The Powerpuff Girls
screenplay by Craig McCracken, Charlie Bean, Lauren Faust, Paul Rudish, Don Shank
directed by Craig McCracken
by Walter Chaw I remember this Nora Dunn skit on "Saturday Night Live" where she plays a French chanteuse draped over a piano singing "Send in the Clowns" translated into French and then back into English again. The result was incomprehensible and funny--for a while. Craig McCracken's The Powerpuff Girls Movie (based on his Cartoon Network series "Powerpuff Girls", natch) is American animation translated into Japanese animé back into American animation: similarly incomprehensible, not quite so funny, and it overstays its welcome, too. Because the humour of the piece is reliant on the slow burn and the extended take, when a joke doesn't work there's a lot of down time (Men in Black II suffers a similar malady), and because most of the jokes don't work, even for the bib-and-diaper set, at around seventy minutes The Powerpuff Girls Movie is powerfully boring stuff.