet of stickers that are included inside the DVD case.
If you’re a fan of the original series like I am and was debating on giving this new reboot a chance, you’ll want to power up and pick up a copy of The Powerpuff Girls: Tiara Trouble. It would’ve been nice to see a high definition release and to have had some extra here, but the episodes have more than enough comedy and action to power any viewer with laughter and fun.