The Powerpuff Girls

Season 6 Episode 12

The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!

Aired Wednesday 2:30 PM Jan 19, 2009 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!
The Powerpuff Girls must stop Mojo Jojo and all of Townsville's other villains from finding the "Key To the World", which allows the owner to actually rule the world.

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  • Take a bow PPG

    This episode was a great way to end one of the greatest animated shows I've ever watched (over the past couple of years).
  • A great tribute to a great cartoon show that reminds us why this show was so great, and why it will continue to be great for future generations of children who love action/adventure shows. :idea:moreless

    It sounds really weird for me to say this, but I have never actually written a review for an episode of this show before. I've watched, loved, and enjoyed many episodes of this mostly well-written cartoon series, but so far, everything that I thought about other episodes of this cartoon series had been written by someone else. But for the first time, I've got something to say that no one else has said about this episode. When it comes to action and adventure, nobody could beat "The Powerpuff Girls." When it comes to comedy and female empowerment, nobody could beat "The Powerpuff Girls." And when it came to good writing, superb anime-inspired animation, interesting heroes and villains that many people the world over could identify and sometimes empathize/sympathize with, nobody could beat "The Powerpuff Girls." This cartoon show is what really put Cartoon Network on the map, and proved to everyone that this upstart network was a force that would not be denied, and was here to stay for the long haul, bringing cartoon lovers the best of all worlds under the sun. Cartoon Network has had more than its fair share of hit shows since "The Powerpuff Girls," but this show was the first show to make such a big impact at such an important time with so many messages as it did. Thanks in a big part to "The Powerpuff Girls," Cartoon Network has enjoyed 10 long years of fruitful creativity and prosperity that hasn't diminished, and hasn't lost any of its importance. And this episode special was an excellent chance to remind anyone who had forgotten their message, just why "The Powerpuff Girls" got so big to begin with. It wasn't just because of the action and adventure, it wasn't just about comedy and female empowerment (and I'm writing this as a guy,) and it wasn't just about good writing, superb anime-inspired animation, interesting heroes and/or villains, it was about all those things wrapped up into one fusion-packed package of awesomeness that many people liked and many people enjoyed. That is why I loved this show! ;)moreless
  • The Powerpuff Girls must get the 'Key to the World' before it lands into the wrong hands

    This has to be the worst episode ever!

    The story is fair, I guess, but why convert to Flash Animation? It looks fake. The entire episode,mediocre! In my personal opinion, the premeire could've done WAY better if it would have stayed with it's original animation. Has Craig McCraken forgotten the classic method? Yeah, sure, he probably wanted to try something new, yeah ok, I heard it all before, but this was a major down step for a PowerPuff comeback.

    But, even so, I'll have to grant the humor and story two thumbs up! It's like the writers have developed a whole new position of comedy! Bravo!

    I end this reveiw with this episode landing a 65/100.

    McCracken, you could've done better........ *The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!! averages: Mediocremoreless
  • A great 10th Anniversary special that will surely never be forgotten.

    I watched this episode yesterday on my Tivo and I really liked it. This definetely in my mind is an anniversary that I will never forget. I have seen every Powerpuff Girl episode since 1995. Ok, this episode is when the so called "Key to the World" comes to Townsville. Every villian that the Powerpuff Girls have ever fought come to Townsville to try to steal the key from the Mayor so they can rule the world. The Powerpuff Girls have to stop these villians from getting the key, so that the world would be safe from evil. Mojo Jojo has terrible luck *lol*. There was lots of humor in this episode, although I think Craig may have given them too much sugar because they were sooo hyper active. It was funny though :). It was funny when Bubbles had her take on ruling the world: "Free Puppies!!!" I was laughing! In the end though, Mojo Jojo got the key, and made the world a better place, or did he? During the last minute of the episode, Mojo Jojo turns evil again and The Powerpuff Girls do what they always do to him, which is KICK HIS BUTT! Anyway, it was awesome to see Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup on Cartoon Network aftr 3 years :). I hope that more of these classics come back to Cartoon Network. Overall, exciting 10th Anniversary special, lots of humor, free puppies, Mojo Jojo having bad luck, an episode that will certainly never be forgotten, and the triumphant return of Th Powerpuff Girls. Instead of residing on Boomerang, PLEASE come back to your real home: Cartoon Network Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup!moreless
  • Craig McCraken's revisiting of The Powerpuff Girls brings back many memories, but fails to bring back the charm that made us fall in love with it.

    It's hard to believe that it's been ten years since three superpowered girls first showed up on our television sets. Indeed, this is exactly what fans of "The Powerpuff Girls," both die-hard and casual alike, feel as we watch "The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!", a revisiting of the series from yesteryear. Since it went off the air, fans have been begging for new episodes, even after experiencing the lackluster episodes from the later seasons. Indeed, the series remains extremely popular today, with magnificent fan art appearing all over the web, and a popular reimagining of the series in Japan guaranteeing that the girls will never be forgotten.

    With the voice actors reunited and a new animation technique applied, series creator Craig McCraken set out to revisit the show for its 10th anniversary. Cartoon Network, not forgetting a show that attracted so many viewers, ran a full day marathon for the fans, counting down the top ten worst villians and even showing us Craig's top 10 episodes. Our hearts filled with nostalgia, it is only natural that some people were disappointed by the new episode at the end of it all. The plot of the episode is rather absurd, though this isn't much of a drastic shift in tone, as episodes in the past have ranged from broccoli aliens to evil cockroaches. In this, the key to the world has been misplaced, and the villians of Townsville are tearing the city apart to try and find it, leaving the Powerpuff Girls to find it before anyone else does. While they may be fighting against the sinister Mojo Jojo and countless other villians from almost every one of their 78 episodes, the greatest threat to the girls is you, the viewer, and your expectations.

