powerpuff girls dedicate their new lives to helping a transgender pony realise its dream of being a unicorn
From busting crime to breaking down gender stereotypes, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup once again save the day.
Using their ultra-superpowers, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup have dedicated their lives to fighting crime and the forces of evil. But in this later rebooted series of Powerpuff Girls, the trio turn their attention to breaking down gender stereotypes. Which is equally important, if not more.
Following on from Manboy, who appeared earlier in this season, an evil villain with "all the power of a man in the body of a boy" whose dastardly plan was to make Townville more manly, producers have gone and introduced a transgender pony who so desperately wants to be a unicorn that he goes around wearing a fake horn. "I may not have a horn but I do have a heart," says Donny the pony, in new episode Horn, Sweet Horn, "and in that heart I know I'm a beautiful unicorn!"
"I don't think you can be too young to start talking about those issues and thinking about those things and just presenting an attitude," Executive Producer Nick Jennings told the Los Angeles Times, "We did an episode where there's a unicorn. Basically when it starts out, he's a pony, but he wants to be a unicorn. He has to go through a transformation to become a unicorn and so it's a whole [episode that asks], 'What are you on the inside? What are you on the outside? How do you identify yourself? How do people see you?' There's a lot of subtext in that."
Of course, this isn't the first time Powerpuff Girls has addressed notions of gender. In fact, their very creation - out of sugar, spice, everything nice and an accidental pinch of chemical X - is a subversion of Professor Utonium's idea of the "perfect girl". I mean, why be the perfect girl when you can be a crime busting, patriarchy bashing, and gender stereotype breaking superhero?
Text Tish Weinstock