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The Powerpuff Girls Movie Part II
TPPGM Part II Theatrical poster
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky
Craig McCracken
Produced by Kristine Belson
Written by Craig McCracken
Xavier Shaquille
(credited as Xavier Mosley)
Based on The Powerpuff Girls
by Craig McCracken
Starring Cathy Cavadini
Tara Strong
E.G. Daily
Roger L. Jackson
Tom Kane
Tom Kenny
Jennifer Hale
Angelina Jolie
Jeff Bennett
Rob Paulsen
Jim Cummings
Lou Romano
Narrated by Tom Kenny
Music by James L. Venable
Heitor Pereira
Edited by Rob Desales
Bobby Gibis
Production companies Columbia Pictures
Cartoon Network Studios
Sony Pictures Animation
Cartoon Network Films
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Release date July 21, 2027 (Los Angeles premiere)
August 13, 2027 (United States)
Running time 80 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million
Box office $252.6 million

The Powerpuff Girls Movie Part II (also known as The Powerpuff Girls Movie II in the working title) is a 2027 American flash-animated superhero film based on the 1998 Cartoon Network original series The Powerpuff Girls created by Craig McCracken, produced by Cartoon Network Studios, Sony Pictures Animation and Cartoon Network Films as its first feature film, and released by Columbia Pictures. It is a sequel to The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002). The film was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and Craig McCracken, written by McCracken and Xavier Shaquille and produced by Kristine Belson. It was the first Powerpuff Girls film to be fully animated in stylized 2D flash-animation rather than its regular traditional animation. The regular voice cast of the series reprised their respective roles with a few exceptions. Jennifer Martin, who voiced Ms. Sarah Bellum from the first film, was replaced by Angelina Jolie, and Chuck McCann, who voiced The Amoeba Boys from the original series, was replaced by Lou Romano. Serving as a sequel to the original series and a TV special The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!, the film's plot follows the Powerpuff Girls who must stop Mojo Jojo who recruited all the villains by using their special powers from getting rid of the girls and taking over the world.

The film's animation was provided by Titmouse, Inc. and Sony Pictures Imageworks. It was the first film from Sony Pictures Animation to be entirely animated in traditional 2D animation, and the first 2D animated film from Columbia Pictures since Eight Crazy Nights. Unlike the first film, Warner Bros. Pictures had no involvement in the film after The Powerpuff Girls Movie's poor box office performance.

The Powerpuff Girls Movie Part II premiered at New York and Los Angeles on July 21, 2027, and was released in the United States on August 13, 2027. The film was a critical and financial success, grossing $252.6 million against a production budget of $50 million, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The film was dedicated to Chuck McCann, the voice of the Amoeba Boys in the original series who died in 2018.

Plot

Taking place after the events of The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!, Mojo Jojo, who is sick and tired of being foiled by The Powerpuff Girls, plans to recruit all the villains in town to get rid of the girls and take over the world. When Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup finds out about Mojo Jojo's plan, they have to go and defeat all the villains, especially Mojo Jojo, by using their special powers and save Townsville.

Cast

  • Cathy Cavadini as Blossom, the intelligent and dutiful leader of the Powerpuff Girls.
  • Tara Strong as Bubbles, the sweet and cheerful member of the Powerpuff Girls.
  • E.G. Daily as Buttercup, the tough and brash member of the Powerpuff Girls.
  • Roger L. Jackson as Mojo Jojo, a mad scientist anthropomorphic chimpanzee with great intelligence; and Butch, the hyperactive and overly excited member of the Rowdyruff Boys.
  • Tom Kane as Professor Utonium, the Powerpuff Girls' creator and father; HIM, a mysterious, sinister, effeminate, and supernatural demon; and Talking Dog, a small white dog who is blunt, abrasive and insulting.
  • Tom Kenny as the Mayor of Townsville, Narrator, Mitch Mitchelson, Snake and Lil’ Arturo
  • Jennifer Hale as Ms. Sandy Keane, the Powerpuff Girls' schoolteacher; Princess Morbucks, a spoiled, rich, and bratty little girl; and Sedusa, a young, beautiful Gorgon-like mistress of disguise and seductress.
  • Angelina Jolie as Ms. Sarah Bellum, the Mayor's secretary.
  • Jeff Bennett as Ace, Grubber and Big Billy
  • Rob Paulsen as Brick, the short-tempered, self-proclaimed leader of the Rowdyruff Boys; and Boomer, a loud-mouthed dunce member of the Rowdyruff Boys.
  • Jim Cummings as Fuzzy Lumpkins, a pink Bigfoot-like hillbilly monster.
  • Lou Romano as The Amoeba Boys, a trio of amoebae.

Additional Voices

Production

Development

On August 2022, it was reported that a sequel to The Powerpuff Girls Movie was in development at Cartoon Network Studios, despite its poor box office performance from the first film. Craig McCracken and Xavier Shaquille were to write the script for the film, while Kristine Belson would produced the film.

On November 2022, it was reported that Genndy Tartakovsky, the director of Hotel Transylvania, and Craig McCracken had been set to direct the film with Fred Seibert as a co-director.

Animation

Unlike the first film, which was animated by Rough Draft StudiosThe Powerpuff Girls Movie Part II was animated by Titmouse, Inc. and Sony Pictures Imageworks, with additional animation done at Atomic Cartoons. The movie's animation was created using Adobe Animate and Toon Boom Harmony for characters, lighting, shading and effects, and Autodesk Maya for vehicles, props and backgrounds. The CGI for the film was combined with "line work, painting and all sorts of cartoony techniques," to make it look like it was created by hand, which was described as "a living painting." To make the film feel more like a cartoon, it was animated without motion blur. The frame rate varied between 24 images (animating on ones) and 12 images (animating on twos) per second, the latter case using the same image twice.