    The pacing of the episode is fast and frantic, barely stopping to take a breather. Even with 44 minutes worth of dialogue packed into a 22-minute-long episode, many of the jokes miss their marks. Craig McCraken himself admitted that he during the development of "The Powerpuff Girls Movie," he lost sight of how "silly" the show was, and as such, "fully embraced silliness and enjoyed being funny at all costs" for this project. While this may seem like a good thing, McCracken seems too caught up in the "silliness" and neglects the more serious undertones that the early episodes carried. Looking back, the mature themes were what drew me to the series as a child and continues to bring me back to this day.

    I also found that though the visuals were sharp, the animation was of poor quality. Maybe it's the years of being spoiled by classic cartoons and anime, but I have always found Flash-animated shows to be rather cheap. I think it's okay to use Adobe Flash when creating something like a website or internet cartoon, but unless a definite artistry is implemented, such as with "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends" and "6teen", then the end result ends up flat. Though McCraken himself said in an interview that he wanted the show to look "the way it was always supposed to look," he seems to have overlooked the harsh critisisms George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have gotten from revisiting their old franchises.

    However, putting these critiques aside, "The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!" is a solid episode that any die-hard fan of the show will enjoy, as well as getting casual viewers to buy the 10th anniversary box set to experience the magic all over again. An episode that can clearly be defined as "love it or hate it." I myself breathed a heavy sigh of disappointment at the end credits, remembering better days.moreless
E. G. Daily

E. G. Daily


Tom Kane

Tom Kane


Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Mayor, Narrator

Roger L. Jackson

Roger L. Jackson

Mojo Jojo

Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin

Miss. Sara Bellum

Jeff Bennet

Jeff Bennet

Ace, Prisoner, Concerned Citizen

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • The date of Ms. Sara Bellum's bonus checks that the mayor kept hidden buried in the city was November 18th, 1998. The date the TV show premiered on Cartoon Network.

    • When Mojo Jojo is singing in prison, a man grabs him and slides him over, but if you notice, when Mojo walks in the cell there is no one in it.

    • Unlike the original series, Bubbles' ponytails are at the back of her head instead of the front.

    • In a very brief scene with a group of children, Mac and Bloo from Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends can be seen.

    • When all of the citizens of Townsville are hanging down their heads in shame over the actions of the Powerpuff Girls, Sara Bellum's real face can briefly be seen, making this the first and only time that her real face has ever been seen.

    • Featured Songs: If I Could Rule the World (parody of Part of Your World sung by Mojo Jojo.
      Tears For Fears Everybody Wants to Rule the World sung by Mojo Jojo.

    • This is the very first time that Mojo wears a cap, shirt, and shorts, instead of his normal outfit.

    • This is not the first time that flash animation was used in the series. Craig McCracken first experimented with the animation style of Flash Animation (prior to the creation of Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends) during a fight scene between The Powerpuff Girls & Him in the season 5 episode "Power-Noia".

    • This episode is rumored to be done in Flash Animation, the same animation Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (Craig McCracken's other show) is animated in. In fact, it is said that the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends' animation crew will be animating this episode.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (14)

    • Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends
      Mac & Bloo and Frankie make a cameo.

    • Xena: Warrior Princess
      Frankie and the women in Blossom's fantasy do Xena's war cry.

    • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
      The Professor hitting himself in the face with a newspaper, and saying: 'Bad Dad!, Bad Dad!'. Is a reference to a scene in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets", when Dobby repeatedly hits his head on the bed post saying: 'Bad Dobby, Bad Dobby!'.

    • Talking Dog: "I have nothing to say!"
      That's a line Oliver Hardy used in the Laurel & Hardy 1933 film "Dirty Work".

    • Dramatic Chipmunk

      At the very beginning of the episode, a parody of the famous YouTube video "Dramatic Chipmunk" was made by Mojo Jojo.

    • Everybody Wants to Rule The World

      The song Mojo Jojo was singing when he was alone at his base after the girls got the key is "Everybody Wants to Rule The World" by the New Wave British Band Tears for Fears, on their 1985 album Songs of the Big Chair.

    • Speed Racer
      When the Professor pushes the button on the Powerpuffs' dune buggy, it is a reference to Speed Racer.

    • Wacky Racers
      The tank Mojo Jojo was driving to get to the key looks almost like The Mean Machine used in Wacky Racers.

    • Super Mario Kart
      While the Powerpuff Girls are racing in a cart to beat all the other bad guys racing in carts, they fire a green turtle shell. The cart racing and the green turtle shell are references to the action seen in the Nintendo video game masterpiece, Super Mario Kart for the Super N.E.S. and its subsequent sequels released on different consoles.

    • Looney Tunes
      When Mojo Jojo holds up a random sign saying "Curses," before he falls down to the ground, it is a reference to well-known Warner Bros. character Wily E. Coyote. Many times, before Wily E. Coyote falls to the ground, he also holds up a random sign which has something random written on it referring to the situation Wily E. Coyote is in.

    • 1984
      Buttercup's vision of ruling the world is a reference to the George Orwell book/movie about a futuristic world. The world is ruled by an entity called Big Brother (or in Buttercup's case, Big Buttercup) where everyone lived under Totalitarian rule and had to do everything Big Brother/Big Buttercup said or face severe punishment.

    • The Little Mermaid
      The song Mojo Jojo sings as he is going to jail, If I Could Rule the World, is a parody sung to the tune of the Disney movie song called Part of Your World.

    • Frankie
      When Blossom shows her version of a perfect world, you can see Frankie from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends in the background.

    • When the Mayor takes the key from the girls after a long battle between them, he says the famous phrase of the Amazing Spiderman: "With great power comes great responsibility".

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