Animation news: Powerpuff Girls DVD review, a toon quiz and Wayside heads to Nickelodeon
The first season of The Powerpuff Girls comes out on DVD June 19. The series, created by Craig McCracken (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends), debuted on the Cartoon Network in the late '90s, first as occasional shorts on such showcases as What A Cartoon and then later developing into an actual series.
On the surface, Powerpuff Girls appeared to be little more than a cute action cartoon for the Hello Kitty set, but McCracken has a knack for throwing in plenty of pop culture references for the adults, and, frankly, it's just cool to see a cartoon starring three tough little girls who aren't damsels in distress. The basic shapes and vibrant colors mixed with the simple lessons learned in each episode, then combined with action sequences borrowed heavily from Japanese animation, resulted in a series that resembled a preschool show taken over by caffeine-addled weirdos, which is the highest compliment I can think of.
The DVD set includes all thirteen episodes from the first season, plus the aformentioned shorts that came before the series, including McCracken's student film, "The Whoopass Girls," a precursor to the Powerpuff Girls. A few promotional shorts are also included, not to mention an episode of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast featuring McCracken decked out in snorkling gear.
In other news:
Remember the book Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar? It will soon be an animated series on Nickelodeon. Look for it June 25 debuting at 12:30 p.m. The series is based on Sachar's 1976 book and his other books in the Wayside series about a 30-story grade school and the weird students and teachers who dwell within.
I've mentioned some of these already, but ToonZone has a reminder of some Adult Swim DVDs coming out later this year:
Robot Chicken Season 2 comes out September 4. A set containing both seasons one and two also comes out on the same day.
Metalocalypse Season One comes out October 2.
Squidbillies Volume One comes out October 16.