Casting

The series' cast members Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, E.G. Daily, Roger L. Jackson, Tom Kane, Tom Kenny, Jennifer Hale, Jeff Bennett, Rob Paulsen and Jim Cummings reprise their respective roles; while Lou Romano replaces Chuck McCann, who died of heart failure in 2018, with Angelina Jolie replacing Jennifer Martin.

Music and sound

James L. Venable, known for his composing on the original series and the first film, and Heitor Pereira, also known for his composing on the Despicable Me franchise, signed on to compose the film's score. Heitor Pereira was tasked to capture the music and leitmotifs to stay accurate to the original series.

Randy Thom, Gary Rydstrom and his team at Skywalker Sound were hired, with Joel Valentine to be in charge of the film's sound production. Like Venable and Pereira, the team at Skywalker Sound were tasked to capture the sounds from the original series.

Trivia

  • Despite Cartoon Network Studios having involvement in the film, Warner Bros. Pictures didn’t distribute it.
  • The fourth Cartoon Network theatrical film, the first being The Powerpuff Girls Movie, the second being Regular Show: The Movie, and the third being The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
  • Unlike the first film, The Powerpuff Girls Movie Part II succeeded at the box office.
  • Sony Pictures Animation's first fully 2D animated movie.
  • Sony Pictures Animation's third film with an August release after The Angry Birds Movie 2 and Hotel Transylvania 4.
  • The second Cartoon Network film to be distributed outside of Warner Bros. Pictures.
  • This marks the first time since Eight Crazy Nights, where Columbia Pictures released a fully 2D animated theatrical film.
  • The first Powerpuff Girls movie to use flash-animation rather than its traditional animation from the first film.
  • Sony Pictures Animation's first film in collaboration with Cartoon Network.
  • Unlike the first film, which was produced in 1.85:1, The Powerpuff Girls Movie Part II was produced in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
  • The second Cartoon Network film to be produced in 2.35:1.

Rating

The Powerpuff Girls Movie Part II received a PG rating (for non-stop frenetic animated action) by the Motion Picture Association.

Release

The Powerpuff Girls Movie Part II premiered in theaters with a limited run in New York and Los Angeles beginning on July 21, 2027, followed by a wide release on August 13, 2027.

Marketing

Sony released a teaser poster for the film, followed by a few character trailers, featuring Blossom, Bubbles, Buttercup, Professor Utonium, Mojo Jojo, The Mayor, Ms. Bellum, and Ms. Keane respectively on January 7, 2027 on the Sony Pictures Animation YouTube channel. On April 15, 2027, the film's first official full trailer and a theatrical poster were released, followed by the final trailer on June 24.

Home media

The Powerpuff Girls Movie Part II will be released on digital and Movies Anywhere by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on October 26, 2027; with Blu-ray, Ultra HD Blu-ray, and DVD releases following on November 9. All releases will include an animated short film entitled The Incredible Shrinking Bubbles, a parody of The Incredible Shrinking Man.

Reception

Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 78% based on 148 reviews, with an average rating of 8.0/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "The Powerpuff Girls Movie Part II is a fast, funny, and an amazing sequel to its 2002 predecessor." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 80 out of 100, based on 145 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gives the film an average grade of "A" on its A+ to F scale.

Box office

The Powerpuff Girls Movie Part II grossed $120.2 million in North America, along with $132.4 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $252.6 million, making it a box office success, and became the highest-grossing Cartoon Network film of 2027.

Accolades

List of awards and nominations
Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result
Academy Awards Best Animated Film Genndy Tartakovsky
Craig McCracken
Nominated
Annie Awards Annie Award for Best Animated Feature Won
Annie Award for Best Character Animation in a Feature Production Alexi Ansell
Mike "Piemations" Pitts
Won
Annie Award for Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Chris Battle Won
Annie Award for Directing in a Feature Production Genndy Tartakovsky
Craig McCracken
Won
Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Feature Production James L. Venable
Heitor Pereira
Won
Annie Award for Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Charlie Bean Won
Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Angelina Jolie (as Ms. Sarah Bellum)
Lou Romano (as The Amoeba Boys)
Won
Annie Award for Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production Craig McCracken
Xavier Shaquille
Won
BAFTA Best Animated Film Genndy Tartakovsky
Craig McCracken
Nominated
Golden Globes Awards Best Animated Film Won
Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing in an Animated Feature Film Randy Thom
Gary Rydstrom
Joel Valentine
Nominated
Kids Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie The Powerpuff Girls Movie Part II Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Movie The Powerpuff Girls Movie Part II Won

Expanded franchise

Television revival

After the success of the sequel, Cartoon Network announced that Craig McCracken had ordered its first revival of the classic 1998 series, consisting of two new seasons, along with the 30th anniversary special to be released in 2028, with Sony Pictures Television to distribute the show after he returned to Cartoon Network Studios.

Spin-off

A spin-off feature film titled The Rowdyruff Boys, featuring Brick, Boomer and Butch from the classic 1998 series The Powerpuff Girls, will be released on October 11, 2030.

Sequel

A third installment in the film series, titled The Powerpuff Girls Movie Part III, will be released on August 15, 2031. It will be produced by the same guy that was behind the second film, along with directors Genndy Tartakovsky and Craig McCracken and writers McCracken and Xavier Shaquille.

Reboot film

A Powerpuff Girls 2D-animated reboot film, titled PPGmac, will be released on December 10, 2032. It will be produced by Kristine Belson, with director Rob Letterman and Alan Smithee, from a script written by Letterman and Craig McCracken.

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