People read that article? People LIKED that article?
That’s madness. Lot of folks did, and I thank you
A few didn’t, mostly because they felt the Malibu Stacy metaphor didn’t really fit the practices of Cartoon Network’s handling of the Powerpuff Girls special in light of the internet blowing up after hearing DC Animated Universe co-creator Paul Dini’s experiences with the network telling him the reason those shows get cancelled is because girls don’t buy things and they’re watching those action properties more than the intended young boys demographics who buy the toys.
Perhaps it isn’t the right metaphor, but it’s the only one that I could think of at that moment, but there are a few things to point out:
- I did acknowledge that Cartoon Network announced that Powerpuff Girls special earlier in the year. Like, WAY earlier in the year, on January 28, 2013. The initial press release stated that it would come on later in the year, as in later in 2013, not 2014. And it was complete when they initially announced it. It took about a year to make, from script to finished special. There are rumors that it took five years to make, which is untrue. If it did take that long, Craig MacCracken would have had involvement on the special since he was still at Cartoon Network, and he’s not involved here at all.
- Cartoon Network usually doesn’t work on social media on Sundays, mostly because there’s no news on a Sunday. They barely work on Saturdays on social media as well, but when the fans complain, they’d usually send a tweet or something way later in the day to address anything. Like this gem from October 13, 2012. I’m not saying that they weren’t going to start to finally place the PPG special before the reaction to the Paul Dini interview hit the internet, but you do have to wonder if that was the case.
- Certainly they wouldn’t be plugging something that’ll come on a month after the PPG special would air, would they? That wouldn’t make much sense.
There were a few dates that Cartoon Network could have scheduled the special.
- Labor Day could have been a great day for an end-of-the-summer present for the viewers. Yes, they had Uncle Grandpa premiere that night, but imagine the ratings that would have been if a one-time PPG special aired before Uncle Grandpa's premiere. And don't say they don't air dual premieres on one day. On Labor Day 2010, Regular Show and MAD debuted. Labor Day 2011 had multiple premieres, highlighted by Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake. 2009 had a Ben 10 marathon while 2008 had a Pokemon marathon. Labor Day tends to be one of those end-of-summer event days, and they tend to have a marathon topped off by a premiere by the end of the night.
- Another day that could premiered the Powerpuff Girls special was the day before Thanksgiving. In 2011, they premiered Journey to the Center of the Earth, Level Up, and a new episode of Adventure Time. In 2010, they premiered the Speed Racer live-action movie followed by FireBreather, which was one of the highest-rated debuts in network history. In 2009, they aired the second live-action Ben 10 movie, Alien Swarm. Two years earlier, they aired the first live-action Ben 10 movie, Race Against Time. In 2006, they aired the first Men in Black movie the day before Thanksgiving and the Foster’s special Good Wilt Hunting on Thanksgiving. This year, they gave the Thanksgiving eve slot to the third part of Lego Yoda Chronicles specials, Attack of the Jedi. Must be nice for Disney to have one of their biggest competitors choose a toyetic version of one of their biggest acquisitions in such a prime slot instead of a Powerpuff Girls special that reunites the cast in a new adventure.
- Or they could have picked an arbitrary date across the year. Green Lantern’s first two episodes premiered on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11). Re-Animated debuted on December 8, 2006. No special significance at all. A Ben 10 animated special, the computer-animated Destroy All Aliens, debuted on March 24, 2012.
The sad part is that Cartoon Network had a legitimate reason to air it in 2013 and didn’t choose to do it. And that reason was The Powerpuff Girls premiered 15 years ago on November 18, 1998. Guess what day that occurred this year? Monday. You know what aired that Monday?
An unfinished episode of Regular Show. Regular Show made the top of the worldwide trends on Twitter for the wrong reasons (people complained about the harsh colors, jagged character outlines, and weird backgrounds, even creator J.G. Quintel complained about what went wrong), and that was quite unfortunate. It was a pretty good episode. Still, at least for that night, Cartoon Network could have adjusted the lineup and aired the Powerpuff Girls special that night easily:
- 7 PM: Adventure Time
- 7:15 PM: Steven Universe
- 7:30 PM: The Powerpuff Girls Special:
- 8:30 PM: Regular Show
- 8:45 PM: MAD
I don’t know how long the special is, but I’m putting it on for an hour for the safe side, but that’s a completely respectable lineup, and it’s probably not all that different from what they’ll do on January 20, 2014 when it does air. It was a half-hour special,
This isn’t the first time a Powerpuff Girls anniversary special was scheduled after the actual anniversary. The Powerpuff Girls Rule! debuted on November 21, 2008 in the Asian and European markets, a few days after the anniversary. It made its American debut months later on January 19, 2009, so the American debut of both anniversary specials are five years and a day apart. Maybe this was the plan all along, but still, one can’t help to ignore the fact that Cartoon Network had many opportunities to air the special throughout the year and only announced it within hours after a major children’s entertainment producer more or less proclaimed the network were borderline misogynists, which they aren’t.
That’s a heck of a coincidence, but sometimes a hat is just a hat.
And besides. The Girls will be back in 2016 as a new series, so, the hat must’ve worked.