Craig McCracken is returning to some familiar faces! The creator of The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends has announced on Twitter that official reboots of the beloved shows are happening. The tweet can be read below!
According to Variety, the two reboots will have set directions in mind. The Powerpuff Girls reboot will focus on expanding the world of the original show. The girls, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup will be facing threats of all kinds, with both familiar and new faces! Meanwhile, Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends will come back as a preschool show and star an all-new cast of imaginary friends! Sarah Fell, vice president of original kids and family animation at Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe, will be overseeing the development of both projects.
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The reboots will be produced by Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe, with McCracken directly involved. McCracken and Hanna-Barbera go way back, as the animator’s first steps into his long career can be traced back to the company. In 1992, McCracken was hired by them as an art director for 2 Stupid Dogs. From there, McCracken was able to develop an original concept and pilot into what we know as The Powerpuff Girls. The superhero trio became a staple title for Cartoon Network and continue to share a devoted fanbase that spans generations. The Powerpuff Girls ran for six seasons, with their origin story serving as their big screen debut in 2002 in the form of The Powerpuff Girls Movie. In 2016, a reboot premiered on Cartoon Network and lasted for three seasons, of which McCracken was not involved in.
McCracken would leave The Powerpuff Girls team to work on his next series, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Unlike the action-oriented Powerpuff Girls, Foster’s was pure comedy shenanigans. The show was also a large success for Cartoon Network and had a six-season lifespan.
Old Friends and New Friends
Clearly, there is happiness to see McCracken return to his old stomping grounds. After over a decade of separation, it’s like a lovely reunion. Sam Register, president of Cartoon Network Studios, Warner Bros. Animation, and Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe, released the following to Variety.
“The Hanna-Barbera homecoming of Craig was an opportunity we could not pass up. Along with his unparalleled sense of fun and imagination, he’s bringing two of his greatest works in ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ and ‘Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,’ and we are so excited for these characters to be a part of the new legacy taking shape at the studio.”
When Foster’s completed its run in 2009, McCracken would go on to create Wander Over Yonder. The Disney Channel original would have a three-season run, finishing in 2016. After Wander, McCracken’s next project would be with Netflix on the three-season original Kid Cosmic, which premiered in 20121 and finished earlier this year. Both shows were highly praised by fans and critics alike for both their fun visuals and charming characters.
This will mark the third reboot of The Powerpuff Girls announced following the 2016 reboot and The CW live-action reboot that is currently still in production.