Every 90s kid can attest that Cartoon Network was the channel for us. Today’s cartoons have nothing on the OG platform (or at least, we think so). Two of the shows, Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, are getting a reboot and we think it’s a treat for today’s kids to experience them.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reboots are in the works at Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe in collaboration with the creator of the shows, Craig McCracken. He began his animation career at Hanna-Barbera Cartoons in 1992. Thirty years later, he is reviving the two cartoons.
“The Hanna-Barbera homecoming of Craig was an opportunity we could not pass up,” said Sam Register, president of Cartoon Network Studios, Warner Bros Animation and Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe, in a statement. “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.”
This will not be The Powerpuff Girls’ first redo — following the original that ran from 1998 to 2005, there was a reboot from 2016 to 2019 on Cartoon Network. The latter was not helmed by McCracken though, as he was at Disney at the time. The CW also developed a live-action version of the story with the three super powered girls as young adults which is reportedly still in development.
The upcoming reboot will resemble the original. It will focus on Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, three superheroes who go to school in the day and save the world at night, trying to make it home before bedtime.
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, however, will be seeing new characters. Recast as a preschool series, it will introduce more preschool-aged imaginary friends who are just as playful as Bloo, Eduardo and the rest of the original bunch.
Sarah Fell, executive producer at Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe, who’s known for The Amazing World of Gumball will oversee the development of both projects. The two series will be distributed worldwide.