Cartoon Network has announced that The Powerpuff Girls will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. As the original harbingers of girl power, the iconic brand has been an inspiration to generations of girls and young women since its initial launch in November 1998. The celebration begins with the global rollout of new episodes, events and products that will continue into 2019.
From the moment they started to save the world before bedtime, these three superhero sisters, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, became more than characters on a show, but a global phenomenon with a message of empowerment that continues to resonate today with the reimagined series that debuted in 2015.
The Powerpuff Girls won a 2017 Gracie Award in the “Family Series – National” category, recognizing high-quality programming for girls and women. The series has also played an important part in Cartoon Network’s overall commitment to STEAM education by inspiring children to learn coding with special episodes and programs including Google’s Made with Code GIF: The Powerpuff Girls and Scratch from the MIT Media lab.
With more than US$2.5 billion in retail sales generated since its original debut, The Powerpuff Girls is one of the most enduring and top-grossing Cartoon Network brands of all time. Over the years, Cartoon Network has teamed with a roster of more than 150 global licensing partners across toys, apparel, publishing and themed entertainment, among others. Those partners have included: designer Jeremy Scott and Moschino on a global fashion collaboration that was launched in 2016, Hot Topic, C & A Department Store, Miniso, El Corte Ingles, Reserved, TVOE, Fyodor Golan, Saucette, Bizuu, Peripera and 7.Modifier, along with Spin Master, McDonalds, Ferrero, Cold Stone Creamery, IMG Worlds, Cartoon Network Amazone, Live Nation, Hachette and many more.
The Powerpuff Girls is produced by Cartoon Network Studios, with Nick Jennings serving as executive producer and Bob Boyle as co-executive producer. The initial run of The Powerpuff Girls, created by Craig McCracken, premiered in 1998 and earned two Emmy Awards along with five nominations and other countless honours and accolades.