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The secret ingredient of 'The Powerpuff Girls': unconditional, sisterly love

Of the four elements that made up the Powerpuff Girls, the superpower-granting Chemical X tends to get top billing. But it’s often forgotten that their show was built on more simple materials.

The Powerpuff Girls, created by Craig McCracken, was the Cartoon Network’s breakout animated hit of the late 90’s and early 2000s. It ran for six seasons and inspired everything from Halloween costumes to lunchboxes. The show’s lasting appeal even led to a 15th-anniversary special this January (with Ringo Starr!) and now, as Variety reports, the promise of a 2016 reboot.

The headlines will inevitably roll out: Girl power is back! Strong female cartoons return! Cartoon Network’s press release, as reported by Variety, even reaches to refer to the brand as “the original ambassador of girl power.” That’s all well and good, but what I will always remember about Powerpuff—and what I hope the reboot revisits—is the wonderfully wacky, totally unbalanced relationship between the sisters at its core.


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