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The Powerpuff Girls -- The movie shows the origin of the Powerpuff Girls before the cartoon series. It explains why they were born and why they dedicated their lives to fighting crime and the forces of evil.


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Sugar, spice and everything nice...these were the ingredients to create the perfect...crime-fighting little girls? See more »
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Cathy Cavadini ... Blossom (voice) (as Catherine Cavadini)

Tara Strong ... Bubbles (voice)

Elizabeth Daily ... Buttercup (voice) (as E.G. Daily)

Roger Jackson ... Mojo Jojo (voice) (as Roger L. Jackson)

Tom Kane ... Professor Utonium (voice)

Tom Kenny ... Mayor / Narrator / Ka-Ching Ka-Ching (voice)

Jennifer Hale ... Ms. Keane (voice)
Jennifer Martin ... Sara Bellum (voice)

Jeff Bennett ... Ace / Big Billy / Grubber / Baboon Kaboom / Go-Go Patrol / Hacha Chacha (voice) (as Jeff Glen Bennett)

Grey DeLisle ... Linda / Woman at Zoo (voice)

Phil LaMarr ... I.P. Host / Local Anchor (voice)

Rob Paulsen ... Hota Wata / Killa Drilla / Blah-Blah Blah-Blah / the Doot Da Doot Da Doo Doos (voice)

Kevin Michael Richardson ... Rocko Socho / Ojo Tango (voice)

Frank Welker ... Whole Lotta Monkeys (voice)

Directed by
Craig McCracken 
Writing credits
Charlie Bean (written by) &
Lauren Faust (written by) &
Craig McCracken (written by) &
Paul Rudish (written by) &
Don Shank (written by)

Charlie Bean (story) and
Craig McCracken (story) &
Amy Keating Rogers (story) &
Paul Rudish (story) &
Don Shank (story) &
Lauren Faust (story)

Craig McCracken (creator)

