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The Powerpuff Girls: The Movie (PG-13)
Cartoon Network/Warner Bros.
Official Site
Director: Craig McCracken
Producer: Cartoon Network Studios
Written by: Craig McCracken and Charlie Bean
Cast: Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, Elizabeth Daily, Tom Kenny

Rating: out of 5

While there is no doubt that all comedy is subjective. What’s funny to me may very well be offensive and outrageous to you. Really, you should lighten up. But in the expansive world of humor, there are a few things that will always be funny, regardless of personal tastes or ideals. These ironclad stalwarts of comedy include such diverse fare as a man getting hit in the groin, loud flatulent noises and my personal favorite, monkeys. Let’s face it, you could put a monkey in the dourest of dramas (say, Sophie’s Choice) and the movie would instantly become a comedy classic. There’s just something inherently comedic about our simian brethren, especially when they’re dressed up like cowboys and whatnot. I bring all this up because a movie has been put out that has all kinds of monkey shenanigans on display and if you like that sort of thing (trust me, you do) then brother, The Powerpuff Girls Movie is for you.

For those of you without kids or who don’t still watch The Cartoon Network, let me bring you up to speed. “The Powerpuff Girls” is a cartoon about three little girls, created in the laboratory by The Professor, who happen to have superhero-esque powers due to his accidental inclusion of “Chemical X.” They’re all cute as proverbial buttons, but still manage to conquer evil and save the world before their bedtime (as the tagline goes). Their main nemesis is a freaky giant-brained monkey named Mojo Jojo who tries to take over the world on a fairly regular basis. Not exactly a Michener novel when it comes to plotting, but hey, it’s a kid show.

The movie itself is your basic origin story, which I find odd since the only people who will be seeing this are kids and parents who have been long since indoctrinated into the Powerpuff mythos. It’s kinda of like showing Tora! Tora! Tora! to a bunch of military historians, but whatever. For us casual fans, it was a nice refresher course, since I never really saw what happened in the beginning, anyway. Now I liked the movie. Partly for monkeys, but for other reasons as well. It has a really nice energy to it, which will keep kids riveted to their seats, and plus it’s really short, like an hour-twenty. The latter is a big bonus since most younguns and some film critics (ahem…) have the attention span of a hyperactive gnat and don’t like sitting through Harry Potter-esque epics for their family entertainment dollar. It also has a good, kid-friendly message about acceptance of those who are different than you that will be immediately forgotten when they meet that new kid in class who doesn’t bathe.

However, it should be noted that this is not a movie for everyone. If your inner child has long since atrophied and your tolerance for squealing and bright lights is somewhere around the hermit crab level, you might want to sit this out. Also, there are enough strobe effects in this movie to send a perfectly healthy man into an epileptic fit, so if that kind of thing bothers you, you should either avoid this movie or bring something to bite down on. On the other hand, if you have a healthy, active inner child and no existing medical problems related to lights, you might just have a good time with this. And of course, if you love monkeys, this movie has a boatload.

Clinton Davis


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