Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe (HBSE) has begun development work to reboot the fan-favorite, award-winning animated series The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Emmy-winning creator, producer and director Craig McCracken (Wonder Over Yonder, Kid Cosmic), who first began his career at Hanna-Barbera Cartoons 30 years ago in 1992, is attached to develop both projects.
“The Hanna-Barbera homecoming of Craig was an opportunity we could not pass up,” said Sam Register, President of Cartoon Network Studios, Warner Bros. Animation, and Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe. “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 comprised of familiar foes and new threats. The original series debuted on Cartoon Network in 1998, earned two Emmy Awards and countless animation honors throughout its 78-episode run. The Powerpuff Girls centers on three sugar-coated superheroes — Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup — whose mission in life alternates between going to school, fighting crime, winning at hopscotch and saving the world before bedtime.
The beloved Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends will return as an original preschool animated series welcoming a new cast of preschool-aged imaginary friends. But don’t let their young age fool you — this new lot is just as silly and playful as the original bunch. The original series ran for six critically acclaimed and award-winning seasons on Cartoon Network. During its run, the show earned six Emmy Awards and has since been acknowledged by Entertainment Weekly as one of the best shows that aired on Cartoon Network.
Sarah Fell (VP, Original Kids and Family Animation, Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe) will oversee development of both projects at the studio which is currently in production on The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe and the highly anticipated The Amazing World of
Gumball: The Movie! (working title) and The Amazing World of Gumball: The Series (wt) for HBO Max. Recently announced development include a stop-motion animated reboot of Wacky Races
starring Dastardly and Muttley.