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Powerpuff Girls: The Wrath of Deathslaver is a 2019 American 2D Flash animated superhero comedy film based on the Cartoon Network animated reboot series of the same name. The film is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios. The film serves as a sequel to 2002's The Powerpuff Girls Movie and 2018's Rise of the Powerpuff Girls. The film is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed by Chris McKay, as well as written by original series creator Craig McCracken. The events of the film take place during the third season of The Powerpuff Girls. This makes it the second and final theatrical Powerpuff Girls Reboot film to hit the big screen.

The film features Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, Natalie Palamides, Roger L. Jackson, Olivia Olson, Tom Kenny, Tom Kane and Jennifer Hale reprising their roles from the reboot series, alongside Rob Paulsen reprising his role from the original series, as well as Ryan Potter, Denzel Whitaker and Max Charles reprising their roles from the first film, featuring guest stars Jake Johnson, Mike Henry, Scott Menville and Brad Pitt.

The film was theatrically released in theaters on October 18, 2019 in the United States and Canada, by Warner Bros. The movie received mixed to positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, earning $59 million against its $11 million budget.

Plot

After two months when the Powerpuff Girls and the DJDuff boys defeated Breach, the world is at peace, and the Powerpuff Girls have made friends with the new students at Midway Elementary School: Alan, Kevin, and Steve. But later on, the Rowdyruff Boys meet a new leader called: Deathslaver, and his brother: Wrathtile, their goal is to get revenge on the Powerpuff Girls and destroy them. During the fight, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup face the Rowdyruff Boys at the city, then Deathslaver and Wrathtile attack Blossom at the same time and retreats. Later, the Powerpuff Girls can't move against Deathslaver and his brother because they're too strong for them. It is up to the DJDuff Boys to defeat the Powerpuff killers before the world is doomed.

Cast

  • Amanda Leighton as Blossom
  • Kristen Li as Bubbles
  • Natalie Palamides as Buttercup
  • Jake Johnson as Wrathtile
  • Ryan Potter as Zahn Martin
  • Max Charles as Justice
  • Denzel Whitaker as Cool Destiny
  • Justin Theroux as Deathslaver
  • Rob Paulsen as Brick, Boomer
  • Roger L. Jackson as Butch, Mojo Jojo
  • Olivia Olson as Bliss
  • Tom Kenny as The Mayor of Townsville, Narrator
  • Tom Kane as Professor Utonium
  • Jennifer Hale as Ms. Keane
  • Mike Henry as Alan
  • Scott Menville as Kevin
  • Brad Pitt as Steve

Rating

Powerpuff Girls: The Wrath of Deathslaver is Rated PG for Parental Guidance.

Genre

Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Production

On December 17, 2018, after the box office success of the first film, a sequel was announced and its release date of October 18, 2019 was also announced, with most of the show's cast reprising their roles. A month later, the film's title and teaser poster debuted, and it was announced that Ryan Potter, Denzel Whitaker and Max Charles will reprise their roles from the first film. The film marks the twenty-first time a theatrical Cartoon Network film is produced by Warner Bros. Animation, instead of Warner Animation Group since the group's formation in 2013.

On June 10, 2019, it was announced that actor and comedian Jake Johnson was part of the cast, as Deathslaver's brother: Wrathtile, respectively, with Mike Henry, Scott Menville and Brad Pitt revealed as the new kids at Midway Elementary School: Alan, Kevin, and Steve the same day. Jennifer Hale was announced to reprise her role as Ms. Keane in the second film.

Animation

The feature animation was handled by Bardel Entertainment in Vancouver, British Columbia. The crew used the same processes from the original television series in the making of the film, most notably the 'skroutlines', which was a seamless blend of a more traditional screenplay with a more simple outline which resembled strong short stories and gave the storyboard artists such as Andy Cung, Sofia Alexander, and Jaydeep Hasrajani all the creative and aesthetic freedom neccessary. Jennings and Boyle themselves provided the film's animatics.

Famed comic book artists Stuart Immonen, Arthur Adams, and Daniel Clowes and animation veterans Chris Battle and Maxwell Atoms also provided the film's storyboards. Michel Gagné once again helped on the character designs and special effects work on the film. He also mentioned that the second film was being animated using Toon Boom Harmony and Adobe Flash rather than the usual Toonz animation software used in the television series. Another animation veteran Phil Bourassa also worked with Nick Jennings and Bob Boyle on the character designs of the film. According to producer and art director Nick Jennings, they still wanted to keep to the look and feel of the television show, in which the use of Toon Boom Harmony and Adobe Flash enabled them to add "simple yet impactful changes" to the designs for the big screen.

