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‘Powerpuff Girls,’ ‘Hey Arnold!,’ more ‘90s cartoons returning to TV

"The Powerpuff Girls" return to Cartoon Network on

"The Powerpuff Girls" return to Cartoon Network on Sept. 1 with an all-new series and a new theme song. Credit: Cartoon Network

Your television is about to get a ’90s toon-up.

On Thursday, Sept. 1, those “sugar, spice and everything nice” crime fighters known as the Powerpuff Girls return in new episodes of their series reboot on Cartoon Network. But superpowered siblings Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup aren’t the only toon characters from the Clinton-era being revived for a new generation. Here’s a rundown on the Girls, and some other revivals.

The Powerpuff Girls

FIRST AIRED 1998-2005

PLOT Three sisters use their superpowers to keep their city, Townsville, USA, safe.

WHAT’S NEW The show has a new theme song (“Who’s Got the Power?” by Seattle band Tacocat) designed to amp up the show’s theme of female empowerment. There’s also a different cast of voice actors and the series’ new creators have put the emphasis on comedy over action.

Duck Tales

FIRST AIRED 1987-1990

PLOT Stingy billionaire Scrooge McDuck and nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie get into all sorts of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”-style adventures.

WHAT’S NEW The Disney XD show doesn’t premiere until next year, but early drawings shared by the show’s creators reveal a new look for Huey, Dewey and Louie. Disney XD general manager Marc Buhaj said in a statement in July that the network plans to bring the original show’s “same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”

Hey Arnold!

FIRST AIRED 1994-2004

PLOT In this urban-set Nicktoon, the fourth-grader with a football-shaped head shares comic adventures with his friends.

WHAT’S NEW Nickelodeon’s “Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie” shifts the actions from the wilds of the city to the wilds of the jungle, where Arnold goes to find out what happened to his long-missing parents. Several of the original voice actors will be returning for the two-part, two-hour movie, including Dan Castellaneta as Grandpa, though Arnold will have a new voice. Joining the cast will be Alfred Molina as a villainous river pirate.

Rocko’s Modern Life


PLOT Life in O-Town is anything but normal for a talking wallaby and his eccentric pals.

WHAT’S NEW All that’s known about Nickelodeon’s “Rocko” reboot since it was announced earlier this month is that the characters will be brought back for an hourlong special next year. Series creator Joe Murray said at the time that the characters “can’t wait to comment on modern life in the 21st century. They still have a lot to say.”

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