The Powder Puff Girls - Down 'n' Dirty (2000) DVD - Full Screen - Dolby Surround 2.0 Retail

The Powder Puff Girls - Down 'n' Dirty (2000) DVD - Full Screen - Dolby Surround 2.0 Retail
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So who, or what are the "Powerpuff Girls," anyway? It's a Cartoon Network original cartoon series. It was created by Craig McCracken, a graduate of CalArts, the same school that produced John Lasseter (of Toy Story fame), Brad Bird (director of The Iron Giant), and Tim Burton. The Powerpuff Girls got their start as a student film McCracken did at CalArts, named "Whup Ass Stew." The Girls at that time were called the "Whup Ass Girls." Hanna-Barbera didn't much like the name ('s not very kid-friendly, or would that be parent-friendly?), and thus came the show as it is today.

The eponymous superheroes are three five-year-old girls with "ultra super powers." Professor Utonium (their caretaker and father figure) created them in a lab accident. Well, he didn't create them by accident; only the super powers were unintentional. In typical superhero fashion, they defend their beleaguered hometown of Townsville. Atypical for superheroes, they have no secret identities and attend Pokey Oaks Kindergarten.

Blossom is the self-appointed leader of the group. She dresses in pink, with a girlish bow in her hair, and is a no-nonsense, get the job done sort of hero. Bubbles, dressed in blue, is the dainty, babyish member of the group. She's not as rough and tough as her sisters, and is fonder of coloring than beating up bad guys. That job is ably handled by Buttercup, the tomboy. She dresses in green, but her favorite colors are black and blue -- the colors the evil villains of Townsville are sporting after she is done with them. Like any heroes worthy of the prefix "super," the Powerpuff Girls face a worthy rogues' gallery of villains, which includes a megalomaniacal monkey (Mojo Jojo), a very effeminate version of the Devil ("Him"), and the "Gangrene Gang."

Down 'n' Dirty contains ten episodes from the second season of the show. At the time, there were two episodes per half-hour of the show, so technically there's only five episodes of the show. In typical Warner Bros. fashion, this is far from the entire season, but is instead something of a sampler from the season. They picked these particular episodes because they are the most kid-friendly.

"Birthday Bash"
The city of Townsville gathers to celebrate the girls' birthday. Unfortunately for them, the villains of Townsville also try to crash the party -- from prison -- by sending the girls gifts of mass destruction.

"Beat Your Greens"
This episode is something of a parody of Mars Attacks! and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Sentient vegetables from another dimension plot to take over the world, starting with taking over Townsville by infecting its vegetable supply with mind-control spores. The plan backfires when the kids of Townsville, including our intrepid heroes, refuse to eat their broccoli.

"School House Rocked"
This is probably one of the weakest episodes on the disc, though it does have the benefit of an appearance by a Jack Webb-ish truant officer. The Powerpuff Girls must face their nemeses the Gangrene Gang when the teenaged baddies are sent back to Pokey Oaks Kindergarten.

"Los Dos Mojos"
The girls must face not one, but two versions of their arch-nemesis, Mojo Jojo...except one of them isn't him at all, but Bubbles with amnesia!

"Stuck Up, Up and Away"
See, this is the problem with episode compilation discs. If you're not careful, you jumble up the order of the series and confuse people who are just beginning to watch. Stuck Up, Up and Away introduces one of the villains seen in Birthday Bash. Princess is the new girl at Pokey Oaks. She is freakishly spoiled in ways that make Richie Rich look like a Calcutta street urchin. Used to having everything she wants, she demands that her father give her super powers just like her classmates, the Powerpuff Girls. Classroom mayhem ensues.

"Dream Scheme"
Far from my favorite episode, of the show in general or this disc in particular, Dream Scheme at least demonstrates the abundant creativity of its creators. The entire 10-minute episode sports narration or dialogue that rhymes in a very Seussian way. It revolves around a ploy by the Sandman to put the residents of Earth to sleep -- permanently -- so that he can catch a good night's sleep.

"Just Another Manic Mojo"
The second-best episode on this disc, it chronicles a day in the life of evil supervillain Mojo Jojo. Mojo prepares for the day (in a sequence reminiscent of both Austin Powers and Darth Vader's brief helmetless revelation in The Empire Strikes Back), eats a nutritious breakfast, and must devise an evil scheme on the spot when the Powerpuff Girls show up at his front door to retrieve a baseball they accidentally threw through his window. Mojo Jojo is probably the most clearly defined character in the series, either hero or villain, and this entire episode devoted to sketching out more details of his personality is welcome. Besides, it gives extra opportunities to show off his excessive wordiness ("For a nutritious breakfast, two eggs is the minimum requirement, and I have but one, which is one shy of two, and it is two that I need! Curses!").

"Down 'n' Dirty"
This is the best episode on the fact, presented with the discs at the Warner Bros. Store, I purchased this volume strictly for this episode. Buttercup makes up her stubborn mind that baths are for sissies and gives up on personal hygiene entirely. Nothing will change her mind...not being thrown out of her house, not the scorn of her classmates, not even angry villagers with torches. What changes her mind? When even large ugly monsters don't want to fight with her anymore. (The angry villagers with torches scene is particularly great. As they're chasing her through a forest, Buttercup suddenly realizes she's a superhero and can just fly away. See, it's another example of the show's fine comic touch.)

"Mo Job"
Pro: it's a Mojo Jojo episode. Con: it's a Princess episode. The spoiled little rich girl has it in for the Powerpuff Girls again. However, she's frustrated that she can't come up with a plan devious enough to destroy them, so she turns to another villain to devise a plan for her: Mojo Jojo. Predictable, but has its fun moments.

"Major Competition"
Remember that issue of Superman where Spiderman moved to Metropolis and the citizens of Metropolis forgot all about the Man of Steel? Neither do I. A sham of a new superhero, Major Man, comes to Townsville and is greeted with the love the town has previously showered upon the girls. When the girls discover his dirty little secret, they give him a taste of his own medicine!!

  • Attractive Retail Box
  • Genre: Childrens, Animated, Superheroes, Children, Cartoons, Heroines
  • Rated: G (Canadian Home Video Rating)
  • Directed By: John McIntyre and Craig McCracken
  • Release Information:
  • Studio: Hanna-Barbera
  • Theatrical Release Date: 2000
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2000
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Production Company: Hanna-Barbera
  • Package Type: Snap Case
  • Animated
  • Dual-Layer Format
  • DVD Features:
  • Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only). This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.
  • Aspect Ratio(s):
  • Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1
  • Available Audio Tracks:
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Closed Captioned: Yes
  • Bonus Features:
  • Over Two (2) Hours of Powder Puff Girls Action!
  • Ten Episodes
  • Three (3) Interactive Powder Puff Girls Video Games
  • Biographies
  • Powder Puff Girls Trivia Challenge
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog Bonus Cartoon
  • Link to Powder Puff Girls Web Site
  • Episode Selections
  • Interactive Features:
  • Scene Access
  • Interactive Menus
Product Requirements
  • DVD Player
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