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Craig McCracken to Lead Reboot of ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ and ‘Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends’

The Emmy Award-winning creator, producer and director returns with expanded versions of 2 of his most highly lauded animated series, to be produced by Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe.

Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe (HBSE) is rebooting The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends with Emmy Award-winning creator, producer, and director Craig McCracken helming both projects. McCracken first began his career at Hanna-Barbera Cartoons in 1992.

Sam Register, president of Cartoon Network Studios, Warner Bros. Animation, and Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe, commented, “The Hanna-Barbera homecoming of Craig was an opportunity we could not pass up. Along with his unparalleled sense of fun and imagination, he’s bringing two of his greatest works in The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and we are so excited for these characters to be a part of the new legacy taking shape at the studio.”

The Powerpuff Girls reboot revisits and expands upon the world of the original series as Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup face off against a gallery of villains, familiar foes, and new threats. The original series debuted on Cartoon Network in 1998, earning two Emmy Awards and many accolades during its 78-episode run. It centers on three sugar-coated superheroes, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, whose life’s missions alternate between going to school, fighting crime, winning at hopscotch, and saving the world before bedtime.

The much-revered Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends returns as an original preschool animated series welcoming a cast of new preschool-aged imaginary friends who are just as silly and playful as the original bunch. The original series ran for six seasons on Cartoon Network, accumulated six Emmy Awards, and received recognition from Entertainment Weekly as one of the best shows to ever air on the network.

Sarah Fell (VP, Original Kids and Family Animation, Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe) oversees development on both projects at the studio, which is currently in production on The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe, The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie! (working title), and The Amazing World of Gumball: The Series (working title) for HBO Max. The studio also recently announced the development of a stop-motion animated reboot of Wacky Races starring Dastardly and Muttley.

Source: Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.