Produced by
Donna Castricone .... producer
Mike Lazzo .... co-executive producer
Craig McCracken .... executive producer
Brian A. Miller .... executive producer
Mark Norman .... co-executive producer
Jennifer Pelphrey .... supervising producer
Linda Simensky .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
James L. Venable 
Film Editing by
Rob Desales 
Art Direction by
Mike Moon 
Production Management
Ryan Robertson .... production manager
Chrisie Rosenthal .... production manager
Elizabeth Miller Gavcus .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Art Department
Chris Battle .... property designer
Charlie Bean .... storyboard artist
Bruce Berkey .... prop designer
Lauren Faust .... storyboard artist
Jason Hulst .... prop designer
Craig McCracken .... storyboard artist
Chris Roszak .... lead background painter
Paul Rudish .... storyboard artist
Don Shank .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Timothy J. Borquez .... re-recording mixer
Roy Braverman .... sound editor
Roy Braverman .... sound effects editor
Eric Freeman .... sound re-recording mixer
Allen Hurd .... sound re-recording mixer
Morten Folmer Nielsen .... adr editor
Morten Folmer Nielsen .... adr recordist
Daisuke Sawa .... sound editor
Joel Valentine .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Michel Gagné .... special effects animator
Gary Sole .... special effects animator
Visual Effects by
John Dillon .... effects supervisor
Chris Grun .... art director: vfx
Andy Jolliff .... senior technical director
Kent McCormick .... visual effects supervisor: Mercury Filmworks
Glo Minaya .... technical director
Rick Moser .... technical director
Kevin M. O'Neil .... effects animator
Kristina Pace .... compositor
Andrea Romero .... digital producer
Dan Smith .... CGI producer
Stego .... digital visual effects
Kenneth Sullivan .... lighting artist
Kenneth Sullivan .... visual effects artist
Matt Rasmussen .... CGI artist (uncredited)
Animation Department
Steve Avila .... background layout
Chris Battle .... character designer
Chris Battle .... layout artist
Bruce Berkey .... background designer
Andy Bialk .... character designer
Wim Bien .... animator
Ted Blackman .... background layout
Carrie Buelle .... character layout artist
Edgar Carlos .... background layout
Carrie Cheney .... character layout artist (as Carrie Buell)
Hyun Kyoung Cho .... assistant animator (as Cho Hyun-Kyung)
Mark Colangelo .... character layout artist
Paul A. Davies .... animator
Dave Dunnet .... background layout
Ji Eun-Young .... animator
Ko Eun-Young .... animator
Lauren Faust .... additional character animator
Lauren Faust .... character designer
Baak Gap-Su .... assistant animator
Frederick J. Gardner III .... layout artist
Kwon Hae-Jung .... animator
Shakeh Haghnazarian .... character designer
Kim Hea-Jin .... assistant animator
Cathlin Hidalgo .... character layout artist (as Cathlin Hidalgo-Polvani)
Christopher Holt .... background layout
Kim Hye-Ran .... assistant animator
Chi Hye-Rim .... assistant animator
Chun Hyun-Myung .... animator
Moon Kap-Suk .... animator
Craig Kellman .... character designer
Choi Ki-Roung .... animator
Eun-kyoung Kim .... animator
Sun Young Kim .... assistant animator (as Kim Sun-Young)
Yoon-rye Kim .... animator
Bob Kline .... background layout (as Robert Kline)
Dave Kupczyk .... additional character animator
Dave Kupczyk .... character layout artist
Jang Kyoung-Hee .... assistant animator
Lee Kyung-Ah .... assistant animator
Jong Hyuk Lee .... animator
Jung-hwan Lee .... animator (as Lee Jung Hwoan)
Mi-Sun Lee .... assistant animator
Bob Logan .... character designer
Lane Lueras .... character layout artist
Matthew Maners .... animator
Craig McCracken .... character designer
Craig McCracken .... character layout artist
Kenny McGill .... background layout (as Kenneth McGill)
Kang-soo Moon .... animator (as Moon Kang Soo)
Ryu Myoung-Soon .... assistant animator
John Navarez .... background layout
Kwang-bae Park .... animator (as Park Kwang-Bae)
Soon-Chun Park .... animator
Lou Police .... background layout (as Louis M. Police)
Lee Seok-Woo .... assistant animator
Dexter Smith .... character designer
Dexter Smith .... character layout artist
Lim So-Yean .... assistant animator
Paul Stec .... background layout
Stego .... digital compositor
Shin Suk-Wha .... assistant animator
Genndy Tartakovsky .... animation director
Justin Thompson .... background layout (as Justin K. Thomson)
Ryan Jeremy Woodward .... animator
Carey Yost .... character designer
Bill Perkins .... layout supervisor: overseas (uncredited)
Editorial Department
William E. DeBoer .... negative cutter (as William DeBoer Jr.)
Ron Sanders .... color timer
Ed Weyer .... color timer
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Brian Dixon .... music score mixer
Dominic Gonzales .... music floorperson
Mark Graham .... music librarian
Richard Grant .... auricle control systems
Dell Hake .... conductor
Dell Hake .... orchestrator
Matt McKenna .... musician
Gretchen O'Neal .... music production coordinator
Joe Privitelli .... music editor
Dennis S. Sands .... music score recordist
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
James L. Venable .... additional orchestrator
James L. Venable .... music pre-mix
Paul Wertheimer .... score recordist
Other crew
Brian Ainslie .... senior technical director
Neacol Booth .... assistant coordinator
Ray Felipe .... script researcher
Chris Grun .... production coordinator
Lajos Kamocsay .... senior technical director
Dave Scarpitti .... technical director
Kel Story .... production assistant
Collette Sunderman .... voice director (as Collette Bennett Sunderman)
Dominic Tremblay .... technical director
Ian Wasseluk .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Powerpuff Girls Movie" - USA (promotional title)
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Rated PG for non-stop frenetic animated action
73 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G (cable rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Alberta/Quebec) | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Denmark:7 | Finland:K-7 | France:U | Germany:6 | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:6 | Norway:7 | Peru:PT | Philippines:G | South Africa:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:7 | Sweden:7 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #39077)

