The creators of this action-based cartoon try to justify the violence by allowing good to overcome evil. But positive themes are often buried in “preachiness” that barely registers in young minds anxiously awaiting the next colorful explosion or car crash. The Powerpuffs learn they must control their unique powers and be more considerate of others. They also learn that whining and complaining won’t free them from the evil Mojo Jojo. And, at least, they learn the lesson of facing problems, instead of running away from them.
Jumping in a river of lava gives the girls special “fixing” powers to reconstruct the physical damage they do to their futuristic city of Townsville. A few “darns,” a dog relieving himself, and a robot animal making “deposits” are a bit crude. Otherwise, there is very little in “The Powerpuff Girls” that will offend. But even with few offensive elements and some positive messages about righting wrongs, this animated feature uses excessive violence to entertain. In fact, the frantic action alone earns the PG rating. Excessive violence earns this animated feature only a moderately positive acceptability.