The bulk of the animation work was done on Wacom Cintiq tablets, which allowed drawings to be done directly on screen to facilitate production using programs Adobe Flash and Toon Boom Studio. Pencilled key animation sequences would be digitally inked-and-painted, enhanced and composited into backgrounds using Toon Boom Harmony. The character animation was done by going through the clean-up animation department using Toon Boom Harmony and Adobe Flash, and it was scanned directly into Photoshop. The artwork was then enhanced to affect the appearance of painted strokes and fills, and combined with backgrounds, using Adobe After Effects.

The backgrounds were painted digitally using Adobe Photoshop. Additional pre-production work was done at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California where the series' pilot episode was produced. Animation and clean-up work was done at Bardel's facilities on Vancouver, British Columbia. The final animation was also provided by Renegade Animation in Glendale, California, Inspidea in Malaysia, Asia, Snipple Animation in Manila, Philippines, Big Jump Entertainment in Ottawa, Canada and Titmouse in Los Angeles, California.

Sound and music

John Powell alongside David Buckley composed the soundtrack for the film with Zac Efron and Britney Spears serving as the soundtrack producers. In addition to using the original series' music work from Michael A. Reagan on the film, they also composed themes for the Powerpuff Girls and the DJDuff Boys. The Powerpuff Girls' action score was the major focus and they also composed themes for the citizens of Townsville, the DJDuff Boys, and the rest of the new characters. The music score was recorded and mixed at Abbey Road Studios in London. The score is performed by The Philharmonia Orchestra.

The sound design work was done at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California and Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California.

Release

Theatrical release

The movie was released in the United States and Canada on October 18, 2019, by Warner Bros. Pictures, on the same year as Cartoon Network's previous film Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls. The film was presented in a 1.85:1 format, rather than Warner Animation Group's standard 2.39:1 format on its previous titles. This is Cartoon Network's second film to be released theatrically without a leading short.

Home media

The film was released on Digital on December 31, 2019 and Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K-Ultra HD on January 21, 2020, by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It contains the deleted scenes, the 18-minute featurette, the behind-the-scenes look at Powerpuff Girls: The Wrath of Deathslaver, featuring interviews with most of the principal cast and crew, animatics, the audio commentaries and the sneak peek of The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie 3.

Reception

Box office

Powerpuff Girls: The Wrath of Deathslaver has grossed $18 million in the United States and Canada, and $41 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $59 million, against a production budget of $11 million.

In the United States and Canada, Powerpuff Girls: The Wrath of Deathslaver was released alongside Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Jojo Rabbit and Zombieland: Double Tap, and was initially projected to gross around $15 million from 3,190 theaters in its opening weekend, with a chance to go as high as $21 million. However, after making $4.8 million on its first day (including $1 million from Thursday night previews), estimates were lowered to $12 million, and it ended up debuting to $12.5 million, finishing 4th at the box office.

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 76% based on 120 reviews and an average rating of 6.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "This is an even bigger cinematic superhero movie than the first one." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 65 out of 100 based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.

Trivia

  • This is the second and final feature film of the series.
  • This is the second and final animated Powerpuff Girls Reboot movie to hit theaters.
  • The movie is in IMAX and Rated PG.
  • This is Cartoon Network's 20th theatrical film of all time, after The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002), Regular Show: The Movie (2015), The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017), Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) and Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls (2019).
    • Although, Teen Titans Go! and Ninjago are only aired by CN, and they’re made by Warner Bros. As well, Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls is a toy line created and developed by Lauren Faust, the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • This is the third Cartoon Network movie to have an IMAX release.
  • This was one of the successful films of 2019.
  • The film was in normal 3D, Real D 3D, IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, & XD 3D.
  • The original cast reprised their roles in the movie.
  • This is the next theatrical 2D animated superhero movie in 26 years after Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993), a year after Rise of the Powerpuff Girls (2018) and this year after OK K.O.! Let's Save the Universe and Ben 10: The Movie (2019).
  • This marks as Warner Bros.' next 2D animated theatrical film. Warner Bros. had its original feature animation division, which produced 2D animated films.
  • This is Warner Bros.' thirty-fourth traditionally animated film to be released theatrically, after ''Clifford's Really Big Movie'' released 15 years prior.
  • This is the seventeenth theatrical Warner Bros. film to rely solely on Flash animation instead of hand-drawn animation, or CGI animation.
  • This is Warner Animation Group's thirty-fourth traditionally animated film.
  • The film was animated by Bardel Entertainment.
  • This is Chris McKay's second Warner Bros. animated film to direct, after ''The Lego Batman Movie'' released 2 years prior.

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