Remakes Suffer Growing Pains
Published: Friday, February 8, 2013
Updated: Friday, February 8, 2013 00:02
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When we bid adieu to our favorite childhood TV shows, we send them off with a R.I.P. and a promise to rehash them over a Leo’s dinner during midterms — remembering Spongebob bringing it around town always make us smile. And with recent news of revamps and remakes for some of these series, namely "Boy Meets World," we become overly excited that we can relive the glory days of elementary school — even if these shows may not be as sophisticated as those we’re currently obsessed with, like "Game of Thrones." Let’s just say that one these gets rid of awkward sexual tension.
Among the programs that will be reincarnated is "The Powerpuff Girls," a Cartoon Network series about three kindergarten-aged superheroines who fight against evil monkeys threatening to take over or destroy their beloved Townsville. These adorable little crime-fighting divas made a huge impact on us back in the late ’90s. Representing "sugar, spice and everything nice," Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles taught us early on that anyone can stick up for what is right and fight what is wrong. Call us crazy, but the Powerpuff Girls were — and heck, still are — symbols of female empowerment.
And maybe that’s why we’re excited for younger generations to experience this phenomenon. Cartoon Network has released a photo of the new Powerpuff Girls, who, thankfully, do not look too different from the old ones.
It has also come to our attention that Cartoon Network Philippines has been broadcasting an English-dubbed anime version of the series on Boomerang, and the girls are incredibly different. Though it has yet to appear in the U.S., "Powerpuff Girls Z" can be found on YouTube, and it features a tweenage version of our favorite supergirls. What we find disturbing about this reboot is that it portrays Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles as sassy — and not in the adorable toddler way. Unlike the original little trio who treated Mrs. Keane and Professor Utonium with kindness and respect, this new gang does not care about following the rules of classroom (or really any proper) etiquette; for example, they address their teacher as "Yo, Teach!" and lie that they’re sick when they want to leave school and save the world. Also disheartening is that the anime illustrators have tried to add sex appeal to the Powerpuff Girls’ look, trading their trademark white tights and Mary Janes for miniskirts and low cut unitards.
We recognize that superhero comics often must grow with their audience, meaning that illustrators must make their female heroines marketable to male as well as female fans. But it still seems that some childhood memories should be kept sacred — even if it’s just for our own need to reminisce on days not plagued by midterms — in all their "sugar, spice and everything nice" glory. Let’s hope the U.S. reboot doesn’t get as sexist and weird and keeps our childhood alive.