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New (And Not So New) Heroines Are Coming To Cartoon Network

By Kristy Puchko | Trade News | February 19, 2015 | Comments ()

By Kristy Puchko | Trade News | February 19, 2015 |


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Sugar, spice, plus everything nice and a healthy splash of chemical X gave us the silly but sensational super heroines The Powerpuff Girls back in 1998. Now Cartoon Network is resurrecting Powerpuff Girls with a flashy reboot. But Buttercup, Blossom and Bubbles aren’t the only kick-ass girls being added to Cartoon Network’s line-up.

Variety reports the Network has seen growth in viewership of girls ages 6 through 11. Now it seems they’re looking to encourage that demographic’s continued growth with new series like Powerpuff Girls, Mighty Magiswords, We Bare Bears, and Long Live The Royals.

The new Powerpuff Girls will launch in 2016, with a flood of new merchandise. Good news for girls who feel slighted by the lack of lady action figures rampant in fan culture.

Mighty Magiswords is about a sister and brother who go on mad adventures, welding wondrous weaponry as Warriors for Hire. Notably, fantasy is another genre where—outside of Game of Thrones—female are often damsels in distress, relegated to minor roles. But here Vambre (pictured below) seems to be just as much a protagonist as her brother Prohyas.

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Coming some time in 2015 is We Bare Bears, which follows three bear siblings (Panda, Grizzly, and Ice Bear) “in their awkward attempts at assimilating into human society, whether they’re looking for food, trying to make human friends, or scheming to become internet famous.” Not sure which of these is a girl bear, but the word “siblings” over brothers—when brother bears would make for such neat alliteration—has us hopeful. Plus they’re cute.

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Following the critical success of its inventive Over The Garden Wall, Cartoon Network is expanding into mini-series with special editions of The Regular Show, Adventure Time and a Steven Universe/Uncle Grandpa crossover. These will unlock new developments in the storylines of such beloved characters as Princess Bubblegum, Marceline, and Rose Quartz.

The only original miniseries in this slate, Long Live The Royals is a family comedy about manic monarchs, one of whom is a punk rock princess with an asymmetrical ‘do. You can watch the 8-minute pilot below:

So Cartoon Network is doing their part in making media for girls. Now if only such massive Disney-owned properties as Marvel and Star Wars would pull their weight.

In other Cartoon Network news, Adventure Time, Clarence, Regular Show, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Teen Titans Go! and Uncle Grandpa will all be returning with new seasons. Considering how good (most of) these shows are, that’s good news for just about everyone.

Kristy Puchko went to great pains to make Steven Universe’s theme song her ringtone. She believes you should be watching Steven Universe.


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