Cartoon Network is bringing back an animated franchise that brought in Emmy Awards and merchandising opportunities, while also spawning a feature film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the channel will revive “Powerpuff Girls,” which originally ran from 1998 to 2005.
The series will return for a 2016 debut, and will be produced by Cartoon Network Studios. It will also include a licensing program, with the article noting that the show has spurred $2.5 billion in retail sales since the program started.
The animated show features Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, who fight crime while also going to school and engaging in kids’ activities like hopscotch.
“The original Powerpuff Girls was a franchise phenomenon for Cartoon Network, paving the way for a new generation of innovative storytellers and enthusiastic fans worldwide,” Rob Sorcher, chief content officer at Cartoon Network, said. “We are calling these girls back into action based upon an overwhelming demand for sugar, spice and Chemical X."