Lisa Schwarzbaum
July 02, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Powerpuff Girls Movie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
82 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/03/02
performer
Cathy Cavadini, Elizabeth Daily, Tara Strong
director
Craig McCracken
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Charlie Bean, Lauren Faust
genre
Animation, Kids and Family

We gave it an B

Don’t underestimate the groove quotient of Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup, the three little girls with superpowers who regularly save the world before bedtime on the Cartoon Network series ”The Powerpuff Girls.” They may not have the boobies of ”Charlie’s Angels” and they certainly don’t have the snark of ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but the three kindergarteners make up for their lack of irony with laser-power eyes, radical post-post-postfeminist blithe confidence, and some of the coolest retro-futuristic animation style this side of Gerald McBoing-Boing.

The Powerpuff Girls Movie is, of course, just the TV series gone wide-screen, and the same constants apply: Their unconditionally accepting daddy-o guardian, Professor Utonium (voiced by Tom Kane), thinks the world of the babes he accidentally invented (when Chemical X spilled into the usual recipe of Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice); Mojo Jojo (Roger L. Jackson), a maniacal monkey also high on Chem-X, wants to rule the world; and the girls just wanna have fun. But those new to the series (created and directed here by Craig McCracken), as well as the already committed, will dig the anarchic Chicks Rule attitude and the snazzy art. Bonus for the hip: The movie is preceded by a short and excellently loony cartoon from Dexter’s Laboratory, in which Dexter gets chicken pox and must…scratch.

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