Review of “The PowerPuff Girls: Twas the Fight Before Christmas” (2003)

Townsville is getting ready for Christmas, which is in two days. The children at the PowerPuff girls’ school, including the girls themselves, are getting into the Christmas spirit.

Princess Morbucks is her usual spoiled self and states that she will get her Christmas wish: to become a PowerPuff Girl. But Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup put her down for a good number of the terrible things she’s done, thus will receive coal from Santa.

Furious, Princess asks her servants if they think she’s naughty. But they won’t answer.

Desperate for her wish to become a powerpuff girl, Princess Morbucks sneaks into the north pole and discovers that she is on the naughty list. And she’s the only one. So, she alters the list titles, making herself “nice” and everyone else “naughty.”

Bubbles wakes up, hearing Santa, and happily goes to the first floor to see her gifts… only to discover that she has coal in her stocking, leaving her devastated. Blossom, Buttercup, and the other people on their street have coal in their stockings, as revealed through Bubbles’ special see-though powers.

Bubbles screams at Blossom and Buttercup to wake up. She tells them what happened—but they give Bubbles a hard time about looking through the neighbors’ stockings.

Then Princess Morbucks shows up as a powerpuff girl. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup chase her to the north pole, as she plans to stop them from telling Santa that she isn’t naughty—but they are—because they wouldn’t let her be a powerpuff girl.

Santa feels upset that everyone, except Princess Morbucks, has been naughty, according to his list. The PowerPuff girls try to tell Santa that this whole mess was an error. Princess Morbucks brags about being nice.

Santa, however, acknowledges the PowerPuff Girls who are always fighting crime and saving the days. But Princess Morbucks yells about how she should get what she wants whenever she wants, and even breaks some of the toys. Santa realizes that she has been so spoiled, rotten, and bratty, that he puts her on the permanent naughty plaque.

Horrified, Princess Morbucks flies away. Santa presses his nose, though, and her powers are removed.

Now what will happen with everyone who has been good that year? Will they get their gifts?

After not seeing The Powerpuff Girls in several years prior to 2017, I found this to be refreshing and cute as well as a great way to catch up with the show’s premise and characters. This is one of those kids’ shows that was an easy watch.

The way the show brings on the Christmas spirit was done well. That being said, it seems that everyone in the PPG universe celebrates Christmas. No signs of anyone celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holidays.

I thought that was a bit inconsiderate to those who don’t celebrate Christmas in real life. I know a lot of people who don’t. It’s also an inconsistency, because in the “Dynamo” episode, the girls and the professor are around a Jewish town.

The whole planet in the PPG universe seems to be in the same time zone, as well. That sounds confusing as the world in real life lives in different time zones, because… we should all know why. And The PowerPuff Girls is set in the US (I don’t know what state, though).

Another flaw is that another villain, Mojo Jojo, was apparently happy when preparing for Christmas. Um, hello? He’s evil too.

Santa’s list only consists of children, so maybe that is why Princess was the only one on the naughty list. But the narrator mentions adults preparing for Christmas, too.

Yet, it isn’t too believable that few have been on it before being placed on the permanent naughty plaque.

But now I’m moving onto the strengths. The moment where the professor and the girls try to get the tree lights to work was clever.

I also supported how Blossom and Buttercup put Bubbles down since she used her X-ray vision to see through other peoples’ stockings. I considered that very wrong for Bubbles before her sisters scolded her for that, even though that played an important role to the story.

Despite some of the confusing issues typical for cartoons like this one, I would rate this TV show special 5 out of 5 stars.

Published by Sunayna Prasad

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