Did You Know?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the principal voice actresses Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong and Elizabeth Daily went on strike because they felt they weren't being paid enough to do a movie, so Cartoon Network threatened to replace them with more popular voice actresses for the movie as well as for the TV series. Fortunately, a deal was made and Cavadini, Strong and Daily were able to reprise their respective roles as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup.See more »
Continuity: During the movie's climax, when Mojo has the girls' gripped in his hand as he climbs the skyscraper, they switch from his right hand to his left and back again between shots.See more »
Mojo Jojo:The hobo fohmally known as Jojo is no mo'. From this day fowohd, I shall be known as MOJO JOJO!See more »
Movie Connections:
That's What Girls DoSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
I loved it!, 8 March 2003
Author: voodoo4936

Sugar, spice, and everything nice: that's what little girls are made of. Add in a dose of Chemical X and you've got the Powerpuff Girls, a trio of crime-fighting tots with some freaky-cool super powers and huge bug eyes. They're also really, really cute. Like, painfully cute. Sickeningly cute. But they're also tough. Kick-ass tough. 450-lightning-fast-punches-per-second tough.

Actually, that's a fairly apt description of the Powerpuff Girls series itself, one of the many jewels in Cartoon Network's crown. Created by Craig McCracken in 1998, the show has equal doses of humor, heart, razor-sharp comic timing, kicky visuals, and good old-fashioned anime-style butt kicking. It's this potent mix that makes The Powerpuff Girls such a riot, and the same applies to the movie. Released in 2002 to a rather pithy box office take (read: bomb), The Powerpuff Girls Movie is nonetheless a great way to kill 80 minutes.

In case you're new to the whole PPG phenomenon (and it is indeed a phenomenon, now a multi-million dollar industry spawning every conceivable form of merchandise from keychains to breakfast cereals), the story goes like this: Professor Utonium set out to create three perfect little girls by mixing the above ingredients. However, he accidentally spilled some of the mysterious Chemical X into the mix, and the Powerpuff Girls resulted. These little tots can fly, run at amazing speeds, shoot laser beams out of their eyes, and even talk to squirrels (well, one of them can). Unfortunately, during their first day at Pokey Oaks Kindergarten in the city of Townsville, they get into a, shall we say, "rough" game of tag. Much property damage ensues as the girls fly around, smash into buildings, tear up the roads, and just generally trash the whole town with their super-powered shenanigans. No one in Townsville is impressed, the girls are labeled "freaks" and become social outcasts, and they soon end up wandering the streets of Townsville on their own. Hope arrives in the form of a mutant monkey named Mojo JoJo, but unfortunately, Mr. JoJo is not all that he seems....

The series' trademark visual style is here in full force, and with some slick CGI added to the mix in certain scenes. The colors are bright, the animation is simple and effective, and the action is as fast and furious as ever (if you thought Pokemon was seizure-inducing, get a load of THIS stuff). The plot is fast-paced and funny, with some hilarious pop-culture references that may require a second viewing to fully register (let's just say that Bill Maher and Van Halen are involved, not to mention King Kong) . The last 20 minutes of the film are delightfully chaotic (so....many....monkeys), and the whole production oozes cleverness and fun. The creators set out to make the best possible movie they could, and they've passed with flying colors.

The DVD includes some great extras, including "character interviews", director commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and even the Dexter's Laboratory short "Chicken Scratch", shown in theatres with the movie. Overall, it's a great rental, and an even better buy if you're a fan. Either way, check it out. It's by no means an animation breakthrough, but The Powerpuff Girls Movie is a blast from start to finish, and that's good enough for me.

My Grade: 8/10

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