Voice actors Tara Strong, Cathy Cavadini and E.G. Daily take to Twitter to express their disappointment over the recasting of the show’s title characters.
UPDATE: The original headline of this story indicated the new Cartoon Network series is being made in CG, which is not accurate. The new series is being made in 2D, and should not to be confused with the 2014 half-hour special, "Dance Pantsed," which did employ CG animation.
Earlier this week, Cartoon Network unveiled a first look at the character artwork and main voice cast for its reimagined
CG 2D animated series, The Powerpuff Girls. But all was not sugar, spice and everything nice in the city of Townsville, USA. The original voice of Bubbles, prolific voice actor Tara Strong, took to Twitter to express her disappointment over the recasting of the show’s title characters:
I don't remember ordering a stab in the heart today https://t.co/wmomYvtCDG
— tara strong (@tarastrong) June 8, 2015
As the voice of Bubbles, Strong worked alongside Cathy Cavadini as Blossom and E.G. Daily as Buttercup. The trio portrayed the girls across 78 episodes of the beloved, Emmy-winning series as well as a theatrical release and two half-hour specials released in 2009 and 2014.
Owie! Rt in the kisser ! Hurts :-( Xxeg https://t.co/nq9xQQOvUs
— RealEGDaily (@RealEGDaily) June 8, 2015
I wish the new girls well but Wow! does this hurt my heart:( https://t.co/OzchpdAXFR
— Catherine Cavadini (@CatCavadini) June 9, 2015
Cartoon Network issued a press release on Monday announcing that Amanda Leighton has taken on the role of Blossom alongside Kristen Li as Bubbles and Natalie Palamides as Buttercup. Strong made it clear that she felt no ill-will toward the new cast, only sadness that she and her co-workers had not been asked to return for their iconic roles:
I have NO ILL FEELINGS 4 the actresses in the new #ppg, We were just beyond hurt we were NEVER asked..every role I breathe life into I love
— tara strong (@tarastrong) June 9, 2015
Another notable absence in the new show’s lineup is creator Craig McCracken, who’s currently working for Disney on his show Wander Over Yonder, yet still expressed his support for the original cast:
— Craig McCracken (@CrackMcCraigen) June 9, 2015
The reimagined series, about “three girls juggling school and saving the world before bedtime,” is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and is slated for a 2016 global launch. The new series will be executive produced by Nick Jennings, who won an Emmy Award for his work on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, and Bob Boyle creator of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! will co-executive produce.