Yeah, like, they're back, man.
The Powerpuff Girls have been revived by Cartoon Network with the blessing of series creator Craig McCracken, who is no longer with the network, having moved his creative tack to Disney some time back.
CN suits, inspired by the ratings success of the 2014 Powerpuff special, "Dance Pantsed", decided to bring the girls back, but there are some subtle changes.
First and foremost, the girls have aged a wee bit. If you are a comic book fan, you'd probably get the idea of characters aging very, very slowly. If I were to hazard a guess, I'd say that Blossom, Buttercup, & Bubbles are now in the 2nd or 3rd grade, and would be about anywhere from 7-9 years of age. Yes, they look the same, but for a slight growth spurt adding a couple of inches in height apiece. Bearing this in mind, they've also adopted some of the same traits common to young girls in their age group, such as crushing on boy bands. Not quite old enough to be in Taylor Swift's girl squad, you understand.
People are complaining about the cast changes, as CN recast the three leads, rather than bring back the original actresses (Cathy Cavadini, E. G. Daily, & Tara Strong, although the latter has been quite busy with Teen Titans Go! for CN). I think the idea is that CN wanted to remold and reintroduce the girls for a new generation of viewers, as the sisters marked their 20th anniversary not too long ago.
The new series is in the currently popular 15 minute format, so you can still get two episodes per half hour. There are also 4 online shorts that are available On Demand, such as "Air Buttercup".
I wasn't that impressed with "Air Buttercup", but "Escape From Monster Island", the series opener, was a clear representation of the show's new direction. The Narrator (Tom Kenny) is not used in every episode, and I thought he might've been phased out altogether. Kenny also voices the Mayor of Townsville, who calls on the girls as his plane crashes on the island. Concurrently, Blossom & Buttercup are arguing over who should accompany Bubbles to a boy band concert after Bubbles won a radio contest.
The problem with that particular subplot is that in normal circumstances, children under 18 aren't eligible to be radio contest winners unless there are certain conditions that waive the usual regulations. I've never known a 9 year old to win any contest on the radio. The parents, yeah, but where was Professor Utonium?
It's this kind of writing, which insults the viewer's intelligence, that CN prefers to employ, the attitude being, it doesn't matter to us, the kids'll watch it 2 or 3 dozen times anyway. Not a good attitude to take.
Nice idea to let the girls grow up a tad, but, as per normal, the CN folks need to find better writers.