The story of how Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup three exuberant young girls obtain powers, becomes superheroes and join forces to foil evil mutant monkey Mojo Jojo's plan to take over the world.
Aficionados of the Powerpuff Girls, those buggy-eyed 5-year-old triplets whose antics on the Cartoon Network have generated a billion-dollar marketing juggernaut, may not be entirely overjoyed by "The Powerpuff Girls Movie." Although the film has the wham-bam kinetic fizz of a 60's Pop Art explosion, its hipness quotient is considerably below that of the smartest individual episodes. There are practical reasons for this dilution of wit. When it was decided to spin off a feature-length animated film from the series, the decision was also made that the movie serve as a kind of prequel intended to introduce its squeaky-voiced little-girl superheroes to a wider audience unfamiliar with the series' in-jokes and mildly subversive humor. The gist of the movie is a raw fable about good and evil and self-empowerment, in which the girls have to earn their superhero status after two disastrous mistakes. — Stephen Holden
2002-07-03 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of The Powerpuff Girls Movie